Riverside Research Institute

Senior Mechanical Engineer

Location US-OH-Beavercreek
ID 2024-3352
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 Senior Mechanical Engineer with extensive experience in designing and fielding Mil Standard Electro Optical Systems, particularly in enclosure and environmental design. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in mechanical engineering and a proven track record of success in developing ruggedized enclosures and ensuring environmental resilience for EO systems deployed in demanding military applications. This role offers the opportunity to lead the mechanical design efforts for critical defense and security missions.


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


  • TS/SCI Security Clearance
  • Bachelor's degree in Systems Engineering or Mechanical Engineering or related field. Master's degree preferred.
  • 12+ years of experience in mechanical systems engineering, with a focus on designing structural support mechanisms and fielding Mil Standard Electro Optical Systems, including enclosure and environmental design.
  • Proficiency in CAD software such as AutoCAD, SolidWorks, CATIA, or Pro/ENGINEER.
  • Strong understanding of mechanical design principles, materials, and manufacturing processes.
  • Experience with environmental testing standards and procedures, including thermal, shock, vibration, and EMI testing.
  • Knowledge of military standards and specifications related to Electro Optical systems (e.g., MIL-STD-810).
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills, with the ability to lead and work effectively in a team environment.
  • Travel Up to 25%



Global Comp

$160,000 - $180,000 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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