Chief Process Engineer Position

Position is located in Gardena, California. Must have a right to work
in the United States without company sponsorship. To apply for the
position, please go to our website at
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Summary of Job Content: The Chief Engineer leads the composite
product producibility and process development for process engineering.
The ideal candidate will have experience with manufacturing composite
structures. Pertinent qualifications of the position include
evaluation of new design for implementation, Chair program Material
Review Board (MRB), mentor engineers, pursue new manufacturing
technologies, and lead continuous improvements for composite
Other responsibilities include working with our customers to convert
metal aircraft structures into composite structure. The candidate will
be required to communicate the effort in written and oral forms.
Dimensions: Complexity (Knowledge / technological)--Extensive
Aerospace Component and Assembly Design, Manufacturing, and Assembly
experience and expertise. Proficient in Composite product design and
process development. Fifteen (15) years of combined experience in tool
design/fabrication engineering and project engineering (or engineering
management) in support of high value aerospace or aircraft
Complexity (product diversity)--Multiple Product Lines in commercial
and military markets.
Area of Responsibility--Multiple Major Programs.
Manage the technical Implementation of the manufacturing tools and
processes for composite structures. The duties include the
manufacturing plan, tool concepts, development of processes
capabilities, and quality acceptance of manufactured structures, and
factory lay-out to support lean manufacturing execution. As new
manufacturing technologies are identified, the Chief Engineer will be
responsible for the evaluation, development and execution of the
projects. The position also includes senior engineer for the MRB board
along with the maintenance of its members.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities includ Lead technical aspects
of program proposal efforts, change/scope evaluation and general BD
Identify and mitigate technical risks to the program
Chair Program Change Control Board: Manage through-put, requirements
flow-down, scope evaluation, impact assessment
Lead Process Control Implementation for Program: Plan by product, SPC/
SQC, lean mfg, six sigma
Chair Program Material Review Board: Senior MRB, manage MRB authority/
MRB bulletin, disposition/C&CA effectiveness
Serve as mentor for engineers, support and production personnel that
support the program and the plant
Support development and maintenance of the Program Plan
Serve as primary technical interface with customer and between Program
and the plant
Lead technical problem resolution affecting program processes and
Lead and support continuous improvement of Program processes,
materials and technology
Support supplier management in supplier technical issues, process
control, lean development and effective C&CA
Identify and pursue tooling, capital and IR&D projects in support of
program, plant and division objectives
Preferred Qualifications: B. S. in Engineering or Technical field (MS
and/or MBA desired)
Technical/Performance Skills
Fifteen (15) years of combined experience in tool design/fabrication
engineering and project engineering (or engineering management) in
support of high value aerospace or aircraft manufacturing
Tool design and analysis
Composite product design and process development
Composite hand lay-up, fiber placement and filament winding
Composite machining methods and techniques
Geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GDT) / ability to read and
understand technical drawings
Manufacture of composite structures
Systems /
Functional knowledge of, and leading teams in, the use of process
improvement tools (e.g. Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (PFMEA),
Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma)
Technical problem resolution with experience in using, and leading
teams in the use of, problem analysis tools (e.g. Kepner Tregoe,
Fishbone, Fault-tree, etc.)
Effective application of SPC and Six Sigma methods to composite
manufacturing processes and training of others in their use
Proven ability to define procedures, write manufacturing instructions,
and implement processes that produce positive results
Good understanding of Engineering and Quality systems, and program
High level of experience in Engineering material review, including
development and/or review of nonconformance dispositions, cause and
corrective actions
Strong background in change control and configuration management
Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project)
Leadership / Management:
Working knowledge and unwavering support of safety
Strong interpersonal skills and effective interface with production,
functional support groups and customers at all levels
High level of organizational skills and ability to function and make
sound decisions with minimal direction in a fast-paced production
Ability to manage multiple tasks and achieve required results in a
matrix organization of program/plant support groups, including
documentation and reporting of task status to the program, plant and
Effective planning and risk mitigation skills with consideration for
program objectives and the Big Picture effects
Presentation preparation and presentation skills
Preferred Experience / Knowledge / Skills (WANTS):
Proposal development
Management / supervisory experience leading teams (engineering,
production, project or other)
Supplier Management of technical issues
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