Placentia, CA

$ 100000.00 - $ 130000.00 Sales
1/22/2024 10:30:00 AMPST
Job Type: Retail Direct Hire
Minimum Experience: Not Specified
Recruiter Name: Kellen Meade

Job Description

The project engineer applies engineering principles and performs research to develop innovative design solutions to complex product development challenges for aerospace products and systems that will meet our customer’s needs and requirements.  Coordinates with Sales and Marketing, Engineering, and Operations personnel to translate the customer’s requirements into safe, reliable, cost-effective, and producible products.

  • Develop technical sketches or 3D CAD models to communicate complex design concepts.
  • Apply engineering principles and research to design of innovative new products that meet established performance parameters and cost targets, and designed for manufacture and assembly.
  • Design, fabricate, and evaluate/ test prototype designs.  Prepare test plans and reports for engineering testing performed.
  • Define, develop, and prepare detailed engineering documentation.  Assign, oversee, and coordinate personnel engaged in the preparation of engineering documentation.
  • Evaluate and recommend improvements to current design and manufacturing practices/ processes.
  • Plan, manage, coordinate, and prioritize own daily work/ tasks/ projects, and external sub-contractors/ suppliers as required.
  • Direct internal and external team members on project related tasks.
  • Prepare and/or support the preparation of project schedules (using MS Project).  Assume responsibility for executing to established project schedules.
  • Prepare and/or support the preparation of project budgets.  Assume responsibility for executing to established project budgets.
  • Assist in the development of engineering department and company-wide standard practices and procedures as requested.
  • Serve as the technical liaison between internal personnel and external customer/suppliers, etc. as required.
  • Perform all assigned tasks in accordance with established company ISO 9001/AS9100 (QMS) procedures and work instructions.
  • Analyze customer requirements, produce certain technical analyses, and prepare product design proposals for potential new development projects.
  • Prepare and present presentations for internal and external product design reviews and meetings.
  • Provide technical support to Sales and Marketing as requested.
  • Assemble prototype parts using basic assembly hand tools.
  • Evaluate and recommend solutions to product issues identified by customers.
  • Provide support to Operations and Quality to resolve in-house production issues and external supplier issues relating to product performance and quality attainment.
  • Complete other duties as directed by Management.
  • Support the identification, design, build, or acquisition, and the validation of production tooling, templates, assembly tools, and fixtures as required.
  • Support the identification, design, build, or acquisition, and the validation of test fixtures.
  • Support the preparation of qualification documentation.
  • Prepare Design Failure Mode Effects Analyses (DFMEAs), and support the preparation of Failure Mode Effects Analyses (FMEAs).
  • Support Quality in the preparation of Acceptance Test Plans/ Procedures/ Checklists.
  • Support Manufacturing in the preparation of Process Failure Mode Effects Analyses (PFMEAs).
  • Support the development of requirements (product specifications) for new product applications using input from Sales and Marketing and through direct customer discussions.
  • Prepare, oversee, and review preliminary stress calculations and tolerance studies.
  • Keeps abreast of new technology advancements and developments within the aerospace industry or allied industries to ensure that company products continue to advance the state-of-the art.
  • Assist less experienced engineers by reviewing product designs and providing constructive feedback in an effort to identify and mitigate product/ program risks, ensure customer requirements are being met, and increase ‘first-pass yield’ during product qualification.
  • Be a strong advocate for and actively foster cross-functional teamwork (concurrent engineering) within the company.

Job Requirements

Must have a BS in Mechanical Engineering from an ABET accredited institution.  Alternate degrees will be considered.  An advanced engineering degree is desirable.
  • Minimum of 6 years of hands-on experience in the development of mechanical products.
  • Professional engineering registration (EIT or PE) is a plus.
  • Mechanism design/ engineering experience is a plus.
  • A proven track record with a range of engineering responsibilities in a new product development team environment.
  • Demonstrated hands-on experience in engineering project management.
  • Experience with aerospace and industry specifications/ standards.
  • Demonstrated experience working with metallic materials, metallic materials fabrication processes, and metallic materials finishing.
  • Experience with stereolithography (3D printing) is a plus.

  • Must have demonstrated in-depth professional knowledge of engineering principles.
  • Problem solving, critical thinking, and creativity skills are essential.
  • Must be highly self-motivated, results-oriented, possess the ability to work with little supervision, and be a committed team player.
  • Must have a high level of comprehension and numerical intelligence (analytical), and a demonstrated ability to communicate at a high level both verbally and with the written form.
  • Must be detail oriented with solid organizational skills.
  • Must have superior computer skills, including experience with MS Office products and 3D CAD/CAE.  Knowledge of SolidWorks is preferred.
  • Must have experience with a CAD/CAE PDM package.  Knowledge of SolidWorks PDM is preferred.
  • Must have the ability to manage multiple projects, and produce consistent, accurate, and timely work.
  • Must have an understanding of drawing requirements and drafting standards, such as Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing.
  • Must be able to work with customer personnel.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to work nearby other personnel.
  • The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms (keyboarding, dialing phone, operating machines, etc.).
  • This position will alternate between a sedentary (sitting at desk) as well as a mobile role at times.
  • Travel may be required by road.  Other types of travel, including foreign travel, may be required.
  • Occasionally may include heavy lifting and moving of equipment/ material of 30+ pounds, bending, standing, and twisting. 
  •  Rarely will require overhead lifting.

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