Orbital ATK Principal Mechanical Engineer in Independence, Missouri

Principal Mechanical Engineer

Locations:Independence, MO

Categories: Engineering and Sciences


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Job ID:MC20181602-43943

With projected annual revenues of $4.5 billion, more than 12,000 employees, and operations in 17 states across the U.S. and in several international locations, Orbital ATK is a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies. Our mission is to ensure that our customers accomplish their mission — whether it’s a technological breakthrough, a satellite launch or protecting our nation. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, we design, build and deliver space, defense and aviation systems for customers around the world, both as a prime contractor and merchant supplier. Our main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures.

United in pride and shared goals, Orbital ATK employees come from diverse backgrounds and work together to deliver reliable, innovative and affordable solutions. Work with the best and unleash your potential.

If you are a dynamic, successful, driven professional, Orbital ATK is the company that will further your experience and career growth. We offer a highly competitive salary and comprehensive benefits, including medical, dental, 401(k), tuition reimbursement and much more.

Orbital ATK is currently seeking an experiencedMission Assurance Engineer with mechanical engineering experience in a manufacturing environment, to join ourDefense Systems Group at our Independence, MO (Lake City) offices.

Role description & Responsibilities:

Specific duties to include but not limited to:

  • Develop and maintain inspection instructions and procedures for incoming product, specifically tooling and machine spare parts

  • Work closely with inspectors and engineering technicians to assure accurate, effective inspections are performed. Lead in the development of new inspection methods.

  • Understand and provide guidance in the application and use of automated inspection systems including CMM (Zeiss), Hommel, Mahr and Quest

  • Work with OA engineering to determine inspections are properly aligned with part application and value

  • Lead MRB activities when non-conforming parts are encountered. Team with engineering counterparts when investigating non-conforming/non-functional parts to determine root cause and corrective action.

  • Conduct on going IPT’s with select suppliers, manufacturing engineers and supply chain representatives to work issues and promote improvement efforts

  • Work closely with OA engineering counterparts to assure drawings/requirements accurately reflect intended purpose

  • Travel and perform supplier visits as required, and conduct periodic SPMP audits

  • Use OA enterprise CostPoint and TIP QA (raw materials inspection database) systems to process parts in various inspection statuses.


  • U.S. Citizenship

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering or related discipline, plus 2-4 years of direct or related experience.

  • Experience in a manufacturing environment preferably as a manufacturing engineer.

  • Experienced in reading and understanding government and OA drawings (specifically tooling and machine parts), and government and commercial specifications.

  • Familiar with ISO9001 Quality Management System.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Able to apply solid problem solving skills and root cause analysis.

  • Able to work independently with minimal oversight.

  • Strong computer skills with AutoCAD experience preferred.

Orbital ATK Defense Systems Group is an industry leader in precision weapons, tactical rocket motors across air, sea and land-based systems missile-warning products and ammunition and gun systems. We are the largest U.S. producer of small-caliber ammunition, as well as a leading producer of medium- and large-caliber ammunition gun systems. We also develop advanced capabilities for missile-defense interceptors, fuzing and warheads, weaponized special-mission aircraft and propulsion control systems.

Orbital ATK is applying entrepreneurial thinking and commercial practices to deliver reliable, innovative and affordable products and services to our customers and grow our core areas while harnessing new technologies that will take our products – and your ideas – into the future. When encouraged to think beyond the ordinary, you’ll be amazed at what you can do!

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Job Type:Full Time

Desired Travel:less than 25%

Years of Experience:3-5 Years