PDS Tech Inc Manufacturing Engineer - Top Secret in Sterling, Virginia

PDS Tech Inc. is seeking a Manufacturing Engineer, in Dulles, VA.


  • No design work; manufacturing production environment where Engineers coordinate system-level builds and empower touch-labor Technicians.

  • Daily interfacing with Program managers, Functional supervisors, and other disciplines like Elec/RF/QA is required, so good communication skills under occasionally stressful situations is essential.

  • Occasional Hands-on work around extremely fragile space product installations and modifications.

  • After proving reliability over time, more hands-on work becomes available.

  • Ability to demonstrate general technical knowledge in manufacturing including interpreting complex engineering drawings, schematics, and diagrams.

  • 100% adherence to established ISO processes, diligence to detail, and efficient execution with quality results for cost effectiveness absolutely required.

  • Ability to learn quickly.

  • Bonding, taping, torquing, etc. with delicate honeycomb composite/aluminum panels and aluminum brackets a minimum.

  • Must have "a touch" for delicate equipment.

  • Ability to identify issues, escalate to appropriate channels, and implement solutions after engineering review to routine process problems of limited scope.

  • Ability to work with diverse team, take constructive feedback from Safety and QA support personnel, and understudy with assigned mentor for up to 6 months is required.

  • Responsible and evaluated for performance metrics with heavy emphasis on quality of work and efficiency.

  • Experience with working inside Clean Rooms, Hazardous Material Handling, Hazardous Operations protocols, and related operational protocols strongly recommended.

  • Knowledge of basic 3D Modeling, Excel, Word, Powerpoint, general computer handling, and Tool Control helpful but not required.

  • ESD, FOD, and 5S management techniques strongly recommended.

  • Knowledge of advanced machine shop principles helpful.

  • Little to no machine shop work is done by I&T Techs, but interfacing with Machine Dept. required on occasion.

  • Focus for this level is executing technical processes, procedures, and helping the team produce quality work in a cost effective manner.

  • All operations require a "Buddy system" for checks and balances.

  • Second/third shift 24/7, weekend work, and occasional 4+ weeks travel on launch campaigns (international travel) are required of everyone.

  • Occasional short-term projects with travel required.

  • A rotating off-shift coverage allows Engineers to plan ahead up to 3 months, but last minute requests are common to support the dynamic schedules seen in I&T.

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.