Williston, Vermont

Responsibilities for this Position

Principal Design Engineer, Mech

US-AL-Huntsville | US-VT-Williston

Job ID: 2023-17027
Type: Full Time
# of Openings: 3
Category: Engineering
Huntsville, AL


General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS), a premier provider to the US Department of Defense and allied nations, is seeking an experienced Mechanical Design Engineer to join our team.

We are committed to supporting the mission of the warfighter. Our products can be found with every U.S. military branch and with our allies around the world. Given the nature of our work and our organizations ethos, we value trust, honesty, alignment, and transparency.

Whether youre 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, and work/life benefits that include a hybrid work option, career development and recognition programs.

If who we are and what we do resonates with you, we invite you to join our high-performance team!

**This position could be located at our Huntsville, AL or Williston, VT Operations


  • Determines the technical approach, applies creativity and advanced concepts in the area of specialty in developing solutions.
  • Provides support to a wide array of technical products. Responsible for technical leadership, developing and trading off hardware/software design concepts that satisfy requirements and constraints, configuration item design, verification of the design using modeling, simulation, analysis and test, documentation through formal reports, drawings and other technical data package items
  • communication with the project team, business development, suppliers, industry partners, academia, customers and functional management.
  • Assignments may include both engineering development and production support roles, which will require a broad knowledge of the technical specialty and well as detailed product knowledge in order to safely and efficiently perform formal problem root cause analysis, corrective action planning and execution, developing labor and materials budgets, and identifying facility/test equipment needs.
  • Work is performed with minimal supervision guided by policies and procedures. There is considerable latitude in making decisions which may have relatively significant impact on the program/project.
  • Clear and concise presentation of technical data at meetings and design reviews to peers, management and customers will be required.
  • May also function in project leadership role on moderately sized project or report to more senior leader on large projects.


  • Project management
  • Technical expertise in applicable discipline
  • Technical writing
  • Failure analysis, root cause & corrective action
  • Microsoft Project scheduling
  • Proposal planning, writing and estimating
  • Communication skills/presentation skills
  • Read/interpret product definition
  • Authoring test plans & reports
  • Computer aided engineering tools
  • Develop products through creative design, analysis, fabrication and test
Required Education:

Bachelors degree in an applicable engineering, technical, or science discipline or equivalent experience

Desired: Masters degree in engineering

Minimum Experience: Six years of relevant experience


Williston, Vermont

General Dynamics is a global aerospace and defense company.

Our portfolio spans the realm of the world's most technologically advanced business jets, wheeled combat vehicles, command and control systems and nuclear submarines. We offer these through our five business groups: Aerospace, Combat Systems, Information Technology, Mission Systems and Marine Systems.

General Dynamics employs thousands of people across the globe, with locations in more than 45 countries. We rely on the skills of our employees and their knowledge of customer requirements to deliver best-in-class products and services.

Who We Are Looking For 

General Dynamics is seeking military veterans and military spouses across the country who bring a deeply rooted skillset that includes team-oriented approaches to problem-solving, demonstrations of leadership and an overall commitment to the mission of the organization.  We recognize the knowledge and skills gained during your military experience are invaluable to the success of a team. We’re proud of the thousands of veterans and military professionals who have chosen to apply their leadership, teamwork and problem-solving skills to a career at General Dynamics and to continue supporting the mission of those serving today.

Should I Apply?

At General Dynamics, our employees are the heart of our company. We rely on their dedication to excellence and their intimate knowledge of customer requirements to meet the needs of customers around the globe, day in and day out. Our employees' unique blend of skill, innovation and agility drives our continued success, and we take our responsibility to them seriously. If you are a military veteran or military spouse ready to advance your career, view our available career opportunities to the right for more information and to apply today!

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