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Sr Composite Design & Manufacturing Engineer

Wallops Island, VA
Engineering and Sciences

Job Description

Job ID: JSD20181405-45673

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 Sr Composite Design and Manufacturing Engineer for our Technical Services Division team in our Wallops Island, VA office.


Necessary Experience

Minimum 5 years of experience working as a Composite Design and Manufacturing Engineer



Specific Requirements / Experience:

  • Expertise in material selection for specific aerospace applications.
  • Composite structure design experience.
  • Experience in thermal analysis of composite structures
  • Experience in thermal protection system design and application
  • Material process experience including but not limited to: machining, welding, heat treat, annealing, additive manufacturing, etc.…
  • Experience in structural qualification tests
  • Knowledge of principles of mechanical and structural design of rocket vehicles and ability to develop associated design documentation
  • Broad understanding of composite manufacturing methods, including but not limited to: tool function, part development, layup techniques, bagging techniques, molding techniques, vacuum systems, oven curing, trimming/drilling and inspection methods.
  • Hands-on experience with composite part and bonded assembly fabrication preferred
  • Must excel at computer aided modeling and drafting as well as finite element analysis.  SolidWorks and NASTRAN experience is preferred.
  • Must have excellent communication and problem-solving skills




The candidate will support the company’s objectives concerning composite product design and manufacturing requirements


Design & Analysis Engineer:

  • Responsible for understanding requirements, composite/metallic part design and analysis for structural integrity.
  • Design of tooling, fixtures, and jigs for composite structure manufacturing
  • Utilize innovation and creativity to solve complex issues related to requirements and manufacturing methods
  • Present design and analysis results at design reviews


Manufacturing Engineer

  • Select tools and equipment necessary for composite manufacturing
  • Lead and instruct technicians and operators through the manufacturing and qualification process




Other responsibilities:

  • Responsible for hardware tracking and design for solid rocket motors and flight termination systems
  • Assign vehicle system assets to flight missions, configuration control of the systems, collection and stock and purchase components and oversight of systems during and after the missions
  • Ability to work with shop and technician staff for assembly of vehicle systems hardware sets
  • Ability to organize and track vehicle systems assets and resolve scheduling challenges
  • Ability to use general software applications to maintain records on vehicle systems items and to write requirements and reports
  • Ability to generate procedures for handling of solid rocket motors, rocket motor hardware, and qualification test plans and reports
  • Perform other related duties as assigned or required



Minimum Education:

BS Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering



Training or certification in the following may be required:


Electrostatic Discharge ESD Control

General Safety Awareness

Hazardous Materials Handlers (see Safety and Health Plan)

High Pressure Operations

Ordnance / Pyrotechnics Certification


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: 5-8 Years
Education: Bachelors
Expertise: Engineering
Group: Space