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PDS Tech Inc Mechanical System Design Engineer in Manassas, Virginia

PDS Tech is seeking a Mechanical System Design Engineer for an open position in Manassas VA (preferred) or Cambridge MA (acceptable).

Job Description:

  • Supports the development and documentation of mechanical and fluid system and thermal environment requirements to establish the system design.

  • Supports the development, maintenance or modification of system, component and installation designs/proposals to provide design documentation to downstream groups.

  • Performs and documents analyses to validate and verify systems and components meet requirements and specifications.

  • Contributes to supplier development, test and production activities and directs the supplier to optimize integration and achieve program goals.

  • Supports system components' designs/proposals standards to provide installation and detail documentation.

  • Trains others.

  • Works under general direction.


  • Conduct the design, analysis, test, and integration of air vehicle subsystems, including but not limited to:

  • Landing gear, Steering, Braking, Flight control actuation, Hydraulic systems, Launch and recovery, Payload doors, Environment control system – ECS, Ground service equipment - GSE

  • Support definition of requirements for air vehicle subsystems.

  • Manage functional and physical interfaces between vehicle subsystems and the vehicle.

  • Performs analysis, modeling, and simulation to verify subsystems and components meet requirements.

  • Support execution of component, subsystem, and system-level testing, including generating test plans and procedures, test execution, and analysis of test results.

  • Communicates information about vehicle subsystem design, requirements, and performance between the design team, management, customer, subcontractors, and vendors.

Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum of B.S. in mechanical or aerospace engineering (or related STEM discipline) plus 5+ years of relevant experience (or equivalent combination of technical education and experience).

  • Demonstrated expertise in development of aerospace vehicle subsystems.

  • Experience with CAD software (CATIA V5 preferred).

  • Excellent written and communication skills.

  • Must be a U.S. Person.

Desired Requirements

  • Experience leading the development of aerospace systems, from conceptual design through production.

  • Project management experience.

  • Experience with system engineering processes, including but not limited to requirements development, system safety analysis (FHA, FTA, FMEA development), and reliability analysis.

  • Experience with finite element analysis, multi-body dynamics analysis, and/or thermal analysis.

  • Hands-on experience working with machine shops, specifying fasteners, bearings, and other hardware, integrating prototype aircraft, and conducting performance tests.

Physical Requirements

  • On-site/Hybrid in Manassas, VA - preferred

  • On-site/Hybrid in Cambridge, MA - acceptable

  • Fully Remote - acceptable, case-by-base

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, or other legally protected status.