Development Engineer

Employer Provided Salary: 80,000-120,000 Annually
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This opportunity is located within our Ensign-Bickford Aerospace & Defense Company business, a global leader of mission-critical hardware and systems solutions including precision energetics systems and innovative explosive solutions.Click here to learn more.

Job Description

EBA&D is seeking an accomplished engineer for the position of Development Engineer supporting our Payload Deployment products reporting to the Product Development Manager. This position is located in Moorpark, CA


The Development Engineer (DE) is the technical lead on internal and external projects and is responsible for all technical and schedule aspects of the project/product from concept through development, qualification and production, with a focus on our Payload Deployment product line.

Primary duties include:

  • Acts as the primary technical liaison between customers and EBAD, including the completion of major design reviews (such as PDR and CDR).
  • Development and maintenance of the technical data package, as well as product testing documentation requirements and methods.
  • Coordination with other departments to ensure the viability of new designs, creation of the required documentation, and internal and customer approval for this documentation.
  • Provides technical leadership to multiple project teams.
  • Create 3D conceptual models to meet customer design requirements.
  • Technical compliance and risk assessment/management.
  • Perform, rationalize, and document design trade studies and hand calculations.
  • Work with analytical team to rationalize new designs.
  • Perform tolerance studies to ensure design fidelity.
  • Interact with customers on design, interface and functional details.
  • Interact with suppliers to rapid prototype parts for risk reduction testing.
  • Requirements generation, allocation, and flow down.
  • Responsible for Design Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (DFMEA).
  • Creation of documentation for design verification testing and qualification testing, including dynamic and thermal environments.
  • Complete program subcontractor data requirements such as compliance verification matrices, structural analysis reports and qual-by-similarity reports.


  • The successful candidate must have a BS in an engineering discipline, preferably mechanical or aerospace engineering, and a minimum of 5 years of project, design or related engineering experience. Additionally, it is desired that the candidate has experience in the following areas:
  • Design and application of electromechanical actuators.
  • Experience with Payload Deployment devices is highly preferred.
  • Knowledge of satellite or launch vehicle systems as well as experience with manufacturing processes, rapid prototyping and product development.
  • Strong written, verbal and presentation skills for interaction with various levels of management and customers.
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills with demonstrated ability to lead programs / projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and resolve problems.
  • Experience with government specifications and industry standards related to aerospace components and systems design, manufacture, and test.
  • Capable of applying GD&T and understanding how it affects part cost and manufacturing.
  • Strong SolidWorks experience is required. Must be capable of creating 3D parts, assembly models and drawings.
  • Strong skills in MS Windows - Excel, Word and Powerpoint. Familiar with and able to work in MS Project.
  • Experience with the design of tooling and fixtures for environmental testing of space components.
  • Design for Manufacturing methods and techniques.
  • Candidates must meet all requirements under BATFE and ITAR.


Salary Range: $80,000 - $120,000 per year. Salary is determined by the applicant's education, experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, internal equity, and alignment with market data.

Ensign-Bickford Aerospace & Defense Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, national origin, or veteran status.

More Information on Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc.
Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc. operates in the Aerospace industry. The company is located in Denver, CO, Longmont, CO, Longmont, CO, San Rafael, CA, St. Charles, MO, Simsbury, CT and Portland, ME. It has 1001 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability insurance, Dental insurance, Vision insurance, Health insurance and Life insurance. To see all 12 open jobs at Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc., click here.
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