Sr. Systems Engineer

Astronautics/Kearfott Corporation - Black Mountain, NC

30+ days agoFull-time
This position is responsible for the following:
Leading the design and development of electromechanical actuation systems for use in aircraft, missile, land and space products.
Reviewing and interpreting customer requirements, both technical and programmatic, and assessing the level of effort required to fulfill them. Decomposition and management of lower level requirements for mechanical, electrical, software, firmware and test stand elements of actuation programs.
System level modeling of actuation systems, including motors, controls etc.
Support technical program managers to ensure that work breakdown and tasks are adequately set up to ensure schedule and cost performance tracking.
Guide the development team to ensure design choices meet customer requirements.
Leading proposal efforts, prototype development and other New Product Introduction (NPI) activities culminating in the transition of new products into production.

Business Development Support

Travel as required to support customer needs (approximately 10-25%)
Support Product Line Manager (PLM) in proposal efforts and presentation of Kearfott capabilities
Support and advance relationships with our customers and their engineering teams

Required Skills
Product Life Cycle Engineering

Develops and maintains requirements and expectations for design of electromechanical actuation systems for use in aerospace and defense applications.
Reviews customer specifications and assess compliance of design to the requirements.
Process development and adherence to comply with FAA, EASA, or military certification requirements.
Ensure system safety, reliability and maintainability considerations are adequately captured in the work packages.
Decomposes sub-assembly specification requirements from end item specifications, using DOORS.
Development and validation of performance models using Matlab/Simulink, PLECS or similar tools.
Ensures that the design activity of all sub-functions (mechanical, electrical, software/firmware, test) can be successfully integrated to ensure the system meets customer requirements.
Support cost proposal activity including manufacturing and design cost assessment.
Lead development efforts for customer funded projects as well as IR&D projects.
Perform and coordinate design analysis.
Support the preparation of project schedules and perform other project management tasks as required.
Supports the preparation of formal proposal documents in response to RFP’s.

Required Experience
Critical Competencies

Understanding of manufacturing and design trade-offs (practical implementation of designs).
Flight controls understanding or experience is a plus.
Extensive understanding of the dynamic behavior of electromechanical systems.
Experience with regulations, certification standards, design assurance and systems standards such FAR 25, ARP4754, DO-254, DO-178C, MIL-STD-882E is a plus.
DXL scripting for DOORS is a plus.
Customer centric attitude.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Excellent presentation skills and presentation preparation (design reviews, marketing presentations, etc.)
Systems design, development and integration experience.
Ability to lead effectively in a cross functional team environment.
Ability to effectively communicate, in writing and verbally, across functional areas.
Drives for results; action oriented.
Continuously improves in all aspects.
Education & Experience

Minimum of 10 years in an aerospace motion control engineering and manufacturing environment required.
B S. in Systems, Mechanical, Electrical or Aerospace Engineering required, M.S. is preferred.
New product development experience required.
Solid understanding of aerospace and defense markets and requirements preferred.
Must be legally authorized to work in the US, visa sponsorship not available.