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Job #: R-00003979
Location: Natick, MA
Category: Materials Engineering
Schedule (FT/PT): Full time
Travel Required: Yes, 25% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance Required: None
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Defense

Job Description:

Leidos currently has an opening for a Parachute Design and Fabrication Technician to work with the US Army Natick Research, Development and Engineering Center in Natick, MA.

Primary Responsibilities
  • Participate in design, development and fabrication of parachute components and assemblies: Ascertain characteristics to be designed into the items and contribute suggestions and design ideas for solving problems encountered during fabrication and development. Developing corrective actions for defects found. Search for available information and develop a design approach.
  • Evaluate industry developments for possible application to military requirements. Make preliminary layouts, work out design details, and fabricate prototypes.
  • Draw upon knowledge of construction techniques, production methods, materials availability, and design practice. Consider loads, tensile strengths, finishes, sizes, weights, and other design aspects. Confer with design draftsmen to explain design and fabrication details.
  • Assist project officers by fabricating experimental and prototype parachutes and related airdrop items such as personnel parachutes (Troop type, emergency rescue and ejection seat), cargo delivery, and other airborne operations.
  • Repair parachutes by basting of new pieces of materials and making very fine and precise seams to attain strength equivalent to that in original assembly; remove stitches, damaged panels or lines, and sew in replacement parts.


Basic Qualifications

4 years Material Engineering experience

Ability to read and interpret technical drawings and fabricate a final product efficiently

Knowledge and experience in different thread sizes, types and uses

Experience in operating, adjusting, maintaining and repairing industrial sewing machines

Experience working with hot knives and strip cutting machines

Experience working with Zero Porosity Ripstop Nylon and F-111 (MIL-C-44378)

Experience in parachute repairs and patches both senior and master rigger qualified

Excellent communication and problem solving skills

Strong attention to detail

Ability to prioritize tasks and work on multiple actions at any given time

Excellent analytical and technical skills

Ability to work independently as well as with others in a team

Preferred Qualifications

FAA certified Master Parachute Rigger

Expert knowledge and experience of personal parachute systems and assembly both civilian & military

Expert ability to pack parachutes and follow technical manual procedures

Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 31,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $10.17 billion for the fiscal year ended December 29, 2017. (NYSE: LDOS) All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

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