Ocean Systems / Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical Engineering
FPS - Force Projection Sector

Are you a hands-on engineer who will enjoy designing, building, and fielding sensor systems and test platforms for maritime and oceanographic applications?


Do you consider yourself to be a team player who embraces challenges, adapts to dynamic changing environments, and continually looks to advance your technical skills?


If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our team at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC.


The Engineering and Test Group at APL is seeking an Ocean Systems / Mechanical Engineer who has a strong grasp of mechanical design, analysis, fabrication, assembly, trouble-shooting, and sea test expertise to help us develop sensor systems and platforms for maritime and oceanographic applications. We adopt technology, develop sensor systems and build platforms to solve complex problems related to understanding the ocean environment and underwater phenomena around the globe to help our nation and its partners complete their missions. Come join our multi-disciplinary team of engineers and support staff working in labs on our main campus in Laurel, MD.


As an Ocean Systems and Mechanical Engineer         



  • Your primary responsibility will be designing mechanical parts and assemblies using computer aided design (CAD) programs such as SolidWorks. Using modeling, simulation, and finite element analysis (FEA) software as needed to support system design. Generating design images and documentation. Working with fabrication staff and other engineers to plan for and lead fabrication and assembly.
  • You will apply your skills to support, lead, and manage projects with mechanical design, fabrication, assembly, integration and trouble-shooting expertise on a variety of electro-mechanical systems for maritime applications in the laboratory or on a field project while working independently or as part of a project team. 
  • You will develop project plans and test plans and conduct land/ocean based field tests/demonstrations of advanced sensor systems. Write test reports. Brief designs, test plans, and test reports to upper management and sponsors.
  • You will also support at-sea testing by conducting ship checks, planning for deployment and recovery of systems, coordinating field test hardware and shipping, and maintaining and installing winches, cranes, and other electro-mechanical equipment.  Assist with and lead back-deck operations. 

You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...

  • Have a BS degree in an engineering discipline (mechanical engineering, ocean engineering, systems engineering), or other related degree with 5+ years of relevant engineering experience.
  • Possess excellent technical writing and presentation skills, and the ability to communicate effectively with all levels of staff including engineers, scientists, and technicians as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Have demonstrated experience with the design, development, testing, and deployment of maritime electromechanical systems, from initial concepts through fabrication and bench/field tests.
  • Have demonstrated experience with software packages such as SolidWorks and OrcaFlex.
  • Have previous experience as a team lead or project manager.
  • Are willing and able to support extended hours during integration and testing both in the laboratory and during field tests at sea.
  • Have the ability to obtain an Interim Secret level security clearance by your start date and ultimately obtain a final Secret level security clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship  


You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you...

  • Have a MS degree in an engineering discipline (mechanical engineering, ocean engineering, systems engineering), or a related degree with 3+ years of relevant engineering experience.   
  • Possess experience in design of moored and towed underwater systems, and/or experience in the design of acoustic and non-acoustic sensor systems.
  • Have demonstrated experience with project management in design and integration of complex electro-mechanical systems for maritime applications 
  • Hold an active Secret security clearance


Why work at APL?
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation’s most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates.

At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL’s campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at www.jhuapl.edu/careers.



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