Orbital ATK Careers

Mechanical Engineer (Must be able to obtain security clearance)

Wallops Island, VA
Engineering and Sciences

Job Description

Job ID: JSD20180805-45561

Must be able to obtain a secret security clearance

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.

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 currently seeking a Mechanical Engineer to join our team at our facility on the Eastern Shore of Virginia in the local vicinity of NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Preparation and achievement of safety packages including:
    • Preliminary Hazards Assessment
    • Range Safety Data Package
    • Flight Worthiness Assessment
    • Responsible for Institutional Safety compliance
    • Review and analyze program development documentation for new and ongoing programs
    • Review fabrication and test plans for safety issues and assure that safety requirements for both human and property precautions are implemented, monitors results
    • Prepare materials for presentations and participate in design reviews, technical interchange, milestone meetings, team meetings, and related meetings
    • Oversee and support operations, including during field operations at launch sites
    • Review procedures and reports results to the Mission or Operations Manager
    • Maintain AED, PPE, safety council meetings, and other institutional safety issues
    • Ensure all Contractor work is performed in accordance with applicable SMA requirements
    • Responsible for NCR and MRB activities
    • Perform regular audits of SMA practices; ensure corrective action is taken in response to any issues
    • Communicate frequently with Government S&MA counterparts and collaborate on process improvement activities
    • Verify that respective Quality Management System (QMS) processes and procedures and work instructions are used; perform any as necessary
    • Ensure specifications, presentations, and reports supporting the above activities are adequate for internal and external support
    • Perform monthly facility walk-through and review for safety compliance
    • Provide support in the areas of configuration management and engineering data management to ensure that engineering change notices / proposals, deviations, waivers, drawings, drawing change orders, and drawing revisions are properly managed, and addressed
    • Provide a detailed working knowledge of Government regulations and standards for Configuration Management (CM) / Documentation Management (DM)
    • Design and implement forms to be used in requirements control, configuration control, and data management systems
    • Administer project requirements in configuration change control, configuration management, and data management systems
    • Coordinate, record, and document Configuration Management System (CMS) activities. Coordinate, record, and document activities of the CMS
    • Design, implement, audit, and update CM data management systems
    • Evaluate contractor’ and subcontractors’ schedules, documents, drawings, and other configurable items with respect to configuration management requirements; monitor other contractors’ and subcontractors’ activities and making recommendations for solutions to issues
    • Track Configuration change requests, document control, collect review comments; coordinate MRB (Material Review Board) meeting; identify and collect data associated with configuration management system and maintain database
    • Specialized training in configuration management policies and procedures. Error analysis and data filtering techniques
    • Perform other related duties as assigned or required

Specific Requirements/Licensing

  • Background in NASA and/or DOD launch vehicles and/or satellite systems and experience with designing / assessing / evaluating components, subsystems and major systems; development and test of components, subsystems and systems
  • Safety and Mission Assurance Coordinator: Knowledge of industry safety and mission assurance requirements.
  • Ground Safety Coordinator: Detailed familiarity with requirements of RSM. Knowledge of rocket launch operations Understanding of RSM requirements pertaining to vehicle electrical and electronic circuitry. Knowledge of hazardous material handling procedures and precautions. Knowledge of storage and shipping procedures and requirements for rocket motors and other components
  • Must have excellent customer communication, interaction and presentation skills
  • Understanding of electronics and mechanical component acceptance requirements, component and vehicle assembly procedures, vehicle inspection requirements, and safety procedures and practices as they apply to suborbital rockets; specific knowledge of the range safety policies and criteria delineated by RSM and related directives
  • Operational Safety Specialist certification in many if not all of the following areas: pressure, lifting, mechanical ordnance, cryo, and chemical
  • Ability to train and direct others in quality assurance procedures
  • Demonstrated Quality Assurance / Quality Control management ability
  • Experience with systems safety engineering involving systems and facility safety engineering analyses and risk assessments in systems/facility engineering or systems safety engineering with emphasis on safety analysis
  • Knowledge of Word, Excel, and Windows is required
  • Knowledge of CM activities inherent to sub-orbital vehicle design and development is required
  • Proficiently uses applied database, word processing, graphics software programs
  • Ability to analyze, plan, control, and report the status of all contractually delivered documentation and to administer configuration management support operations on one or more assigned programs


Training   and Certifications in the following may be required:

  •   AS9100 training
  •   Crimp, Cable, and Harness Certification per applicable   standard
  •   Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Control per applicable   standard
  •   General Safety Awareness, IT Security,   Environmental Compliance, and Personnel Safety and Health
  •   Mate / Demate per applicable standard
  •   Hazardous Materials Handlers (see Safety and   Health Plan)
  •   High Pressure Operations per applicable   standard
  •   Operations Safety Supervisor per applicable   standard
  • Ordnance        / Pyrotechnics Certification per applicable standard
  • Soldered        Electrical and Electronic Assemblies per applicable standard


Minimum   Education Required

  •   Bachelor’s Degree   in Engineering or Science


Minimum   Experience Required

  •   Engineer – Minimum 2 years


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: 1-3 Years
Education: Bachelors
Expertise: Engineering
Group: Space