Senior Principal Project Engineer

Healdsburg, California

General Dynamics Corporation
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Senior Principal Project Engineer

US-CA-Healdsburg US-CA-Folsom

Job ID: 2
Type: Full Time
of Openings: 1
Category: Aerospace/Aviation/Defense
Healdsburg, CA (Grove St)


Reporting to the Director of Engineering, working under minimal supervision, this position will provide detailed technical oversight of various servo actuator systems from concept through final delivery. This role collaborates with assigned engineers from applicable groups to prepare plans and designs, verify and validate technical data packages, and conduct program technical reviews. Project Engineers report in a matrix structure to Program Management to support a program or programs, including budget and schedule preparation and tracking. This position will lead the technical design, development and transition to production of cutting edge control actuation systems (CAS) on gun hardened and space qualified programs.

GD-OTS is seeking a passionate person for an exciting position within our dynamic engineering team. If you like solving problems and working with complex systems, bring your skills and expertise to design, analyze, build and test our cutting-edge products. Our electro-mechanical systems, controlled by software, represent boundary-pushing aerospace technology. We are a small, but growing team of dedicated professionals that are developing the future. As part of this team, you are meticulous and detail-oriented but can also operate within challenging timelines to achieve a collective goal. You own your work and collaborate across functions to ensure that this groundbreaking technology is delivered on-time, on-budget and to the very high-quality standards that our warfighter demands.

There's no time like the present to find opportunity, so don't hold back. You will add tremendous value to the team and we will return that to you. GD-OTS provides the foundation for you whether you are just starting out on your career journey or are an experienced professional. We offer a robust total rewards package that goes above and beyond with compensation, healthcare, wellness, retirement, work/life benefits, career development and recognition programs. Our customers come from all different backgrounds and so do our employees. If you're passionate about what you could accomplish here, we'd love to hear from you.


  • Internal Engineering interface to program office and senior leadership

  • External interface with customer and vendor technical staff and management

  • Prepare status reports and presentations, and assure that assigned technical SDRLs are appropriately prepared and submitted for assigned programs
  • Support program tracking/reporting in IMS and variance analysis; develop plans and work-around plans
  • Monitor technical projects for progress and scope, and complete SOW technical tasks while avoiding unplanned work or scope creep
  • Work closely with Engineering management to communicate project technical needs, staffing requirements, and schedule and budget of a project
  • Ability to obtain Secret level security clearance desirable


  • BS in Engineering
  • 8 years + experience in technical leadership roles
  • 5 - 8 years experience in Project Engineering
  • In depth knowledge of aerospace requirements and requirements management (e.g. DOORS or jama usage): Requirements verification matrices, derived requirements from customer to internal functional groups and down to suppliers and sub-tiers
  • Systems Engineering experience a huge plus
  • Working knowledge of aerospace specs and standards (i.e. IPC, MIL-STD, MIL-SPEC, NAVMAT, NADCAP, IEEE, DID)
  • Strong base understanding of engineering disciplines and knowledge of manufacturing techniques
  • General technical understanding of projects, from requirements to product test
  • Ability to create and track project plans in Microsoft Project
  • Strong communication, leadership, and team building skills, with the ability to lead a cross-functional integrated product team
  • Demonstrated competence in technical writing of plans, reports, and proposals
  • Knowledge of EVMS or EVMS-lite preferred

  • Experience with AS-9100 and CMMI Level 3 desirable


General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems is a global leader in the design, engineering and production of munitions, weapons, lightweight tactical vehicles, missile components and armament systems around the world.

Date Posted: 09 September 2022
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