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Spirit AeroSystems Adv Product Dev & Research 3 - Defense in Wichita, Kansas


Spirit AeroSystems designs and builds aerostructures for both commercial and defense customers. With headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, Spirit operates sites in the U.S., U.K., France and Malaysia. The company's core products include fuselages, pylons, nacelles and wing components for the world's premier aircraft. Spirit AeroSystems focuses on affordable, innovative composite and aluminum manufacturing solutions to support customers around the globe.


Mid-Level Advanced Metal Fabrication Research and Development Engineer-3

Work Location: Wichita, KS (Onsite)

Key Accountabilities:

  • Industrializes and scales additive metal manufacturing processes for new aerostructure applications, with a focus on high temperature metal alloys .

  • Defines engineering requirements, qualification plans, and compliance approaches up front in design for metal additive manufacturing , metallic machining and fabrication, and advance d welding technologies .

  • Builds and implements digital thread data tracking of metal lic manufacturing processes for an aerospace environment.

  • Leads advanced metal technology manufacturing research projects from concept to transition to operation through the stage gate process.

  • P resent s to middle, senior and executive leaders on the progress of a project, including cost, benefit, schedule, and risk impacts.

  • Oversees metal fabrication concepts through initial configuration, prototyping, risk reduction and mature technology readiness

  • Understands full life cycle requirements for product and process development on advanced metals projects

  • Assists with trade studies for design and/or process alternatives.

  • Capable of defining necessary resources and development plans.

  • Works in concert with key functions to align and advance project plans.

  • Documents and communicates plans and evaluations for future work packages, i.e. bid and proposal.



  • Business, Financial, and Technical Acumen

  • Ability to Manage with Influence

  • Able to be granted a DoD security clearance.

  • Experience building interpersonal professional relationships

  • Experience with metal additive technology and welding technology

  • Experience with fabrication and machining technology

  • Familiarity with fabrication and machining of high temperature metal alloys

  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written

  • 5-8 years’ related experience plus a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited Engineering program or 3-6 years’ related experience with a Master’s degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited Engineering program.

    Preferred Qualifications:  

  • 3+ years’ experience in project management, developing and sustaining large complex projects

  • Experience utilizing various Microsoft Office Suite applications, such as Office 365 and Microsoft Project, Power Point, Excel, Word, Teams and Visio

  • Current DoD security clearance

  • Experience with CATIA

  • Experience using 3D modeling software slicing software for additive manufacturing

  • Knowledge and experience with metal additive manufacturing technologies including laser powder bed fusion and various direct energy deposition processes

  • Knowledge and experience with electron and laser beam welding and friction stir welding

  • Experience in the following areas: Engineering, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Risk Management, Affordability Management, Product Configuration Management, Development and/or sustaining programs, Developing Proposals and Estimating, Integrated Program Planning and Scheduling, Cross-functional project management, Continuous Improvement/ Lean

  • Prior experience presenting detailed reports to Senior Leaders and/or Executives

  • Knowledge of engineering, manufacturing and supply chain

  • Knowledge of operational processes and procedures

  • Knowledge of financial processes and procedures

  • Team player, very detailed oriented

    Spirit AeroSystems is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected factor under federal, state or local law.

    Kansas Tax Credit: Join Spirit AeroSystems’ Kansas team and you may be eligible for a $5,000 state of Kansas Aviation tax credit for up to five years. Click here for more information on the tax credit.