Ultra Electronics - USSI Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Manhattan, Kansas

Job Description

Collaborate on a cross-disciplinary team to evaluate, improve, optimize, automate and train job-shop metal and analog electronics manufacturing fabrication processes to reduce costs, improve quality and increase plant capacity. Implement, maintain and modernize manufacturing equipment, procedures, jigs, tooling, and fabrication processes. Perform root cause failure analysis, experiments, data acquisition, data analysis, and prototyping. Implement innovative manufacturing processes and influence designs using Design for excellence (DfX) and CAD/CAM methodologies. Solicit feedback from operators to identify opportunities for improvements. Design, implement and evangelize manufacturing improvement programs. Research, evaluate and audit recommend suppliers.


  • Optimize product quality, reliability, and costs through continuously improving production work flows, equipment layout, manufacturing processes, test methods, workmanship standards and tooling

  • Identify opportunities for improving products or reducing costs by implementing or modifying fabrication processes, tooling and production equipment, assembly methods, product design, materials and parts

  • Determine root causes of internal and external product failures using inspection, experiments and statistical methods.

  • Prepare documentation for Engineering Change Notices (ECNs), Purchase Parts Specifications (PPSs), installation manuals, test procedures, etc. in an ERP system according to the applicable quality standards

  • Design, implement and train packaging for manufactured products

  • Design, install, troubleshoot, maintain, control and train personnel on manufacturing equipment

  • Implement computer programs to automate fabrication, testing and measurement machinery

  • Implement SQL queries to extract data from an ERP system and analyze statistical data using Microsoft Excel

  • Collaborate with multiple stakeholders throughout the product lifecycle to optimize manufacturing processes through DfX recommendations, data analysis and prototyping

  • Estimate manufacturing labor, time and material costs for new designs

  • Investigate or resolve operational problems, such as material use variances or bottlenecks

  • Recommend purchasing equipment, materials, or parts

  • Prepare and present reports summarizing information or trends related to manufacturing performance

  • Supervise technicians, technologists, analysts, administrative staff, or other engineers

  • Comply with government regulations and industry standards

  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, digesting professional publications, establishing personal networks and participating in professional societies

  • Other duties as required

Job Requirements

Required Skills:

  • Over 10 years of experience; with at least 3 years as a manufacturing engineer (ideally in a metal fabrication and/or analog electronics environment)

  • BS in manufacturing or industrial engineering or related discipline from an ABET accredited university

  • On the job experience with LabVIEW (or related software), CAD/CAM (SolidWorks preferred), ERP, Microsoft Office tools and computer programming

Desired Skills:

  • Familiar with Lean Six Sigma concepts

  • Electronics/Aerospace background/experience

  • Job-shop, analogue electronics, materials science, additive manufacturing exposure, ISO/FAA experience, Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM), J-Standard, NADCAP and aerospace quality systems

  • Lives the “continuous improvement” philosophy; develops and adopts new ideas and concepts

  • Must be able to work effectively in a team environment

Essential Functions:

  • Able to lift 25 pounds, 50 pounds with assistance (occasional).

Ultra Electronics, ICE is a drug free workforce.

Ultra Electronics, ICE is a leader in commercial and military aircraft aerospace systems & components. Ultra-ICE secured its first contract in the aircraft industry in 1975 by designing and manufacturing a state-of-the-art deicer timer for Cessna Aircraft Company. Ultra- ICE continues that partnership today, while continuing to expand our expertise and enlarge our client base as an industry leader in ice protection controllers with dozens of components operating on fixed and rotary wing aircraft all over the world. Ultra-ICE helped lead the way in the design of electronic control systems, designing its first microprocessor-based propeller deicer controller that offered features such as ARINC communication and BIT fault detection, along with intelligent default operation and the recording and storing of all anomalies.

Since 1973 Ultra-ICE has been located in Manhattan, Kansas, home of Kansas State University and the U.S. Army’s Fort Riley. In 2014, ICE was acquired by Ultra Electronics, the UK-based defense, aerospace, cyber security, energy, and transportation products group. Ultra manages a portfolio of specialist capabilities, generating highly differentiated solutions and products by applying electronic, mechanical, and software technologies in demanding and critical environments to meet customer needs.

Employee Type: Full-Time

Location: Manhattan, KS

Job Type: Engineering

Experience: Not Specified

Date Posted: 9/14/2018