Riverside Research Institute

Mechanical Engineer

Location US-OH-Fairborn
ID 2024-3256
Position Type
Full Time Salary

Riverside Overview

Riverside Research is an independent National Security Nonprofit dedicated to research and development in the national interest. We provide high-end technical services, research and development, and prototype solutions to some of the country’s most challenging technical problems.
 All Riverside Research opportunities require U.S. Citizenship.

Position Overview

Riverside Research is looking for a full time Mechanical Engineer to identify, model and implement improvements to its prototype broadband infrared beacon, called TerraSTAR.  TerraSTAR is a new, four-year development project aimed at improving, fabricating, and deploying a system of geographically dispersed broadband infrared beacons to support remote sensor calibration needs.  If you enjoy rapid prototype development, field testing and the idea of supporting the full lifecycle development of a hardware system from design to deployment, join the Riverside Team today!


-Identify structural and mechanical improvements to an existing design/prototype

-Develop models using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software

-Fabricate/test components in a laboratory setting ahead of implementation into the full-scale prototype

-Perform hardware component analyses and testing

-Perform on-site assembly of prototype units locally at WPAFB as wells as at future (TBD) deployment sites

-Support the refinement of engineering code improvements to LabVIEW scripts that remotely operate the power management and pointing of the prototype

-Assist with the transition of the prototype’s structural components from T-Slot aluminum (e.g. 80/20) to a permanent and reliable design

-Support local testing activities to iteratively capture the performance of individual prototype components as well as the prototype as a whole


BS in Mechanical Engineering with 4+ years of experience

- Experience designing, building and refining full-scale prototypes

- Experience troubleshooting lab and/or field instrument designs, components (gimbals, power supplies, motors, etc)

- Proficient with structural modeling software (Comsol, Solidworks, AutoCAD, etc)

- Ability to lift objects weighing up to 50 lbs

- Able to travel to field locations for system setup and testing, and various meeting locations, 2-3 days at a time, up to 6 times per year

- US citizenship and the ability to obtain a DoD Secret Security Clearance


Desired Qualifications:

- Experience with use and programming of Arduino control boards

- Experience with alt-azimuth mounts for supporting and rotating an instrument

- Welding/fabrication experience

- DoD Secret Security Clearance


Global Comp

$91,000- $150,000 This represents the typical compensation range for this position based on experience, location and other factors.

Closing Statement

Riverside Research Institute is a not-for-profit, technology-oriented defense company, where service to our customers and support of our staff is our overall mission. Riverside is an affirmative action-equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local laws regarding recruitment and hiring.  Riverside offers comprehensive compensation and benefit packages to our employees.
Riverside bases its employment decisions solely on technical experience, qualifications and other job-related criteria related to our organizational purpose as a not-for-profit company, and without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, veteran’s status or any other status legally protected by applicable federal, state, and local law.


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