Sr. Mechanical Engineer
Platforms & Services
BAE Systems, Inc.
Born and raised in San Salvador, El Salvador, Jackeline Carpio and her
family immigrated to the United States in the 1980s and settled in San
Francisco, Calif. It was during her senior year in high school that she took an
architecture class and something about the blend of math and design
creativity resonated with her. For Carpio, it was a beautiful merging of two
“I was still very indecisive on what to do with my studies when I started
at my local community college, but after speaking with my family, friends, and
a guidance counselor, I decided to focus on engineering where I could use
innovation, math, and science,” Carpio shares.
Joining BAE Systems, Inc. shortly after graduating from San José State
University where she obtained a bachelor of science in Mechanical
Engineering in 2006, Carpio is a Senior Mechanical Engineer and is the
engine lead for BAE Systems’ Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF).
As the engine lead, she works with internal and external personnel.
Internally she ensures the engine integrates well with the transmission,
auxiliary systems, vehicle electronics, and other interfacing systems. The
engine needs to perform to meet vehicle-level requirements – starting in
cold environments, providing sufficient power, and other essential functions.
In her role, she works with management to meet program milestones and
with subcontracts to keep everything running smoothly. Externally, she
ensures the supplier meets the requirements of engine performance,
component testing, design maturity, and deliveries, as well as keeping
tracking of their schedule and cost.
Additionally, she leads a small team of engineers that work on subsets
of the vehicle powerpack integration (mounting, intake/exhaust, cooling).
With over 11 years of professional experience in the defense industry,
she has worked on several subsystems eventually becoming the engine lead.
She was an associate engineer working in the concept design phase of what
would become the M109A7
Self-Propelled Howitzer (SPH) and
M992A3 Carrier Ammunition Tracked
(CAT) vehicles. Carpio was on the
program through the various milestones
all the way through low-rate initial
production (LRIP). From there she has
supported several combat vehicle
mobility teams as an engine/powerpack
As an engineer, getting the vehicles
to production is a huge accomplishment,
but for Carpio working with other
platforms to achieve the goal of
common components has been her
greatest accomplishment. “It took
many hours of design constraints,
requirements, working with suppliers,
and getting approvals from different programs to achieve this goal,” she
shares. “It reduced the logistic footprint for the U.S. Army, helped the future
service members, and the availability of these components.”
Carpio is the 2019 President of the BAE Systems Employee Resource
Group (ERG), the Hispanic Organization for Leadership Advancement (HOLA).
Through the ERG, the company partners with organizations helping Latino
communities. “I plan to continue our mission of seeking out organizations
that help our communities and to continue to empower and develop our
employees,” she states. “Our latest outreach investment institution was
INROADS. The organization helps “businesses gain greater access to diverse
talent through continuous leadership development of outstanding ethnically
diverse students and placement of those students in internships at many of
North America’s top corporations, firms and organizations.”
From mentoring and tutoring younger generations, to being a member
of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), she hopes to guide
and inspire others to reach for their dreams and empower their extended
communities throughout their journey.
“Your success has a rippling effect on your extended communities. Even
though you may not notice others watching, they are,” she shares. “Your
neighbors, cousins, fellow students, or colleagues – if they see you succeed,
they consciously or subconsciously see a path to success also. This is the
reason that representation is so important.”
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