Chief Engineer, Rotary Wing

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Work type: MERC
Location: Warner Robins, GA (MERC)
Categories: MERC (Mercer Engineering Research Center)

Position Title

Chief Engineer, Rotary Wing

Work Location

Warner Robins, GA

Job Type



- Responsible for the execution of all contractual efforts, including design, development, prototyping, production, operation, etc., as applicable. Sets the example for and advises all technical leads, and performs technical work on programs.

- Serves as the technical focal point for all contracts in their respective product areas.

- Responsible for identifying all technical resources required for the respective product area and works with Operations and the directorate leadership to hire, train, and equip the product area.

- The Chief Engineer, along with technical leads and program managers, shall work as an integrated program team to accomplish all contractual requirements and deliverables. The team must look holistically at programs and not just at the engineering aspect(s). Plans shall be devised for each phase of each program, to include identifying and hiring the required resources.

- Responsible for the accuracy and sufficiency of all engineering artifacts required to comply with MERC Standard Processes. Reviews the quality and effectiveness of the finished product and documents the Lessons Learned for completeness.

- Responsible for writing and obtaining performance documentation from program managers and technical leads for each team member at contract completion.

- Communicates with the Technical Director, the Director of Acquisition Strategy, the Sr. Director of Engineering and Programs, and the Executive Director and keeps them informed of all engineering aspects of their programs, especially issues and challenges.

- Primary focal point to current and future customers within the respective product area and across MERC. Responsible for developing business relationships across the DoD and commercial sphere, promoting all MERC’s capabilities and interests and including other chief engineers as necessary. Locates or proposes potential business deals by contacting potential partners and discovering and exploring opportunities.

- Serves as the capture manager on all major contract opportunities; leads the proposal team in concert with the Director of Acquisition Strategy on all efforts.

- Manages the product areas engineering and technical team and oversees training of new employees in the product area.

- Justifies all budget and resource allocation recommendations to senior management for the product area.

- Provides capital investment requirements for the product area.

- Identifies trendsetter ideas by researching industry and related events, publications, and announcements; tracks individual contributors and their accomplishments.

- Protects MERC competition-sensitive, proprietary information and intellectual property from those without a need-to-know.

Required Qualifications

- U.S. Citizenship is required.

- Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Security Clearance.

- A Ph.D. in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering from an ABET accredited institution and 9 years of directly related experience; or a Master’s degree in same and 11 years of directly related experience; or an undergraduate degree in same and 13 years of directly related experience.

- Experience leading technical teams: 11 years with an advanced degree or 13 years with an undergraduate degree. 

- Extensive experience in the designated industry including but not limited to: aerospace, electrical, software, environmental, biomedical, mechanical, and systems engineering.

- Experience leading teams of individuals from a variety of different backgrounds and disciplines.

- Knowledge of the principles of engineering, analysis, test, and design. 

- Exceptional organizational and time management skills with an obsessive attention to detail.

- Able to collaborate and bridge the communication gap between the engineering team, service technicians, business development, operations staff, and clients, interfacing with each.

- Superior budgeting and cost management abilities, assessing estimated costs early in the program and bringing the actual costs within budget. 

- Able to draft clear and comprehensive reports on the statistical efficacy of programs, the use and allocation of resources, and the quality of each finished program.

- Possess technical acumen and the ability to troubleshoot on a variety of programs.

Benefits of Working at MERC
MERC is a non-profit applied research operating unit of Mercer University, a private university founded in 1833. Established in 1987 in Warner Robins, GA, MERC employs more than 200 engineers, scientists, professors, and support staff, who provide sustainable research solutions to government agencies, the Department of Defense, and commercial customers around the world.
Warner Robins and the middle GA area are located 90 miles south of Atlanta and within easy driving distance of both the beach and mountains. The area is known for its Southern-style music, food, and restaurants and has a rich cultural and art presence, along with excellent health care and schools.
MERC offers a generous benefits package including health and dental insurance, retirement, tuition reimbursement, vacation/sick leave accrual, and holiday pay. 
Pay Rate

Commensurate with experience

Pay Basis


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COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

All faculty and staff, excluding student employees, on-call staff and adjunct faculty teaching online only, are required to have the COVID-19 vaccine or an approved medical or religious exemption by the University. New hires will be required to provide their COVID-19 vaccination card or receive approval for a medical or religious exemption by the University before their first day of employment.

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