Subject Matter Expert Radome Engineer

RTN 2 (Raytheon IDMS)
Tucson, AZ 85701
The Materials Engineering Department of the Mechanical Products Team (MPT) is seeking an experienced Senior Materials Engineer with working knowledge and documented experience in Radome Design. The selected candidate will be responsible for supporting material systems requirements, leading integration efforts at suppliers, supporting all phases of programs including; development, test and production. The candidate will present work in program and department reviews, and provide expert guidance, leadership and mentoring to peers and team members. The position is in the Materials Engineering Department of the Mechanical Products Team. This organization is responsible for the full spectrum of Materials Engineering, including polymers, plastics, elastomers, metals ceramics, glasses, lubricants, coatings, composites, energetics, adhesive, sealants, and electronic material. The Department is responsible for the development, selection, specification, testing, evaluation, characterization, and innovation in materials and materials processing. The Department performs work in all stages of the product life cycle, including failure analysis and material support for the supply base.

As a core team member your objectives will include:
  • Program Technical Performance: Provide guidance, influence, leadership and technical advocacy for all types of materials & processes, with focus in radomes, ensuring optimal technical solutions, solid risk analysis, completing project milestones, and guiding manufacturing at suppliers.
  • Research & Development: Establish technical plans and work with internal teams on IRAD and working with customers to convert IRAD into CRAD.
  • Organizational Development: Participate in the training and development of team members and new hires. Serve as a mentor both formally and informally.
  • Develop Intellectual Property: Author papers and participate in industry conferences to share knowledge and lessons learned.
  • Develop patents and trademarks as needed. Leverage knowledge base across adjacent technologies and help gain IRAD and
  • CRAD funding.
  • Customer Interaction: Ensure there is a high level of comfort and trust with program team and engineering leadership.

Key Responsibilities (essential functions):
  • Continue to develop material strategic and technology development roadmaps for radomes
  • Participate in development of design concepts for radome materials
  • Select, analyze, test and evaluate radome materials for missile applications
  • Provide technical oversight of subcontracted design activities and technical direction to Materials engineers
  • Support failure analysis and corrective action
  • Present radome design models and supporting analyses/test results to internal and customer review meetings
  • Support proposals requiring material technologies
  • Provide counsel and mentoring for more junior members of the Department
  • Oversee development of Critical Item Development Specifications (CIDS)
  • Oversee fact-finding and contract negotiations
  • Test data reduction
  • Ensure technical rigor and depth of all deliverables

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 & Education:
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in radome materials
  • Experience with any of the following:
Assessment of electro-optical dome material properties
Missile radome materials, properties, and/or manufacturing methods
Anti-reflective coatings for optical domes
Fractography of brittle materials
Weibull analysis
Mechanical testing methods for ceramic materials
High Speed rain impact testing
  • Experience with tools used for analysis of material properties (SEM, FTIR, Thermomechanical analysis)
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Bachelor of Science in Materials Science, Ceramics, and/or Engineering, Science or Applied Physics.

Desired Experience Skills & Education:
  • PhD in Material Science
  • 20 years of directly related experience in radome design, development, and test
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Work, Excel, Power Point &
  • Project)
  • Project Management as applied to team interaction and deliverables
  • Technical management of subcontracts on Government programs
  • Proposal and cost preparation, requirements definition, analysis, test and verification; operational test support; supplier collaboration
  • Willing to travel to suppliers and government facilities
  • Supplier collaboration experience and oversight generating specifications and statements of work (SOW)
  • Experience in generating proposals
  • Experience in business development and technology road mapping
  • Strong interpersonal skills working in a team environment with positive interaction
  • Strong network across energetics technical community


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Subject Matter Expert Radome Engineer

RTN 2 (Raytheon IDMS)
Tucson, AZ 85701

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