DRS Technologies Inc. Mechanical Engineering Manager in Dallas, Texas


LEONARDO DRS 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 Washington, DC, the Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Leonardo, which employs more than 70,000 people worldwide. We offer a competitive compensation package and a business culture that rewards performance. For additional information on DRS, please visit our website at www.leonardodrs.com.

Company Overview

LEONARDO DRS Electro Optical Infrared Systems (EOIS) has locations in Dallas, TX, Melbourne, FL, and Cypress, CA. We develop, manufacture, and support infrared and electro-optical solutions for soldiers, ground vehicles and airborne platforms. We offer an exciting and challenging work environment, a competitive salary and benefits package, and a business culture that rewards performance.

Employing the world’s brightest. Supporting the world’s bravest.


Dallas, TX

Position Summary

This individual will act as the mechanical team lead for an exciting business area of DRS’ Electro Optics and Imaging Systems (EOIS) division. In this role, you will interface with some of the most respected scientists and engineers in the industry to continue in the pursuit of technical excellence and market dominance. A strong background in mechanical design and development for IR sensor systems within the defense industry is required. This mechanical engineering manager will work as part of the overall program and engineering teams developing and executing program plans and interfacing directly with customers. This is a technical leadership position that requires extensive understanding of mechanical engineering development processes, military standards, and hardware test methods.

*Duties and Responsibilities *

  • Lead a team of mechanical engineers for design activities in cooperation with program management, hardware engineering disciplines, and system engineering team members.

  • Develop and track development schedules and metrics using tools such as MSProject

  • Oversee and contribute to the development of mechanical development plans, requirements and specifications

  • Forecast, manage, and develop staff to support mechanical design, development, and sustaining of new and existing products and projects

  • Coordinate the development, design, and improvement of products in conformance with established processes and objectives

  • Communicate directly with the technical customer community to establish requirements and convey project status

  • Analyze designs as necessary to ensure compliance with performance, cost, schedule, and risk objectives

  • Work with technical leaders across the organization to develop product roadmaps and define strategy

  • Monitor team activities to ensure compliance with development processes and quality standards

  • Participate in the preparation of proposals, including generation of engineering Basis of Estimates

  • Attend appropriate engineering, customer or business meetings

  • Actively support pursuit of new business by developing and presenting new concepts, technologies or applications

  • Develop trusted engineering contacts with the customer

  • Provide mentoring and career counseling to engineering staff as required

  • Support, communicate, reinforce and defend the mission, values and culture of the organization

  • Other duties as assigned

Basic Qualifications and Required Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minimum of 5+ years of experience

  • Knowledge and significant experience in multiple engineering disciplines

  • 5+ years of direct mechanical design experience in the defense industry

  • Experience managing complex development activities, including development of program plans, schedules, requirements, and test plans

  • Communicate clearly (written and oral) with other company personnel and the customer as required

  • Participate in preparation of proposals

  • Ability to lead, supervise and direct the work of others as assigned for design assignments

  • Experience working with CMMI level 3 or higher organizations, processes, and documentation

  • Experience developing electro-mechanical requirements and mechanical designs based on system requirements and system design

  • Experience with risk management including a background understanding of DOE, failure analysis, design verification methods, and practical problem solving

  • Good verbal and written communication skills and experience with the Microsoft Office tools

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office, including MS PowerPoint, MS Word and MS Excel

  • Experience in mentoring and leading junior engineers and managing work assignments

Desired Skills

  • MSME, related engineering graduate degree, or MBA

  • Familiarity with cryogenics, vacuum technology, infrared imaging systems and opto-mechanical design

  • Experience with infrared imaging systems and opto-mechanical design

  • Experience in hermetic sealing technology, assembly methods, and/or MEMS/micro-electronics packaging

  • Background in CAD design (CREO3 or higher) and Finite Element Modeling (FEA) in thermal and structural analysis and fundamentals

  • Working knowledge of ASME Y14.5M-1982 and ASME Y14.5-1994 and understanding of drafting principles

  • Experience with design for manufacturing, cost, test, and assembly for military grade equipment

  • Experience communicating (written and oral) with manufacturing, supply chain, program management and the customers

  • 2+ years’ experience in defense electronics

  • Knowledgeable in quality management systems such as ISO 9001, AS9100

  • Ability to obtain Security Clearance

Physical Requirements

  • Normal office duties

  • Only candidates that meet the qualifications as outlined above will be contacted for further information.

Applicants selected for this position will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Only US citizens are eligible for a Security Clearance.

LEONARDO DRS is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital or veteran status, or any other category protected by federal, state or local law. #EOIS