Senior DoD System Safety Engineer

Clarksburg, Maryland
Engineering – Safety /
Full-Time /
Office Location: Clarksburg, MD 

Tele-work Opportunities: Fully Remote Eligible

Travel Requirements: Minimal domestic travel may be expected (less than 10%)

To conform to U.S. Government technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

Position Responsibilities:

    • Work across RR to design safety into our autonomous vehicle systems from the ground up – focusing on defense applications which follow A MIL-STD-882E approach.
    • Tackle the topics of functional safety, embedded systems and software safety in a complex system environment .
    • Work to define safety architecture, safety concepts and derive requirements from safety analyses.
    • Work with engineering teams from concept through implementation, representing the consideration of safety in the design throughout the process.
    • Provide technical safety engineering activities on elements of significant scope.
    • Perform systems & safety analysis activities, including on autonomy-related safety.
    • Communicate design considerations and progress with respect to system safety across the engineering organization.
    • Communicate effectively to make recommendations and drive consensus amongst all stakeholders (executive team, product, customer, engineering, test).
    • Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills and Abilities:

    • A minimum of 5+ years of work experience as a Systems Safety engineer or related role.
    • Strong record working in the field of system safety as it relates to hardware, software and system-level design.
    • Expertise with MIL-STD-882E and/or safety critical system design best practices.
    • Technical domain knowledge of autonomous vehicles or similar autonomous robotic systems.
    • Strong Systems Engineering fundamentals and knowledge of modern systems engineering techniques, tools and processes.
    • Expertise with safety analysis techniques such as: Preliminary Hazard Analysis (PHA), System Requirements Hazard Analysis (SRHA), Subsystem Hazard Analysis (SSHA), System Hazard Analysis (SHA), Operating And Support Hazard Analysis (O&SHA), Health Hazard Analysis (HHA), Functional Hazard Analysis (FHA), System-Of-Systems Hazard Analysis (SSHA), Environmental Hazard Analysis (EHA), Fault Tree Analysis (FTA), Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA), Failure Mode Effects and Criticality Analysis(FMECA).
    • Expertise evaluating software control categories and severities to identify appropriate Software Criticality Indexes (SwCI).
    • Strong knowledge and experience hazard analysis and hazard management.
    • Strong knowledge and experience with MIL-STD-882, MIL-STD-461, MIL-STD-464.
    • Strong knowledge and experience with Joint.
    • Software Systems Safety Engineering Handbook (JSSSEH).
    • Strong knowledge of electrical, mechanical, and/or software design and development.
    • Knowledge and experience with ISO 262626, IEC 61508, and/or ISO 20474.
    • Experience with DOD systems and/or prior work in the field of robotics.
    • Experience leading (or participating in) test and evaluation planning, preparation of test event Safety.
    • Releases, conducting post-test event actions, and maintaining reports.
    • Expertise in safety requirement authorship and management.
    • Strong communication skills and the ability to communicate complex engineering issues to a diverse team.

Preferred Qualifications:

    • Experience with or Certification in 882E , ISO 26262 , ISO 21448 , and UL4600.
    • Experience applying functional safety concepts to autonomous vehicles and/or high-performance computing.

Education and Experience:

    • Degree in Systems Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Robotics, or a related field.
Forterra is excited to offer the following benefits:
·           17 Company Holidays for 2024
·           20 days of PTO accrual a year
·           Flexible work schedules and a casual work environment
·           Competitive medical, dental & vision plans
·           401k contribution plan with up to 4% match 
·           $9k a year Tuition Reimbursement program
·           Company paid Basic Life, STD, LTD, Legal & ID Protection plans
·           Employee assistance program options
·           7+ weeks of fully paid Parental Leave
·           Jury Duty Leave
·           Bereavement Leave
·           Pet-friendly offices
·           Fully stocked beverage fridges available free for staff
·           Full-service latte/cappuccino/coffee machine in each building

Company Overview:
Forterra is the leading provider of autonomous systems for ground-based movement in the working world. Originally named Robotic Research, Forterra was among the earliest innovators in the field of driverless technology. For more than twenty years, we have focused on building systems which protect front-line soldiers and enable our industrial base. The company has become a go-to provider of autonomous solutions for the U.S. Department of Defense, which harnesses autonomy for asymmetric warfare in critical conditions. 

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