Manufacturing Engineer – Composite Structures

  • Full Time
  • USA
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
  • applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

Company Details

Position Summary

Virgin Orbit (VO) is seeking a new member for our team to serve as a Composite Structures Manufacturing Engineer to join the LauncherOne rocket team. If you join us in this position, you will assist in Aerospace manufacturing and composite part development. This role is intended for a technically inclined and hands-on individual with great attention to detail and excellent people skills. This is a full-time position at a rocket factory in beautiful Long Beach, California.

Your Mission

  • Provide manufacturing engineering for production of composite structures, with a focus on drilling, routing, bonding, and assembly processes
  • Stay current on the latest technology for composite machining, bonding, and assembly processes and implement new technology as appropriate into the manufacturing process
  • Develop tooling concepts required for manufacturing and for coordinating with the tooling team on design and fabrication
  • Create work instructions and work orders for the production processes/assemblies within the scope of the role
  • Oversee and provide manufacturing engineering input for assembly processes on the production shop floor
  • Provide technical expertise into the design of the components and assemblies to maximize quality level, minimize cost, and achieve rate targets
  • Organize and maintain the production floor layout in the facility, continually analyze and plan workflows, and develop space requirements and equipment layout
  • Develop error-proofing techniques to minimize risk and assure build quality
  • Support root cause analysis for manufacturing issues in development and production
  • Provide the specification, evaluation and implementation of new capital equipment for the production processes.
  • Evaluate alternative manufacturing and assembly processes to improve quality and cost.
  • Help Virgin Orbit do our part to make the world a better place
  • Constantly learn new things—and share them with your team members

What you bring:
If you want to join us, you’d better have all of these…

  • Minimum of 2-5 years of experience in a manufacturing environment required
  • Engineering degree in aerospace, mechanical or equivalent
  • Experience with new part introduction and creating manufacturing processes for composite structures, including trimming, drilling, structural bonding, and assembly processes
  • Demonstrated experience in DFx techniques to support reduced cost and lean manufacturing
  • Capacity and rate planning experience for manual work centers and capital equipment
  • Help Virgin Orbit do our part to make the world a better place
  • Constantly learn new things—and share them with your team members

… and you should probably have a bunch of these, too.

  • Demonstrated experience in new product introductions within aerospace, aviation or automotive
  • Considerable knowledge and understanding of lean manufacturing and its application to low and medium volume production programs
  • Experience with training technicians and others in the correct build techniques for composites
  • Experience with TeamCenter, Siemens NX and Oracle is a plus
  • Familiar with the use of PFMEAs to reduce risk to the manufacturing process
  • Creative problem solver; able to work in multi-disciplinary teams
  • Excellent interpersonal, coaching, and leadership skills
  • Formal GD&T training or certification
  • Experience working in both R&D and production rate environments
  • Passion for space exploration and a firm belief in the utility of affordable access to space
  • Ability to thrive as a “one person team”

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