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Technical Leader CAD Drafting / MBD, Secret Clearance

Quest Defense is an organization at the forefront of innovation and one of the world’s fastest growing engineering services firms with deep domain knowledge and recognized expertise in the top OEMs across seven industries. We are part of a twenty-five-year-old company on a journey to becoming a centenary one, driven by aspiration, hunger and humility.

We are looking for humble geniuses, who believe that engineering has the potential to make the impossible, possible; innovators, who are not only inspired by technology and innovation, but also perpetually driven to design, develop, and test as a trusted partner for Fortune 500 customers.

As a team of remarkably diverse engineers, we recognize that what we are really engineering is a brighter future for us all. If you want to contribute to meaningful work and be part of an organization that truly believes when you win, we all win, and when you fail, we all learn, then we’re eager to hear from you.

The achievers and courageous challenge-crushers we seek have the following characteristics and skills:

Position Role Type

The Quest Defense Product Definition Team seeks a highly focused and skilled Product Drafting / Model Based Definition Technical Leader who is an experienced, team player with a high level of initiative and the ability to lead in an environment of swiftly changing priorities in defining and releasing complex aerospace products.

What you will be doing:

Product Definition at the customer is a combination of two key areas of expertise: traditional drafting and the future of model-based definition. The successful applicant will have the flexibility and experience to lead both types of practice in an aerospace environment. When leading this team, you will lead engineering staff who produce 3D models and 2D layout drawings of the product to meet both engineering and customer requirements. Your team will be responsible for creating solid models and detailed drawings of various military aircraft components and assemblies across many sub-system and/or jet engine mod centers.  The team will also be performing tolerance studies, and making sure that the models and drawings accurately define a manufacturable product for military development programs.

Experience with industry specifications and in-depth knowledge of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) is important to ensure all drawings the team completes are accurate, fully dimensioned and in alignment with tolerance studies.

A relevant past, or educational experience in designing, developing, and analyzing complex assemblies in a 3D mechanical drafting environment is required. The candidate would benefit from strong understanding of mechanical principles and demonstrate proficiency in reading and interpreting models, assemblies, and piece part drawings. An in-depth comprehension of GD&T practices, along with the tolerance analysis of assemblies and piece parts is required.

This role is a 40 hour work week, with at least 25 hours at the customer’s Connecticut site with the team.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lead a team of 10-15 practitioners who work drafting and model-based definition for development jet engine components and assemblies
  • Lead a team that creates 3D CAD solid models and assemblies in Siemens NX, with Teamcenter Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and some Bill of Materials
  • Lead a team that creates dimensioned detail drawings for high complexity jet engine and aircraft system components and assemblies
  • Set and maintain training standards and adoption cadence
  • Set the standards for how the team applies tolerance stack-up analysis results to ensure correct fit and alignment, and performance of complex assemblies
  • Lead the team in how they check drawings for accuracy, correct GD&T, and compliance to the aerospace industry and customer drafting and manufacturing standards
  • Support product definition reviews and coordinate work across many different sub-systems and modules for the aircraft system/jet engine
  • Lead and execute the creation and maintenance of standard work for Product Design and Definition group, especially as MBD evolves
  • Lead the team to effectively comprehend and implement oral and written inputs from several different customers
  • Represent Quest Defense in customer interactions/meetings, ranging from customer executive meetings to execution level engineers
  • Strict adherence to the design process is mandatory for successful realization of accurate models and drawings for our demanding customers. Attention to detail is critical to ensure a safe and reliable product definition is placed into service.

Qualifications/Experience Needed:

  • A degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) and minimum 8 years prior relevant experience 
  • In-depth knowledge of ASME Y14.5M 2018 GD&T standards
  • Working knowledge of drafting and product life cycle (PLM) tools and general computer literacy
  • U.S. citizenship is required due to the nature of the work and to be eligible for a security clearance
  • Must possess or be capable of obtaining a US Department of Defense (DoD) security clearance. Candidate selected will be subject to a government security investigation/reinstatement and must meet eligibility requirements

Preferred Qualifications:

  • BSME or Advanced Engineering Degree and 10+ years of experience
  • Experience with Siemens NX CAD Drafting and MBD and Teamcenter PLM in the design or definition of mechanical engine components and assemblies#cj

Physical Requirements & Work Environment:

  • Mostly Office Environments, Occasional Shop Floor involvement.
  • Substantial amounts of telephone,video conferencing and computer work.
  • Heavily Regulated Industries with strict adherence to procedures.
  • Flexibility to meet business deadlines by staying late or arriving early.
  • Typical 8 hour days plus lunch / 40 hour weeks / core (required) hours are 9AM to 4PM
  • Ability to use personal transportation to visit customer locations.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Quest Defense provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.