Manufacturing Engineer- Entry Level

Marion, VA, USA
Required Clearance
Secret, obtainable within reasonable time based on requirements
Employment Type
Full Time
Remote Option
On-Site Full-Time
Hiring Company
General Dynamics Mission Systems, Inc.

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing or Industrial Engineering, or a related Science, Engineering or Mathematics field.


Department of Defense Secret security clearance is preferred at time of hire. Candidates must be able to obtain a Secret clearance within a reasonable amount of time from date of hire. 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.

Responsibilities for this Position

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 space and everything in between.

We will rely on your knowledge and skills to develop, implement and maintain methods, operation sequence and processes in the manufacturing or fabrication of parts, components, sub-assemblies and final assemblies. In this entry-level position, the Manufacturing Engineer will develop strong communications with internal teams to estimate manufacturing costs, determine time standards and make recommendations for tooling and process requirements of new or existing product lines. At GDMS, we continually seek ways to develop and improve manufacturing methods, utilizing our team’s knowledge of product design, materials and parts, fabrication processes, tooling and production equipment capabilities, assembly methods, and quality control standards.

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:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing or Industrial Engineering, a related specialized area or field, or equivalent experience
  • Clear understanding of manufacturing engineering concepts, principles, and theories
  • Clear understanding with manufacturing processes and electrical/mechanical components, systems and applications

What sets you apart:

  • Creative, innovative responsibilities requiring advanced decision-making skills
  • Team player who thrives in collaborative environments and revels in team success, meeting and exceeding personal and team commitments
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development


The position is responsible for providing engineering support to all aspects of the tactical shelters product line from design and development through start-up, production, integration and test. 

  • Provides engineering support to manufacturing/operations in the manufacture of Military Fighter Jet and Commercial Radomes.
  • Develops manufacturing BOMs, work flow routers, work instructions for new designs and build to print projects.
  • Develops tooling approaches and assists with tool design and fabrication efforts for new product builds.
  • Analyzes and develops processes for manufacturing tolerance control.
  • Embraces continuous improvement in developing, documenting, evaluating, and implementing safety, environmental, and cost improvement ideas.
  • Creates technical training documentation and conducts training with manufacturing operators.
  • Provides technical disposition and root cause and corrective action responses to nonconforming hardware.
  • Supports design and development of military tactical shelters covering such areas as detail fabrication, bonding of honeycomb / aluminum skin sandwich panels, mechanical assembly, and basic lighting and power systems.
  • Researches and analyzes data, such as customer design proposals, specifications, and manuals to determine feasibility of design or application.
  • Supports the development of technical data packages by coordinating with CAD designers to address customer requirements, producibility, and unit production cost.
  • Uses creative and innovative approaches along with advanced decision-making skills to meet program and project cost and schedule requirements.
  • Demonstrates excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Presents a professional appearance and effective communication skills while working with various departments across the company, senior managers, and with external customers (DOD and prime contractors) and subcontractors to address all technical requirements.
  • Mentors lower labor grades in mechanical principles and project performance.
  • Occasional travel may be required.


  • Shows initiative on assignments, exercises independent judgment, and professionally executes projects.
  • Has mechanical aptitude and strong analytical ability to resolve technical issues, develop new products and develop creative and innovative ideas and solutions.
  • Highly skilled in written and verbal communication, demonstrating strong proficiency in writing technical papers, proposals, and work instructions.
  • Capability with solid modeling CAD tools to create mechanical models and accompanying drawings a plus.

Target salary range: USD $66,100.00/Yr. - USD $73,300.00/Yr. This estimate represents the typical salary range for this position based on experience and other factors (geographic location, etc.). Actual pay may vary.

Company Overview

General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) engineers a diverse portfolio of high technology solutions, products and services that enable customers to successfully execute missions across all domains of operation. With a global team of 12,000+ top professionals, we partner with the best in industry to expand the bounds of innovation in the defense and scientific arenas. Given the nature of our work and who we are, we value trust, honesty, alignment and transparency. We offer highly competitive benefits and pride ourselves in being a great place to work with a shared sense of purpose. You will also enjoy a flexible work environment where contributions are recognized and rewarded. If who we are and what we do resonates with you, we invite you to join our high performance team!

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

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