Senior Design Engineer

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 194000 - Raspet
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Salary Grade/Salary Minimum:

16/Minimum 56,900 

Department Profile:

The Raspet Flight Research Laboratory (RFRL), the premier manned and unmanned aviation research facility in the nation, was established in 1948. RFRL possesses a rich heritage in full-scale aircraft RDT&E, particularly in advanced flight test. RFRL’s rich history includes dozens of aviation “firsts,” particularly in the application of cutting-edge composite structures in aviation. Today, RFRL’s focus is to perform advanced research, development, and testing of:
1) Manned and Unmanned Aircraft; 2) Automated Flight Control Systems; 3) Aircraft Sub-Structures and Components; 4) Ground and Airborne Sensor Systems, including Detect and Avoid; and 5) Ground and Maritime Robotics. MSU’s unique position as the only university that is both the FAA-designated lead for the national UAS Center of Excellence, and an FAA-designated UAS Test Site, provides unparalleled capability to conduct world-class research and comprehensive flight testing for unmanned aircraft, ground control systems, component systems, and key supporting technologies such as detect and avoid. In addition to our flight RDT&E capabilities, RFRL also offers cutting-edge composite materials design, fabrication, prototyping, and low-rate initial production through the Marvin B. Dow Stitched Composites Development Center. RFRL also regularly helps grow aviation-related companies and innovative technologies through our role as a technology incubator. Throughout our illustrious aviation history, RFRL has been dedicated to outstanding research programs, strategic alliances with industry and government, and close collaboration with academic units of the university. Raspet offers faculty, staff, students, industry, and government agencies a facility with experience and capability for composite fabrication, structural testing, UAS and component RDT&E, in-flight sensor evaluation, and flight test instrumentation and test assistance.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


1. Conducts overall planning and implementation of composite design and fabrication projects, tasks, research and tests.
2. Evaluates project requirements and validates with the customer.
3. Facilitates the definition of project goals, scope and key deliverables.
4. Assists in the development of composite project plans to include design objectives, selection of materials, creation of tooling, selection of fabrication methods, materials and supporting resources.
5. Defines project tasks and determines the requisite resource requirements for successful execution.
6. Designs composite components.
7. Creates appropriate fabrication tooling.
8. Fabricates composite components in accordance with design plans.
9. Assembles composite components into finished structures.
10. Tests composite components and structures to ensure design requirements have been met.
11. Develops, manages and tracks project budgets and prepares budget reports as required.
12. Manages project schedules and tracks milestones/deliverables.
13. Orders materials, supplies, equipment and makes other project purchases as authorized by the Director.
14. Conducts quality assurance functions, project evaluations and assessments as required.
15. Monitors and reports on progress of projects to internal and external stakeholders.
16. Determines, implements and manages project changes and interventions as required to achieve project goals and deliverables.
17. Prepares and submits appropriate progress and summary reports as specified.
18. Conducts tours, demonstrations, and presentations in support of university public relations, marketing and business development.
19. Performs related duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibility
This position does not have supervisory responsibility.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's Degree in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering,or other Engineering-related field. Three (3) years of experience in the design, engineering, fabrication and test of complex composite structures with focus in Aerospace composite structures.

Substitution allowed: Any equivalent combination of education and/or experience approved by Human Resources Management.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master's Degree in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or other Engineering-related field 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

• Knowledge of composite structures design and fabrication techniques.
• Knowledge of the application of composite materials and technologies for aerospace structures and components.
• Experience in designing, fabricating and testing of components and structures using composite materials.
• Experience in conducting composite-based research projects.
• Knowledge of Microsoft Office, computer networking and programs, and computer based systems.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills. 

Working Conditions and Physical Effort:

• Physical ability to support shop and test lab personnel for short periods of time - move freely across elevated work platforms to coordinate design changes with technicians.
• The position may require employee to work with hazardous materials. Employee is required to wear personal protective equipment.
• Physical requirements include frequent sitting, talking, hearing, walking, and standing. Occasionally requires reaching, climbing or balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling handling objects with hands, and lifting up to 55 pounds.
• Vision requirements: Ability to see information in print and/or electronically. Externally exposed to deadlines; set and revised beyond one’s control; interruptions influence priorities; difficult to anticipate nature or volume of work with certainty beyond a few days; meeting of deadlines and coordination of unrelated activities are key to position; will involve conflict- resolution or similar interactions involving emotional issues or stress on a regular basis. 

Restricted Clause:

Position contingent upon funding availability. 

Instructions for Applying:

Applicant must apply online. Attach a cover letter, and current CV/resume and provide contact information for three (3) references. Upon request provide official transcripts for all degrees. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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