Polaris Alpha

  • Mechanical Engineer

    Location Afghanistan
    Req #
    Position Type
    Full Time
    FLSA Status
    Security Clearance
    Required Secret
  • Job Description

    Polaris Alpha (“Polaris”) provides advanced technical capabilities, specialized domain expertise and mission critical solutions to Department of Defense and Intelligence Community customers. The Company has approximately 1,100 employees with major offices in Colorado Springs, CO, Fredericksburg, VA, Annapolis Junction, MD, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, and Alexandria, VA as well as customer sites both domestically and internationally.

    We are looking for an Ex Lab Support Engineer will serve on an Ex Lab team in support of one of the Rapid Equipping Force’s (REF) Ex Lab deployed in Afghanistan. Selected candidate will receive day-to-day guidance and tasking from the Lead Lab Engineer (Dept. of Army Civilian) in order to manage and execute mission essential projects or significant activities using the Ex Lab assets and reachback support.

    Primary tasks include but are not limited to: custom design work, manufacturing, testing, fielding, installing and assessment of the hardware solutions created by the Ex Lab based on urgent operational needs and guidance from the REF. Candidate will serve as a subject matter expert in rapid product development, spiral development of technology using fully custom, modified commercial off the shelf (COTS) and government off the shelf (GOTS) items, technology design and integration, and limited production. Duties include project management, estimating and planning, safety checks, resource planning, design, analysis and execution of assigned projects.

    Required Skills

    • Engineer (Mechanical or Electrical Engineer preferred) for overseas assignment
    • B.S. Engineering Degree, minimum (M.S. degree preferred)
    • Extensive hands-on experience with rapid design and fabrication
    • Skills required: 3D computer-aided design (SolidWorks), computer-aided manufacturing experience (GibbsCam preferred), 3D printing, CNC milling experience, welding (MIG, TIG) experience, proper use of power tools, proper use of hand tools, electrical soldering, open-source micro controller (Arduino preferred) experience, electronic diagnostics experience
    • Ability to autonomously create technical data packages (TDPs) for all projects completed using MS Word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint. Must possess basic computer skills (file navigation, folder structure, use of cloud based storage and local area network file systems)
    • Must be able to design and develop unique solutions with little guidance
    • Must be able to communicate and represent REF in a professional manner in front of all levels of US Army personnel and Department of the Army Civilians
    • Able to work independently with little guidance
    • Able to work in close quarters in a small team
    • Able to thrive professionally in austere environments
    • Must be comfortable providing briefings and speaking to small groups of people
    • Able to conduct rigorous physical work indoors and outside in extreme temperatures
    • Able to hike on uneven terrain and climb on and in military vehicles
    • Able to lift heavy objects up to 50lbs
    • Minimum one year deployment length
    • Secret clearance required

    EOE M/F/D/V
    Polaris Alpha is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


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