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CAD Designer

  • Role type
  • Permanent

  • Location/s
  • Troy, MI

Job Description

Ricardo Defense is seeking a CAD Designer in our Troy, MI facility. This CAD Designer will directly support Ricardo Defense with a potential new program. This role will strengthen Ricardo Defense’s core competencies in military vehicle system architecture and complex system integration. The CAD Designer will ensure that advanced military systems, including robotic and fully autonomous military vehicles, are architected, designed, and tested in concert with disciplined functional safety approaches and analyses. Tasks will include detail design, configuration management, document review, specification definition, and production/field support.


Candidates for this CAD Designer position must be able to perform successfully both collaboratively and independently with periodic oversight. This position requires regular interaction with customers and subject matter experts. Some travel between Ricardo offices and customer locations required.


This is a hybrid position with WFH availability but applicants must be located in the Metro Detroit area.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

• Act as technical lead working closely with the project team to manage and support the execution of technical tasks.

• Collaborate with project managers, development team, suppliers and customers to ensure that requirements and expectation are addressed in all phases of the project

• Conduct reviews with product teams to ensure requirements are being met throughout product development cycle

• Able to successfully represent the company and communicate effectively with customers

  • Associate Degree from an accredited college or university
  • A minimum of eight years of relevant CAD Operation and/or Product Design experience
  • Excellent written communication skills and ability to present standout presentations
  • Ability to effectively collaborate in multidiscipline engineering environments
  • Good technical leadership, planning and organization/control skills
  • Ability to obtain a Secret Clearance
  • Experience with Product Development Life Cycle (Systems, Software) is a plus
  • Experience with CAD software programs such as AutoCAD, NX, and Solidworks is preferred
  • Familiarity with development in the embedded environment
  • The ability to communicate complex ideas succinctly and persuasively to peers, management and customers
  • U.S. Government contracting experience in Military Ground Combat vehicles is preferred
  • Good technical leadership, planning and organization/control skills
  • Strong analytic and problem-solving skills
  • Comfort level with advanced system and concept development, and in developing creative or novel safety strategies in the automation space

Ricardo Defense offers an impressive compensation and benefits package including:

  • Medical, Dental & Vision Benefits
  • Company Paid Life and AD&D
  • Company Paid Short Term and Long-Term Disability
  • Flexible Spending & HSA Accounts
  • 401k with Company Match
  • Paid holidays, vacation and sick days

About Us:
Ricardo Defense is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ricardo Inc. established as a separate limited liability company in 2015 and structured under a Defense Security Service ‘Special Security Agreement’. Ricardo Defense provides engineering, technology, product innovation, sustainment, and field support services for our customers in the defense industry. We are committed to providing outstanding value through quality engineering solutions focused on class-leading product innovation and robust strategic implementation.  Ricardo, Inc. is the US subsidiary of Ricardo plc. For more information, visit www.ricardo.com.


Ricardo Defense is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity or gender expression), age, mental or physical disability, creed, ancestry, citizenship, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, medical condition, genetic trait or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.


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