Mechanical Design Engineering Associate University of Texas at Austin University of Texas at Austin 1,007 reviews

Job Posting Title:

Mechanical Design Engineering Associate

Hiring Department:

Applied Research Laboratories

Position Open To:

All Applicants

Weekly Scheduled Hours:


FLSA Status:


Earliest Start Date:


Position Duration:

Expected to Continue



Job Description:

Assist with the design, development, integration, and testing of various underwater sensors and mechanical components for high resolution sonar systems.

Job Details:


  • Collaborate with other system developers and designers as part of a multi-disciplinary team to determine project requirements, development tasks and schedules.

  • Modeling, design and development of mechanical and acoustic components for high frequency sonar applications.

  • Engineering Analysis and FEA of designed components to predict performance.

  • Integration, testing, and validation of hardware at the component and system level.

  • Procurement, fabrication, and assembly of transducers and other sonar components.

  • Develop and review engineering documentation, including presentation of technical materials for program managers and project sponsors

  • Support the installation and testing of equipment in field.

  • Other related functions as assigned.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering with demonstrated technical proficiency building sonar system hardware and underwater structural components. Demonstrated ability involving product development from conceptual design to finished product. Proficiency in the design of mechanical parts for manufacture using SolidWorks CAD software. A thorough understanding and historical execution using both traditional and additive manufacturing methods. Capable and experienced in machine design of hardware, electronics housings, over-mold encapsulation of electronic components, and the design of tooling / test platforms. Knowledge of GD&T drawing practices and technical documentation per ASME Y14.5. Ability with system integration and laboratory calibration and evaluation of sensors is also required. Proficiency interfacing with vendors and machine shops to procure mechanical components. Demonstrated ability to work independently and with sensitive and confidential information, maintain a professional demeanor, work as a team member with and without daily supervision, work several overlapping projects over a short period of time, ability to work within an environment with rapidly changing priorities, and effectively communicate with diverse groups of clients. Able to work under pressure and accept supervision. Regular and punctual attendance.

US Citizen: Applicant selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information at the level appropriate to the project requirements of the position.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in the mechanical design and specification of electronic printed circuit card assemblies and thermal cooling systems. Experience performing finite element analysis (FEA) for structural analysis of mechanical components using SolidWorks Simulation or equivalent software. Experience in the mechanical design and specification of high frequency transducer assemblies and associated assembly tooling. Proficient in data analysis using Matlab or Python, also proficient with Matlab Simulink and Comsol MultiPhysics software. Experience with Labview VI data acquisition software, power amplifiers, function generators, and oscilloscopes for laboratory testing of sonar components. Demonstrated experience operating manual and CNC mills, manual lathes, grinders, welders, overhead cranes, and various other machine shop tools. Demonstrated skills in mechanical and electrical system troubleshooting. Prior or current eligibility for access to classified information. Prior applicable work experience related to the listed job details. Cumulative GPA of 3.0.

General Notes

An agency designated by the federal government handles the investigation as to the requirement for eligibility for access to classified information. Factors considered during this investigation include but are not limited to allegiance to the United States, foreign influence, foreign preference, criminal conduct, security violations, drug involvement, the likelihood of continuation of such conduct, etc.

Please mark "yes" on the application question that asks if additional materials are required. Failure to attach all additional materials listed below may result in a delay in application processing.

Visit our website ( www.arlut.utexas.ed u) for additional information about Applied Research Laboratories.

Salary Range

$69,500-$80,000+/negotiable depending on qualifications.

Working Conditions

  • Standard office conditions

  • Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation

  • Use of manual dexterity

  • Some weekend, evening and holiday work

  • Possible interstate/intrastate travel

  • Some at-sea testing

  • May work in all weather conditions

Required Materials

  • Resume/CV

  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor

  • Letter of interest

  • Unofficial college transcripts

Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded. Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

Important for Current university employees and contingent workers: As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled in to your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questions presented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above.

Employment Eligibility:

Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.

Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer , complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form. You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States. Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment. Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.


The University of Texas at Austin use E-Verify to check the work authorization of all new hires effective May 2015. The university’s company ID number for purposes of E-Verify is 854197.

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