General Dynamics Ordnance & Tactical Systems

Prin Design Engineer, Analysis

Job Locations US-ME-Saco | US-VT-Williston
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A Principal Design Engineer, Analysis role at General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems offers you the opportunity to be continually challenged and allows you to demonstrate your skills and talent in a highly collaborative environment. If you see yourself as a versatile individual, broadened experiences and career advancement are within your control.

We are about supporting the warfighter. We are about developing advanced rotary cannons, high speed ammunition handling systems, gun turrets, crew served weapons and other electro-mechanical technologies. Our products can be found with every U.S. military branch and with allies around the world.

You as the latest Principal Design Engineer, Analysis member of our team will be integral to the design, development, and analysis of many future rotary cannons, crew served weapons and other electro-mechanical systems. Come join our incredible team and know that you will be making a difference in the mission of our warfighter.

**This position is dual posted for our Saco, ME Operations and Williston, VT Operations

Major Position Responsibilities

You will be responsible for performing analyses of highly engineered, complex electro-mechanical systems developed for military applications. Your analyses will support the full product lifecycle, from concept design trade studies through verification of the design against performance requirements and followed by root cause determination of product malfunctions in service. Analyses performed will span a wide range from hand calculations using engineering theory to finite element analysis (ANSYS) and non-linear system dynamics and mechanism simulation (MSC/Adams). You will apply finite element modeling for large complex static structural analyses, material and geometric nonlinear analyses, and structural dynamics, including modal analyses, shock and vibration. You will be involved in the design process, working with the design team to develop solutions and to evaluate them to optimize weight and meet strength and life requirements. Fatigue, cumulative damage, fastener and gear analyses are common examples. You may also need to analyze heat transfer, fluid dynamics and composite materials. You will need to correlate your analytical models with test results using various instrumentation such as strain gauges, high speed cameras, thermocouples, and flow sensors. You will need to develop scope, schedule and cost estimates for your analyses.


Your assignments may include both engineering development and production support roles, which will require a broad knowledge of your technical specialty. You will be responsible for communicating your methods and results to the project team, business development, suppliers, industry partners, academia, customers and functional management. Your work will be performed with minimal supervision and guided by policies and procedures. You will be given considerable latitude in making decisions which may have relatively significant impact on the project or program. You may also function in a project leadership role on moderately sized projects or report to a more senior leader on large projects.

Basic Qualifications

Skills:  To succeed in this role you will need the ability to develop design solutions through application of your creative analysis, design, fabrication and test skills. You must be able to troubleshoot problems with failure analysis, root cause determination and corrective action implementation skills. You must be able to communicate your work products through written reports and oral presentations. You should be proficient with Creo, ANSYS and Adams, with additional experience using NX, MATLAB, Mathcad, LabVIEW and MMPDS strongly preferred.


Experience: A minimum of 6 years of experience is required for this position. Typical experience levels for this position range from 8 to 12 years of relevant experience.


Required Education: Bachelor’s degree in an applicable engineering, technical, or science discipline or equivalent experience.

Desired Education: Master’s degree in engineering.


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