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Principal Mechanical Engr


This is a Contract position in Cortaro, AZ posted June 10, 2021.

About Us:
At Raytheon Missiles & Defense, by combining our vast resources and investments, we are able to dedicate ourselves to solving mission-level vs. product-level customer challenges – together we can anticipate more, move faster and make a bigger impact on the big picture.

Job Summary:
Are you someone that has a passion for working in the aerospace industry on products that are on the cutting edge of technology?
Are you an individual that has a desire to lead a team in a fast paced environment that delivers products that protect the war-fighter?
Do you want to be a part of a Directorate that challenges you, grows your skills, and intentionally provides new opportunities across programs to influence product architecture?
If you answered yes to these questions, we’d like to talk to you about your career.

The Mechanical Products Team (MPT) is seeking a Principal Mechanical Engineer in Tucson AZ, to work as a Section Leader and be responsible for mechanical systems and airframe architecture of multiple products produced by Raytheon Missiles & Defense.

Responsibilities to Anticipate:
The Section Leader will work through a team to ensure that mechanical system requirements are met (such as environmental loading and flow down to mechanical sub-systems), leading the mechanical architecture of products, leading the design phase enabling early cycles of learning, establishing critical design elements and processes, ensuring the delivery of the Tech Data Package (TDP), influence integration & qualification plans, and maintain the design integrity during the production sustainment life cycle. The candidate will also be accountable for product cost and schedule performance.

As a Principal Engineer, the individual is expected to function without appreciable direction or supervision, exercising considerable latitude in defining terms and conditions of deliverables in collaboration across Engineering, Operations, Supply Chain, and Quality. Candidates should possess a proven record of delivered performance through data-driven decision making, risk and opportunity management, and systems thinking to ensure delivery of a quality product. Additionally, the candidate will promote a teaching culture in developing new talent through engagement of early career and mid-level engineers to share knowledge, lessons learned, and best practices. A strong candidate will be very familiar with the Responsible Engineering Authority (REA) role and leverage their leadership skills to drive technical execution plans. This role will require the need to access and work in proprietary areas onsite.

Qualifications You Must Have:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering

  • Eight (8) years professional experience in mechanical design and / or production support

  • Experience in missile system design and verification testing

  • Proficiency with CAD solid modeling tools and analysis tools

  • Experienced in applied Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerance

  • Experienced in developing and presenting reports for Engineering Review Boards.

  • Proven ability in leading technical teams and putting forth execution plans

  • Must have a working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

  • Must currently have or be able to obtain a Department of Defense Secret clearance

  • Ability to access and work onsite in proprietary areas

U.S. Citizenship status is required as this position needs an active U.S. Security Clearance as of day one of employment.

Qualifications We Value:

  • Twelve (12) years professional experience in aerospace industry preferred

  • Advanced degree in Mechanical Engineering or other Engineering discipline

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; both verbally and written

  • Recognized technical authority in supporting non-advocate reviews

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities from multiple sources

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and execute technical plans

  • Experience leading investigative teams relative to root cause and corrective action

  • Expertise in mechanical sub-systems packaging, materials, thermal, structural analysis energetics principles, control systems, interconnect, airframe, or large assembly development

  • Capable of supporting assignments both in design development and production support

  • Working knowledge of RMD processes and procedures

  • Knowledge and experience in EVMS principles

What We Offer:
Whether you’re just starting out on your career journey or are an experienced professional, we offer a robust total rewards package that goes above and beyond with compensation; healthcare, wellness, retirement and work/life benefits; career development and recognition programs. Some of the superior benefits we offer include parental (including paternal) leave, flexible work schedules, achievement awards, educational assistance and child/adult backup care.

Location Information:
This position is located in beautiful Tucson, AZ. Tucson has a friendly, caring and laid-back atmosphere, combined with the innovation and energy of a metropolitan region and recognized as one of America’s 10 Best Small Cities. Surrounded by beautiful mountains, colorful Sonoran Desert landscape and majestic saguaro cacti, Tucson is blessed with some of nature’s best work. Tucson is known for its bright blue skies, and with more than 310 sunny days per year, Tucson’s fantastic weather lets residents enjoy the outdoors year-round.

This position requires the eligibility to obtain a security clearance. Non-US citizens may not be eligible to obtain a security clearance. The Defense Industrial Security Clearance Office (DISCO), an agency of the Department of Defense, handles and adjudicates the security clearance process. Security clearance factors include, but are not limited to, allegiance to the US, foreign influence, foreign preference, criminal conduct, security violations and drug involvement. Employment is contingent on other factors, including, but not limited to, background checks and drug screens.

This position requires either a U.S. Person or a Non-U.S. Person who is eligible to obtain any required Export Authorization.


Raytheon is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.