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Mechanical Engineer at Draper

Mechanical Engineer

Draper Odon, IN Full-Time

Draper is an independent, nonprofit research and development company headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The 1,800 employees of Draper tackle important national challenges with a promise of delivering successful and usable solutions. From military defense and space exploration to biomedical engineering, lives often depend on the solutions we provide. Our multidisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists work in a collaborative environment that inspires the cross-fertilization of ideas necessary for true innovation. For more information about Draper, visit

Our work is very important to us, but so is our life outside of work. Draper supports many programs to improve work-life balance including workplace flexibility, employee clubs ranging from photography to yoga, health and finance workshops, off site social events and discounts to local museums and cultural activities. If this specific job opportunity and the chance to work at a nationally renowned R&D innovation company appeals to you, apply now

Equal Employment Opportunity

Draper is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. We understand the value of diversity and its impact on a high-performance culture. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information.

Draper is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, please contact [ Email address blocked ] .


Want to be part of our nation’s highest national security priorities? The Engineering Operations department is seeking highly motivated mechanical engineers for our Odon, Indiana office, which is located just outside the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane in Email blocked - click to apply. This office supports a growing technological ecosystem, boasting over sixty high-tech companies, a leading government lab, cutting-edge academic research, and over 5,000 technical professionals. The facility is situated just south of Bloomington, Indiana, rated by Livability in ‘21 as one of the top places to live in the U.S. As a team member, you will be on the ground floor as Draper builds out engineering capability to design next-generation strategic missile guidance and control systems that operate in hostile military and space environments, all while expanding our nation’s preeminence in microelectronics for national security. You will be a key member of Draper’s nationally distributed team, called upon by our government and academic partners to produce exquisite and robust solutions to some of our nation’s most important technical challenges.


Draper is seeking mechanical engineers at all levels for roles in support of complex electromechanical system designs. The expectation is the person will grow into leadership roles and be a key interface between Indiana and other Draper facilities. Specific responsibilities include:

Perform mechanical design and development for ruggedized, highly-reliable systems capable of surviving harsh environments (e.g high-g, high temperature, high vibration)
Contribute to solving customer-driven problems as part of a multi-disciplinary team, contribute to ideation activities, and adapt appropriately to changes in requirements
Communicate effectively and openly with a multi-disciplinary program team members and program leadership, including non-technical personnel
Define an approach to independently solve technical problems and execute assignments under the oversight of program leadership
Identify technical and schedule risks associated with a design decision and communicate them to project leadership
Strong organization, planning and time management skills to achieve program goals

Required Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have a BS or MS degree in a relevant field such as mechanical engineering, materials science, or manufacturing engineering with 2-10 years of experience. The candidate will have many of the skills below.

Experience designing in 3D CAD using SolidWorks and/or CREO
Familiarity with design considerations for manufacturability, proper drawing creation, and tolerancing
Familiarity with fabrication and assembly of prototypes and proof-of-concept models
Team player able to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to handle multiple competing tasks and demands
Familiarity with machine shop tools and processes, prototyping, and vendor coordination
Familiarity with specifying and integrating actuators, sensors, and other embedded electronics
Experience with analysis tools such as ANSYS, COMSOL, and/or MATLAB

The position is for on-site work at the Westgate facility with occasional travel to other locations.

Security Requirement:

Applicants selected for this position will be required to obtain and maintain a U.S. Government security clearance.




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