Leonardo DRS – Project Engineer

Location:  Fitchburg, MA, US, 01420

Job ID: 106464 


The Leonardo DRS Naval Power Systems business is a trusted provider of innovative naval gas and hybrid power systems, control technology and support solutions for the U.S. Navy and navies around the world.

Job Summary

Leonardo DRS NPS has an immediate need for a Project Engineer to lead challenging and innovative technical projects, with the ability to be an effective bridge between engineering personnel and management. This broad technical role is responsible for driving technical projects involving system-level engineering, component design and advanced analyses. This role demands a strong focus on providing our customers with engineering solutions that meet their requirements and exceed their expectations.

This highly-visible leadership position includes estimating, planning, and driving technical execution of U.S. military and niche commercial projects ranging from < $2M – $150M+.  The day-to-day focus entails organizing, leading, and encouraging multidisciplinary project team(s) ranging from 3-10+ engineers, as well as direct individual contributions to project work.  Critical to success in the role is the ability to organize complicated technical challenges, inspire the engineering team to find innovative solutions to problems, and clearly document / present project status within the team, to project leadership, and to other functions (including executive management). As part of regular activities, this role will have significant supplier and customer interaction.

This position requires a high level of accountability for assigned projects and tasks, independently and confidently working within a matrix team. It requires that the individual develops and maintains an in-depth knowledge of our products, systems and services.  He or she must use this knowledge to understand, coordinate, and constantly evaluate the engineering work scope, and how that scope fits into and supports the overall project.

The ideal candidate is an individual possessing strong mechanical and/or electrical engineering skills, combined with engineering team leadership skills.  The ability to set a technical vision for a project and influence its adoption, while motivating the team, is a key skillset.

Job Responsibilities

  • Plan and drive execution of the detailed technical work scope to the required quality, schedule and budget.
  • Contribute directly to project success through individual technical contributions, as required
  • Organize large or loosely defined issues / problems and break them down into workable plans / task lists.
  • Develop project plans and pre-contract proposal estimates based on:
  • Ability to understand the overall project scope down to the critical details
  • Robust and clearly documented basis of estimates
  • Comprehensive design verification plan
  • Fruitful and effective technical reviews
  • Quantifiable risk management
  • Understanding and advocating for key resources to execute engineering efforts
  • Organize, lead, and motivate technical teams in the design and development of challenging products and systems
  • Confidently and competently represent DRS in front of customers, including the US Navy
  • Clearly communicate, orally and in writing, technical and programmatic information to technical and non-technical individuals
  • Review, analyze, and status project milestones and provide estimates to complete projects/tasks
  • Manage drawing, schematic, bill of material, and software releases to support technical projects
  • Collaboration with other departments, DRS locations, and suppliers to solve problems and develop cost-effective, high quality solutions


  • Bachelor of Science degree from a 4 year accredited college or university in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering with a minimum of 5 years of experience as an individual contributor
  • 3+ years of experience and demonstrated success in an engineering leadership role
  • Proven experience individually driving the product development cycle from concept to qualified / fielded systems
  • Experience with system-level thinking and system engineering principles/methods
  • US citizen
  • Ability to obtain security clearance

Preferred Qualifications
•    Strong sense of ownership and high level of accountability for assigned projects
•    Experience with execution of projects for the US military or foreign navies
•    Familiarity with industrial and military design specifications
•    Experience with the development of electric machines, electric motor/drive systems, electro-mechanical systems, or other power machinery
•    Experience with marine gas turbines and/or diesel engines
•    Experience designing/developing marine equipment
•    Experience with agile project management tools and/or using Jira
•    Specific experience with large (1MW+) permanent magnet electric machines
•    Experience of leading the successful integration of multiple sub-systems
•    Demonstrated focus on designing to cost targets, while meeting key performance requirements
•    Proven track record of being able to stretch outside one’s comfort zone, as needed, to get the job done
•    Active security clearance

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