The U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) is fully committed to supporting the warfighter. In order to fulfill our mission requirements we need a strong and ready civilian workforce. As a government employer, TARDEC offers an attractive benefit package that includes: flexible work schedule, health and life insurance, retirement plan, accrued paid annual/sick leave, professional development training and educational tuition assistance programs for qualified employees. For United States citizens able to successfully complete a full background check, there are several employment avenues to consider when joining the TARDEC team. We offer several choices of career paths, each aligned to help meet your career development goals. Opportunities can include: engineer and scientist positions, Pathways Intern and Recent Graduates, Summer Hire, and the SMART Scholarship Program.


◦ Engineer and Scientist Journeyworker Positions: Open to candidates who are seeking entry-level through journey-level positions, the government offers training and establishes a clear career path while working at TARDEC. Qualified candidates for TARDEC engineering and related science positions must possess a Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline from an ABET accredited college or university. If you meet these qualifying conditions please forward your resume as an attachment to the following e-mail address: Please note that only resumes received through will be considered for open announcements. Pathways for Students and Recent Graduates: Information on the programs and vacancy announcements can be found at the the following link:

◦ Summer Hire Program (SHP): High school and college students are exposed to multiple engineering technologies at TARDEC for an 8- to 10-week period. Students are paid to put their skills to work while participating in a leading-edge engineering experience. If you would like to learn more about our SHP, a call for applications announcement is posted every February at: The title of the position is Engineering Aid/Engineering Technician. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, high school (age 16 or older) & college students interested in an Engineering/Science career.

◦ Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART): The SMART Defense Education Program is a scholarship-for-service program in which students who have demonstrated the ability and aptitude to excel in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines can receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed upon degree completion. SMART Scholars receive a salary to cover room and board, and generally work at national research laboratories during summer periods. Upon completion of their degrees, students are required to work for the DOD as civilian employees for a period of time related to that period of time covered in the scholarship program. For questions about the SMART Program please log on to:

Thank you for your interest in TARDEC.


Army Civilian Service

◦ Army Civilians -- more than 330,000 men and women working in every profession imaginable -- are not active duty military, but serve as an integral part of the Army team to support the defense of our nation. We are a global family that encourages excellence, professional development and balance.

◦ Army Civilian Service will fill more than 100,000 jobs in the next three to five years. The opportunities will be world-wide. Many will be at the entry level grades (GS 5 to GS 7). To match your college major to jobs/career fields, check out the Federal Jobs by College Major chart.

◦ Army Civilian Service has a long established culture of growing future leaders from within. The Career Intern Program prepares entry level employees for subsequent advancement in professional, administrative, and technological career fields.

Make a difference. Play a vital role in addressing challenging global issues in the Army Civilian Service.

Get in on the ground floor and learn how to get a leg up in a career field that interests you.

Student work programs within Army Civilian Service offer valuable on-the-job experience, training, and avenues for advancement. Whether you are in an accredited high school, college, or graduate school, student work opportunities allow you to develop specialized skills and gain meaningful career related experiences prior to graduation. Student positions are available throughout the United States, may be filled at any time during the year and are typically located on or near a U.S. Army Installation.

For more information, please see:


You may also submit your resumes directly by emailing:

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SMART Program

Army Civilian Service

Pathways for Students and Recent Graduates