Principal Mechanical Engineer - Lethal Effects

RTN 2 (Raytheon IDMS)
Huntsville, AL 35801
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Do you have a passion for Warhead Technology and Computational mechanics?

Would you enjoy working on advanced warhead and lethal effects technologies using scientific principles, theories and concepts to the weapon warhead system for implementation into missiles?

Do you strive for customer satisfaction?

Are you a team player and builder?

If you answered "yes" to these questions, we want to talk to you!


The Principal Mechanical Engineer Lethal Effects position is in the Energetics and Propulsion Department of the Mechanical Products Directorate. This organization is responsible for the full spectrum of warhead, fuzing, and propulsion designs/technology, including power systems, ignition, and all other weapon initiation safety systems technology. The successful Lethal Effects Engineer will have demonstrated competency in energetics technologies:

The primary area of technical focus and responsibility is Lethal Mechanisms. The duties include defining target defeat mechanism to produce required lethal effect on target. In this role, the Lethal Effects Engineer establishes warhead subsystem architecture and functional modes of operation and develops warhead subsystem development specifications. There is also a subsystem focus: blast & fragmentation warheads, penetrator-forming warheads, kinetic-energy penetrators, hard-target penetrators and multi-warhead systems. This position is located in Huntsville, AL.
The successful candidate will:
  • Apply and/or develop advanced warhead technologies using scientific principles, theories and concepts to the weapon warhead system for implementation into missiles
  • Computational Mechanics: Provides direction and oversight of energetics subsystem computations from energetic thermochemistry, low-rate reaction ballistics analyses, high-rate hydrocode reactions (detonation & shock physics/explosion dynamics/penetration mechanics/impact dynamics/target kinematics), lethality & effectiveness analyses, and weapon threat vulnerability sensitivity (Insensitive Munitions) analyses.
  • Provide technical oversight to the subcontractor
  • Support the Safety Engineering organization by planning and performing insensitive munitions testing and safety analyses as needed
  • Frequently interface with the Customer to identify user needs
  • Manage subcontract suppliers to specify and deliver required subsystem components on schedule and on budget
Key Responsibilities (essential functions):
  • Contribute to technology development roadmaps
  • Design concepts for target defeat mechanisms (warheads)
  • Design, analyze, test and evaluate warhead systems
  • Perform warhead system/component design
  • Provide technical oversight of subcontracted design activities and technical direction to warhead engineers
  • Support failure analysis and corrective action through redesign of failed warhead component or system
  • Present warhead design models and supporting analyses/test results to internal and customer review meetings
  • Support proposals requiring warhead technologies
  • Provide counsel and mentoring for more junior members of the Department
  • Support development of Critical Item Development Specifications (CIDS)
  • Oversee fact-finding and contract negotiations
  • Test data reduction
  • Generate warhead performance data files for use in performance assessments and requirements compliance
  • Ensure technical rigor and depth of all deliverables
  • Must be willing to travel to suppliers and government facilities
  • Technical management of subcontracts on Government programs
  • Proposal and cost preparation, requirements definition, and warhead subsystems analysis, test and verification; operational test support; supplier collaboration
U.S. Citizenship status is required as this position needs an active U.S. Security Clearance as of day one of employment.
Required Experience, Skills and Education:
  • A minimum of 8 years of experience in computational mechanics or warhead engineering or equivalent (MS with 6 years or Ph.D. with 4 years of experience)
  • Must have experience in:
    • Lethal effects or Warhead or Energetic Device Design & Analyses
    • Ordnance manufacturing process technologies or Insensitive Munitions mitigation technology (design, materials, etc)
  • Bachelor of Science in any of the following: General Engineering, Aerospace, Mechanical, Electrical, Systems Engineering, Applied Physics or related field.
  • U.S Citizenship is required
Desired Experience, Skills and Education:
  • 10 years of directly related experience in computations from energetic thermochemistry, low-rate reaction ballistics analyses, high-rate hydrocode reactions (detonation & shock physics/explosion dynamics/penetration mechanics/impact dynamics/target kinematics), lethality & effectiveness analyses, and weapon threat vulnerability sensitivity (Insensitive Munitions) analyses
  • Development of warhead Technical Performance Measures (TPM), Key Product Characteristics (KPC), Key Characteristic Control (KCC)
  • Experience with ordnance manufacturing process technologies
  • Experience with Munitions mitigation technology (design, materials)
  • Supplier collaboration experience and oversight generating specifications and statements of work (SOW)
  • Experience in business development and technology road mapping
  • Demonstrated success as a team leader
  • Systems architecture as warhead subsystem designer
  • Co-development of threat defeat requirements from system lethality analyses and validating design lethality implementation in flight simulators
  • Validation and verification of lethality elements in system performance modeling from development and qualification tests of subsystems
  • Engineering design in development projects
  • Project Management as applied to team interaction and deliverables
  • Design and analysis of mechanical subsystems
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Work, Excel, Power Point & Project)
  • Advanced degree in aforementioned disciplines. ABET is the preferred, although not required, accreditation standard
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