DRS Technologies, Inc. Manufacturing Engineer in – Fitchburg, Massachusetts

DRS Overview

DRS Technologies is a leading supplier of integrated products, services and support to military forces, intelligence agencies and prime contractors worldwide. Focused on defense technology, we develop, manufacture and support a broad range of systems for mission critical and military sustainment requirements, as well as homeland security. Headquartered in Arlington, VA, the Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Finmeccanica S.p.A. which employs more than 70,000 people worldwide. We offer a competitive compensation package and a business culture which rewards performance. For additional information on DRS, please visit our website at www.drs.com.

Company Overview

DRS Naval Power Systems (NPS) a multi-site operation responsible for $350 million of revenue with locations in Milwaukee, WI, Bridgeport &Danbury, CT, Fitchburg, MA, and High Ridge, MO with an employee base of approximately 900 employees. NPS is structured into four Lines of Business: Surface, Submarines, Nuclear Instrumentation and Controls and Marlo Coil focusing on supporting the power and propulsion needs of the U.S. Navy. We provide engineering, manufacturing and lifetime support of our highly engineered products.

We are committed to recruiting and retaining the best talent in the defense and commercial technology areas. We offer a competitive compensation package and a business culture which rewards performance. We operate on a 9/80 work schedule, all employees work 80 hours in 9 days and have every other Friday off.

Job Location– Fitchburg, MA

Fitchburg Massachusetts is a community of 41,000 people is located 10 miles from New Hampshire and 50 miles from Boston. Despite being one of the largest cities in the county, Fitchburg retains its small town flavor. Fitchburg boasts excellent access via highway or MBTA commuter train to all points. One can choose to live in any type of area; be it urban, suburban, or rural; all within a short commute to Fitchburg.

Position Summary

DRS-NPS has an immediate need for a Manufacturing Engineer to provide direct engineering support to specialized manufacturing operations in our Fitchburg, MA location. This person is responsible for implementing cost efficient manufacturing methods, the design of production tools, fixtures and processes both in-house and at vendor locations. Additionally, this person would set up new equipment and processes and instruct Manufacturing Department personnel as required. Manufacturing process knowledge will be used to assess costing data of parts and assemblies. He/she will work closely with engineering, program management, supply chain and manufacturing to achieve objectives in a fast paced and dynamic environment.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsibilities for this position include design, fabrication, modification and evaluation of manufacturing operations for diverse and complex product lines.

  • Development of manufacturing operations including factory layout and work flow.

  • Work with suppliers to optimize their manufacturing processes as it relates to what they produce for the company.

  • Design tools and fixtures of varying types for the manufacture of company products both in-house and at supplier locations.

  • Evaluate, recommend and transition products from design to manufacturing to minimize production costs.

  • Maintain and improve manufacturing process documentation necessary to effectively communicate design intent to manufacturing personnel.

  • Work closely with the Purchasing Department to evaluate vendors and assess the company’s costs related to purchased parts and assemblies.

  • Provide design to cost leadership utilizing value engineering concepts and ensuring producibility including supplier engagement as appropriate.

  • Implement process change to make manufacturing methods as ‘mistake-proof’ as possible.

  • Organize project and task workloads and may assign work to designers and/or technicians and provide guidance to engineers and program management.

  • Perform diverse responsibilities where analysis of situations or data requires sound judgment.

  • Contribute to the client relationships.

  • Has initiative and able to work effectively with little direction seeking general guidance on new assignments as needed.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor Degree in engineering with 5+ years applicable experience (or equivalent combination of education/training and experience

  • US Citizenship

  • Ability to obtain Security Clearance

Additional Desirable Qualifications, Skills and Knowledge

  • Broad understanding of electrical, electro-mechanical and mechanical equipment

  • Experience with machining, large fabrications and castings

  • Welding and NDT processes

  • Paint process control

  • Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing

  • Experience with motor assembly techniques such as winding, insulation and VPI

  • Able to visualize and comprehend manufacturing equipment or tooling problems and understand the interrelationships of factors affecting the situation.

  • Interpersonal and communication skills needed to positively influence production processes

  • Detail oriented

  • Ability to learn new skills quickly and assume additional responsibilities

  • Must possess strong critical thinking and problem solving skills

  • Strong knowledge of personal computer software tools like MS Excel and Word

  • Knowledge of Solid Works or other 3D modeling program

EEO Statement

Equal Opportunity Employer – M/F/Disabled/Vet #NPS