Wilson Combat Looking For Firearm/Mechnical Engineer

Wilson Combat are looking for a new firearm/mechanical engineer. If you are an engineer who wants to get into gun design, this would be a perfect job …

Wilson Combat has an immediate opening for a firearms/mechanical engineer at our Berryville, AR facility. Knowledge of 1911 and AR platform weapons systems preferred. Knowledge of  Solid Edge and similar modeling software plus Pro-E and MasterCam helpful. Five or more years experience in product design/engineering required.

Send detailed resume with salary requirements to:

Mark Olson/Vic Tibbets
2234 CR 719
Berryville, AR 72616

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • PK

    From what I understand they simply don’t offer enough money for the work. Very few gun companies have competitive salaries with bigger firms.

    This is in no way meant to disparage a fine company such as Wilson Combat, just an observation on smaller companies in general.

    • Dave

      Pretty much this. I’m a Mechanical Engineer in the automotive industry with a significantly higher salary than any firearm manufacturer would be willing to pay.

    • vereceleritas

      Based on a previous TFB post about Ruger looking for engineers, that sounds about right. Seems gun companies want good engineers but don’t want to pay the going rate for them. http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2013/05/26/ruger-gun-loving-engineers/

      • Thatguy

        They will undoubtedly get a huge number of applications for the job and a few would be willing to do the job for less than market rate. That’s there choice. Sadly WC will miss out on some great engineers because of it.

      • Raivkka

        Maybe what they should be looking for are some retired engineers that would work part time for less money.

  • Foo

    About time Wilson tried to get some good engineering on their products.

    • Suburban

      The 1911 design is more than a century old, and the AR-15 dates back to at least 1959. How much engineering is there left to do on these already established platforms?

      I can see Ruger needing gun design engineers, as they actually put out a new firearm now and then. Wilson I would think would need more machinists and gunsmiths, maintenance techs, maybe even an artist for engraving and new aesthetics, but I don’t see a huge need for engineers to put out variations on existing designs. Wilson Combat does what they do very well, but I can’t say that design innovation is their strong suit.

      I would worry about job security.

  • treefroggy

    Mechnical Engineers are scarce .

  • Ensse

    Damn! This is not even fair. I’m working on my Mechanical Engineering degree right now, and I’m still at least a couple years away from finishing it. I would LOVE to work with Wilson Combat!