Principal Engineer

The Principal Engineer provides technical oversight and leadership to personnel within the Company and the industry on projects and issues of strategic importance.  Coordinates with senior management, marketing, and research and development to identify strategic opportunities, evaluate technology feasibility, recommend technology acquisition, and protect strategic technology positions.  Interacts with program management, marketing, and research and development engineering to ensure technologies are market driven, cost effective, timely, safe, and reliable. 

Assumes a principal role in the coordination of all technical activities in assigned product group for assigned projects, plans, and schedules; conducts and coordinates assigned engineering work; monitors work for compliance to applicable codes, accepted engineering practices company standards; ensures effective communication and coordination on assigned projects between all disciplines and all other project participants.  Mentors and leads engineering activities with regard to assigned projects.


Establishes systems for evaluating technical feasibility and develops techniques and methods for addressing highly complex engineering issues.

Consults with management in matters considered vital to the strategic success of the company as well as in the development of departmental goals, objectives, budgets, projects, and procedures.

Directs activities of engineers, technicians, and others assigned to specific projects or work groups as necessary.

Participates in professional and industry organizations to maintain and enhance expertise actively seeking, researching, and recommending new and innovative applications of technology.

Provides technical leadership for large project development and implementation. Works closely with less skilled individuals to promote and exchange knowledge.

Effectively communicates with customers, peers, and departmental management in business matters in both written and verbal form.  Orients communications at a managerial level, blending technical and non-technical perspectives.

Reviews product designs for conformance with engineering principles, company standards, customer contract requirements, and related specifications.

Coordinates activities related to technical developments, scheduling, and resolving engineering design and test problems.

Participates in Client/contractor meetings and resolving Client/engineering and management project issues.

Prepares and presents: marketing technical information, detailed proposals, design review packages, failure analysis, and program cost analysis.

Extensive knowledge of applicable engineering theory, methods and practices.  Ability to apply sound engineering principles to the solution of routine technical problems; perform complex mathematical and engineering calculations;  handle multiple priorities, detailed work to meet project deadlines. Possess excellent communication skills both verbal and written, to support effective correspondence with internal as well as external customers. Ability to read and interpret blueprints/specifications, and technical writing.  Experience in supplier and customer interaction; project management experience including budget and team responsibilities. 

Capable of using computer assisted engineering and design software and equipment to prepare engineering and design documents such as Autodesk Inventor, AutoCAD, Solidworks, CFDesign, and Cosmos; must be proficient in MS Word, Project, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook; and also have the ability to interpret, FEA and CFD analyses. Knowledge of standard machine shop practices. 

Requires U.S. Citizenship and may require the ability to obtain a U.S. Government Security Clearance at the appropriate level.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Bachelor's degree (B.S.) in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering from a four-year college or university; twelve (12) years related experience and/or training or equivalent combination of education and experience. An advanced degree in engineering is highly desirable.