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Electrical Computer-Aided Design Engineer

Electrical Computer-Aided Design Engineer

Job Location 
Required Clearance 
Posted Date 
Employment Type 
Full Time

Opportunity Details:

Basic Qualifications :

Bachelor's degree in Electronic and Electrical Technology in a related specialized area or field or equivalent is required plus a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience; or Master's degree plus a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience

Responsibilities for this Position:

GDMS has an immediate opening for an experienced Electrical Computer-aided Design (CAD) Engineer to join our team. The position provides an opportunity to develop the cutting-edge technology that supports our nation's fundamental defense services. GDMS employees work closely with esteemed clients to develop solutions that allow them to carry out high-stakes national security missions. The selected candidate will work with collaborative teams to design, develop and manage CAD solutions for GDMS.


In addition to receiving a competitive salary and generous health and personal benefits, the Electrical CAD Engineer will enhance their skill set by working among a talented and technically accomplished group of colleagues. The employee will also enjoy a flexible work environment where contributions are recognized and rewarded.


The Electrical CAD Engineer will possess a thorough understanding of the design and documentation requirements for Printed Circuit Boards. The qualified candidate must possess technical experience generating designs for digital signal and high speed digital signal processing, hi-frequency radio frequency,  Double Data Rate (DDR) 2, 3 and 4 memory, and high current applications.  In addition, the candidate must have experience designing for high vibration and high-G environments and work closely with electrical, mechanical and manufacturing engineers to ensure concurrence with Design for Manufacturablity and Design for Test practices and standards.


Responsibilities include participating in a team environment and assisting to coordinate with programs at multiple locations to appropriately schedule and staff PCB layout resources from our organization.  Additional tool support is required  to ensure symbol and cell consistency within the Printed Circuit Board (PCB) tool library and proper interfaces are supported to external services and tools.


Candidate must have extensive experience with:

  • Multi-layer PCBs up to 20 layers.  Designs beyond 20 layers are a plus
  • PCB via technology that includes through hole, blind, buried, stacked and microvia
  • PCB design and fabrication details
  • Working in an Integrated Product Team environment
  • Mentor Graphics Board Station, Expedition and VX tools
  • Troubleshooting design data and configuration problems with outside vendors
  • Multi-tasking and successfully executing numerous jobs simultaneously

Familiarity and utilization of the Mentor Graphics Valor and Hyperlinx analysis tools is a plus.




  • Develops and applies computer aided design (CAD) software engineering methods, theories and research techniques in the investigation and solution of technical problems
  • Defines and selects new approaches and implementation of CAD software engineering applications and design specifications and parameters
  • Leads or contributes as an individual technical contributor on a small design or test team
  • Creates new and/or revises existing designs, drawings, and bills of material for our products
  • Interfaces/Collaborates with Employees and Manager within the department, Engineering, Program Management, External Vendors and Customers
  • Provides technical solutions to a wide range of difficult problems
  • Solutions are imaginative, thorough, practicable and consistent with organization objectives
  • Works under only general direction
  • Independently determines and develops approach to solutions
  • Travel to customers/ suppliers may be required 


  • Competent in all aspects of respective design domain
  • Proficient knowledge source in the use of the strategic CAD and file management tools
  • Proficient knowledge in the use of current strategic CAD tools (Mentor Graphics Expedition and VX tools are required)
  • Consistently applies technical knowledge base to solving problems
  • Proficient knowledge of design documentation standards 
  • Accomplished at developing / integrating new ideas, optimizing alternatives, and establishing backup plans
  • Establishes and meets goals that are consistent with business objectives
  • Consistency in concept to design skills
  • Effectively balances risks taken with sound logic under own initiative
  • Solution-oriented approach to analyzing technical problems that affect team
  • Possesses Problem solving and collaborative skills
  • Demonstrates initiative, applies personal talent to practical solutions
  • Works within the trade space defined (cost / schedule / technology)
  • Applies knowledge effectively in team environment
  • Able to accept and integrate constructive feedback
  • Demonstrates the ability to weigh risks and make progress in the face of uncertainty
  • Willingly takes on problems and commits to solutions
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications
  • Proficient written and verbal communications skills
  • Fulfills role as a reliable team member and understands own role within team
  • Manages time to ensure an assignment's completion
  • Proficient and able to perform all responsibilities associated with the position
  • Grasps and applies new information quickly
  • Handles more complex assignments
  • Shows initiative on assignments, exercises independent judgment and professionally executes projects with minimal supervision


Department of Defense Secret security clearance is preferred at time of hire. Candidates must be able to obtain a Secret clearance within a reasonable amount of time from date of hire.  Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Due to the nature of work performed within our facilities, U.S. citizenship is required.

Company Overview:

General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) engineers a diverse portfolio of high technology solutions, products and services that enable customers to successfully execute missions across all domains of operation.  With a global team of 13,000+ top professionals, we partner with the best in industry to expand the bounds of innovation in the defense and scientific arenas.  Given the nature of our work and who we are, we value trust, honesty, alignment and transparency.  We offer highly competitive benefits and pride ourselves in being a great place to work with a shared sense of purpose.  You will also enjoy a flexible work environment where contributions are recognized and rewarded.  If who we are and what we do resonates with you, we invite you to join our high performance team!


General Dynamics is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce.  EOE/Disability/Veteran

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