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MIT Lincoln Laboratory Interconnect Design Engineer in Lexington, Massachusetts

Group 71—Mechanical Engineering The Mechanical Engineering Group focuses on developing innovative mechanical design solutions for ground, airborne, and spaceborne applications. Areas of mechanical design expertise include large structures, composite structures, highly efficient lightweight structures, mechanisms, opto-mechanical systems, electro-optic systems, electronics packaging, and cabling. Engineers from the group are critical to all aspects of program execution beginning with conceptual design, continuing through detail design, system integration and test, and concluding with environmental and performance testing. The group is the Engineering Division's center for 3D computer-aided design and configuration management. Example projects include airborne and space-based laser communications systems, biological agent detectors and identifiers, and large radar antenna systems.

Job Description

Lincoln Laboratory is a fast paced, innovative, research and development environment with a reputation for excellence in the production of unique, prototype systems critical to national security. The Mechanical Engineering Group has extensive capabilities necessary for the design of undersea, ground, airborne and space systems which allow us to tackle a wide range of technical challenges including large structures, space systems, and high precision optical systems. The group is also the Engineering Division’s center for CAD and data management.

The successful candidate will:

  • Provide cable engineering expertise to the harness design, fabrication and integration

  • Be a part of design team to develop requirements, design, and oversee fabrication and integration of harnesses for a variety of projects.

  • Investigate, plan, design and develop harness to meet technical requirements in compliance with programmatic constraints.

  • Pro-actively communicate and co-ordinate with engineers, designers, analysts including multiple other subsystems to negotiate interfaces.

  • Interact with others to perform cross-disciplines trade studies and analysis of alternatives through application of discipline-specific expertise

  • Possess extensive knowledge of aerospace applications and NASA specs, connector selection, wire types/sizes/derating, voltage drops, electro-mechanical packaging, electrical fabrication & assembly techniques and Military, ASME & IEEE standards

  • Perform design calculations, select appropriate components/hardware, and prepare design concepts and layouts.

  • Prepare and release cable harness assembly drawings.

  • Manage designs through design, release, procurement, and change processes

  • Support Integration and Testing activities

Design Specialists in the Mechanical Engineering Group require little supervision and perform assignments with creative ability, resourcefulness, and originality. Design Specialists must take initiative and be thorough and detailed. They must work effectively with individuals from various groups and at many levels of the organization. They must also demonstrate effective communication skills.


  • Experience designing cables and/or electronic packaging preferred

  • Experience with Microsoft Office and SolidWorks products preferred

  • A BSME or BSEE

MIT Lincoln Laboratory is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, or genetic information; U.S. citizenship is required.