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Engineer II (Mechanical), Missouri Institute for Defense and Energy, 77909

University of Missouri Kansas City
Missouri, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Sep 24, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Engineering
Employment Type
Full Time
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MIDE (Missouri Institute for Defense and Energy)

Job Description

About MIDE:

The Missouri Institute for Defense and Energy (MIDE) at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, is a fast-growing research institute founded to solve real-world problems by synthesizing physics and engineering principals with a pragmatic, results-driven and collaborative philosophy. Whether it’s restoring health and wellness in the urban food-desert, or developing state-of-the-art anti-drone technologies to protect our cities or troops, we’re on it.

The team is growing and we have an outstanding opportunity for a Mechanical Engineer-II. You would work with us in solving wicked challenges in defense, energy, and health by transitioning fundamental solutions requires a team of highly specialized, knowledgeable, and passionate individuals who seek answers to hard questions in a collaborative environment with world-class research organizations from coast-to-coast.

For more information about the history of MIDE and our diverse team, check out our website:

Job Summary

MIDE is seeking a Mechanical Engineer-II who has and can demonstrate deep knowledge of & mature experience in the detailed design, fabrication, validation, and analysis of mechanical systems to support the high power microwave development group. Experience in computer-aided-design of components and assemblies, simulation of thermal- and fluid- systems, systems integration, manufacturing methodologies and practices, and complex analytical skills to generate innovative and viable mechanical-based systems is a plus. This position requires a solid foundation in thermal systems architecture, fluid dynamics, and design-to-prototype functionality. Hands-on experience is vital and required.

The ideal team member will demonstrate:

  • a passion for solving high-impact, real-world problems;
  • a hands-on, pragmatic problem solving approach for mission-critical applied research;
  • the ability to operate in agile and dynamic working environments as a core team player and independent individual;
  • creativity and versatility in designing, prototyping, and validating pulse power solutions for complex electrical and computational problems;
  • a curiosity, openness, and willingness to learn new skills, methods, systems, and technologies;
  • effective verbal and written communication skills to inform and guide team-members; and,
  • excellent organizational skills to prioritize and execute on both long-term and short parallel assignments.

Duties/ Responsibilities:

  • Work within the Mechanical/Systems Engineering Team on R&D projects and develop technologies while acting as a pathfinder for resolving extreme technical challenges.
  • Executing, assisting, and mentoring students and staff in multiple R&D efforts:
    • design of mechanical components to be used within pulsed power, RF, and directed energy systems;
    • mitigation techniques for thermal loads and heat dissipation of high power EMC;
    • packaging, mounting and integration of mechanical components within a system;
    • performance/oversight of sub-system, component-level, and full system testing;
    • development, controls, and data acquisition of thermal-fluid systems and system components;
    • modeling, simulation, and visualization of thermophysical properties and thermo-fluid phenomenon;
  • Documentation including but not limited to technical reports and briefings as required.
  • Work and communicate well within one or more teams.
  • Strong communication, both verbal and written, and organizational/time-management skills.
  • Interface with multiple engineering and non-engineering cross-functional team members.
  • Generate and justify application driven requirements and illuminate tradeoffs to balance the mechanical, electrical, thermal and radiofrequency needs of the system, including regulated compliance(s).

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering.
  • At least 2 years of experience (during or after degree acquisition) from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired.
  • Ability to acquire and maintain a United States security clearance.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong academic background that includes courses in: thermodynamics and heat transfer, aerospace engineering, fluid dynamics, applied analysis, MATLAB, SolidWorks, manufacturing methods.
  • Possess, or have current knowledge/capability to acquire Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA) accreditation.
  • Leading or participating on student design team(s) at the university level pertinent to mechanical engineering.
  • Leadership, project management professional and team training/certifications is a plus.
  • Existing Secret clearance or ability to obtain an interim Secret clearance prior to start date.

Teaching, mentoring and coaching experience for all ages, disciplines.

Full Time/Part Time

Full Time


$47,476/annum - $65,468/annum

Application Deadline

Open until filled

Application Instructions

Applicants must combine all application materials (cover letter, resume, and list of three references with contact information) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume attachment.

Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).

If you are experiencing technical problems, please call (800) 488-5288.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor - Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties and functions of this job. If you believe you may have difficulty performing any of the duties or functions of this job, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.


To read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) please use the following links:

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  • EEO is the LawChinese Version

UMKC Statement on Diversity

UMKC values diversity as central to its mission as an urban-serving research university and as a driver of excellence in teaching and learning. UMKC embraces a broad spectrum of diversities, including race, ethnicity, culture, nationality, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, linguistic ability, learning style, religion, socioeconomic and veteran status, life experiences, educational level and family structure. For more information on our diversity mission, visit the Office of Diversity and Inclusion website:

UMKC is the largest comprehensive, fully accredited university in the Kansas City area. Our students come from all 50 states and over 85 countries, enriching our community with diverse perspectives. With more than 125 academic areas, our students have a lot of opportunities to explore on their way to discovering and creating their perfect career. We are at the heart of a thriving urban area where the city’s life and energy influence everything that happens here. We are Kansas City’s university and we can’t wait for you to join us! Find out more about UMKC in theAbout UMKC section of our website.

Details about UMKC’s community and the benefits of being an employee can be found on ourcareers page.

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