Staff Mechanical Engineer (Servovalves) - Aero Systems
Rockford, IL  / Loves Park, IL 
Posted 20 days ago
Job Description


Are you ready to make your mark? If you're a Staff Engineer we have an exciting opportunity for you.

At Woodward, Staff Mechanical Engineers are the life blood of the engineering organization and are focused on the development of innovative, robust and industrialized products. Would you like to contribute to the development of the next great Woodward product platform?

There are no typical or routine days in this role. By applying engineering processes, you will lead the research, design, analysis, and testing of varied technical challenges. Your activities will also include getting your hands dirty by supporting hardware builds and testing in our onsite, state of the art, test facility.

You may interface with major customers in both Commercial and Military Aerospace as well as Space Industries. This role will push you to ask WHY and explore previous assumptions with the goal of providing our customers and stakeholders with higher value solutions in a dynamic and evolving aerospace market.

The products we develop and deliver enable our customers to provide the performance and safety that they demand.

If this sounds like you and you want to be a part of an organization that values R&D, while working with a talented and engaging team, all while being in beautiful Fort Collins Colorado, then we would love to hear from you!

What you will be doing...

  • Plans, schedules and coordinates detailed phases of a major project or in a total project system of moderate scope
  • May carry out complex or novel research assignments requiring the development of new or improved techniques and procedures
  • Promotes and implements process improvements company-wide. May write product standard design guidelines
  • Performs work which involves conventional engineering practices, but includes a variety of complex features, such as conflicting design requirements, non-standard materials and difficult coordination requirements
  • Provides direct support of sales and development by sharing information in the form of major/complex proposals and design reviews
  • Independently troubleshoots/analyzes system problems
  • Independently writes and performs complex component tests
  • Dispositions hardware independently
  • Sets technical direction on complex projects to level 1-3 Engineers

Materials and Equipment Used:

  • PC and related equipment

Working Environment / Physical Activities:

  • Work is generally performed in a normal office environment; however, the job may take the member into various areas of the plant where there is possible exposure to noise, chemical solutions, dust and temperatures above 80 degrees F
  • Moderate travel may be required


What We Are Looking For...

  • Effective written and verbal communication skills including presentations, (Customer, internal and management). Writes and communicates critical reports. Leads complex design reviews, internally and Customer. Expert technical writing skills (procedures, reports, etc.)
  • Competent complex problem solving/troubleshooting skills for both components and subsystems
  • Competent in the use of PCs and associated software. Solid knowledge of appropriate WISE applications such as BOM, Item Master, NCR, EC screens and part tracking
  • Promotes a cross-functional project team environment, communicates with customers and leads small teams
  • May participate in setting technical direction/product strategies
  • Provides technical problems-solving guidance to others
  • Working knowledge of standards and the ability to apply complex groupings of standards into designs
  • Ability to quickly learn, interpret and apply new standards
  • Competent use and application of FEA tools; solid use of DFSS tools and methodologies; solid knowledge of Engineering quality systems (PLC, Engineering change, configuration management); solid ability to compute steady state results. Significant contributor to the design of complex products/systems
  • Complete understanding of component functions and testing requirements
  • Understands manufacturing processes, drawings and geometric tolerances as well as shop standards. May direct or lead several Engineers
  • Ability to strategically prioritize based on business needs
  • May have company-recognized expertise
  • May represent Woodward at conferences and industrial events
  • Demonstrates leadership skills; ability to drive results across organizational boundaries
  • BS degree in Engineering required
  • Post-graduate technical degree desired
  • 8 years in related field required, including post-graduate experience

What's In It For You...

At Woodward, our "employees" are called and treated as "members".... and we've created a culture that appreciates and values the contributions of every member. It's a positive collaborative environment where members work together for outstanding outcomes.

Woodward offers an extensive Total Reward package for this position, including:

Estimated annual base pay: $102,000-$127,000 (midpoint)

Salary to be determined based on education, knowledge, skills, abilities, as well as internal equity and alignment with market data

  • Annual cash bonus opportunity
  • Up to 4.5% 401(k) match PLUS another 5% in Woodward stock options contributed to members' 401(k) accounts annually, bringing the retirement benefit opportunity to an amazing 9.5%
  • Up to $5250 in Tuition Reimbursement annually for all members
  • 11 paid holidays, including a floating holiday
  • High quality, low cost medical, dental, and vision Insurance
  • Vacation / Sick Time / Vacation Buy-up / Short Term Disability / Bereavement leave
  • Adoption Assistance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Member Life & AD&D / Long Term Disability / Member Optional Life
  • Spouse / Child Optional Life / Optional AD&D / Healthcare and Dependent Care Flexible Spending
  • Voluntary benefits, including:
    • Home / Auto Insurance discounts
    • Whole Life Insurance / Critical Illness Insurance / Legal Assistance / Military Leave

This information is provided in compliance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act and is the company's good faith and reasonable estimate of the compensation range and benefits offered for this position. The compensation offered to the successful applicant may vary based on factors including experience, skills, education, location, and other job-related reasons.

This position requires use of information which is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). All applicants must be U.S. persons within the meaning of ITAR and EAR or possess all required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State Department and the U.S. Department of Commerce. ITAR defines a U.S. person as U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e., 'Green Card Holder), Political Asylee, or Refugee.

Woodward is an Equal Opportunity Employer

EO/AA/M/F/Disabled/Protected Veterans

Job Mechanical Engineering
Primary Location United States-Illinois-Rockford, Rock Cut Campus
Organization Woodward
Shift 1st Shift / Day Job


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
8+ years
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