• Manufacturing Leadership Program Engineer (MLP)

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(9/6/2019 5:46 PM)
    Job Location
    Required Clearance
    No clearance
    Employment Type
    Hiring Company
    General Dynamics Mission Systems
  • Basic Qualifications

    Bachelor's degree in Manufacturing or Industrial Engineering, a related specialized area or field, or equivalent experience is required.


    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 opening for a Manufacturing Leadership Program (MLP) Engineer to join our Manufacturing team. The position provides an opportunity to develop and advance the cutting-edge technology that supports some of our nation's fundamental defense services. General Dynamics Mission Systems 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 and produce the state-of-the-art products that support General Dynamics Mission Systems and our clients. In addition to receiving a competitive salary and generous health and personal benefits, the MLP Engineer will enhance their skill set among a talented and technically accomplished group of colleagues.


    The Manufacturing Leadership Program (MLP) is a three year rotational program comprised of six, six month rotations. MLP members will work in all facets of manufacturing as well as have the unique opportunity to explore assignments in engineering, quality and business development. Program members will pursue a company-paid Master's degree in an affiliated field of study as well as GDMS internal Earned Value Management System (EVMS) certification – both of which are requirements for graduation from the program.


    Key Responsibilities
    Manufacturing Leadership Program (MLP) Engineers on our Manufacturing team develop, implement, and maintain the methods, operation sequences, and processes used in General Dynamics Mission Systems production. This involves the fabrication of parts, components, sub-assemblies, and final assemblies. The employee is also responsible for estimating manufacturing costs, determining project time standards, and recommending the tools and processes that accompany new and existing product lines. Additionally, the selected candidate will provide guidance to fellow engineers, helping them to enhance organizational design concepts and manufacturing techniques. 

    Additional Responsibilities

    • Practice creative thinking and ideation to advance our business performance
    • Deliver innovative, flexible, and integrated solutions to meet customer’s changing business needs
    • Support and engage in programs, projects and practices behind the GDMS culture and strategy, and comply with all policies and procedures
    • Follow industry and department trends and developments to ensure GDMS services are consistent with, and/or superior to, industry best practices

    Required:  GPA 3.0/4.0 or greater

    Basic Qualifications:

    Candidates must show a passion for innovation, a sophisticated understanding of emerging technologies, and the ability to effectively manage, grow and evolve GDMS technology. 

    The Manufacturing Leadership Program (MLP) Engineer position requires a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Business Management, Supply Chain, or in a related specialized area.

    Department of Defense secret security clearance is preferred at time of hire, and candidates will be asked to apply through General Dynamics prior to onboarding.
    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.


    • Develops, implements and maintains methods, operation sequence and processes in the manufacture or fabrication of parts, components, sub-assemblies and final assemblies
    • Interfaces with design engineering in coordinating the release of new products
    • Estimates manufacturing cost, determines time standards and makes recommendations for tooling and process requirements of new or existing product lines
    • Maintains records and reporting systems for coordination of manufacturing operations 
    • Develops, evaluates, and improves manufacturing methods utilizing knowledge of product design, materials and parts, fabrication processes, tooling and production equipment capabilities, assembly methods, and quality control standards
    • Implements and analyzes manufacturing engineering plans and projects
    • Develops manufacturing engineering plans and strategies for specific products and processes
    • Supports the generation of technical engineering products by using the appropriate standards, processes, procedures, and tools throughout the system development life
    • Receives detailed instructions from immediate supervisor
    • Generally works within an identified work group
    • Some contact with project leaders and other professionals within the Manufacturing and Engineering departments
    • Travel may be required
    • Works on problems of limited scope
    • Installs manufacturing process systems and conducts production qualification, forecasts and manages manufacturing process capital assets
    • Develops, designs, procures, and constructs manufacturing process hardware, fixturing tools, software, and work environment
    • Using lean concepts acts as a project engineer to implement cost reduction efforts
    • Leads quality initiatives using six sigma methodology to determine extent of non-conformance root cause, and corrective action
    • Documents procedures, process qualifications, work instructions, shop aids, routings, etc.
    • Defines and documents equipment calibration requirements
    • Identifies training for production related activities
    • Monitors and controls process parameters, and identification of special processes and need for SPC
    • Provides solutions to vendor issues as required
    • Monitors competitive bench marks to ensure that current processes and equipment are competitive and cost effective
    • Forecasts and manages manufacturing process capital implementation
    • Develops floor layouts
    • Assists product engineer with design to cost 
    • An entry-level position in a field of specialization 


    • Learns to use professional concepts
    • Applies company policies and procedures to resolve routine issues
    • Works on problems of limited scope
    • Follows standard practices and procedures in analyzing situations or data from which answers can be readily obtained
    • Builds stable working relationships internally
    • Creative, innovative responsibilities requiring advanced decision-making skills
    • Normally receives detailed instructions on all work
    • May provide work direction to other employees
    • Lacks authority to discipline or reward
    • Working knowledge of manufacturing engineering concepts, principles, and theories
    • Working knowledge of company policies and practices
    • Working knowledge with manufacturing processes and electrical/mechanical components, systems and applications
    • Working knowledge in Microsoft Office applications
    • Good written and verbal communications skills
    • Creative thinker
    • Ability to clearly recognize and report information relevant to sound manufacturing engineering design




    • Demonstrated Leadership
    • Strong Interpersonal Skills
    • Community Involvement



    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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