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Mechanical Engineer

Company: Penn State University
Location: Freeport
Posted on: May 27, 2023

Job Description:


  • CURRENT PENN STATE EMPLOYEE (faculty, staff, technical service, or student), please login to Workday to complete the internal application process. Please do not apply here, apply internally through Workday.
    • CURRENT PENN STATE STUDENT (not employed previously at the university) and seeking employment with Penn State, please login to Workday to complete the student application process. Please do not apply here, apply internally through Workday.
      • If you are NOT a current employee or student, please click "Apply" and complete the application process for external applicants. JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

        The Electro-Optics & Electronics (EOE) Division of the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State University, located in Freeport PA, is seeking an entry-level, Mechanical Engineer within their Opto-Mechanical System Department. ARL's purpose is to develop innovative solutions to challenging national problems in support of the Navy, Department of Defense (DoD), and Intelligence communities engineering and technology needs. You will work with a multi-disciplinary team of scientists and engineers performing a wide range of applied research and development projects involving lasers, sensors, and electro-optical technology.

        ARL is an authorized DoD SkillBridge partner and welcomes all transitioning military members to apply.

        Responsibilities include:
        • Design and analyze components utilized for HEL, imaging and other EO systems utilizing design tools such as Solidworks, ANSYS, Sigfit, MATLAB, and others for size, weight, stiffness, and performance over temperature, vibration, and inertial loads.
        • Work with optical engineers to iterate designs based on analysis results and impact to image quality, pointing stability, thermal creep, etc.
        • Develop drawings with specification for fabrication including tolerances, finish, etc. Work with vendors on requirements and manufacture-ability.
        • Integrate and test at the component and system level. Conduct field testing of optical systems at sponsor facilities and outdoor test ranges. This position will be filled as a Level 1 or 2 Research and Development Engineer depending upon the successful candidate's education and experience. Minimally requires a BS degree in an Engineering or Science discipline. Additional experience and education are required for higher-level positions. A Masters' degree in Mechanical Engineering is preferred.

          Higher-level responsibilities include:
          • Excellent organization, presentation, interpersonal, and communication skills.
          • Ability to work effectively as part of a project team and interface with sponsor organizations.
          • Assist in new concept development and project/task execution; analyzing alternatives and applying engineering and project management techniques and procedures to assignments.
          • Assist in the development of project plans for new projects with internal and external stakeholders by identifying issues and solutions. Required skills and experience includes:
            • Ability to clearly communicate, document, and present results
            • Demonstrated ability to work independently, as part of a multidisciplinary team and adapt to changing requirements
            • Eligibility for Secret Clearance
            • Travel, at times up to 50%, will be required/expected to support programs. Preferred skills and experience includes:
              • Optical sciences or related field
              • Mechanical design and analysis software such as Solidworks, ProE, etc.
              • Development of opto-mechanical systems or mechanical structures with size, weight, and stiffness requirements
              • Manufacturing including machining, welding, adhesives, and finishing
              • Data analysis and interpretation
              • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, speaking with ease to very senior and large audiences
              • An active Secret security clearance with eligibility for TS/SCI is highly desirable

                Work location is at the Electro-Optics & Electronics Division in Freeport, PA. You must be a U.S. citizen to apply. You must submit a cover letter of interest and a resume to be considered for this position.

                ARL at Penn State is an integral part of one of the leading research universities in the nation and serves as a University center of excellence in defense science, systems, and technologies with a focus in naval missions and related areas.

                You will be subject to a government security investigation, and you must be a U.S. citizen to apply. Employment with the ARL will require successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen.

                ARL is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion; we believe this is central to our success as a Department of Defense designated University Affiliated Research Center (UARC). We are at our best when we draw on the talents of all parts of society, and our greatest accomplishments are achieved when diverse perspectives are part of our workforce.

                FOR FURTHER INFORMATION on ARL, visit our web site at www.arl.psu.edu.


                Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Pennsylvania Act of 1988, Penn State publishes a combined Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report (ASR). The ASR includes crime statistics and institutional policies concerning campus security, such as those concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. The ASR is available for review here.

                Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

                EEO IS THE LAW

                Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applications without regards to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please contact 814-865-1473.

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