Orbital ATK Careers

Principal Mission Assurance Engineer

Elkton, MD
Engineering and Sciences


Job Description

Job ID: CEJ20180502-43664

Orbital ATK is currently seeking an experienced Principal Mission Assurance Engineer to support the Quality Assurance Functions within our Missile Products team in our Elkton, Maryland office.

With projected annual revenues of $4.5 billion, approximately 12,500 employees, and operations in about 20 states, Orbital ATK is a company on the move. Our mission is to ensure that our customers accomplish their mission - whether it’s a technological breakthrough, a satellite launch, or protecting our nation. The company is the world’s leading supplier of solid rocket motors, a leading provider of launch vehicles, satellites and other space systems, and the nation’s largest manufacturer of ammunition. 

United in pride and shared goals, Orbital ATK employees come from diverse backgrounds and work together to deliver reliable, innovative and affordable solutions. Work with the best and unleash your potential. If you are a dynamic, successful, driven professional, Orbital ATK is the company that will further your experience and career growth. We offer a highly competitive salary, comprehensive benefits including, medical, dental, 401k, tuition reimbursement, and much more.

The Orbital ATK Missile Defense and Controls (MD&C) facility in Elkton, Maryland began solid-propellant rocket operations in 1948. Today, the Elkton MD&C facility designs, develops, and produces solid-propellant propulsion and ordnance systems in programs professionally managed for a wide variety of Government and commercial customers.  The facility also serves as the hub for offsite engineering and test facilities in Ronkonkoma, NY, Palm Beach Gardens, FL and San Jose, CA.

Job Summary:  

Implement mission/flight assurance plans for individual spacecraft flight hardware programs addressing design, manufacturing, integration, and test activities in accordance with company and contractual requirements. Works as a member of an integrated product team with Orbital ATK Mission Assurance staff in various groups to address technical issues, meet program requirements and ensure mission success. Interface with customers, vendors, and with Orbital ATK Manufacturing, Integration & Test and Engineering organizations to identify and resolve mission/flight assurance issues. Provide support to program Flight Assurance Manager in review of various activities.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Establishes and maintains Quality Assurance programs, procedures and controls ensuring that products and services conform to company standards of excellence.
  2. Supports the development, implementation and maintenance of quality policy and procedures. Interfaces with suppliers in the verification of product design and reliability.
  3. Review practices, procedures and processes seeking avenues to improve efficiency and effectiveness and reduce risk to product quality.
  4. Interprets customer technical and MA requirements, and ensuring these requirements are integrated into program plans, specifications and product drawings.
  5. Provide oversight in discrepancy review, failure investigations, as well as cause and corrective action determinations. Analyze and interpret trends and executes improvements on key metrics.
  6. Represents Mission Assurance at different program reviews and review boards including Configuration Control Board (CCB) and Corrective Action Board (CAB).
  7. Ensure Risk Management activities (dFMEA, pFMEA) are executed according to standards and procedures.
  8. Ensure program contract requirements are flowed down internally and to suppliers, ensures compliance with contract program, quality, organizational, and industry alert requirements.
  9. Performs Root Cause and Problem Solving projects

Education and Experience

Requires BS in Engineering & 7 years or Masters in Engineering & 5 years or PhD & 2 years.

Other Requirements

Able to read engineering documentation and inspect drawings and parts lists, inspection plans, and supplemental instructions.  Extensive knowledge base in Cause Analysis tools, such as Ishikawa, FMEA, DOE, KTA (Kepner Tregoe Analysis) etc.   Previous experience managing elements of AS/ISO/CMMI certified internal and external   organization.

Orbital ATK Defense Systems Group is an industry leader in ammunition, precision and strike weapons, missile-warning solutions, and tactical rocket motors across air, sea and land-based systems. We are the largest U.S. producer of small-caliber ammunition, as well as a leading producer of medium- and large-caliber ammunition and medium-caliber gun systems. Orbital ATK Defense Systems also develops advanced capabilities for missile-defense interceptors, fuzing and warheads, weaponized special-mission aircraft, and propulsion/controls.

Orbital ATK is applying entrepreneurial thinking and commercial practices to deliver reliable, innovative and affordable products and services to our customers and grow our core areas while harnessing new technologies that will take our products, and your ideas, into the future. When encouraged to think beyond the ordinary, you’ll be amazed at what you can do! We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability


Job Type: Full Time
Desired Travel: less than 25%
Years of Experience: 8-10 Years
Education: Bachelors
Expertise: Reliability, ISO 9001:2008, AS9100, Audits, Quality Assurance, MSDS, Quality Engineering, Lean/Six Sigma, Engineering, Engineering
Group: Defense