Employment Opportunity

Job Code: GW-04052212243933
Salary Range: Up to $175K
Job Location: VA--
City: Marion    State: VA



Requires a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, or a related Science, Engineering 
or Mathematics field. Also requires 10+ years of job-related experience, or a Master's 
degree plus 8 years of job-related experience.


CLEARANCE REQUIREMENTS: Department of Defense Secret security clearance is required within 
a reasonable period of time. 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.




The company has an immediate opening for a Lead Structures Engineer - Composites.  This 
position provides an opportunity to further advance the cutting-edge technology that 
supports some of our nation’s core defense/intelligence services and systems.  The 
company's employees work closely with esteemed customers to develop solutions that allow 
them to carry out high-stakes national security missions.




Lead Responsibilities:

Coordinate within the organization to ensure all Structural Engineering activities are 
completed within schedule, budget, scope, and quality requirements
Mentor engineers, guiding them to perform at their best.
Lead structural bid and proposal efforts, reviewing the group’s estimates to ensure 
sufficient coverage and schedule allowance.
Perform documentation reviews, ensuring the correct level of quality is achieved.
Ensure all specs, processes, codes, and applicable regulations are followed.
Identify and propose solutions for potential program / departmental risks
Assist Technical Manager with departmental activities as needed.

Structural Responsibilities:

Multi-Disciplinary Position – Stress (design and operations support, MRB), M&P (authoring 
test plans, reports, data regression), Static & Dynamic (normal modes, random vibration), 
Test Engineering
Develop structural models of various product lines (radomes, aerostructures, expandable 
shelters, tooling, and other misc structures) that will be used for static and dynamic 
(normal modes, random vibration) analysis.
Support development program structural qualification testing, including writing test 
plans, on site testing coordination, writing test reports, etc. Qualification tests may 
include static loads, shock & vibration, and bird strike testing.
Support nonconforming material evaluations as a member of material review board (MRB) 
relating to the structural analysis of components and assemblies, and recommend solutions
Familiarity with ASTM test standards used in the testing of polymer matrix composite (PMC) 
solid and sandwich laminates.
Support M&P Engineering in the development of material qualification/ certification 
efforts, including supporting test plan development and reports.
Lead the planning and execution of small projects or task elements within larger projects, 
organizations, or for groups of projects
Support technical customer meetings and presentations
Support Internal Research and Development projects
Conduct feasibility studies and testing of new and modified designs
Travel will be required (infrequent to 10%)


Strong FEA (Finite Element Analysis) experience utilizing ANSYS (preferred) or NASTRAN 
(willing to learn ANSYS)
Strong structural analysis product experience with composite materials utilizing a wide 
range of composite manufacturing processes including hand lay-up/autoclave cure and 
adhesive bonding
Experience with analyzing and testing polymer matrix composites
Experience in a manufacturing environment in stress and structural design
Experience with composites materials testing and qualification methods
Ability to analyze material failure data and laboratory test results to determine causes 
of failure for composite products
Ability to quickly understand and interpret the technical, organizational and process 
aspects of the tasks assigned and relate them to the technical needs of the overall 
project or organization
Ability to interpret engineering drawings and specifications
Excellent verbal and written communication skills including ability to prepare and present 
technical briefings to senior management and customers
High degree of analytic problem-solving skills; solution oriented
Experience with design of experiments
Familiarity with CNC machining, assembly, and finishing
Proficient in MS Office applications – Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
Experience with Shock and Vibration testing a plus.
A Professional Engineer (PE) license or DER is a plus, but not required
Experience in a previous lead role is a plus