Overview of the Role This role offers you the opportunity to leverage your miiltary electrical circular connectors and defense systems interconnect background and strong communication and project management skills to make a powerful and visible impact. You will be the lead responsible for the introduction of new product designs in fiber optic and electrical interconnects while also playing a key role in process improvement initiatives. You get to work with a talented team of engineers who design and build power distribution systems panels, interconnects, and assemblies. You have the opportunity to see projects through from concept to real parts; from both the product side and the tooling side. If you are a strong interconnect engineer with hands-on experience in 3d modeling, tooling design, working with DoD customers in attaining QPL status and process documentation, and you're ready to build your skills and career, then this could be the ideal opportunity for you. The Company This certified defense systems small business provides vital manufacturing to large defense systems contractors and aerospace markets in power distribution. Their state of the art manufacturing facility near Ft. Lauderdale, FL exceeds the highest military industrial standards for consistent quality, manufacturing, assembly, inspection, marking and packaging. They have been growing for several years with no layoffs, nice benefits, and a spirit of innovation and creativity that leverages respect for the individual while achieving a culture of continuous improvement. Add to that their corporate and employees are involved in global humanitarian acts benefiting people in need such as feeding hungry children around the world and helping homeless veterans. Objectives of the Lead Mechanical Engineer New position created for a Sr. level Mechanical Engineer to lead new interconnect product design efforts using the Product Development Process from product concept through production. Provide technical support on interconnect products to customers, suppliers and inside personnel. Coordinate interconnect product activities with engineering, manufacturing, purchasing and quality using the engineering change request (ECR) procedures. Manage qualification efforts with government agencies and test labs to achieve QPL status. Supervise the teams engaged in inspection and testing activities to ensure high productivity and high technical integrity. Develop and analyze statistical data and product specifications to determine standards and to establish quality and reliability expectancy of finished products. Responsibilities Create 3D modeling drawings using Inventor/Solidworks. Provide technical and statistical expertise to the quality control and production group. Responsible for loading all products released BOMâ€™s (Bill of Material) and Material Master data sheets through software. Perform design verification activities to ensure that designs meet the specifications of the customer and government requirements. Create, document and implement inspection criteria and procedures. Perform internal audits and prepare organization for ISO & AS audit. Interpret quality control philosophy to key personnel within the Company. Maintain an active role on internal Continuous Improvement teams. Assist the management team and provide QA support as necessary. Ideal Candidate Background A mechanical engineer with experience in power distribution panels or aerospace / defense systems interconnects with a strong hands-on working knowledge of mechanical principles, electrical/mechanical layout, machining practices and strong computer skills. Must possess strong oral and written communication skills and have demonstrated working with government agencies and aerospace or defense customers. A strong background with various materials and material properties (metal, alloys, plastics, rubber, etc) is essential. Experience with ISO9001 & AS9100 requirements, DOD 4120.24M, SD-6, & Mil-STD-790 and 3D modeling experience (AutoDesk Inventor, Dassault Systems Solidworks or Catia) is required. High preference for candidate who currently or recently have worked for Amphenol Aerospace, ITT Cannon, Aero Electric Connector, Carlisle Interconnects, Conesys, Souriau or Esterline, GlenAir, Corsair Electrical Connectors, RMS Connectors, or DCX-CHOL. Requirements to Apply for this Role A BSME with a minimum of 5+ years working in defense or aerospace in designing interconnect products (electrical circular connectors that use MIL-STD-790, MIL-DTL-22992, MIL-DTL-28840, and./or MIL-DTL-5015. Must have solid project management, 3D modeling (AutoCAD AutoDesk Inventor, Solidworks, and/or Catia), and tooling design experience. You MUST demonstrate an in-depth knowledge in defense or aerospace interconnects from start to finish (design concept through to production). If your experience is in telecom, automotive, or consumer products, you are NOT a fit. Employee Value Proposition Very competitive base salary plus annual performance, PPO medical, dental, 401k, and paid relocation to sunny South Florida. US citizen, current H1B, or green card required. Sorry no new H1B applicants available for 2013.