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Sr. Principal Systems Engineer

Promontory, UT
Engineering and Sciences


Job Description

Job ID: GEM20180304-44837

With annual revenues in of nearly $4.5 billion, over 12,000 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. 

Orbital ATK Flight Systems Group provides products and services that span the launch, missile systems and aerospace markets. We are a premier producer of solid rocket propulsion systems and specialty energetic products; a leading provider of small and medium class space launch vehicles for Civil, DoD and Commercial missions; a major supplier of interceptor boosters and target vehicles for missile defense; and a world class manufacturer of composite primary and secondary structures for commercial and military aircraft and launch vehicles.

Orbital ATK is currently seeking an experienced Sr. Principal Systems Engineer to assist in leadership to our SLS Structures team in our Promontory, Utah offices.

Roles & Responsibilities:

Working under the direction of the Structures Chief Engineer, the Structures PE position provides overall technical logic, plan definition, management, and execution assurance via technical and project managerial enabling support; in particular, development of project objectives, proposals and plans, definition of phases and elements of work, CR/CN generation, performance tracking and execution assurance management are fundamental.  The current phase of effort covers the transition from engineering design to implementation and build with associated production planning, procurement, and MRB support.  Position requires knowledge of heritage Space Shuttle Booster hardware, technical expertise to support certification logic and justification, and ability to rapidly organize resources to address all aspects of structural integrity and performance to SLS Booster requirements.

Job Duties: 

  • SLS Booster Major Structures ownership – Nose cap, Frustum, Ordnance Ring, Forward Skirt,  Aft Skirt and Core Stage Attach.  Interfaces with RSRMV motor and secondary booster structures.
  • Ownership of Structures drawings, specifications, MRB, LCC, OMR, etc.
  • Technical leadership of  the Structures Integrated Products Team including weekly team meetings, minutes, etc
  • Engineering focal point for SLS Program Management, NASA Structures EDLE and NASA IPT
  • Responsible for all Structures Engineering discipline planning, interface and coordination
  • Responsible for  major structures engineering including PRR, MRB, Integration, FRRs & processes
  • Responsible for  Structures SE&I products, and Loads and Environments implementation
  • Represent Structures team in CCB, ERB/ECB, Tech telecoms, MRB, SMRBs, etc
  • Responsible for Structures technical issue resolution

Experience Requirements:  

  • Minimum of 10 years of related Structural Design, analysis, and project engineering experiences.
  • Experience in design, analysis, loads, integration, hardware fabrication and modifications.
  • Knowledge, use and application of engineering and processing documentation (i.e., drawings, specifications, table tops, parts lists, change requests, change notices, planning, mrb)
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Integration risk assessment skills (i.e., ability to balance between technical risk and cost)
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skill in using Microsoft Office Applications including project
  • Proficient writing skills (grammar/punctuation/spelling)

Experience Preferred:  

  • Responsible Design Engineering for structural products
  • Responsible Structural Analysis experiences
  • Experience with IMS and ETM
  • Familiarity with Orbital ATK NASA Projects CM, PCR, and board approval processes.
  • Demonstrated Leadership and organizational skill experiences

Skills & Qualifications: 

  • Ability to work independently and make logical decisions
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills with ability to prioritize work and schedule
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to coordinate and work well with management, coworkers, and internal customers
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Attention to detail but able to understand big picture
  • Willingness to accept challenging work with positive attitude
  • Flexibility to accept, learn and perform new job functions 
  • Committed to continuous improvement
  • Ability to travel on an occasional basis

Education/Certifications

  • BS degree in Engineering or related field required. Consideration will be given to candidates with a BS degree in other engineering disciplines with strong relevant experience (MS degree with 7 years experience, BS degree with 10 years experience, or PhD with 5 years experience)
  • A graduate degree in Mechanical/Civil Engineering is highly preferred

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. 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.

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Job Type: Full Time
Desired Travel: less than 25%
Years of Experience: 8-10 Years
Education: Bachelors
Expertise: Engineering
Group: Flight