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BAE Systems

Principal Mechanical Engineer



Full Time

On Site


Radford, Virginia, United States

Job Description

What’s it like working for a company that delivers life-saving products and services to our nation’s military? Humbling. As part of our Ordnance Systems team, you will be on the forefront of energetics technology and working alongside some of the best industry's top talent. We are currently hiring for an experienced Mechanical Engineer that can see the big picture to support design and construction of multi-million dollar modernization programs at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant in Radford, VA.

Here, we value our workforce, and their well-being. We prioritize safety, work life balance, and offer competitive benefits. Whether it's a flexible work schedule or career development opportunities, you'll find it with us. Make a difference doing work you can be proud of, challenged, and part of a team that shares a passion of helping to protect our nation.

In this role, you will be responsible for mechanical engineering and technical tasks to support design and construction of multi-million dollar modernization programs. Your work will include planning, design, analysis, and engineering inputs into the construction and maintenance of chemical plant facilities. You will take process flow diagrams created by chemical engineers to specify mechanical equipment that meet required temperature and pressure ranges. You will provide technical oversight during the actual field installation and commissioning of equipment.

The position requires a high degree of technical competence regarding the broad application of mechanical engineering principles to the development of new capabilities and/or solutions to customers’ challenging modernization problems.

You will perform one or more of the following mechanical engineering functions:
o Work with a multi-discipline engineering team to perform plant and project engineering. Select construction materials and methods, write specifications, supervise and prepare mechanical drawings, control cost, and manage work to meet project schedules
o Perform mechanical engineering analyses for steam systems, hydraulic systems, pumping / piping systems, HVAC systems, machinery design and layout, process cooling and heating systems, storage tank design and construction, vessel design and construction, inspection and repair
o Conduct inspections of existing facilities such as buildings, equipment, and pipelines to determine the integrity and safety. Make recommendations concerning any needed modifications
o Develop plans and schedules for the construction phase of projects ensuring that materials, equipment, and personnel will be available to meet project schedules
o Ensure that work is performed in accordance with plans, specifications, and good construction practices and within cost during the execution phase
o Consider safety in all aspects of work and design

BAE Systems helps protect those who protect us. At our R&D and manufacturing facility at the Radford Ammunition Plant in Radford, VA we do this by developing safer energetics for our government and commercial customers. Radford AAP has provided high quality energetics for our soldiers since WWII and will continue to push the frontier of energetic material synthesis and manufacturing with your help. Learn more about this area of our business at [Register to View]
Required Education, Experience, & Skills o Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from an accredited university. We may consider a closely related degree
o Typically Six (6)+ years related experience including design, construction, and commissioning
o Working knowledge of applicable codes and standards
o Working knowledge of 3D design / modeling
o Tank and Vessel Design / Fabrication Methods / Inspection & Testing
o Machine Design / Fabrication Methods
o Pumps / Piping System Design
o Possess clear and concise verbal and written communication skills
o Self-motivated with ability to work in a team environment with a high level of attention to detail
o Ability to meet required deadlines while simultaneously completing other tasks
o Ability to develop and maintain expertise in CADD software for efficient production of engineering work
o Create detailed project proposals, scopes of work, and estimates
o Ability to direct design teams and external design firms
o Review and approve design packages from equipment suppliers and design firms providing constructability input
o Execute commissioning plan and maintain documentation as needed
o Ability to interface with site operations and maintenance teams
o Capable of creating required engineering documentation using Microsoft Office Suite products including Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Project
Preferred Education, Experience, & Skills o Professional Engineering License
o Energetics materials experience
o Chemical manufacturing experience
o Pipe Stress Analysis using Caesar II
o P&ID Development
o Finite Element Analysis and Computational Fluid Dynamics (Caesar II, Fathom, Arrow, etc.)
o Experience in the design and construction of chemical manufacturing facilities that involve the use of acids, bases, and solvents for the production of energetic materials.
About BAE Systems Platforms & Services BAE Systems is a premier global defense and security company with approximately 90,000 employees delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support and services. With headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, this Platform and Services Group of BAE Systems employs nearly 11,000 professionals at more than 30 locations worldwide. Platform and Services is a global leader in the design, development, production, and service support of armored combat vehicles, major and minor caliber naval guns and missile launchers, canisters, artillery systems, and intelligent munitions. People are the greatest asset in any Company. Equal Opportunity Employer/Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Gender Expression