Job Locations US-AL-Huntsville
Staff Req. #
HVO 19-008
# of Openings

Position Summary

General Summary:


Conceives. researches, plans, designs, develops, and implements (into Production) new products and systems by performing the following duties. Researches, plans, designs, develops, and implements (into Production) new products, processes and systems into the sporting or defense related arms and ammunition markets.  Experienced engineering professional. Capable of technical leadership of projects of significant scope and impact in technical or product area of expertise. Technical specialist in defined discipline. Company specialist in specific process or system.  

Primary Responsibilities

Principal Duties and Accountabilities (*Essential Functions):



  • Technical Knowledge: Very good understanding of firearms products and/or ammunition processes and related advanced engineering designs/function.  Capable of creating 'white paper' designs. Go To person for technical specialty. Good understanding of company structures and required business processes.   Design specialist in several disciplines. Understands some advanced principles. Capable of advanced design modification with minimal supervision. Capable of identifying appropriate analyses and tests required to arrive at fact-based decisions.  Beginning to develop understanding of specific manufacturing processes unique to ROC and their implication on design and cost in at least one VSO area.
  • Tool Usage: Comfortable with and able to use advanced tools, including Design of Experiments and CAE (Finite Element Analysis, Simulation) to meet objectives - anticipate and/or identify interactions.  Able to critically assess results and challenge analyses. Proficient in creating DFMEAs and VA-VE activities
  • Indicators: Fully proficient in design and validation methods.  May have advanced statistical methods training (i.e. green belt).  Comfortable being responsible for driving program technical direction and being accountable for results.  Materials selection of new parts. Can apply lean principles to development. Reviews and recommends potential mfg. processes and associated tool materials selection


Scope of Responsibility: Typical role as the technical lead on a Level A program (Major P&L project). Formulates tasks to validate root cause of defects and design enhancements using statistical methods. Task timelines defined by major elements of the program plan.  Errors can cause major program delays and danger of missing key commitments in overall product delivery plan. May have significant resource and cost impact. Project objectives provided and agreed with technical lead. Progress tracked weekly and monthly by program manager or tech lead. Capable of defining activities, tests, lab work required to complete design tasks.

  • Leadership: Has strong work ethic, respects time of others, prompt role model for safe working conditions and maintains a clean workplace. Able to hold teammates and co-workers accountable for results thorough leadership and process diligence- supports and trains younger engineers in best practices. Never a spectator or victim- makes things happen.
  • Communication and Collaboration: Capable of generating standard reports and documents supporting design validation and/or design changes.  Capable of communicating design philosophy and requirements to team. Able to hold clear and concise design reviews.  Capable of preparing concise design status reports for leadership. Able to communicate complex technical considerations to non-technical employees and other functions.
  • Behaviors: Completes tasks on time with high quality. Works well with peers and team members. Extremely dependable in delivering what is promised. Displays a bias for action and performance in the work area. Solid representative and advocate of ROC’s behaviors; mentors team members and provides technical support when needed.


Level of Review: Work results are reviewed by program management for schedule and technical quality by Tech lead.

Level of Review: May have little day-to-day supervision. Tasks are reviewed daily or at project milestones as needed by engineering/manufacturing.


Skills and Education Required

Qualifications, Educational Skills and Experience:


  • Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions


  • Education and/or Experience: BS/MSc degree in Engineering or Science (i.e. Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Materials engineering, Physics) from a four-year accredited or nationally recognized college or university and 4 - 10 years relevant experience; PhD with 3 – 5 yds experience; Firearms and ammunition experience a plus. MSR experience highly desirable.


  • Language Skills: Ability to read work and interpret instructions in English.  Ability to record observations and keep records of data as instructed.


  • Mathematical Skills: Ability to perform advanced mathematical operations such as exponents, logarithms and apply those methods to analyses involving frequency distributions, reliability, analysis of variance and factor analysis.
  • Other Skills and Activities: Proficiency with CAD/CAM, finite element analysis, mechanical simulation or aptitude for learning.  Proficient with Microsoft Office suite necessary. Program management skills a plus.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls.  The employee is regularly required to stand; walk, sit, reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes, or airborne particles, explosives, and vibration.  The noise level in the work environment can be loud. Personal protective equipment to limit exposure to these environments will be provided.

Employees may encounter hazardous wastes during their work.  Hazardous wastes are to be handled appropriately; including applicable use of PPE, placement into compatible containers, container labeling and marking; etc.  Additionally, wastes may need to be transported to/from satellite accumulation areas to 90-day accumulation area; via dolly, forklift, etc. All employees working with, handling, or managing hazardous wastes will receive annual RCRA training. Those employees preparing waste for shipment will receive additional trainings (DOT). 



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