Mechanical Engineer/Analyst

2 weeks ago
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Draper is an independent, nonprofit research and development company headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The 1,600 employees of Draper tackle important national challenges with a promise of delivering successful and usable solutions. From military defense and space exploration to biomedical engineering, lives often depend on the solutions we provide. Our multidisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists work in a collaborative environment that inspires the cross-fertilization of ideas necessary for true innovation. For more information about Draper, visit


Our work is very important to us, but so is our life outside of work. Draper supports many programs to improve work-life balance including workplace flexibility, employee clubs ranging from photography to yoga, health and finance workshops, off site social events and discounts to local museums and cultural activities. If this specific job opportunity and the chance to work at a nationally renowned R&D innovation company appeals to you, apply now



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Engineers in the Mechanical Engineering division are the focus for hardware across Draper, and are exposed to a broad range of technical challenges spanning defense, space, energy, and biomedical focus areas. Within these focus areas, Draper often works to develop solutions to first-of-a-kind problems where there may not be prior work to build on – Candidates should be comfortable dealing with uncertainty and incomplete information, and have the ability to help create requirements under those circumstances. Programs can also be dynamic, with overall goals changing as tasks are executed and new information comes to light – Candidates must be able to adapt to shifting program requirements.


Members of the division are expected to participate in the full design cycle - ideation, proposal development, conceptual and detailed design and analysis, prototype build, and system testing and validation. Our engineers work in tightly integrated, cross-functional teams with colleagues from other disciplines, and may be the only mechanical representative on a given team. As such, candidates must have the skills to clearly communicate design ideas and status updates to internal teams, internal management, and external sponsors and stakeholders.




Master of Science degree in a relevant field such as mechanical engineering, materials science, etc.  Relevant project or work experience (Masters + 7 years experience, minimum)  is required with demonstrated success in delivering high-quality results. Depending on the specific project assignment, the following skills are expected, though applicants are not required to have every skill listed:


Example project assignments may include:

  • Novel undersea vehicle modeling and development
  • Hydro- and Aero-dynamic system modeling and design
  • Internal flow analysis related to biomedical and microfluidic system design


The following skills are highly desirable:

  • Experience with hydrodynamic analysis (CFD, analytical modeling) and its use in driving design decisions
  • Experience with naval and aerial systems architecture including fielded system testing and support
  • Familiarity with system engineering techniques including trade-off analysis


Candidates should be familiar with standard mechanical engineering tools and practices, including:

  • Designing in modern 3D CAD packages (SolidWorks, Creo)
  • Structural and thermal analysis (SolidWorks, ANSYS, COMSOL, MATLAB)
  • Considerations for manufacturability, tolerancing, and proper drawing creation
  • Prototype fabrication and electro-mechanical assembly, including traditional machining and 3D printing



Applicants selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.


Applicants selected for this position will be required to obtain and maintain a U.S. Security Clearance.


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