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Spirit AeroSystems Advanced Product Research & Technology – Ceramic Matrix Composite Manufacturing Engineer 2 in Wichita, Kansas


As one of the world’s leading designers and manufacturers of aerostructures, Spirit AeroSystems provides products and solutions for both commercial and defense customers. From today's largest passenger jet to tomorrow's urban air vehicles, Spirit's advanced design, analysis, manufacturing, inspection, and testing experts cover all aspects of product development.

Built to Win. Spirit AeroSystems is home to some of the world’s leading aerostructures engineers and manufacturing minds, with a legacy of aerostructure work stretching back to the world's first aircraft production run of Wright Brothers aircraft in 1909 and defense work in World War I. Now we are applying our recognized design-build capabilities and commercial best practices to defense programs, delivering lower costs and innovative solutions for today’s warfighters. This experience offers a roadmap for bringing high-volume, high-rate production to new defense projects like hypersonic weapons systems and it all starts with a focus on research and technology to develop and transition advanced material solutions into the manufacturing process faster.

For decades, Spirit AeroSystems has been developing and industrializing material systems for large-scale aerospace manufacturing — from the days of all-metal components and structures through two generations of composites and, now, to advanced Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMCs). The effort to manufacture hypersonic vehicles and weapons systems hinges on the ability to transform these advanced materials into actual parts and structures. Our people make these advancements happen; come join the team enabling hypersonic flight!

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 creates affordable, innovative composite and metallic manufacturing solutions to support customers around the globe.


Advanced Product Research & Technology – Ceramic Matrix Composite Manufacturing Engineer

As a CMC Manufacturing Engineer, you will work closely with a cross-functional team of engineers and technical analysts in the definition, development, and delivery of materials and prototype products. Using design for manufacturing skills and a lean mindset, you will provide manufacturing definition, perform part fabrication and ensure CMC development materials and processes are capable of high yield, high efficiency manufacture.

Work Location: Wichita, KS

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide manufacturing leadership to create producible ceramic and ceramic composite designs, materials and processes

  • Advance Technology and Manufacturing Readiness Levels (TRL / MRL) from concept to operational prototype

  • Provide manufacturing coordination between Research & Technology and Production, sharing knowledge, innovation and mentoring as related to advanced materials

  • Create and monitor project plans to achieve program goals within schedule and budget requirements

  • Build positive relationships with internal support disciplines, customers and suppliers

  • Produce tooling and composite manufacturing definition for test and demonstration articles and implement in a production representative environment

  • Write test plans, work instructions, reports, processes and specifications


Required Skills:

  • US. Citizenship Required with the ability to obtain a security clearance

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in aerospace, materials or mechanical engineering and 3+ years of experience manufacturing polymer or ceramic composite material systems in an aerospace or similarly regulated environment

    Preferred Qualifications:

  • 3D CAE/CAM of composite structures

  • Experience with the processing of Oxide based ceramic composites

  • CATIA or NX / Teamcenter, and FiberSIM experience

  • Experience with the machining and joining of composite materials and structures

  • Experience with mechanical testing of composites

  • Active Secret security clearance

    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.

Job LocationsUS-KS-Wichita

Requisition ID 2022-10412

Posted Date 6 days ago (3/16/2023 10:26 AM)

Category Engineering