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Lead Mechanical Engineer
Long Island, NY

Cobham is seeking a Lead Mechanical Engineer to design, develop, and test all aspects of complex and precise mechanical and electro-mechanical components and mechanisms for extreme environments such as space.  This Lead Mechanical Engineer will apply strong knowledge of engineering principles to design products such as motors, actuators, slip rings, instruments, controls, and mechanisms.  The Lead Mechanical Engineer must have experience with design for manufacturability (DFMA) and may be involved in fabrication, operation, application, installation, and/or repair of mechanical and electro-mechanical products.


This position reports to the Chief Engineer and provides guidance and direction to a team of engineers, mechanical designers, assemblers, and technicians as well as working individually on certain projects.  The Lead Project Engineer must effectively interface with peers, other departments, suppliers, and customers as needed to support successful execution of projects and company objectives in a timely manner.  A wide range of creativity and self-direction is expected. 



  • Lead Design & Development Projects. Responsible for achievement of technical, schedule, and cost requirements. Direct and supervise the work of other engineers, designers, and support personnel as assigned. Take ownership and responsibility for the product design through the entire product life cycle.

  • Conduct Product Design & Development. Interpret system specifications and reduce to mechanical and electro-mechanical design requirements. Create conceptual designs, assess risks, conduct design trade studies, and develop cost effective and reliable designs that meet the program requirements, including demanding space environmental requirements.

  • Perform Planning and Reporting. Formulate a design plan or work from technical objectives and overall schedules as specified by senior project staff. As Lead Project Engineer, responsible for achievement of schedule, fiscal and performance objectives on large to moderate size projects. Report technical and schedule progress at program reviews and internal/customer design reviews as required. Coordinate work activities with other groups.

  • Perform Mechanical Analyses. Perform analyses and computer simulations of complex electro-mechanical assemblies and components. Solve problems requiring a broad knowledge of thermal, structural, and/or aerodynamic principles. Develop comprehensive trade-studies and technical presentations that are reviewed by both senior program staff and external customers.

  • Direct Fabrication and Test of Hardware. Develop test plans and test procedures and direct the fabrication of fixtures, prototypes, and flight hardware. Conduct or direct sub-system and product-level mechanical and electro-mechanical testing to validate compliance to system requirements. Ensure manufacturability and reliability of designs.

  • Assure Complete Product Life Cycle Documentation. Perform documentation of the design with the support of design/drafting and manufacturing engineering. Conduct tolerance stack-up analyses and assure that tolerancing is documented correctly. Write or contribute to travellers and other work instructions as required. Participate in Root Cause Corrective Action investigations and document analyses and findings for presentations to internal and customer Failure Review Boards. Assure that corrective actions are properly implemented. Incorporate continuous improvements during product life cycle.  

  • Support Proposal Development. Participate in the preparation of technical proposals. Use experience to baseline conceptual designs during the proposal effort.

  • Perform Other Duties. Assignments may include research and development of new techniques and materials as a result of independent study. Perform other duties and accept responsibilities as required.



  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or Physics

  • Minimum of five (5) years’  work experience in the design of mechanical and/or electro-mechanical products

  • Must be familiar with motion control concepts, practices, and procedures

  • Must have extensive knowledge of materials, manufacturing, and testing practices and processes

  • Strong proficiency in PTC CREO, Solidworks or similar CAD platforms

  • Prior experience with PTC CREO Simulate, ANSYS, and/or NASTRAN Finite Element Analysis tools is preferred

  • Experience with preparing and presenting technical reports and design reviews required

  • Experience with Microsoft Office tools required



  • Master’s Degree in Engineering or Physics preferred

  • Minimum of eight (8) years’  work experience in the design of mechanical and/or electro-mechanical products

  • Experience in the space and/or aerospace field or a related area strongly preferred

  • Experience participating in proposal generation preferred

  • Experience interfacing directly with customers preferred

Cobham's values of Trust, Talent and Technology have driven us from our launch in 1934 by Sir Alan Cobham, an aviation innovator, to becoming a global leader in state-of-the-art aerospace and defense systems. And it’s the insights of our innovators today that will secure our collective future. Innovators like you.

Cobham is one of the world's leading companies engaged in the development, delivery and support of leading-edge aerospace and defense systems in the air, on land and at sea. Our clients and partners trust Cobham to deliver the mission-critical technology they need, and we trust our employees to draw on their ingenuity and passion to deliver those solutions. This leads to an empowering culture for our people. Our Leadership team is open, sharing plans for the next five years, driving retention by offering demanding, exciting work, and providing full guidance and mentoring.

Cobham is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and embraces diversity in our employee population. It is the policy of Cobham to provide equal opportunity to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information. Cobham will refrain from discharging, or otherwise discriminating against, employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants.