Associate Mechanical Design Engineer
Southern Research
Birmingham, AL
U.S. CITIZENS ONLY! Due to the nature of our research and the necessity to obtain security clearance, the Engineering division of Southern Research is only permitted to consider and hire U.S. Citizens for this position. Permanent Residents and Visa-holders are not eligible for employment. Please keep these restrictions in mind when reviewing our engineering opportunities.

General Summary
Southern Research is looking for an energetic, self-motivated, and innovative individual to fill our Associate Mechanical Design Engineer position. This position is responsible for designing, detailing, analyzing, testing and preparation of draft level reports on mechanical systems. This position has heavy emphasis on mechanical design, experience with Solid Works, and the ability to work with other engineers and designers in the execution of tasks.

Key Responsibilities
Others may be added
Create designs that meet all specifications, work with detailers to generate finished component/system documents for fabrication and assembly.
Prepare required documentation for design reviews and participate as appropriate in vendor reviews to ensure proper fabrication / assembly of designs.
Work on problems where analysis of data requires knowledge of the underlying scientific principles and experimental procedures under the direction of senior technical personnel.

Position Specific
Maintain knowledge of mechanical engineering through familiarity with current engineering literature.
Perform reviews of system and component level specifications.
Perform analysis of material characteristics needed to meet performance specifications.
Follow specific, outlined, and detailed procedures and instructions.
Perform other duties as may be required by supervisor.
Planning and Organization - Systematically identify issues to be addressed and plan a course of action to ensure the accomplishment of specific objectives.
Proposals - Participate in conceptual design and cost estimating for proposal efforts and proposal development.
Performs other duties as required by supervisor.
Minimum Qualifications
U.S. Citizenship with ability to obtain/maintain Top Secret Security Clearance
Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering
CAD experience required.
Preferred Qualifications
Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or related discipline
2-10 years of related Mechanical Design experience
Experience designing mechanical devices using levers, gears, springs and bearings

Organizational Core Values
We adhere to a code of sound ethical behavior that builds trust and confidence in all we do. We clearly communicate expectations and provide reliable results and candid feedback to our employees, customers and stakeholders.
Safety and environment – We are an environmentally conscious, safety first organization. We value our employees and our planet and conduct our business consistent with that priority.
Excellence – We understand and consistently meet or exceed our internal and external customer’s expectations. We are accountable for timelines, quality and cost.
Individual and community focused – We promote an open, collaborative and supportive environment by respecting the rights and contributions of every individual. We openly communicate information and ideas to our stakeholders; customers; employees; and the larger community.
Innovation – We explore ideas and create solutions to global needs. We use science and engineering to solve the world’s most difficult problems.
Job Specific Behaviors
Attention to detail - Utilizes established monitoring system, records data accurately and in a timely manner, and ensures accuracy of data.
Technical Expertise - Possesses and applies professional/technical knowledge, skills, experience, and judgment to accomplish a result, serve customers better, and contribute to the organization’s intellectual capital.
Continuous Learning - Targets learning needs; seeks learning activities; maximizes learning; applies knowledge or skill; and takes risks in learning
Quality Orientation - Follows procedures, ensures high-quality outputs and takes action.

Work Environment & Conditions
This position involves work in an office and laboratory environment and could require the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) including:
Safety glasses
Hearing protection (varies based on tasks)
Shoe covers
Physical Demands
In performing the work for this position, the engineer must be able to:
Ability to perform work utilizing a computer for extended periods of time.
Ability to sit for extended periods of time without being able to leave the work area.
Ability to stand for extended periods of time without being able to leave the work area.
Ability to climb ladders and stairs in performing the work, subject to U.S. Government ADA Regulations
Ability to walk for reasonable distances in performing the work.
Up to 20% of the time as needed; overnight travel may be required.