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Technical Lead (Secret Clearance)

Cincinnati, Ohio
Job Type
20 Jul 2022


Technical Lead (Secret Clearance)

Job Description:

Looking for your chance to be a Technical Lead for a growing and engaged mechanical design and analysis team in the aerospace field? Have you been waiting for a chance to apply your engineering know-how to come up with innovative solutions to complex engineering problems? Quest Defense is looking for an experienced candidate to bolster the Mechanical Design and Analysis team in Cincinnati, Ohio in order to continue our growth and to enhance our service offerings. If you like solving complex problems, contributing to industry literature, and providing mentorship to highly motivated engineers, come and be a part of our team.

The Team

We are an innovative & fast paced engineering team. Always eager to learn and to solve new problems, we look to stay ahead of industry trends and work closely with our partners to come up with novel solutions. You will help to continue this rich history, and will work to push us even further down an innovative path. You will work closely with current and new customers, and are encouraged to help develop new solutions to engineering challenges. All employees are empowered to make decisions and take ownership of their teams and customer relationships. We are never satisfied with the status quo, and relentlessly seek out better and more efficient ways of solving problems.

The Role

The successful candidate will draw upon their extensive theoretical and experiential knowledge to help drive team quality ever higher and to push this team forward towards creatively solving our customers most challenging engineering problems. Mentorship and a forward-thinking approach are equally important to ensure the team remains the supplier of choice for our customers.

Our efforts are primarily focused on turbomachinery applications, utilizing Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to provide both analysis and design services to our customers. Contributing to the overall industry through technical publications will also ensure Quest Defense remains thought-leaders in the industry. You will be the face of Quest Defense to your customers and to the wider industry.

One of the most critical aspects to the role is ability to adapt to changing requirements and priorities, collaborate with teammates and customers, and communicate effectively with Quest Defense and customer stakeholders. Successful candidates will be proactive in overcoming obstacles, providing answers to questions, leading program governance and KPI tracking, and always looking for ways to improve. Its important to be communicating clearly and often to all stakeholders within the customer and Quest Defense.

Potential Job Functions
  • The role will require you to leverage your engineering and leadership backgrounds to develop Quest Defenses analysis engineers while they work on a series of diverse and technically challenging assignments
  • Mentor a team of mixed capability engineers in the fields of structural analysis and mechanical design by proactively engaging team members and developing processes, tools and best practices
  • Define capability development requirements (including IDP, Individual Development Plans) for the team and implement and track improvement initiatives
  • Train new members in commercial and customer proprietary tools, such as ANSYS APDL/Workbench, CFX/Fluent, Flow Simulator, Hyperworks, and others
  • Help prepare team members for and participate in customer technical reviews
  • Assist and encourage team members to update process and automate tasks to improve productivity for daily work
  • Performing engineering design, analysis, tolerance stacks, limits determination, and repair development
  • Promote consistent organizational culture of teamwork, accountability, change championship, and customer focus
  • Assist in cultivating university relationships and partnerships for research opportunities and talent identification
  • Contribute to industry literature through publication of conference, journal, or Quest Defense white papers and attend technical conferences
  • Conduct technical reviews of ongoing projects to ensure our high standards of quality are met
  • Seek out new problems to solve with our customers
  • Work as part of a cohesive analysis and design engineering team

Were excited to talk to you if your qualifications meet the following criteria:
  • BS in Mechanical / Aerospace Engineering with 7+ years of experience, preferably in the turbomachinery industry
  • OR MS or PhD in Mechanical / Aerospace Engineering with 5+ years of experience, preferably in the turbomachinery industry
  • Strong theoretical background in Structural Mechanics and Numerical Methods
  • At least 5 years of direct experience in FEA; experience with ANSYS APDL or Workbench
  • Experience in scripting/programming (e.g., FORTRAN, C/C++, Perl, Matlab, Python)
  • Experience with Linux systems and high-performance computing is a plus
  • History of technical publication is a plus
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team environment
  • Like to work in a fast paced, creative environment
  • Enjoy people and dynamic teams with diverse experiences. We have fun together!
  • US Citizen required with ability to obtain and maintain a Secret-level US DoD security clearance
  • Existing DoD Secret clearance or above is strongly preferred
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

Travel: Less than 10%

Compensation type: Competitive wages. Position also qualifies for benefits including medical insurance, dental insurance, disability, life insurance, 401(K), tuition reimbursement, and paid time off.

Reports to: Program Manager


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  • Job Reference: 662584336-2
  • Date Posted: 20 July 2022
  • Recruiter: QuEST Global
  • Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Government & Defence
  • Job Type: Permanent