Sr. Mechanical Systems Engineer - Spaceflight Instrumentation

Job Locations US-MD-Beltsville
Requisition ID
Position Category
No Clearance Required
Space & Intelligence


Peraton is looking for an experienced Senior Mechanical Systems Engineer to lead a mechanical team supporting spaceflight instrument development at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC.


Responsibilities for this position include detailed structural and mechanical design for instruments and experimental payload programs. The efforts associated with these tasks include the design, modeling, analysis, development, fabrication, testing and alignment of precision structures, mechanical interfaces/enclosures, and mechanisms.


The candidate must have experience using Finite Element Modelling (FEM) tools for flight loads, stress, and dynamic analysis. They must also be familiar with fracture control plans and procedures.


As a team lead, the candidate will also oversee:

  • Conceptual and detailed mechanical design studies.
  • Conceptual and detailed designs and drawings for instruments, payload, and spacecraft structures as well as Ground Support Equipment (GSE).
  • Layout and detailed fabrication drawings in Computer Aided Design (CAD) formats.


Required Qualifications

  • Minimum BS Engineering, Mathematics, or Physics (preferably MS Engineering) from an accredited institution with at least 12 years of aerospace related experience
  • Experience in structural analysis for flight hardware
  • Experience in the design and testing of flight hardware, specifically design and analysis efforts for the development of spacecraft mechanical systems, and sub-systems.
  • You will lead a team of at least five people 
  • Secret level Security Clearance


Peraton Overview

Peraton is a next-generation national security company that drives missions of consequence spanning the globe and extending to the farthest reaches of the galaxy. As the world’s leading mission capability integrator and transformative enterprise IT provider, we deliver trusted, highly differentiated solutions and technologies to protect our nation and allies. Peraton operates at the critical nexus between traditional and nontraditional threats across all domains: land, sea, space, air, and cyberspace. The company serves as a valued partner to essential government agencies and supports every branch of the U.S. armed forces. Each day, our employees do the can’t be done by solving the most daunting challenges facing our customers. Visit to learn how we’re keeping people around the world safe and secure.

Target Salary Range

$146,000 - $234,000. This represents the typical salary range for this position based on experience and other factors.


An Equal Opportunity Employer including Disability/Veteran.


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