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Jacobs Mechanical/Structural Branch Manager in Tullahoma, Tennessee

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Mechanical/Structural Branch Manager

The Technology Group is a performance unit of the Critical Mission Solutions (CMS) Line of Business. The CMS Technology Group specializes in the design, construction, and operation of unique and complex research and development facilities, including, as examples, wind tunnels (aerospace, automotive, and motorsports), rocket test stands, climatic chambers, jet engine test cells, acoustic chambers, altitude test facilities, captive trajectory systems, and nuclear facilities. Our projects span the automotive, motorsports, defense, nuclear, and aerospace markets. Recent clients include NASA, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Department of Energy, Audi, Boeing, BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, Honda, General Motors, Volkswagen, and many others in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Our capabilities and some recent project profiles can be found in the downloadable files at https://jtftp.jacobstechnology.com/ . Use “anontg” as both the username and password.

As Mechanical/Structural Branch Manager, you will report to the Director of Engineering and have a key leadership role in the following areas:

  • Develop future leaders at all levels in your branch.

  • Actively lead Business Development activities within your branch for small and singe-discipline projects to expose your staff to the business side of engineering.

  • Support our Business Development Principals in developing proposals for large and multi-discipline projects.

  • Stay abreast of the latest trends in technology and tools relevant to the disciplines in your branch and advocate on behalf of your staff for ongoing exploration and implementation of new technologies and training where appropriate.

In this role you will be responsible for working with your section supervisors in planning, organizing, leading, and controlling the allocated resources of a group of machine design and structural engineers and designer/drafters. This position will provide you the opportunity to manage the overall mechanical/structural branch, determine personnel requirements and assignments, evaluate individual employee and group results, provide employee performance feed-back, and make personnel-related decisions and recommendations. The Mechanical/Structural branch currently includes approximately 55 talented engineers and designers working on a variety of unique and challenging projects including quick turn-around projects ranging from a few hours to large multi-year projects with over 10,000 labor hours in a single discipline. The branch typically works between approximately 20 projects concurrently and up to three dozen projects each year.


· Marketing & business development efforts – actively sell work for your branch

· Engage with Supervisors and staff to counsel, coach, and monitor progress

· Help Supervisors and staff validate the technical approach including checking teams work when necessary

· Develop career growth path for Supervisors and employees

  • Promotions/adjustments

  • Voluntary training for professional growth

  • Identify and groom future leaders

  • Identify technical training needs and obtain funding

· Manage/balance workflow in branch

· Mentor employees as needed

· Conduct 1-on-1 meetings with your employees (quarterly)

· Conduct annual performance reviews

· Administer employee disciplinary actions and/or terminations

· Review and approve employee timecards (weekly)

· Lead branch staff meetings (weekly, monthly or as needed)

· Participate in long term planning for your branch – including recruiting/hiring and succession planning

· Coordinate Co-op & Summer Internship opportunities

· Attend monthly project reviews for projects that include support from your branch

· Work with Supervisors to ensure their engineers/designers plan their work in accordance with deliverables required, budget, and schedule

  • Review/track Task Control Plans (monthly)

· Solicit feedback from customers and PM’s on individual and team performance and product quality

· Track/assign mandatory training for employees

· Travel between our offices and client sites as needed

Here’s what you’ll need :

  1. Due to federal requirements for large portions of the assigned work a US Citizenship is required for this position.

  2. BS or MS Degree in Mechanical, Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, or related engineering field.

  3. BS degree requires a minimum of ten (10) years related experience. MS degree requires a minimum of eight (8) years related experience.

  4. Requires demonstrated leadership skills as evidenced by prior supervisory experience. Must be able to effectively communicate with others.

  5. PE license is highly preferred.

  6. Must be knowledgeable of the entire design process including marketing, planning, estimating, budgeting, execution, delivering, post design, and construction.

  7. Demonstrated leadership ability. Able to oversee a team of mechanical and structural engineers and designer/drafters, led by two or more supervisors, working on multiple small and large projects concurrently.

  8. Must have strong time management and organizational skills.

Essential Functions

Unusual or Special Physical Requirements of Position (specify and provide % of time required)

  • Lifting: <5% (Must be able to lift 50 lbs.)

  • Climbing: <5%

  • Crawling: <5%

  • Special clothing/equipment (wearing): <10%

  • Unusual physical requirements: <10%

  • High noise level: <10%

Description of Work Environment (specify and provide % of time required)

  • Inside? Outside? Combination? Where?: 90% / 5% / 5%

  • Extreme (hot/cold) temperatures involved: <5%

  • Hazardous conditions - What are they?: <5% (construction sites)

  • Travel/transportation requirements: 15%

Equipment and Machines Involved in Work Tasks (specify and provide % of time required)

  • Office equipment/machines electrically/battery operated - which?: 5%

  • Vehicles, forklifts, etc. operated which?: <5%

  • Tools used in trade - which ones?: Computers, printers, copiers 90%

Criticality of Attendance (specify and provide % of time required)

  • Overtime, regular days, off days: Overtime required occasionally (15%)

  • Shift, 1st, 2nd, 3rd: 1 st Shift

  • Necessity for regular attendance: 100%

  • Urgency for punctuality: 100%

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