Simsbury, CT

Ensign-Bickford Aerospace & Defense Company (EBAD) is a leader in energetic system solutions offered to aerospace and defense customers for a wide array of applications.  EBAD products and capabilities set the U.S. standard and are highly sought after in the international community.

EBAD seeks an accomplished engineer for the position Mechanical Engineer, reporting to the Manager of Product Development – Defense Systems. This group supports both EBAD’s Soldier Systems and Missile Systems market segments, developing initiation, demolition, breaching, vehicle protection, and warhead solutions for military forces around the globe. The position is located in Simsbury, CT.


The Mechanical Engineer is the technical lead on projects and is responsible for technical aspects of the product design from concept through development, qualification and production.  The Development Engineer will perform conceptual development and modeling of energetic components and systems, ensuring product designs meet the customer requirements.

Responsibilities include:

  • Create 3D conceptual models to meet customer design requirements

  • Select material specification to meet environmental requirements

  • Perform design trade studies, hand calculations, and tolerance studies to ensure design fidelity

  • Interact with customers on design, interface and functional details

  • Interact with suppliers to rapid prototype parts for risk reduction testing

  • Participate in problem solving and failure analysis activities

  • Requirements generation, allocation and flow down

  • Risk assessment and closure plans

  • Cost estimating and management for both proposal and program activity

  • Leading the project throughout the product development life cycle


  • The successful candidate must have a BS/MS in a mechanical engineering discipline and a minimum of 4 years of experience in product design of defense and/or aerospace products

  • Proven leadership of technical teams

  • Ability to apply customer requirements and government/military specifications to design

  • Demonstrated experience generating 3D solid models & 2D drawings, SolidWorks preferred

  • Capable of applying GD&T, and understanding how it effects part cost

  • Strong written, verbal and presentation skills for interaction with various levels of management and customers

  • Demonstrated competency in problem solving and root cause analysis

Desired Skills:

  • Knowledge of explosive materials and energetic devices

  • Military and/or EOD experience preferred

  • Experience with product development, rapid prototyping, and manufacturing processes

  • Experience with all Microsoft Office tools including MS Project

The Ensign-Bickford Aerospace & Defense Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, national origin, or veteran status.