SIG SAUER, Inc. is a leading provider and manufacturer of firearms, electro-optics, ammunition, airguns, suppressors, and training. For over 250 years SIG SAUER, Inc. has evolved, and thrived, by blending American ingenuity, German engineering, and Swiss precision. Today, SIG SAUER is synonymous with industry-leading quality and innovation which has made it the brand of choice amongst the U.S. Military, the global defense community, law enforcement, competitive shooters, hunters, and responsible citizens. Additionally, SIG SAUER is the premier provider of elite firearms instruction and tactical training at the SIG SAUER Academy. Headquartered in Newington, New Hampshire, SIG SAUER’s workforce is located across eight locations in the United States. The tremendous growth of SIG SAUER has fueled outstanding opportunities for experienced professionals to join our team.
The Chief Engineer is responsible for the innovation and design integrity of new ammunition products. Responsibilities also include providing technical leadership, mentoring, and coaching to R&D Team Leads, Design Engineers, Manufacturing Engineers, Production personnel, and Marketing. This is a senior position in the R&D Department generally intended for mechanical engineers with at least a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME), significant work experience in the small caliber ammunition or medium caliber ordnance industry, and very strong analytical skills. The Chief Engineer must have an expert level knowledge of military ammunition and firearm products, their applications, and technologies, and will spearhead research in the R&D Department. A Chief Engineer works both independently and with teams of Designers, Design Engineers, Team Leads, Project Engineers, and Test Technicians. Additionally, a Chief Engineer is an active member of the R&D Management Team. A Chief Engineer initiates interaction with the entire engineering organization, as well as collaborates with other departments.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
*Technical Leadership within the SIG New Product Introduction processes, product platform, and system design.
*Provide technical training, mentoring, and coaching to Team Leads, Engineers, Designers & Technicians.
*Actively contribute to and guide the development of multiple R&D development programs, ensuring that product requirements are met with robust design, and cost-effective designs.
*Responsible for product TDP and ensuring functional dimensioning schemes, appropriate GD&T, appropriate QAP identification, and ASME Y14.5 compliance at the expert level as required.
*Responsible for tolerance stack analyses that ensure design functionality.
*Responsible for energetics materials processing and testing in general.
*Provide guidance for metal parts fabrication and assembly in the ammunition processes (shell cases, projectiles, primers).
*Responsible for the accuracy of R&D engineering analyses, providing support and guidance to Design Engineers as needed.
*Process all levels of change orders through the PLM system.
*Responsible for the accuracy of assemblies and BOMs.
*Oversight of R&D projects meeting validation test criteria.
*Responsible for training Engineers in best design practice and identification of the root cause of technical performance problems.
*Responsible for ensuring products are designed with consideration for ease of manufacturing and inspection and that product cost meets plan.
*Review the acceptability of part non-conformances, providing feedback to suppliers and Quality.
*Approve or reject waivers and deviations.
*Supports proposals, white papers, and communicates technical information to customers and executive management.
*Provide technical assistance to other departments within SIG SAUER as needed.
*Consistently follow safe firearm handling practices.
*Follow all range safety procedures when in any of the range areas.
*Drive Continuous Improvement in technical information to evaluate and support product design efforts.
*Engages in and actively volunteers for Continuous Improvement projects/tasks.
*Participates in and sustains 5S Standards.
*Must follow all required Safety and ISO procedures.
*Must be able to travel infrequently.
Education and/or Experience:
*Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical or Chemical Engineering and 20 or more years of engineering experience working in an R&D environment with a minimum of 10 years in the ammunition/ordnance industry preferred.
*Energetics materials processing and testing in general, including mixing, blending, and drying, at mix-level and lower levels of assembly (ingredients).
*Novel materials processing, especially aspects requiring precision metering wet or dry.
*Experience with Tracer ammunition product and process, including projectiles, trace compositions, cases, primers, and propellants, as they interface with the firearm operation.
*Metal parts assembly in ammunition processes, especially aspects requiring precision
*Armor Piercing (AP) projectile assembly processing
*Armor Piercing Incendiary (API) projectile assembly and incendiary processing
*Armor Piercing Incendiary – Tracer (API-T) projectile assembly and incendiary/tracer processing
*Prototyping and lab support for one or more of the above.
*Experience with high-speed photography, ballistic tracking radar, and flash X-ray preferred.
*Must be able to convey ideas and information clearly, concisely, and accurately to others, both verbally and in written form.
*Must be proficient in using Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
*Proficiency using Microsoft Project is preferred.
*Must be proficient in using CAD software to create parametric solid models and associated drawings (SolidWorks highly preferred).
*Must be experienced using a PLM system for complete product lines (Agile is preferred).
*Must have a solid understanding of ASME Y14.5 standards including GD&T.
*Must be detail-oriented; able to identify drafting errors and less than optimal dimensioning & tolerancing schemes during drawing review.
*Must understand tolerance stack requirements and results including statistical elements.
*Must have a fundamental understanding of manufacturing methods including machining, deep drawing, impact extrusion, plastic injection molding, stamping/fine blanking, as well as knowledge in material selection, heat treatment, and coatings.
*Must have practical experience with mechanical assembly.
*Must be able to proactively define and resolve highly complex problems by collecting and analyzing data, establishing facts, drawing valid conclusions, and executing viable solutions.
*Experience using and maintaining firearms and/or related products is required.
*Familiarity with ITAR, ATF, and EAR regulations is preferred.
*Familiarity with NATO and TOP standards as well as Mil-Specs is preferred.
*Equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.