Calspan Corporation

Mechanical Engineer - Jet Engine Test Cells

Job Locations US-MN-St. Paul
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Calspan is the world’s number one supplier of ground-based testing solutions and expertise for the aerospace industry. Our customers get a single, experienced partner to help them efficiently validate engine and airframe performance across development, production and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO).   We are seeking a Mechanical Engineer to join our team.


Every single thing we do with our customers and employees is based upon our goal of being selective to join and difficult to leave. We operate with a core set of values surrounding inclusiveness, accountability and innovation. Do you have what it takes to Be Calspan?



  • Design and Analysis - Develop or reuse system design solution to meet customer requirements. Partner with designers and project team to deliver complete design package (drawings, BOMs, Etc.).  Design and develop mechanical subsystems, including welded steel structures, pressure vessels, piping systems, simple and complex mechanisms, rotating equipment, and process equipment.  Execute FEA analysis and calculations for substantiation of mechanical subsystems to assure compliance with self-derived and customer requirements.
  • Scope, Schedule, Budget - Perform engineering tasks on schedule and within budget. Ensure system design aligns with as-sold scope, customer requirements, quality standards, and industry codes.  Communicate regularly with project team on status, issues, and variances to plan. 
  • Document - Document and present work in accordance with quality requirements. Prepare design criteria, calculation packages, procurement specifications, technical reports, validation plans, and product manuals. Participate and lead internal and customer design reviews.
  • Support - Interface with procurement, production, and installation teams to quickly resolve issues discovered during assembly and test. Travel to customer and subcontractor sites for design reviews, site surveys, and system commissioning.
  • Quote - Assist marketing in developing proposals for future work. Develop concepts, cost estimates, proposal write-ups, analyses, options, and recommendations.



Preferred Education / Experience:

  • Bachelors or Masters degree in Mechanical or Aerospace engineering.
  • 5+ years of related experience or;
  • A combination of education and experience equivalent to above

Preferred Knowledge / Ability:

  • Experience with design & analysis of welded steel structures.
  • Experience with design & analysis of fluid packages or process equipment (valves, filters, pumps, instruments, etc. for pneumatic, hydraulic, fuel, and/or cooling water systems).
  • Proficiency with (FEA) Finite Element Analysis. ANSYS experience preferred.
  • Experience with 3D CAD modeling. SolidWorks experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of fabrication methods including forming, welding, machining, and additive manufacturing.
  • Familiarity with GD&T.
  • Familiarity with risk assessments, FMEA and HAZOP analysis.
  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation, and leadership skills, demonstrated initiative and attention to completeness, accuracy, and detail.
  • Must be a self-starter, able to balance priorities between multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet budgets and schedules.
  • Ability to work effectively and productively as an individual contributor and collaborate as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Jet engine test and design experience.
  • Design & analysis experience of pressure vessels & piping systems (ASME BPVC, B31.3, PED, GB150, etc.).
  • Design & analysis experience of rotating equipment (driveshafts, bearings, dynamometers, couplings, torquemeters, etc.).
  • Design & analysis of polymer composite materials.
  • 10% international and/or domestic travel


Why join Calspan?


Be Calspan Culture

At Calspan, we promote an environment that empowers employees and encourages innovation. Our management team enables a strong sense of teamwork with each endeavor, where successes are shared and lessons are learned. The company’s talent brand, “Be Calspan”, incorporates our company values to Be Inclusive, Accountable, and Innovative and our commitment to drive every individual to - Be Developed, Be Balanced, Be Connected, Be Community and Be Recognized. Our culture promotes a positive atmosphere and competitive can-do method of action.


Great Benefits = Happy, Committed Employees 

Retaining great talent is as important as finding it, so at Calspan, we take our employee value proposition of Be Calspan quite seriously. To us, that means offering competitive compensation, comprehensive benefits, recognition programs and promotional opportunities. Our benefits include: Health Insurance, Health Savings Accounts, Flexible Spending Accounts, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Life Insurance/Accidental Death & Dismemberment, Short-Term/Long-Term Disability, 401(k), Critical Illness Insurance, Accident Insurance, Life Insurance Policy, Paid-Time Off, Company-paid Holidays, Bereavement Leave, Jury Duty, Military Leave, Employee Assistance Program, Educational Assistance Reimbursement , and Pet Insurance.


Calspan is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status. Calspan supports safe and drug free workplace through pre-employment background checks and drug testing.


All candidates must be eligible yo work in the United States. 

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