System Engineer

  • Engineering
  • Jackson, United States

System Engineer

Job description

System / Project Engineer

SeaLandAire is a fast-paced research and development company with the objective of helping customers collect information from difficult environments.  We focus on small unmanned vehicles and sensor systems.  We are a “full-stack” or “turn-key” hardware development company, with capabilities ranging from high-level software development to electro-mechanical CAD design and prototyping to PCB design and embedded firmware development.  We are located in Jackson MI, and are currently looking for several new systems engineers to join our team.


Systems engineers are responsible to, at a minimum, assess and define the system level requirements, analyze alternative system architectures and recommend project plans based on systems engineering best practices.  In many cases this role is formalized as the lead project engineer, who is responsible to shepherd the product development cycle from concept to proof of concept prototypes and eventually towards pre-production hardware.  This is a critical role in our projects as it provides continuity through the development process as well as a constant top down perspective tied to our customers' key metrics.

As our company grows and our core capabilities advance, we are pursuing several systems/project engineers to lead a team of multidisciplinary engineers in specific projects.  Successful project engineers must quickly develop an understanding of the programmatic and technical requirements of a given project, and work to develop a plan to perform technically with excellence while meeting contract obligations on schedule. 


Our passion for our work is evident in everything that leaves our doors!


Essential Functions

  • Provide direction and technical expertise in design, development, and systems integration in a prototyping, Research and Development environment
  • Guide a team through the development, testing, implementation, and review stages of a project
  • Make quick decisions and solve technical problems to provide an efficient environment for project implementation
  • Interface with customer to define new project requirements and goals as well as provide clear status updates and resolve problems as they arise
  • Communicate efficiently with project manager on status of development effort
  • Serve as liaison between development staff and project manager
  • Travel to different locations for testing
  • Ensure a team follows the correct procedures, policies and documentation requirements across project phases
  • Coordinate across multiple departments to gain logistic or other support


  • Possesses excellent analytical, organization, and problem-solving skills
  • Strong technical competency spanning multi-disciplines with interest in learning new technology areas
  • Ability to identify system level tradeoffs and perform analysis of alternatives and/or optimization efforts where appropriate
  • Ability to prioritize what is worth improving and what not to work on
  • Understanding of systems engineering principles and methodology including requirements definition and verification, design architecture, subsystem requirements flowdown and interface definition (ICDs)
  • Possesses skills in planning, budgeting, and team leadership
  • Work well in both individual and group settings
  • Excellent verbal communication and written skills
  • Highly proficient with Microsoft Office tools (Word, Excel, Project and PowerPoint)
  • Proficiency in Python (or Matlab experience) highly preferred


Since a majority of SeaLandAire's business is funded by the US Department of Defense, applicants must be a "US Person" (US Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident).


Education and Experience

  • 4-year bachelors of science degree such as engineering or physics
  • At least 4 years of additional experience working across multiple technical disciplines (e.g. software / electrical / mechanical)
  • Experience with leading multi-discipline teams preferred
  • Experience following systems engineering best practices (requirements definition through performance verification) preferred
  • Experience writing status reports and final technical reports for projects following contractual guidelines preferred

Supervisory Responsibility

This position may have some supervisory responsibilities.


Position Type/Expected Hours of Work This is a full-time position, with a minimum expectation of 40 hours per week. Hours are somewhat flexible and some late evenings may be required.



Some travel is expected for field testing, supplier and contractor collaboration, and customer interface.


Physical Requirements

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear (sometimes in a noisy environment), sit, stand, walk, climb (occasionally), and do repetitive movements with hands.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of work performed by employees assigned to this position. They are not intended to be construed as a complete list of all job duties performed by persons in the position.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Management reserves the right to revise or amend duties at any time as the needs of the company and requirements of the job change.