Principal Manufacturing Engineer

Company Details

Transforming how the world connects

AST SpaceMobile and our global partners are building the first and only space-based cellular broadband network to be accessible by standard smartphones. Called SpaceMobile, this ultra-powerful network is being designed to provide connectivity at 4G/5G speeds everywhere on the planet – on land, at sea and in flight.

Job Description:

The Principal Manufacturing Engineer will develop, implement, monitor and improve manufacturing processes that support Satellite Production. The ideal candidate will have a strong technical foundation in manufacturing and process control with the ability to coordinate with multiple stakeholders – ensuring that projects meet both technical and programmatic objectives.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Creating and managing overall project deliverables (tasks, resources, budget and schedules); developing Statements of Work (SOW) and cost estimates,; tracking project financials; identifying and supporting the acquisition of external services
  • Providing justification and return on investment for process improvements
  • Developing new and maintaining, or improving, existing manufacturing processes with a focus on production capabilities and affordability
  • Creating and documenting designs for custom tooling
  • Specifying, identifying and procuring new manufacturing equipment; preparing equipment for production and validating production readiness
  • Developing and optimizing process parameters to achieve specified and consistent product results
  • Developing/revising process documentation and work instructions
  • Monitoring key process indicators, including yields and cost; recommending and implementing process changes that improve safety, quality, cost and schedule
  • Solving manufacturing problems (related to materials, designs, equipment and tooling, training and instructions) to support production
  • Assisting with training new personnel and designing operations training materials
  • Supporting factory maintenance personnel with the troubleshooting and repair of process equipment
  • Recommending product design improvements required to produce advanced microelectronics products
  • Documenting state-of-the-art process capabilities and guidelines for product designers
  • Conducting design producibility reviews for new products
  • Providing Request for Proposal (RFP) inputs including Non-Recurring Engineering (RE) requirements such as tooling, capital equipment and/or new process development

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • US Citizen or permanent resident card holder
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Engineering or related STEM area and at least seven years of experience in Manufacturing/Process Engineering, Production, or related area – OR – a Master’s degree with at least five years of experience
  • Must have fluency in MS Office software applications
  • 3D Solid Modeling experience using a CAD software
  • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with KPIs, cost estimates, work breakdown structures, and continuous improvement Project Management experience
  • Familiarity with J-STD and MIL-STD requirements
  • Knowledge of microelectronic assembly
  • Hands-on experience with microelectronic assembly processes and troubleshooting circuit card assemblies
  • 3D modeling experience with assembly tooling, concept development, and tool creation
  • Experience with Manufacturing Process Planning Familiarity with Design of Experiment (DOE),
  • Statistical Process Control (SPC), and 6 sigma concepts for process development and control
  • Knowledge of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)
  • Robotics or automation experience

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