Sr. Ballistics Engineer - Milford HR7-00123

Job Purpose

Apply engineering principals in the design, development and manufacturing of explosive devices, safely and in accordance with company procedures.  

Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • Carries out ballistics projects and tasks with little or no supervision by a higher level engineer.

  • Complies with safety, regulatory and quality policies at all times.

  • Follows all federal, state, local, and company rules and/or regulations for transportation, storage, handling and use of any hazardous material.

  • Plans  tests from basic, rudimentary instructions.

  • As required, writes detailed procedures for the safe testing of perforating gun system test.

    1.  API RP 43

    2.  API 19B perforator performance tests

    3. Gun survivability test

    4. UN classification test

    5. Or other explosive device test

  • Safely performs perforating gun system tests, in accordance with routine procedures or with detailed instructions.

    1. API RP 43

    2. RP 19B perforator performance tests

    3. Gun survivability tests

    4. UN classifications test

    5. Or other explosive device test

  • Evaluates the results of testing including evaluation of hardware used in testing and writes a detailed test report on

    1. perforating gun system tests

    2. API RP 43 or RP 19B perforator performance tests

    3. Gun  survivability tests

    4. UN classification tests

    5. Or other explosive device test



  • Carries out ballistics projects and tasks with a higher level engineer.

  • If detailed test procedures and test reports are not required, keeping written records or notes of all such activity.

  • Assists in the development of shaped charges and their manufacturing process.

  • Interacts with customers, engineers, and production department personnel. Is familiar with customer requirements and requirements of suppliers.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills/Experience



A.  Education and Training 

  • Bachelor Degree (4yr.) in Engineering, Science or equivalent field.  MS or higher degree preferred.

  • Military EOD a plus. 

 B.  Experience

  • Minimum ten years of relevant industry experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.   

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in an Engineering role with an energetics/ballistics products company.

  • Manufacturing experience in a perforating organization a plus.

  • Project Management preferred. 

C. Technical Requirements 

  • Knowledgeable in OSHA safety regulations, ATF & DOT explosives, transportation storage and documentation requirements.

  • Knowledgeable and experienced in safe procedures for arming explosives devices, and relevant sections of API RP -67, Recommended Practices for Oilfield Explosives Safety.

  • Knowledgeable and experienced in relevant aspects of perforating gun assembly, operating procedures, and explosive safety. Can properly use measuring devices and make precise measurements using micrometers, calipers, weight scales.

  • Microsoft Office Products (Word and Excel), and SolidWorks.

  • Must be able to read, write and understand operating procedures, safety procedures and test procedures.

D. Certificates, Licenses & Registrations 

  • Able to meet ATF & regulatory security requirements. 

 E.  Other 

  •  Project Management skills
  • Must be very observant and detailed oriented.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Must be able to do neat, comprehensive reports on activities.
  • Must be able to self-motivate and work with little to no supervision.
  • Must be US Citizen, or lawful permanent resident of the United States (student Visa does not qualify).

F. Physical Demands 

The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to use hands to handle or feel objects, and activate tools or controls.  Reach with hands and arm, talk and hear.  Stand, walk, sit, climb or balance; and twist, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.

Lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 80 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. These vision requirements relate to obtaining a valid driver’s license and recognizing current Hazmat warning labels or markings that are color coded.


The employee frequently works with explosives. While rare, any accident could be catastrophic and potentially result in injury or death to many employees.  The employee frequently works with powders, sometimes in a dusty environment and occasionally around fumes.  Workers must not be overly sensitive (allergies, rashes, etc.) to working in these conditions. 

G. Work Environment 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Work settings can range from clean indoor lab to unprotected outdoor environments. 

The employee frequently works with explosives. This involves handling packaged/boxed explosives, explosive articles and/or explosive powders and pellets. This may also involve instructing others in the proper handling, use, storage and transportation of these explosives. The employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts and in outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.





E.  Other 

Closing Date

30 July 2018

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