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Job #: R-00045963
Location: San Diego, CA
Category: Mechanical Engineering
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance: None
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Group: Leidos Innovations Center (LInC)

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Job Description:

The Leidos Innovations Center has an immediate opening for a Mechanical Engineer to work in our Rancho Bernardo office in San Diego, CA. This is an exciting opportunity to leverage your experience to develop and produce advanced nuclear detection, radiography equipment, chemical and biological sensing instruments. Emphasis is on research and development with activities ranging from support of early scientific research to transitioning products to production.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Design, develop, integrate, and test all mechanical aspects of Chemical, Biological, Radiation, and Nuclear sensor systems for federal government customers
  • Collaborate in scientific research, engineering product development, and test activities. Packaging design, stress analysis, and thermal analysis background is a plus
  • Work independently and use judgement to perform engineering task with uncertain and evolving requirements
  • Use judgment to perform technical troubleshooting and diagnosis of failed equipment and support root cause analysis
  • Perform data analysis and write technical reports

Basic Qualifications:

  • BS and 5+ years of relevant experience or Masters with 3+ years of relevant experience as a mechanical engineer in an R&D environment (additional experience, education or training may be considered)
  • Well-organized, reliable, attention to detail, demonstrated personal initiative.  Ability to multi-task and prioritize workload.  Good interpersonal skills and ability to coordinate work with others.  Good oral and written communication skills
  • Experience with Solidworks mechanical modeling, drafting and Solidworks PDM. Ability to read and interpret engineering drawings and solid models, specifications, checklists, and work instructions
  • Experience working with cross functional R&D development teams
  • Experience with rapid prototyping techniques including 3d printing
  • Motivated self-starter able to work under minimal supervision and an entrepreneurial approach to roles and responsibilities
  • 5-15% travel to customer sites as required
  • Candidates must be US Citizens with the ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Security Clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated leadership of small technical teams and projects
  • Experience with rapid prototyping techniques including 3d printing
  • Experience reviewing and documenting technical data packages for military products
  • Optics design and packaging experience
  • Experience in applied control theory (temperature control and motion control)
  • Injection molding design experience
  • Composites experience
  • Active Top Secret clearance


  • B.S. degree or higher in Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, or related field from an accredited college/university.  Masters’ degree or Ph.D. preferred

External Referral Bonus:


Potential for Telework:


Clearance Level Required:



Yes, 10% of the time

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Mechanical Engineering


About Leidos

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 38,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Va., Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $11.09 billion for the fiscal year ended January 3, 2020. For more information, visit

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