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Manufacturing Engineer with Current Security Clearance

General Dynamics Mission Systems

This is a Full-time position in Herndon, VA posted May 2, 2021.

Education Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing or Industrial Engineering, plus a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience; or Master’s degree.

Clearance Requirements:

An active Department of Defense SECRET security clearance is REQUIRED at time of hire. Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Due to the nature of work performed within our facilities, U.S. citizenship is required.

Help make the technologies, products and services that make a difference. That’s the opportunity that’s waiting for you at General Dynamics Mission Systems. We help our nation’s heroes keep our nation safe by creating solutions so advanced, they redefine innovation for the world. It’s an amazing challenge. And it’s waiting for you now.


We will rely on your professional expertise to develop, implement and maintain methods, operation sequence and processes in the manufacturing or fabrication of parts, components, sub-assemblies and final assemblies. The Senior Manufacturing Engineer will develop strong communications with internal teams to estimate manufacturing costs, determine time standards and make recommendations for tooling and process requirements of new or existing product lines. At GDMS, we continually seek ways to develop and improve manufacturing methods, utilizing our team’s knowledge of product design, materials and parts, fabrication processes, tooling and production equipment capabilities, assembly methods, and quality control standards.



Key Responsibilities:

The Manufacturing Engineer provides manufacture and fabrication support on the development of mechanical and electromechanical systems, utility sub-system components, and structural systems. Responsibilities will include design and fabrication in program highbay areas with metal and woodworking capabilities. Work products will include specialized hardware components, assemblies, and prototypes required for program technology development tasking and in support of customer training and operation initiatives. The designer/fabricator will coordinate with Integrated Product Team (IPT) Leads and program management.


Scope of tasking will require the candidate to be familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within manufacturing and general construction trades. Candidate will rely on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals working under general supervision, alone and/or with a team of project engineers, as specific tasking dictates. Work involves hands-on development (design, prototyping, and testing) of one-of-a-kind solutions, often in support of quick response capability (QRC) programs, subsequent manufacture of training and operational parts, components, and mechanisms. Additionally, this role will require knowledge and operation of fixed wood/metal shop equipment, power and hand tools, and potentially a range of moving equipment including forklifts, scissor lifts, pallet jacks, and trucks.   The role requires working with the program team and sub-contractors in addition to direct interface with customer representatives. Candidate must be adaptable to a changing work environment, competing demands and be able to deal with frequent change, delays or unexpected events.



Preferred Qualifications:

  • Hands-on manufacturing and/or construction experience and ability to work independently, or with a team of engineers and/or technical operators, to fabricate physical proof-of-concept mock-ups in a shop/highbay environment
  • SME-level knowledge of technical requirements and practices in one or more areas of manufacturing, fabrication, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, machining, welding, masonry, etc.
  • Knowledge of equipment operation, assembly, installation, repair, etc., and knowledge of materials utilized, including wood, metal, concrete, and composites
  • Ability to use and maintain tools, equipment, and measuring instruments safely, and the ability to instruct other personnel on proper use
  • Ability to interpret and communicate technical requirements verbally and via design specifications, technical drawings, and written procedures 


What you’ll experience:

  • Technologies that aren’t just top-notch, they’re often top-secret
  • A team of bold thinkers committed to exploring what’s next
  • Opportunities to gain new knowledge – as it’s discovered

What you bring to the table:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing or Industrial Engineering, a related specialized area or field or equivalent experience) plus a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience; or Master’s degree
  • Solid knowledge with manufacturing processes and electrical/mechanical components, systems and applications
  • Solid understanding of lean techniques and statistical analysis

What sets you apart:

  • Creative, innovative responsibilities requiring advanced decision-making skills
  • Team player who thrives in collaborative environments and revels in team success, meeting and exceeding personal and team commitments
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development

General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) engineers a diverse portfolio of high technology solutions, products and services that enable customers to successfully execute missions across all domains of operation. With a global team of 12,000+ top professionals, we partner with the best in industry to expand the bounds of innovation in the defense and scientific arenas. Given the nature of our work and who we are, we value trust, honesty, alignment and transparency. We offer highly competitive benefits and pride ourselves in being a great place to work with a shared sense of purpose. You will also enjoy a flexible work environment where contributions are recognized and rewarded. If who we are and what we do resonates with you, we invite you to join our high performance team!

General Dynamics is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce. EOE/Disability/Veteran