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IV&V Mechanical Engineer

Job ID: 200924
Location: SAN BERNARDINO, CA, United States
Date Posted: Jan 29, 2020
Category: Engineering and Sciences
Subcategory: Mechanical Engr
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: None
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: Secret
Potential for Teleworking: No

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Job Description


 SAIC is looking for an experienced and highly motivated engineer to perform dynamics and structural independent verification and validation of launch service contractor (LSC) solutions and excess ballistic missile (XBM) rocket motors.  At the SAIC San Bernardino engineering center we are multi-discipline team of propulsion, structures, fluid mechanics, software, controls, and avionics engineers. 

We support the Rocket System Launch Program (RSLP) which is a United States Air Force program that provides quick access to space to other government agencies.  

We work with various launch vehicle contractors throughout the country and perform independent verification and validation (IV&V) of the launch vehicle designs.  

In addition to RSLP IV&V, the center also leads the force development evaluation effort of an existing Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) system and also supports the future ICBM program Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD).

Roles and Responsibilities (including some or all of the following):

  • Review and assess metallic and composite structure design, tests, and analyses
  • Provide test support for dynamic development, qualification, acceptance, and aging surveillance tests, including review of test plans/procedures, witnessing testing, and assessing results/reports
  • Create structural and dynamic models
  • Perform loads analysis, including coupled loads with launch vehicle and payload
  • Assess margins for mechanical, avionics, and propulsion components and solid rocket propellant/liner/insulation in response to loads
  • Perform Finite Element analyses, including developing models, meshes, running simulations, and interpreting results
  • Support design reviews and milestones as necessary
  • Report analysis progress, products, and recommendations to technical staff and management, and to the customers and its contractors in technical interchanges, briefings, and reports
  • Prepare presentations, reports, and other contract deliverables related to analyses performed
  • Present results of analyses to internal, independent review team
  • Travel: 25%


Minimum Qualifications:

To be considered for this position, you must minimally meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering or applied mathematics or applied physics or related program and 7 years of related experience
  • Proficiency with MATLAB (or Python) and MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Must have demonstrated presentation skills and experience interfacing with customers
  • Position requires a proactive, self-starting, independent, flexible engineer with excellent interpersonal skills capable of working on an inter-disciplinary team
  • Ability to obtain DoD Secret Security Clearance

Desired Qualifications


Preferred Qualifications:

Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • Current DoD Secret (or higher) Security Clearance
  • 12+ Years of related experience
  • Ability to quickly learn new tools and processes
  • Experience with Air Force Solid Rocket Motors (Minuteman / Peacekeeper)
  • Experience and proficiency with NASTRAN, Abaqus, FEMAP, and Hyperworks


SAIC is a premier technology integrator solving our nation's most complex modernization and readiness challenges. Our robust portfolio of offerings across the defense, space, civilian, and intelligence markets includes high-end solutions in engineering, IT, and mission solutions. Using our expertise in existing and emerging technologies, we integrate the best components from our own portfolio and our partner ecosystem to deliver innovative, effective, and efficient solutions. We are 23,000 strong; driven by mission, united by purpose, and inspired by opportunities. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, SAIC has pro forma annual revenues of nearly $6.5 billion. For more information, visit For ongoing news, please visit our newsroom. For SAIC benefits information, see Working at SAIC. EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability

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