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Astronics Sr. Mechanical Engineer (# 017) in Kirkland, Washington

Sr. Mechanical Engineer (# 017)

Astronics Subsidiary Astronics AES

Location Everett, WA


Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems (AES) is seeking a Sr. Mechanical Engineer to serve as a leader with our team of diverse, professional problem solvers in our Ballard Technologies Product Group in Everett, WA .

This is an on-site position that offers flexibility to work from home 2-3 days per week and necessitates willingness to come into the Everett and Kirkland facilities as needed.

If you are experienced with DO-160 environmental requirements and testing and are capable with SolidWorks, please read on!

The Ballard Technology Product Group is the industry leader for reliable aircraft and avionics data interface solutions. By delivering innovative commercial aircraft interface devices, rugged embedded COTS products, and powerful avionics test and simulation solutions, all with world-class customer support, Ballard has earned the loyalty of aerospace, military, and government users worldwide.


The Sr. Mechanical Engineer will represent the Astronics Ballard Technology Product Group for all mechanical design needs. The Sr. Mechanical Engineer will:

  • Design and analyze mechanical systems, equipment, and packaging.

  • Be responsible for the initial planning, design, analysis, and documentation of moderately to highly complex designs.

  • Support new product development and sustaining projects while providing rapid responses to customer requests.

  • Achieve robust designs to ensure long product life.

  • Lead and guide in the correction of complex mechanical product design issues as well as integration testing and verification activities.

  • Conduct technology exploration and influence applications within the business.

  • Plan and consistently achieve program milestones within timeline, cost, and quality targets.



  • Evaluates program requirements and the Electrical Engineer’s circuit design to develop successful design solutions

  • Communicates with vendors to support initial fabrication of complicated components

  • Experienced with multiple fabrication techniques (i.e. machined, formed sheet metal, and injection molding)

  • Involved in design reviews, both as a presenter and reviewer

  • Directs support personnel in the preparation of detailed design, design testing and prototype fabrication.

  • May be the sole mechanical engineer on a product development from concept design to customer delivery


  • Utilizes engineering analysis to inform and validate design approach

  • Performs vibration analysis using Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software tools


  • Knowledgeable in the environmental requirements defined by RTCA DO-160

  • Evaluates test results against pass/fail criteria

  • Performs root cause analysis of product test failures and successfully deploys corrective actions to the product design

  • Conducts feasibility studies and testing on new and modified designs

Design Documentation

  • Identifies improvements to technical documentation practices and works with drafting to make continuous improvements related to accuracy and efficiency

  • Provides design information to drafting for packaging documentation

  • Responsive to Marketing requests for customer literature


  • May be involved in providing inputs to the product proposals (cost, preliminary design input, etc.)

Project Leadership

  • Assist with planning schedules, cost targets, pursues cost reductions to meet project goals at CCB level

Product Support

  • Support Root Cause Analysis on identified product failures

  • Develop or modify assembly fixtures to support production

  • Support obsolescence activities

Position Requirements



  • Bachelor's degree in engineering from an accredited institution is required (Mechanical Engineering is preferred)


  • Demonstrates competency (typically 5+ years of direct experience in the essential functions of the position)

  • Proficient in the use of SolidWorks to create complex electronics enclosures

  • Proficient in detailing drawings in SolidWorks

  • Proficient in cooling techniques for electronic equipment

  • Proficient in designing for machined metal and sheet metal

  • Proficient in DO-160 Environmental requirements and testing

  • Thermal Analysis / CFD using Solidworks Flow Simulation

  • Familiarity with printed circuit board layout and packaging

  • Familiarity with FDM 3D Printing

  • Familiarity with injection molded plastics design

  • Excellent collaboration/teamwork skills

  • Creative problem solving


  • Must be a US Person (under ITAR rules) to be eligible

  • An offer of employment is contingent on successfully passing a drug test and background check.

Base salary range is $94,208 - $141,313 per year. Several job-related and non-discriminatory factors including but not limited to experience in comparable roles, skill sets, training, education, licensure or certifications, other qualifications, market conditions and business needs influence actual salary offered.

Astronics AES offers a competitive benefits package including:

Stay Healthy – Health, dental, vision, disability, life insurance, FSA, HSA, as well as voluntary life/AD&D, voluntary critical illness, accident prevention and hospital indemnity

Save for the Future – 401K & Employee Stock Purchase Plan

Find Balance – Employee Assistance Program, Hybrid work arrangements for many positions, work/life balance culture

Time for You – Generous Paid Time Off, starting at 120 hours annually, plus 12 Paid Holidays per year

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time

About the Organization Astronics Corporation (Nasdaq: ATRO) serves the world's aerospace, defense, and other mission critical industries with proven, innovative technology solutions. Astronics works side-by-side with customers, integrating its array of power, connectivity, lighting, structures, interiors, and test technologies to solve complex challenges. For 50 years, Astronics has delivered creative, customer-focused solutions with exceptional responsiveness. Today, global airframe manufacturers, airlines, military branches, completion centers, and Fortune 500 companies rely on the collaborative spirit and innovation of Astronics.

We offer our breadth of technology solutions and services through 11 subsidiary business units and numerous award-winning product brands. Serving our customers is our first priority, and every day we honor this mission with quality, partnership, and energetic global vision.

EOE Statement Astronics is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other legally protected status.

This position is currently accepting applications.