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Senior Mechanical Engineer

Onboard Systems International, LLC has a full-time opening for an experienced Senior Mechanical Engineer. This position is for the day shift, 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday-Friday, 40 hours per week.

Our Company

Since 1975, we've been a thriving aerospace company that designs and manufactures sophisticated products for the worldwide helicopter industry. As a recognized leader in helicopter lift equipment, our products are chosen by helicopter users and OEMs throughout the world. Our headquarters is located in Vancouver, WA, with direct access to I-205 and I-5.


Senior Mechanical Engineers lead the design of electro-mechanical devices, mechanisms, structure and load measurement systems for helicopters, both civil and military. Outstanding candidates should:

  • Possess significant experience personally designing mechanical products such as mechanisms, structure, and powertrain devices.
  • Have an ability to create blank-sheet designs as well as improve upon existing designs.
  • Be familiar with regulations related to the design of aerospace products
  • Be familiar with design practices for low-volume machined components.
  • Possess broad experience with parametric CAD systems. SolidWorks experience is preferred.
  • Be competent in optimizing components for static strength and weight.
  • Have an ability to author technical documentation such as user manuals, test plans and reports, maintenance instructions, etc.
  • Possessing a hands-on and gap-filling approach suitable for working in a small company environment . General experience with machining, fabrication, and mechanic skills a plus.
  • Have excellent communication and technical writing skills.
  • Apply project management skills to the execution of projects, whether working in teams or independently.
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering
  • Demonstrated commitment to continuing education 
  • Minimum 7 years industry experience
  • Aerospace industry is preferred
Compensation & Benefits
  • Competitive salary based on experience
  • Eleven paid holidays per year in addition to paid time off
  • Flexible work hours
  • Cafeteria options for medical & dental coverage
  • 401(k) with automatic 3% employer contribution
  • Collaborative, team-centric engineering culture
  • Immaculate, well-integrated facility
How to apply
  • Qualified applicants should email a resume and cover letter to, with the subject line: Job Opening: Senior Mechanical Engineer.
  • In the cover letter, describe how your specific background aligns with our required competencies, education, and experience.
  • Outstanding candidates will be asked to complete a questionnaire, interview, and qualifying exercise.

To be considered for this position, you should have a solid work history, verifiable references, and be able to pass pre-employment and random drug/alcohol tests and a background check. Onboard Systems is an equal opportunity employer.


Why Onboard

We maintain a large inventory of products, spare parts, and complete systems on site, allowing immediate shipment of most items. So while other manufacturers may put you on a waiting list for months, we’re able to ship most equipment the same day it's ordered.

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