Manufacturing Engineer, Sr. (Composite)

December 08, 2023
Offerd Salary:$110,739 - $166,109
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The Senior Manufacturing Engineer (Composites) develops, implements, and maintains methods, tools, and processes in the manufacturing or fabrication of composite parts or assemblies for AeroVironment's Unmanned Air Vehicles. In this position they will contribute to the sustainment and improvement of existing products & processes and collaborate with product design teams to achieve design for manufacturability on new projects.


  • Responsible for composite manufacturing process development, implementation, and continuous improvement
  • Acts as a technical expert in composite materials as well as composite manufacturing processes and techniques.
  • Troubleshoot design and manufacturing problems and provide recommendations on production processes, design, material, and tools.
  • Creation and review of manufacturing build procedures and tooling to ensure compliance with design requirements and build processes.
  • Provides direction for manufacturability to design and technical staff on composite design projects.
  • Collaborates with suppliers and contract manufacturers to ensure receipt of conforming parts and assemblies
  • Disposition non-conforming parts, identify root cause, and implement corrective and/or preventive action to reduce scrap and rework.
  • Implement Lean Manufacturing principles and apply Six Sigma methodology to achieve continuous improvement in productivity, quality, and lead time
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Basic Qualifications (Required Skills & Experience)

  • Bachelor's degree in relevant Engineering discipline (Manufacturing, Mechanical, Aerospace, etc.) is required or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience; Advanced degree is preferred.
  • Minimum of 8+ years of demonstrated experience in aerospace structural composite manufacturing engineering.
  • Experience with drawings and BOMs; Engineering Change systems; Quality systems for non-conforming parts and corrective action.
  • Significant experience with CAD/CAM software and composite ply definition
  • Demonstrated knowledge in fiberglass and carbon composites design, including composites stacking sequence.
  • Experienced in composite manufacturing processes: manual layup, AFP, autoclave operation, hot press, assembly processes, etc.
  • Relevant hands-on/manufacturing experience with composite materials
  • Demonstrates significant understanding of aircraft composite materials
  • Project Management Experience a plus
  • Experienced and proficient with MS Office applications and other office productivity tools
  • Other Qualifications & Desired Competencies

  • Education / experience or aircraft subsystems in R&D environment is preferred.
  • Follows standard practices and procedures when analyzing situations or data from which answers can be readily obtained. Completes assigned tasks within schedule and budget
  • Demonstrated ability to learn professional concepts and appropriately applies concepts & procedures to resolve routine issues within the technical discipline
  • Consistently works within specific requirements and complete tasks under general supervision. Shares ideas and experiences with others, solicits feedback and asks relevant questions
  • Able to excel in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment, where small teams share a broad variety of duties
  • Displays strong initiative and drive to accomplish goals and meet company objectives
  • Takes ownership and responsibility for current and past work products
  • Is committed to learning from mistakes and driven to improve and enhance performance of oneself, others, and the company
  • Has effective problem-solving, analytical, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Team Player - Focuses on teamwork, collaboration and puts the success of the team above one's own interests
  • Physical Demands

  • Ability to work in an office and manufacturing environment
  • Required to sit and stand for long periods (Frequent)
  • Required to talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone keyboard (Frequent)
  • Special Requirements

  • U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (Green Card holder) or asylee/refugee status as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) required.
  • Occasionally may be required to travel within the Continental U.S.
  • The salary range for this role is:

    $110,739 - $166,109

    AeroVironment considers several factors when extending an offer, including but not limited to, the location, the role and associated responsibilities, a candidate's work experience, education/training, and key skills.

    ITAR Requirement:

    This position requires access to information that is subject to compliance with the International Traffic Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) and/or the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”). In order to comply with the requirements of the ITAR and/or the EAR, applicants will be asked to provide specific documentation to verify U.S. person status under the ITAR and the EAR. A “U.S. person” according to their definition is a U.S. citizen, U.S. lawful permanent resident (green card holder), or protected individual such as a refugee, or asylee. See 22 CFR § 120.15. Some positions will require current U.S. Citizenship due to contract requirements.

    Benefits : AV offers an excellent benefits package including medical, dental vision, 401K with company matching, a 9/80 work schedule and a paid holiday shutdown. For more information about our company benefit offerings please visit: https:// www.

    We also encourage you to review our company website at https:// www. to learn more about us.

    Principals only need apply. NO agencies please.

    Who We Are

    Based in California, AeroVironment (AVAV) is a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical missile systems. Founded in 1971 by celebrated physicist and engineer, Dr. Paul MacCready, we've been at the leading edge of technical innovation for more than 45 years. Be a part of the team that developed the world's most widely used military drones and created the first submarine-launched reconnaissance drone, and has seven innovative vehicles that are part of the Smithsonian Institution's permanent collection in Washington, DC.

    Join us today in developing the next generation of small UAS and tactical missile systems that will deliver more actionable intelligence to our customers so they can proceed with certainty – and succeed.

    What We Do

    Building on a history of technological innovation, AeroVironment designs, develops, produces, and supports an advanced portfolio of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical missile systems. Agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense and allied military services use the company's hand-launched UAS to provide situational awareness to tactical operating units through real-time, airborne reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.

    AeroVironment Incorporated is an equal opportunity employer, M/F/D/V and works in compliance with both federal and state laws. We are committed to the concept regarding Equal Employment opportunity. Qualified candidates will be considered for employment regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, medical condition nor disability, genetics, veteran and all others that may apply.


    U.S. Citizenship required

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