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Armament Research, Development & Engineering Center (ARDEC)

Service or Branch: Army

Location: Picatinny Arsenal, NJ

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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

ARDEC is heavily involved in the development of the Soldier and Future Combat Stystems and in the continued efforts in the development of advanced weapons that exploit technologies like high-power microwaves, high energy lasers and nano-technology. Currently ARDEC is responsible for several hundred programs that are in one of the following phases of the acquisiton process: basic research, applied research, concept demonstration, development, production or deployment. The center's efforts are concentrated in ten major technical areas: smart munitions, indirect fire, direct fire, soldier weapons. mines and demolitions, gun propulsion, fuzing, legal mechanisms, fire control, munitions survivability and pollution prevention.

Example of Research:
How to replace perchlorate in simulators such as the M117/M118/M119 which are booby trap simulators and in the M274 which is a smoke signature test warhead.

ARDEC has received such national awards as the Presidential Award for Quality, two Army Communities of Excellence Awards, and several Army Research and Development Organization of the Year Awards. Additionally ARDEC was recognized as the No. 1 large-development laboratory in the Army for 2008 during the Army Acquisition Corps annual awards, in addition to receiving the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. It is also a one-of-a-kind facility that provides virtually all of the lethal mechanisms used in Army weapon systems and those of the other military services.

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. Atlantic City, within driving distance from Picatinny, provides a wide spectrum of entertainment activities. 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. For indoor sports, within an hour in any direction is the greatest shopping in the World.
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 allows flexi-time and flexi-place, and a childcare facility is located on premises.

ARDEC employs approximately 2,500 scientists and engineers in varying fields comprised mostly of mechanical and electronics engineers but offering opportunities in other fields. ARDEC hires about 100 new employees each year and within the next 2 to 5 years the STEM fields of Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering are most likely to receive placement.