2021-48465 - Advanced Engineering Technician


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General Dynamics Mission Systems
100 Plastics Avenue

Website: gdmissionsystems.com

Company Description:
Platforms: Smarter. At General Dynamics Mission Systems, we solve the toughest security and technology challenges facing our nation and its allies by building smarter mission-critical products and systems.We develop mission critical C4ISR solutions across the land, sea, air, space and cyber domains. As you might imagine, we can offer career paths that fit almost any area of expertise. Almost any background or interests. And almost any short- and long-term career goals. At our location in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, we develop advanced solutions to support the U.S. Navy's latest ships and combat systems.

General Dynamics is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce.

Learn more about the Pittsfield facility here: www.gdmissionsystems.com/PittsfieldMA.

2021-48465 - Advanced Engineering Technician
Full Time
Associate Degree

Developing mission-critical systems that help keep people safe is what we do. At General Dynamics Mission Systems, you’ll be part of the team that helps heroes make a true impact. The work we do is important. The challenges we face are career-defining. The opportunity we can offer is one-of-a-kind.

We apply advanced technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, AR/VR, Cloud Native and Quantum Physics to solve our customers’ missions in cyber, RF, undersea, interstellar and everything in between.

Working with Engineering, Operations Support and individuals in other departments, the Advanced Engineering Technician will support engineering activities such as design, test, check-out, modification, fabrication and assembly of prototype electro mechanical systems, experimental design circuitry, laser/light transmission devices or specialized test equipment. This may entail performing the following:

Key Responsibilities

Essential duties and responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following. Other duties may be assigned:
Performs a variety of operations to assemble precision electromechanical products
Performs tasks such as drilling, reaming, burnishing, and tapping; uses precision measuring instruments to ensure conformance to specified tolerances; disassembles precision assemblies and corrects malfunctions
Open to new ideas and can serve as a champion for change and acts to support change when directed from management
Performs a variety of equipment/process operations involving an application or technical skills in specific area (electrical, testing, manufacturing, etc.)
Works from schematics diagrams, written and verbal descriptions, layouts or defined plans to perform build, test, and troubleshooting functions
Utilizes a variety of systems to perform manufacturing functions
Works with associates in other departments and understands cross-functional relationships
Analyzes results and implements procedures for problem solving
Measures work piece with instruments such as electronic gauges and optical light, compares work piece dimensions with specifications to ascertain amount of stock to be removed and evaluates types of compounds, diamonds, and laps or material needed to achieve required specifications and set-up requirements
Prepares and conditions surface of lap to achieve proper geometric form and tolerance per print and/or sketch requirements
Applies compound to work piece and rubs lap across work piece with rotary or reciprocating motion, feeling friction and applying required pressure based on previous experience to attain specified tolerances
Perform complex measurements to verify conformance to specifications
Verifies, by initials, conformance of work piece to process specifications requirements
Manually handles parts where care is required to prevent surface defects such as nicks and scratches
Maintains equipment and immediate work area in clean and orderly condition
Design and draw sketches for tooling and laps to complete task required
Promote continuous product improvement by conceptualizing and implementing new procedures, processes or fixtures
Ability to work under a scope for long periods of time at 40x magnification

Qualifications (Preferred)

Attributes for a successful candidate include:

Ability to read blueprints, sketches and drawings
Adaptive to new training opportunities and demonstrates competence in site-specific skill sets
Good analytical and problem solving skills
Having a background in watchmaking considered a strong asset
This position requires manual dexterity, good eyesight, as well as a great deal of concentration and patience
Working knowledge of the theory, design characteristics, operation, and function of accelerometers and gyroscopes
Experience working in an ISO/clean room/instrument or medical device manufacturing environment.
High level of manual dexterity and attention to detail a must
Having a background in watchmaking considered a strong asset
Previous experience in miniature precision devices is desirable

What you’ll experience:
Technologies that aren’t just top-notch, they’re often top-secret
A team of bold thinkers committed to exploring what’s next
Opportunities to gain new knowledge - as it’s discovered
What you bring to the table:
An Associate’s degree in related discipline or equivalent plus a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience
Solid knowledge and proficiency in the use of fabrication tools
Ability to fabricate complex hardware
Solid knowledge of generally accepted technical theory

What sets you apart:
Team player who thrives in collaborative environments and revels in team success
Commitment to ongoing professional development
Superior communication and collaboration skills

Associate’s degree in related discipline or equivalent is required plus a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience.


Department of Defense Top Secret security clearance is required within a reasonable period of time. Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Due to the nature of work performed within our facilities, U.S. citizenship is required.

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