• Surface Ship Navigation Systems Engineer

    Posted Date 6 months ago(12/5/2018 7:38 PM)
    Job Location
    Employment Type
    Full Time
    Hiring Company
    General Dynamics Mission Systems
  • Basic Qualifications

    Bachelor's degree in systems engineering, a related specialized area or field is required (or equivalent experience) plus a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience; or Master's degree plus a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience. Agile experience preferred.


    Department of Defense Secret security clearance is required at time of hire or processing to being immediately upon acceptance. 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.

    Responsibilities for this Position

    General Dynamics Mission Systems has an immediate opening for a Surface Ship Navigation Systems Engineer. This position provides an opportunity to further advance the cutting-edge technology that supports some of our nation’s core defense/intelligence services and systems.  General Dynamics Mission Systems employees work closely with esteemed customers to develop solutions that allow them to carry out high-stakes national security missions.


    Performs requirements analysis, requirements definition, requirements management, functional analysis, performance analysis, system design, detail trade studies, systems integration and test (verification), validation and interface definition studies of subsystem or system elements under supervision of the lead systems engineer
    Performs technical planning, cost and risk analyses, and supportability and effectiveness analyses for subsystems and system elements
    Performs customer requirements analysis, develops system requirements and defines allocations to lower levels (elements and components)
    Performs detailed technical analyses for a subsystem or system elements
    Develops and evaluates systems, networks and information systems to ensure designs meet applicable governmental specifications
    Participates in Modeling and Simulation
    Researches and analyzes data, such as vendor products, COTS components, GFE/CFE, specifications, and manuals to determine feasibility of design or application
    Supports the generation of technical engineering products by using the appropriate standards, processes, procedures, and tools throughout the system development life cycle
    May provide leadership and/or direction to lower level employees
    Independently determines proposed approach to solutions
    Contributes to the completion of major programs and projects
    Plans and executes project tasks for activities described above
    Creative, innovative responsibilities requiring advanced decision-making skills.
    Defines processes for technical platforms, system specifications, input/output and working parameters for hardware and/or software compatibility.
    Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.
    Designs a complete and complex framework, system or product.
    Identifies, analyzes and resolves system design weaknesses.
    Regular contact with senior levels of internal work groups
    Works under limited direction
    Contact with Deputy Program Managers Engineering (DPME) and other professionals within the Engineering department and with project teams across the company
    Frequent contact with external customers
    Travel may be required (Approximately 25%)
    Security clearance may be required
    Provides resolution to a diverse range of complex problems
    Independently determines approach to solutions
    Keeps abreast of technology trends
    Contributes to the achievement of business objectives

    Fully proficient use and understanding of systems engineering concepts, principles, and theories
    Fully proficient knowledge of other related disciplines
    Fully proficient with requirements management & system modeling tools
    Recognizes various architectural patterns
    Fully proficient in Microsoft Office applications
    Fully proficient written and verbal communications skills
    Ability to sell concepts and ideas
    Creative thinker
    Ability to multi-task
    Fully proficient ability to grasp and apply new information quickly and effectively handle complex assignments
    Shows initiative on assignments, exercises independent judgment and professionally executes projects with little direction
    Fully proficient ability in communicating issues, impacts, and corrective actions
    Fully proficient ability to clearly report relevant to sound systems engineering design


    Bachelor's or Master's degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering, or a related technical field.

    10+ years of experience in a related engineering field is preferred.

    Prior Department of Defense experience

    Prior surface ship experience

    Experience with Navigation Systems

    Experience with Inertial Navigation, Gyrocompasses, GPS, Echo sounders, etc.

    Experience with Certification Requirements (NAVCERT, ECDIS)

    Experience with Internal and External Change Processes

    Experience with Cable Block Diagrams, Wire Connection Lists, and other Drawing Types

    Experience with Requirements Development and Management

    Experience with Problem Report tracking

    Experience with IBM Rational tools such as DOORS and Change

    Very strong technical writing skills

    Very strong presentation skills

    Very strong problem solving skills

    Very strong testing and troubleshooting skills

    High level familiarity with software development lifecycle and experience interfacing with software developers

    High level familiarity with other shipboard systems such as Seaframe Control, Aviation, Infrastructure, etc.

    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!


    Come work for General Dynamics Mission Systems in beautiful Berkshire County, located on the western edge of Massachusetts. The Berkshires are very family friendly with excellent schools. The housing market is very affordable compared to surrounding larger cities. General Dynamics provides exceptional salaries compared to other employers in Berkshire County which provides a comfortable lifestyle for you and your family.

    The surrounding area is a cultural center for arts and theater, including established venues such as Tanglewood, Mass Museum of Contemporary Arts, The Clark and the Norman Rockwell Museum, to name a few. Berkshire County is also an outdoors’ person’s dream location, with multiple lakes, nearby ski locations, golf courses and even the Appalachian Trail. Being part of New England, western Massachusetts also boasts four distinct and enjoyable seasons, from the comfortable summer months to the colorful fall and pristine winters.


    As a small city with surrounding rural towns, Pittsfield has a reasonable cost of living and relaxing short commutes without giving up modern life amenities. We are centrally located in the northeast, providing easy access to all of the attractions New England can offer, such as Boston and New York City which are both less than a 3 hour drive away.


    The Berkshire are Calling!


    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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