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Industrial Control Engineer

Applied Research Associates, Inc. has an outstanding opportunity for an exceptional industrial/mechanical engineer with experience in Industrial Control Systems to support a multi-disciplined team that develops methodologies, processes, and technological applications for detecting, locating, identifying, physically and functionally characterizing, modeling and assessing WMD threats to support full dimensional defeat planning and combat operations. The position develops in-depth technical assessments and models of WMD facilities and utilities using multiple intelligence sources and analytical tools. The position requires providing technical reachback support to operational planners to support tactical and strategic planning. The position also provides occasional training to share expertise with junior counterparts and supports exercises to test new methodologies and analytical tools that are under development.

Candidates selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Requires TS/SCI clearance.

Required Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Industrial/Mechanical Engineering or equivalent degree. 
  • Demonstrated ability with SCADA, DCS, and PLC systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively within or lead a team of peers, as well as excellent interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Ability to communicate highly technical analyses at a level comprehensible to laymen and senior-level government representatives.
  • Ability to clearly express in writing technical analysis results and site characterizations.

Required Experience:

  • Minimum 10 years of experience in solving engineering problems.
  • Practical Industrial Control Systems knowledge gained through design, construction or facilities management work experience.
  • Practical Control engineering gained through design, construction or facilities management work experience.
  • A working familiarity with other facility and building infrastructure to include power, water treatment, communication, pneumatic, fuel handling, and wastewater treatment systems.
  • Expert knowledge and use of Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Engineering or Physics.
  • Direct experience supporting reverse engineering, threat analysis and vulnerability assessments of WMD-related facilities, processes and infrastructure (to include underground facilities)
  • Research and Development of new tools and methodologies to understand and reverse engineer processes and support systems at remote WMD-related facilities.
  • Modeling and simulation expertise with weaponeering and engineering analysis tools or similar.
  • Military or defense-related experience and an understanding of operational planning and functional defeat of hard targets and underground facilities
  • Working knowledge of engineering, 3D modeling and geospatial analytical tools to include AutoCAD, ArcGIS, SketchUp, Skyline Software, RemoteView, etc.


Applied Research Associates, Inc. is an employee-owned international research and engineering company recognized for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences. The company, founded in Albuquerque, NM, in 1979, currently employs 1100 professionals. ARA offices throughout the United States and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense technologies, civil technologies, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement. The corporation also provides sophisticated technical products for environmental site characterization, pavement analysis, and robotics.

At ARA, employees are our greatest assets. The corporation realizes that employee ownership spawns greater creativity and initiative along with higher performance and customer satisfaction levels. ARA gives its employees the tools, training, and opportunities to take more active roles as owners. The culture is challenging; innovation and experimentation are the norm. Employees are eligible for contributions which not only add to the company’s success, but also their own through the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The motto, “Engineering and Science for Fun and Profit” sums up the ARA experience. For additional information and an opportunity to join this unique workplace, please visit our website at

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Security Clearance:
Top Secret / SCI
Reston, Virginia
United States
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