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Lead Experimental Design, Manufacturing Engineer

Company: Supernal
Location: Irvine
Posted on: July 9, 2024

Job Description:

Job DescriptionRise above. Are you ready to take human possibility to a new dimension with us?Supernal is an Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) company that's developing an electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicle and the ground-to-air ecosystem to support the emerging industry. By creating a sustainable, integrated, and human-centered ecosystem, we are committed to taking a thoughtful and responsible approach to entering the AAM market with a product that meets the high level of safety and reliability in today's air transportation system.The future of mobility starts with people. We believe in creative thinking and collaboration to help build a better mobility experience for everyone, improving people's ability to move – whether for work or play. Join our dynamic team as we strive to be a part of something greater where potential powers tomorrow!Supernal provides an inviting open-space workplace designed to foster collaboration, which aligns with one of our core values. This position is required to work on-site 5 days a week.What we do: The Lead Experimental Design, Manufacturing Engineer is responsible for supporting all designs and leading the manufacturing portion of the Test, Evaluation, and Certification (TEC) Team. This position develops efficient manufacturing solutions and processes to support the test and prototype development of an EVTOL system. It will also require developing and maintaining relationships and partnerships with internal and external customers and peers.The Lead Experimental Design, Manufacturing Engineer provides manufacturing oversight and gives feedback to leadership on technical approaches, products, and processes. They also assist in creating standard processes and procedures within the field while working with the design team throughout the conceptual, preliminary, and detailed design. This role is heavily involved in the manufacturing and building of prototype and flight test aircraft. The Lead Experimental Design, Manufacturing Engineer will contemplate manufacturing solutions to support the installation of test instrumentation data-gathering systems to meet test program objectives. The role involves collaboration with all technical development teams.What you can do:

  • Lead all aspects of manufacturing and vendor trade studies
  • Provide manufacturing support for Tests with an emphasis on speed and efficiency
  • Coordinate manufacturing development activities, including DFM assessment, design reviews, procurement, and installation/integration
  • Run test fixture manufacturing activities
  • Run prototype manufacturing activities
  • Provide technical guidance and oversight to suppliers as well as design support
  • Craft CNC machining, additive manufacturing, and sheet metal components
  • Assist TEC Leadership in prioritizing efforts based on manufacturing timelines
  • Document manufacturing process and work instructions
  • Support aircraft installation and integration, including writing and releasing engineering orders and functional test procedures required for flight test and production aircraft
  • Prepare and communicate design and technical materials to management and team members
  • Partner with all other groups within the TEC organization to support test execution
  • Requires up to 25% of domestic and international travel
  • Other duties as assignedWhat you can contribute:
    • Bachelor's degree in mechanical or related engineering field required; Master's or Ph.D. degree preferred
    • Minimum ten (10) years of experience with manufacturing or design of an aerospace system/product development (an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered)
    • Experience leading a technical team
    • Experience developing and implementing new processes and procedures
    • Experience with new aircraft development, prototyping, certification, and production
    • Experience with supplier management and evaluation in a manufacturing capacity
    • Experience with the assembly and testing of prototype aircraft
    • Knowledge of ASME Y14.5 GD&T
    • Knowledge of certification rules and processes, including ARP 4754A, ARP 4761, DO-160
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Proactive delivery of communication and follow up
    • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
    • Must have the ability to independently prioritize and accomplish work within time constraints
    • Proficiency with Excel VLOOKUP, pivot tables, MS Office SuiteYou may also be able to contribute:
      • Experience in Aerospace Test and Evaluation preferred
      • Experience testing one or more of the following is preferred: Avionics, Aircraft Powertrain, Energy Storage Systems, Flight Controls, Aircraft Performance, Airframe Structures
      • Experience leading a team of technical personnel is preferred
      • CATIA Experience preferredBase pay offered may vary depending on skills, experience, job-related knowledge and location. This position is also eligible for a bonus as part of total compensation.The pay range for this position is:$204,200—$260,700 USDClick HERE or visit: to view our benefits!Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background check. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status or any other category or class protected under applicable federal, state or local law. Individuals with disabilities may request a reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation at: ta-support@supernal.aeroThis position may include access to certain technology and/or software source code subject to U.S. export controls laws and regulations. If an export authorization from an applicable US regulatory agency is required in connection with your employment, your employment is contingent upon Supernal's receipt of such regulatory authorization(s) and your continued compliance with all conditions and limitations pursuant to such authorization(s).

Keywords: Supernal, Irvine , Lead Experimental Design, Manufacturing Engineer, Engineering , Irvine, California

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