Materials R&D Mechanical Engineer



West Bethesda

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No remote/telework allowed
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About Peraton

Peraton is a next-generation national security company that drives missions of consequence spanning the globe and extending to the farthest reaches of the galaxy. As the world’s leading mission capability integrator and transformative enterprise IT provider, we deliver trusted, highly differentiated solutions and technologies to protect our nation and allies. Peraton operates at the critical nexus between traditional and nontraditional threats across all domains: land, sea, space, air, and cyberspace. The company serves as a valued partner to essential government agencies and supports every branch of the U.S. armed forces. Each day, our employees do the can’t be done by solving the most daunting challenges facing our customers. Visit to learn how we’re keeping people around the world safe and secure.


Peraton is looking for a R&D Mechanical Engineer to join our team in West Bethesda, MD. This position supports the US Navy's Signature Physics Program. This program directly supports US Navy warfighters by performing research, development, and test of signature control technologies on US Navy platforms. 


This is a full time onsite position in West Bethesda, MD.


What you'll do:


This high visibility position performs rapid design, fabrication, installation, and test of naval platform signature control R&D articles.  The successful candidate will participate in all phases of the development of test articles.  Routine activities will include: 

  • Use Solidworks to design R&D test items from polymers, metals, and wood
  • Perform design of articles using experimental materials that meet government specified physical criteria
  • Assist in fabrication using shop tools (band saws, drill press, etc) and hand tools (sanders, grinders, etc)
  • Coordinate with and direct technicians performing fabrication
  • Design and perform tests on fabricated components.  Support third party component testing.
  • Support installation and test of components on model scale and full scale platform
  • Support article installation and test activities at shipyards and other NSWCCD sites
  • Develop briefs and presentations on articles designed

Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering and 5-7 years of experience or Master's Degree in Engineering and 3-5 years of experience.  PhD 0+ years of experience. Mechanical Engineering preferred.
  • Experience with Solidworks
  • Experienced with MS Office Suite 
  • Active DoD SECRET clearance 
  • Fabrication experience with shop tools (band saws, drill press, etc) and hand tools (sanders, grinders, etc)


  • Component test design and execution experience
  • Shipyard Experience

Target Salary Range

$86,000 - $138,000. This represents the typical salary range for this position based on experience and other factors.
SCA / Union / Intern Rate or Range


An Equal Opportunity Employer including Disability/Veteran.

Our Values


At Peraton, our benefits are designed to help keep you at your best beyond the work you do with us daily. We’re fully committed to the growth of our employees. From fully comprehensive medical plans to tuition reimbursement, tuition assistance, and fertility treatment, we are there to support you all the way.

  • Paid Time-Off and Holidays
  • Retirement
  • Life & Disability Insurance
  • Career Development
  • Tuition Assistance and Student Loan Financing
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Additional Benefits
  • Medical, Dental, & Vision Care
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