Armament Research, Development & Engineering Center (ARDEC)
Service or Branch: Army
Location: Picatinny Arsenal, NJ
STEM Fields: Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Computer and Computational Sciences, Computer and Computational Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Operations Research, PhysicsThe U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) is an internationally acknowledged hub for the advancement of armament technologies and engineering innovation. As one of the specialized research, development and engineering centers within the U.S. Army Materiel Command, the ARDEC has the responsibility for meeting this critical demand. The ARDEC's workforce provides life-cycle support for nearly 90 percent of the lethal Army systems used by U.S. Warfighters. The ARDEC strives to support the Army's efforts to ensure Soldier survivability and enhance platform and area protection by providing engineering, design and development support. This support is essential to the rapid delivery of critical technologies to U.S. Warfighters. Although the ARDEC's principal mission is to mature technologies for armament applications, it also looks for ways to transfer beneficial technologies to public use. The ARDEC has transferred technologies to the law enforcement community such as non-lethal, aversive technologies for crowd control and a forcible entry device for breeching doors. Its military warheads expertise is helping the oil and gas industry develop more effective oil drilling technology. Our manufacturing technology program is transferring a variety of technologies to U.S. industry such as model-based control and environmentally safer manufacturing methods. The ARDEC (Picatinny Arsenal, NJ) is located between the Pocono Mountains, 40 minutes to the west, and the Jersey Shore, an hour to the east, and is ideal for a variety of leisure activities, including summer and winter sports. Nearby New York City offers famous museums, the Broadway theater district, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and home of the Metropolitan and New York City Operas and the New York City Ballet. For professional sports fans, the area has football’s Giants and Jets, baseball’s Mets and Yankees, basketball’s Knicks and Nets, and hockey’s Devils, Islanders and Rangers. The site itself offers excellent recreational facilities, including an employee’s club, tennis courts, softball diamonds, soccer fields, an 18 hole golf course, fishing, a swimming pool, a water park, and fitness center. Leagues for basketball, volleyball, softball, soccer, bowling, golf and flag football draw many employees into exciting off-duty competition. Employee/Family friendly programs are also in place that allow flexible start times as well as flexible work schedules that permit employees to adjust their work hours in order to take one day off each pay period! Federal employees are entitled to at least thirteen vacation days as well as thirteen days of sick leave each year. Depending on years of service, employees can earn up to twenty six vacation days each year. Federal employees also receive ten paid holidays each year. Included in the Employee/Family programs, there are multiple childcare facilities conveniently located on premises.