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Armored Vehicle Engineering Specialist, Springfield, VA,  US  ID#16133

Cherokee Nation Strategic Programs (CNSP) is a versatile, tribally owned 8(a), SDB providing solutions throughout the U.S. and overseas. CNSP has expertise in a wide range of technical disciplines, including global vulnerability assessment, information assurance, intelligence operations, program management and professional services with partners in Information Technology. CNSP is owned by Cherokee Nation Businesses, the economic engine of Cherokee Nation, the largest Native American tribe in the U.S. One-hundred percent of the company’s profits support future business investments and the well-being of the tribe’s citizens through health care, education and job creation, ensuring better lives for Cherokees today and tomorrow.

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Cherokee Nation Strategic Programs has a task to develop and manage research programs for major technical investigations in the area of ballistics and explosive event research and development, armoring and applied programmatic research for the Department of State. Focus placed on development and validation of new armor systems that offer lighter weight or performance improvement alternatives compared to currently approved materials for both opaque and transparent systems.



  • Develop and manage programs for major technical investigations in the area of ballistics and explosive event research and development, armoring, metallurgical science, ceramic materials, material processing, heat-treating and applied programmatic research.
  • Develop and manage programs for the investigation into automotive upgrades to enhance the payload of vehicles for the purpose of receiving additional armor weight. Focus placed on increased payload, improved braking and improved power output to ensure adequate vehicle handling and response required to perform vehicle escape and evade maneuvers.
  • Develop and manage research programs for the evaluation of armor systems integrated into vehicle platforms. Emphasis placed on proper welding, bonding, fastening of armor into vehicles. Validate proper overlaps with armor interfaces such as glass and doors. Validate structural integrity for blast protection and the integration of lightweight composite systems.
  • Liaise with our Kinetic and Mobility testing facilities focused on ballistic and blast testing in conjunction with test laboratories and live-fire test sites.
  • Technical responsibility for the areas of ballistics and explosive event research, development, armoring, event modeling, sub-structural analysis for vehicle integration
  • Technical responsibility for the areas of automotive upgrades in the suspension, chassis, wheels, tires, brakes and power output for the vehicle platforms
  • Project ownership responsibilities for major technical projects including but not limited to organizing project path, tracking project cost, communicating, maintaining data and advising management group of findings.
  • Focus on new technologies that significantly improve performance (disruptive innovation), improvements in current state of the art (evolutionary innovation), and guiding system engineers in application of technologies in design of new products.
  • Responsible for the completion of major projects on schedule.



This position will have not have supervisory authority.



  • Preference given to B.S. in Material Science or Chemical Engineering from an accredited university with a specialization in chemistry, chemical interactions, ceramics or metallurgy.
  • Preference given to B.S. in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering from an accredited university with experience working for a major automotive OEM or tier-1 supplier to the OEMs that has background designing suspension or electronic control systems.



  • Secret Clearance
  • B.S. Degree in Engineering, Physics, or Material Science from an accredited university.
  • 5+ years of experience as an Engineer and has mastered all relevant technical and analytical tools.
  • Focus and independent drive to complete tasks
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills
  • Strong communication skills – written and verbal
  • U.S. Citizen



Federal Office Setting in a climate controlled office environment

Occasional travel and overnight stay may be required.


With $400 million in annual revenue, 20% growth per year, approximately 950+ active contracts serving 60+ government agencies in 25 countries, 47 states, 2 territories and 2000+ employees, Cherokee Nation Businesses’ (CNB) group of Federal Contracting Section 8(a) companies is well positioned to deliver expertise needed to solve complex technical issues. Federal Solutions provides an array of services for 12 of the 15 cabinet-level departments and agencies – from applications and data services to cybersecurity and national defense.

Why consider Cherokee Nation and our Federal Solutions business? Here are some great resources highlighting what we do and compelling reasons for joining our team!

Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, gender identity and sexual orientation. If you’d like more information about your EEO rights as an applicant under the law, please copy and paste the links to the following two sites: EEO Statement | EEO Poster

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