Riverside Research Institute

Mid-Level Mechanical Engineer

Location US-OH-Beavercreek
ID 2024-3351
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

We are seeking a Mid-Level Mechanical Engineer with experience in designing and fielding Mil Standard Electro Optical Systems, particularly in enclosure and environmental design. The ideal candidate will have a strong foundation in mechanical engineering and a passion for developing ruggedized enclosures and ensuring environmental resilience for EO systems deployed in challenging military environments. This role offers the opportunity to contribute to critical defense and security missions while gaining valuable experience in the field of Electro Optical systems.


  • Support the mechanical design and development of Mil Standard Electro Optical Systems, with a focus on enclosure design and environmental protection.
  • Collaborate with senior engineers and cross-functional teams to understand system requirements, specifications, and performance objectives related to enclosure design and environmental resilience.
  • Assist in creating detailed designs, drawings, and specifications for ruggedized enclosures and system components using CAD software.
  • Participate in environmental analysis and testing to ensure compliance with military standards and specifications (e.g., MIL-STD-810).
  • Contribute to the development of innovative solutions for thermal management, shock and vibration mitigation, and electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding.
  • Work closely with suppliers and manufacturing partners to support prototype fabrication, testing, and production of enclosure components.
  • Assist in providing technical expertise and support to junior engineers and team members.
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Secret Clearance ability to obtain and maintain TS/SCI
  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field.
  • 5+ years of experience in mechanical engineering, with exposure to designing and fielding Mil Standard Electro Optical Systems, including enclosure and environmental design.
  • Familiarity with CAD software such as AutoCAD, SolidWorks, CATIA, or Pro/ENGINEER.
  • Basic understanding of mechanical design principles, materials, and manufacturing processes.
  • Interest in environmental testing standards and procedures, including thermal, shock, vibration, and EMI testing.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Travel Up to 25%



Global Comp

$140,000 - $160,000 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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