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Mechanical Design Engineer III 

About the Organization Astronics Corporation (Nasdaq: ATRO) serves the world's aerospace, defense, and other mission critical industries with proven, innovative technology solutions. Astronics works side-by-side with customers, integrating its array of power, connectivity, lighting, structures, interiors, and test technologies to solve complex challenges. For 50 years, Astronics has delivered creative, customer-focused solutions with exceptional responsiveness. Today, global airframe manufacturers, airlines, military branches, completion centers, and Fortune 500 companies rely on the collaborative spirit and innovation of Astronics.

We offer our breadth of technology solutions and services through 11 subsidiary business units and numerous award-winning product brands. Serving our customers is our first priority, and every day we honor this mission with quality, partnership, and energetic global vision.

Astronics Subsidiary Astronics CSC  
Location Chicago, IL  

Astronics Connectivity Systems and Certification (formerly Telefonix PDT and Astronics Armstrong Aerospace) serves as the experienced, global market leader for in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) solutions for aircraft. As a systems certification provider, Astronics CSC has worked on over 100 projects for industry partners to upgrade commercial and business aircraft with new passenger power systems, IFEC navigation, communication and flight safety systems. Additionally, Astronics CSC offers proven IFEC hardware systems, flexible design platforms, high customer satisfaction, and long-term relationships with industry leaders to help make the connected aircraft a reality. The company now employs over 300 employees, and is a six-time recipient of Chicago’s Best and Brightest Employers to Work For award.


Develops and provides mechanical/structural component and installation design solutions required to support the installation design and certification of systems and equipment onboard commercial aircraft.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

• Work within a project team to understand component functionality, as well as the integration and interaction of the system/equipment with the aircraft
• Develop components and system installations to satisfy competing design requirements while also considering factors such as cost, schedule, manufacturability, etc.
• Develop parts lists/Bills of Materials for piece-part, assembly and installation drawings
• Produce piece-part, assembly and installation drawings requisite to effectively communicate manufacturing data and installation design
• Conduct aircraft surveys to facilitate component and installation design as well as identify potential installation challenges associated with the existing aircraft structure and retrofit installations
• Work with aircraft mechanical and installation teams to troubleshoot installation and operation problems as well as support certification and operability testing
• Develop and document stress analysis models, utilize existing structural analysis tools and/or perform hand calculations to substantiate the structural integrity of installation designs
• Works in conjunction with ODA UM/DER resources to develop all quantitative certification related documents and deliverables
• Actively assists project management and engineering teams in solving internal and external analysis, manufacturing, and design challenges
• Regular mentoring of less senior employees

Supervisory Responsibilities

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

Position Requirements


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Education and/or Experience


  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering, or in a related technical and/or equivalent field
  • Familiarity and/or experience working with a 3D CAD package, preferably Autodesk Inventor
  • Familiarity and/or experience working with a 2D CAD package, preferably AutoCAD
  • Familiarity and/or experience developing piece-part, assembly and/or installation models and drawings


  • Experience in the aviation/aerospace or similar industry
  • 4+ years of experience working in a mechanical design capacity
  • Experience with review and approval of mechanical designs created by others

An offer of employment is contingent on successfully passing a drug test and background check, and applicants who do not successfully pass both the drug test and background check will not be considered for employment.

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Travel Requirements As needed nationally and internationally, approximately 10%-20%  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other legally protected status.  

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