• Draftsperson

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(11/6/2019 4:32 PM)
    Job Location
    USA-MD-Hanover | USA-NJ-Florham Park
    Required Clearance
    TS/SCI with Polygraph, obtainable within reasonable time based on requirements
    Technicians/Technical Support
    Employment Type
    Full Time
    Hiring Company
    General Dynamics Mission Systems
  • Basic Qualifications

    • Associate's degree or equivalent is required plus a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience.
    • Considerable knowledge of design principles and techniques including computer aided design (CAD)


    Candidates must be able to obtain a Department of Defense TS/SCI with Polygraph security clearance. 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 an experienced Draftsperson to work on a mission focused team on project types ranging from one-off 3-D printed prototypes, to complex electo/optic systems developed under the traditional waterfall cycles (SRR, PDR, CDR, TRR), as well as fast paced Quick React Capability (QRC) programs to get a system in the field to fill a critical mission need.  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.




    • Creates new and/or revises existing drawings using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software, and bills of material for our products
    • Determines scaling; inserts necessary reference planes, centering and dimension lines, hidden line interpolations, and sectioning; prepares specifications for parts, assemblies, and installations; prepares complete production detail drawings; contributes design modifications to improve quality of product or facilitate manufacturing operations
    • Checks drawings versus the project input for correctness and conformance to standard engineering drafting practices and standards
    • Works with engineers regarding model accuracy, design, drafting standards and ECN/ECR documentation
    • Creates Engineering Change Notices detailing the necessary changes to released designs, updates drawings/models/BOMs as needed, and routes change requests through the approval process
    • Creates and revises documentation detailing assembly and/or testing
    • May work with system management including file maintenance, backup and storage
    • Works within project plans
    • Produces, changes or checks simple to semi-complex mechanical drawings and assemblies
    • Researches, generates and checks drawing changes
    • Researches and interfaces with vendors on products that meet job design requirements
    • Uses the Engineering Change database to implement changes in a design document to cut costs where needed and record changes that are needed to improve on a product
    • Works under minimal supervision
    • Handles unexpected demands and adapts to new situations
    • Assists engineers in the design and development of complex and detailed layouts of printed circuit boards Participates in developing designs of new or modified high-density printed circuit boards
    • May define design standards and configurations
    • Works from preliminary schematics, part lists, and basic description of the board function, configuration, and arrangement as defined by engineering
    • May perform the checking of design layouts and detailed drawings 



    • Trained/ experienced in the use of current strategic CAD tools (Pro-E/Creo or Solid Works preferred)
    • Considerable knowledge of design documentation standards (e.g ASME Y14.5M, Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing)
    • Considerable knowledge of simple mechanical stress; structural, thermal and tolerance analysis
    • Considerable knowledge of material requirements, fabrication techniques, and manufacturability
    • Possesses considerable 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
    • Considerable proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
    • Considerable 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



    • A minimum of three years of experience in hardware and/or system design with Level 2 or equivalent documentation.
    • Experience with 3-D modeling of mechanical hardware assemblies, as well as 3-D spacial models for installation feasibility studies and/or concept marketing type presentations.
    • Familiar with the use of CAD configuration management tools and techniques
    • Familiar with the creation of manufacturing support files created from the CAD models
    • Familiar with sheet metal fabrication design guides, and electrical cable and wire harness documentation practices



    **Position can be located in Hanover, MD or Florham Park, NJ




    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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