Calspan Corporation

Mechanical Designer - Wind Tunnels & Hypersonics

Job Locations US-MN-St. Paul | US-TN-Tullahoma
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Calspan plays a key role in contributing to the advancement of hypersonic system development and testing leveraging decades of unique and specialized experience.   We are seeking a motivated Mechanical Designer to be responsible for development and release CAD models and drawings of mechanical parts and assemblies for wind tunnels and hypersonic ground test projects. This is a diverse role that includes working closely with engineering to release predominantly custom one-off equipment and components for new tunnel facilities as well as major capability upgrades to existing facilities.


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?



Core Responsibilities Listed Below – Compensation and position level commensurate with education and experience.

  • CAD Modeling- Create detailed models for parts using parametric and associative modeling techniques, including welded steel structures, pressure vessels, piping systems, simple and complex mechanisms, rotating equipment, and process equipment. Check fits and clearances for both assembly and normal operating conditions. Provide initial sizing and layout definition in close collaboration with engineers.
  • Drawing/Drafting – Create detailed fabrication drawings from linked model using drawing templates and internal standards (Y14.5 based) to control manufacturing, assembly and quality requirements. Detail with notes and tolerances that are appropriate for part function and manufacturing capabilities.
  • Budget and Schedule Management –Prioritize tasks and minimize rework to ensure projects stay within labor budgets and schedule. Coordinate with project team to ensure cohesiveness while remaining accountable on drawing release commitments. 20 %
  • BOM & Releases – Manage the drawing and BOM (Bill of Material) release process. Initiate the release workflow found in PDM (Product Data Management) and ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning). Communicate to stakeholders (sub-contracts, procurement, assembly, & installation) when drawings or BOMs are released.
  • Part Selection – Identify, research and select commercially available parts when appropriate to minimize need for custom fabrications.
  • Support – Provide guidance to fabrication, procurement, assembly and installation teams and support updates to models and drawings.


Preferred Education / Experience:

  • Associates Degree
  • 5+ years of practical work experience in designs and drafting in aerospace or similar roles with large industrial equipment or facilities.
  • Due to security requirements, US Person status required.


Preferred Knowledge / Ability:

  • Must be a self-starter, able to work on multiple projects, and prioritize workload.
  • Proficiency with 3D CAD modeling. SolidWorks experience preferred.
  • Experience with mechanical systems and weldments.
  • Familiarity with PDM and ERP systems. SolidWorks PDM and CostPoint experience preferred.
  • Proficiency with GD&T and ANSI Y14.5 drafting standards.
  • General knowledge of fabrication methods including forming, welding, machining, and additive manufacturing.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and positive attitude.
  • Able to work collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally. Travel typically is less than 5%.

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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