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Army To Start Fielding New Light Tank In 2025, Seeking Platform To Fight In ‘Worst Conditions’

The Army will start fielding its new light tanks for infantry brigades in 2025, with officials pushing vendors BAE Systems and General Dynamics [GD] to prove their vehicle offerings are able to survive in “the worst conditions you can imagine.” Senior Army leaders told reporters Monday evening the service is focused on a rapid prototyping […]

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White House Directs Pentagon to Establish U.S. Space Command

The White House has directed the Department of Defense to move forward with establishing a U.S. Space Command, without details of exactly when, or how, a new unified combatant command related to space would be stood up. USSPACECOM, as it will be known, will be the 11th combatant command in the U.S. military and will […]

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GAO Finds Most Agencies Lacking In Adopting Federal Cyber Security Requirements

Despite congressional mandates and presidential orders, most federal agencies are still behind in implementing standards and frameworks for securing their networks, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) says in a new report. “The 23 civilian agencies covered by the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990 have often not effectively implemented the federal government’s approach and strategy […]

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McSally Officially Nominated to Become Arizona’s Junior Republican Senator

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) on Tuesday officially nominated Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) to become Arizona’s junior senator in the 116th Congress. McSally would be taking over for Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), who announced last Friday that he would resign from Congress at the end of 2018. Kyl himself was nominated to the post following […]

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V-280 Marks First Year of Flight

FORT WORTH, Texas – The V-280 Valor on Dec. 18 celebrated a full year of flight during which it has flown more than 80 hours and reached speeds of more than 250 knots in forward flight and flown more than 300 miles from its birthplace in the Texas Panhandle to just outside Dallas. Early in […]

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Air Force Light Attack Aircraft RFP Delayed Until 2019

The Air Force’s awaited release of a final request for proposals for a light attack aircraft (LAA) has been pushed back to early next year. The service intended to release the request by the end of 2018, and sources on Dec. 18 told Defense Daily that as of Monday, it had been expected by Dec. […]

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Mechanical Engineer Manager

Job Location: Manchester, NH



Primary function of this position is to conceive, design, develop, evaluate and document of electro-acoustic, intercoms, cable assemblies, and helmet mounted military products mechanical assemblies. Identify design issues and recommend design direction, goals, and planning tasks. Review designs and models for performance, manufacturability and quality. Apply lean design and six sigma design for manufacturing concepts for plastic injection molded components, metal stampings and mechanical parts.

The Mechanical Engineering Manager shall establish direction and be accountable for site mechanical engineering development outcomes to meet Enterprise goals in accordance with related plans, policies, and procedures. Defines and implements mechanical resource deployment in conjunction with product road maps, voice of the customer input, and managerial requirements. Champions mechanical engineering standardization and continuous improvement initiatives, and shall be responsible for applicable compliance with site quality systems.


• B.S. Mechanical Engineering

• Masters degree is a plus

• Training in supervision and leadership preferred


• 8+ years of experience in Mechanical Engineering, New Product Design and Development.

• 1-3 years of experience in supervision desired

• Experience in military programs desired

• Security clearance desired


• Strong understanding of engineering fundamentals.

• Strong problem solving skills.

• Experience with SolidWorks CAD/FEA tools.

• Knowledge of electro-mechanical designs, plastic injection molded components, cable assemblies, and machining practices.

• Working knowledge of PCB/FPC components, construction, and layout.

• Must be familiar with design for manufacturability and transition from design to production.

• Understanding of best design practices with respect to challenging environmental requirements for military applications.

• Experience in testing to MIL-STD-810G. and other applicable test standards

• Familiar with shared data management tools such as EPDM, SharePoint, etc.

• Strong understanding of standard drawing practices and GD&T.

• Able to supervise and lead technical persons

• Able to plan and coordinate manpower assignments on multiple projects

• Able to estimate effort required to complete technical tasks

• Workforce talent evaluation, mentoring and motivation via personnel performance management techniques. Establishing and sustaining effective use, communication and review of metrics to hold staff accountable for execution of assigned tasks.

• In conjunction with program management and/or department staff, ensure necessary controls are in place to monitor development program progress and project task execution, and periodic oversight is driving effective alignment and corrective adjustments.

• Implementing and sustaining collaborative team dynamics within local engineering functions and with other location peers.

• Regular use of lessonslearned, post-mortem feedback techniques before, during and after a project to foster continuous improvement.

• Experience with MS Project desired



• Develop, plan and estimate program activities related to mechanical engineering

• Participate in technical aspects of bids and proposals including conceptual design, technical proposal writing and cost estimating

• Design, document and test new products and subsystem components.

• Drive system capability forward on current and next generation products.

• Develop the best innovative solutions to enhance product portfolio.

• Direct other engineers, designers and technicians in the execution of mechanical engineering related product design and development activities.

• Review designs for improved reliability, testability, and ease of manufacture.

• Create part and assembly drawings with material specs and BOMs.

• Create 3-D models and assemblies

• Coordinate validation/testing of samples and interface with key vendors.

• Prepare and present engineering data to senior management and participate in design review meetings.

• Have overall responsibility for the mechanical design of the product.

• Support creation of test plans, testing your design under lab conditions, and engineering reports.

• Support transition of products into high volume production.

• Manage multiple projects.

• Provide engineering support in the implementation of process controls and instrumentation when involved with transition of products into the manufacturing environment.

• Integrate product design efforts with manufacturing, product assurance and logistic support functions to ensure product designs that are producible and maintainable.

• Mentor mechanical engineers and other technical disciplines in mechanical concepts

• Report regularly on project status and progress, especially noting variance from baseline projections.

• Coordinate with program managers to assign engineers and technicians to accomplish program requirements and milestones

• Review and approve timecards and vacation requests

• Participate in setting goals and evaluating performance of subordinates

• Hold regular individual and group meetings with subordinates to provide relevant information on company initiatives, personal performance, etc. and to solicit feedback

• Assist in determining staffing requirements and hiring additional personnel as needed.

• Determine training needs and arrange for appropriate training and development opportunities for engineering personnel

• Provide objective input for product development ideas to ensure appropriate alignment with staff skills, and optimize use of resource pool.

• Make effective decisions on what tasks might be best for contract or outsourcing, and involve appropriate stakeholders in these decisions.

• Collaborate effectively with other functional groups to meet annual Enterprise goals that directly correlate with engineering department execution.

• Instill, monitor and maintain professional interpersonal behaviors and engagement between staff and other departments and between Engineering staff and customers, partners and suppliers.

• Ensure that personnel management discipline, career path mentoring and acknowledgements of staff efforts by direct reports is occurring on regular basis via one-on-one performance feedback interfaces, and with Human Resources if necessary, to align two-way expectations.

• Provide input to director of engineering on department budget needs

• Schedule flexibility to support critical deadlines may be required.


• Supervise team of approximately 4-6 mechanical engineers and designers.


Gentex Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their protected veteran status or on the basis of disability. Gentex is an E-Verify Participant. Pre-employment drug/alcohol/background screening is required. If you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with Gentex, please call our Human Resources department at (570) 282-3550.



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