• Material Engineer IV

    Job ID 2019-3872
    Job Locations
    US-VA-Fort Belvoir
    Engineering (non IT)
    Regular Full-Time
  • Responsibilities

    NCI: As the Senior Materials Engineer (Functional Engineer IV), you will support the Program Manager Soldier Clothing and Individual Equipment (SCIE) of PEO Soldier at Fort Belvoir, VA. You will serve as subject matter expert in the area of material engineering for all technical aspects of assigned programs.  In assuming this position, you will be a critical contributor to meeting NCI's mission: To deliver innovative, cost-effective solutions and services that enable our customers to rapidly adapt to dynamic environments.


    Highlights of Responsibilities:


    • Responsible for planning, organizing, and conducting exploratory, advanced, and engineering development as well as production engineering studies/programs for new and improved items for combat use under various battlefield and urban terrain conditions.
    • Performs systems engineering and integration with other items of clothing and individual equipment, weapon systems, combat vehicles and airframes, etc.
    • Plans design approach from statements of requirements, and conducts studies inhouse and by contract for the purpose of developing new and improved products and component materials.
    • Interprets, defines or creates technical drawings, specifications, and physical characteristics/properties of items as they affect the design, development, manufacture, end-item use.
    • Considers the properties of various textile, chemical, plastic, ceramic, metallic and synthetic materials to assess their ability to meet military requirements as components of military equipment for production and field use.
    • Conducts market research, maintains currency in knowledge of civilian and military material research and production.
    • Selects materials to be used in the construction of prototype items on the basis of data developed and by application of own knowledge and initiative, analyses complex problems involved in assignments, selects lines of approach, appropriate materials, fabricating techniques to be investigated, and designs to be investigated.
    • Constructs and tests prototype models and modified designs to remedy defects or to improve performance.
    • Reviews test plans, procedures, and reports for technical adequacy on assigned programs, for both Government and contractor tests, as well as all failure reports.
    • Reviews and evaluates system performance against specification requirements, monitors and assesses field performance, and assesses risk of meeting user and specification requirements.
    • Identifies and solves design problems, the complexity of which arises from the intricacy of the item or system, the human factors involved, and the conditions under which it must be used (i.e. battlefield and environmental).
    • Determines need for field or laboratory tests. Develops and executes simple to complex test plans and designs of experiments. Analyzes the results of tests using a variety of tools, including statistical methods.
    • Makes recommendations regarding suitability of materials, designs, and products for use in military equipment.
    • Recommends and generates new related project studies, including concepts of ideas.
    • Reviews program management documents to ensure accuracy and adequacy of technical content.





    • DoD Secret Clearance 
    • ME Engineering or Equivalent and 20 years relevant experience
      - Has the breadth of experience and knowledge, and recognition in the Materials Engineering community, to lead engineering efforts on assigned programs, and work independently with minimal oversight from the Government Lead.
      - Serve as consultant to other team members and mentor workforce on properties of various textile, chemical, plastic, ceramic, metllaic and synthetic materials development, integration and manufacturing.
      - Evaluate materials engineering technologies used on past programs, and establish new and innovative engineering strategies.
      - Identify issues and brief PM on possible courses of action and their impact
    • Knowledge of acquisition and program management
    • Proficient in MS Office tools
    • Background in understanding basic principles in quality management, Six Sigma principles, ISO 9001 principles, configuration management, and DFAR and DOD 5000 series regulations.


    Preferred Education and Experience:

    • Equivalent or experience commensurate with DAWIA Level III SPRDE certification.
    • Equivalent or experience commensurate with ASM Certified Materials Engineer


    Physical Requirements:


          This position requires the ability to perform the below essential functions:

    • Sitting for long periods
    • Standing for long periods
    • Ambulate throughout an office
    • Ambulate between several buildings
    • Stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl as required
    • Travel by land or air transportation 25%

    It is the policy of NCI to provide equal opportunity in recruiting, hiring, training, and promoting individuals in all job categories without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected class or category as may be defined by federal, state, or local laws or regulations. In addition, we affirm that all compensation, benefits, company-sponsored training, educational assistance, social, and recreational programs are administered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. It is our firm intent to support equal employment opportunity and affirmative action in keeping with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. NCI is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.


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