Mechanical Engineer in Portland at Curtiss-Wright

Date Posted: 12/23/2020

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Job Description

Pacific Star Communications, a Curtiss-Wright company, designs, manufactures and integrates hardware and software systems that enable rapid deployment of enterprise-class communications anywhere in the world. Intuitive and wizard-based, IQ-Core Software simplifies setup and enables management of these complex deployed networks by users with limited training. Our systems are used in mission-critical environments including military and disaster recovery - that demand the highest possible levels of quality.

Our PacStar facility in Portland, OR is looking for a Mechanical Engineer to design and analyze a variety of mechanical systems, equipment and packaging. Conducts feasibility studies and testing on new and modified designs. May direct support personnel in the preparation of detailed design, design testing and prototype fabrication. Provides design information to drafting for packaging documentation.  

Your Challenge: 


  • Lead design engineer
  • Conceptual design, 3D modeling, part and assembly level drawings
  • Engineering project management
  • Develop product design schedules and cost estimates
  • Support engineering releases and revisions
  • Support development testing and validation
  • Analyze failures and recommend corrective action
  • Hands-on prototype validation
  • Vendor and internal department liaison
  • Contribute to the improvement of corporate engineering standards and processes
  • Performance requires physical attendance and may require limited travel

    Your expertise:


  • Advanced 3D CAD and mechanical design. SolidWorks experience is required.
  • 10 years of advanced design of mechanical / electro-mechanical assemblies, embedded industry preferred.
  • 5 years of senior product design experience
  • Design of sheet metal, machined parts, cable assemblies, and/or harnesses
  • Working knowledge of fasteners, press-in hardware, adhesives and assembly methods
  • Knowledge of materials (aluminum, plastics, copper ...) and finishes (anodizing, painting, plating...)
  • Basic structural and fluid dynamics.
  • Basic thermal and airflow calculations.
  • Knowledge in designing for thermal, vibration and shock applications.
  • Understanding of product design for outdoor, dynamic or harsh environments. Military product design highly desirable.

  • Familiarity with MIL standards. Strong preference to experience with MIL-STD-810, MIL-STD-461.
  • Knowledge of experience in Injection molding, Thermoform, Casting and other high-volume production methods desirable.
  • Experience with cable harnesses, wiring and cable management products and cable drawings.
  • Experience with specifying or selecting wire size, wire type, terminals and crimping requirements, electrical terminations.
  • Knowledge of UL requirements for safety of electronic assemblies desirable .
  • Ability to develop test plans, fixtures and conduct in-house systems and basic testing. Support activities at external testing facilities (thermal, vibration, shock, EMI...)
  • Knowledge or experience in basic PCB layout and design desirable.
  • Experience with ISO 9001 or AS9100 quality management system desirable.

  • Strong engineering skills with internal team project management duties.
  • Ability to multi-task and manage various project related duties.
  • Ability to determine/initiate tasks.
  • Ability to troubleshoot technical issues and implement solutions for near and long-term resolution.
  • Conduct internal design reviews and interface directly with customer or internal departments regarding product requirements and details.
  • Hands on involvement with manufacturing group evaluating prototypes of new products and implementing improvements in the design for manufacturability.
  • Ability to work with component vendors and outside manufacturing contractors to resolve process and design issues.
  • Knowledge of Bill of Materials structure and documentation standards (ANSI Y14.5).
  • Check engineering drawings and evaluate tolerances.
  • Create assembly and part drawings.
  • Proficient with Microsoft suite of applications: Excel, Project, PowerPoint.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Accuracy and attention to detail is a must.
  • Must be able to self-organize workloads and manage all deadlines.


    This position may require exposure to information which is subject to US export control regulations, i.e. the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) or the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). All applicants must be U.S. persons within the meaning of U.S. regulations.

    Curtiss-Wright values diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you require accommodation due to a disability at any time during the recruitment and/or assessment process, please contact Talent Acquisition and we will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate your request. #LI-RT1

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