Mechanical / Systems Engineer

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab
Laurel, MD
Jan 20, 2022
Jan 22, 2022
Full Time
DescriptionDo you have a passion for the development and evaluation of mechanical systems using Systems Engineering (SE) and Model-Based Engineering? Are you excited about integrating performance models with system architectures in order to create a new digital environment for world-class engineering? Do you care deeply about the mission of the United States Navy and want to make an immediate and significant impact? If so, then we want you on our team! We are the Shipboard Systems group (KBH) in the Force Projection Sector at JHU/APL. We are seeking an experienced staff person for the Payload Integration section (KBH-5). This staff person must be ready to take on new challenges as the section dives into the uncharted territory of Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE), Digital Engineering (DE), and related areas! This section (KBH-5) is a key trusted resource to the Navy Strategic Systems Programs and other Navy offices for development of payload integration concepts and evaluation of newly developed and currently deployed systems. The staff members of this section provide critical support to our Navy sponsors, developing approaches to help our sponsors and the associated prime and subcontractors manage risk, develop new systems and existing system modifications, and embrace the changes necessary to move from a traditional SE mindset into the world of MBSE. Your specific tasks: Perform system concept development and evaluation tasking on behalf of SSP. This may include traditional SE tasks such as Requirements Management, Functional Allocation, Physical Allocation, and involve physics based performance modeling. Tasking will cover prototype and existing deployed launcher systems as well as system design modifications, trades, and follow-on system development. Push the boundaries for MBSE. SSP and the Navy are moving towards a model-based approach for all types of engineering, including systems engineering. Find ways to improve on existing processes and expand into MBSE, including model integration of performance models (MATLAB, etc.) with systems engineering models (Cameo/SysML). Support a wide variety of test and evaluation efforts. This could include both small scale tests conducted in a lab environment, as well as full scale system tests conducted either at government owned test facilities or onboard Navy platforms. Get involved at the sponsor level with leading various working groups across both government and industry. Gain a deep technical understanding of submarine launcher and other shipboard systems and leverage that knowledge to perform integration of various physics-based models. QualificationsYou meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you Have a BS or equivalent in Mechanical or Systems Engineering (or a closely related field) with 3 years of professional experience. Are able to interact effectively with individuals of different experience levels within the Laboratory as well as with outside stakeholders. Have the verbal and writing skills and disposition necessary for documenting and presenting work to APL colleagues and government sponsors. Are willing and able to travel occasionally to US Navy facilities, bases and contractor sites. Are able to obtain Secret level security clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include US citizenship. Can demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To ensure the safety and well-being of the community, APL has established a policy requiring that all staff be vaccinated against COVID-19. All staff members must provide proof of full vaccination or have an approved medical or religious accommodation by their start date. You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you Have a MS or PhD in Mechanical or Systems Engineering (or a closely related field), and at least 5 years of professional experience as a Systems Engineer, particularly with a focus on MBSE for mechanical systems. Have a strong interest in Model Based Systems Engineering Have experience managing and effectively leading model integration efforts, particularly using Agile methods. Have experience interacting with and communicating with government agencies and external organizations. Have experience working with submarines or submarine launcher systems. Are a team player with demonstrated resilience dealing with change in a dynamic environment. Have an active Secret or Top Secret security clearance. Why work at APL? The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation's most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates. At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL's campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at

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