• Santa Barbara, CA, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401k

Sonatech, LLC is a premier undersea acoustics engineering and manufacturing company. With a focus on supplying advanced SONAR solutions for the US Navy, our technical expertise, customized design capabilities and diverse manufacturing abilities have led to Sonatech products being deployed on virtually every class of underwater Navy system currently in operation.

Located in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA, five minutes from the beach, we pride ourselves as having a culture of innovation as well as first-class customer service. Sonatech has a challenging and rewarding work environment where employees have the opportunity to develop their careers by taking on new responsibilities and providing innovative solutions.

Job summary:

The Engineering Manager (EM) will be responsible for managing and inspiring our Engineering team to develop systems and products that exceed our customers' requirements and expectations. This role will involve both project management and staff management. The EM will work closely with Program Managers to translate program requirements into engineering tasks. The EM will delegate tasks across the Engineering team, and oversee their successful completion. A collaborative attitude and strong interpersonal skills will be critical to success in this role.


  • Manage, coach, and support the Engineering team
  • Work with Program Managers to translate program requirements into engineering tasks
  • Work with subject matter experts to develop detailed plans for new designs and products
  • Develop technical strategies to achieve Engineering goals
  • Communicate Engineering team goals with engineering staff members
  • Determine equipment, staff and training needs for the Engineering team
  • Implement and monitor technical performance metrics
  • Ensure the validity of methods used by the Engineering team
  • Review your team's work for technical accuracy
  • Coordinate internal staffing needs across multiple projects to ensure project timelines are met
  • Provide regular status updates on Engineering work to Project Managers (in the form of meetings, briefings, and/or technical reports)
  • Generate and deliver technical briefings to managers and customers
  • Provide technical input for proposals and business development activities
  • Hire and train new Engineering staff


  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering (Electrical or Systems Engineering is preferred)
  • 5+ years of Engineering management experience
  • Advanced degrees and/or management certifications are a plus
  • Analytical skills for evaluating risks associated with product design, development, schedule, manufacturing, deployment, maintenance, etc.
  • Strong organizational skills for tracking requirements, technical progress, staffing, and schedules
  • Effective leadership skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills for overseeing staff, communicate instructions and expectations, and coordinating with other management personnel
  • Must be a U.S. citizen with the ability to obtain a U.S. Secret Clearance; active or previous Security Clearance is desired

Sonatech is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer.

COVID-19 continues to impact our communities, families, and employees. With employee health and safety as our top priority, we will require all newly hired employees to be fully vaccinated before their start date.

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