Sr. Manufacturing Engineer - Irvine, CA

Seeking a Senior Manufacturing Engineer with 3 years engineering experience in a manufacturing environment, tooling design, DFM and Lean/Continuous Improvement experience to work in our Irvine, CA location.

Responsibilities:  This position will be responsible for providing support to new product development activities, providing support to customers, suppliers, partners and internal manufacturing cells and participate in continuous improvement activities in targeted areas.

  • Act as a technician liaison between Design Engineering and the production floor, as needed for activities such as problem solving, Kaizen events, set-up reduction, and supplier-related issues
  • Provide Engineering expertise as the liaison between Customers and Engineering for both the Aftermarket (FAR part 145 repair station) and the OEM
  • Responsible for driving improvement in the reliability, maintainability and cost effectiveness of aerospace components and subcomponents
  • Supports new program development and ‘Design for Manufacturability’ reviews
  • Interacts with Design Engineering, Operations and Supply Chain teams to ensure design for manufacturability of new products. Participates in design review process, and acts as a liaison for products from inception through shipment to customer.
  • Develop, prepare and maintain complete cost-efficient manufacturing processes for product hardware of above average complexity to meet/exceed the departmental goals of L.U., MPS, and scrap and lead time
  • Design and implement routers, operations sketches, fixturing, and gages for safe and efficient manufacture, assembly, inspection and test of custom-engineered aerospace hardware
  • Develops and implements, test plans, standards and acceptance criteria, and procedures/work instructions, training materials, technical publications (CMMs)
  • Provide support to floor issues with respect to assembly and test areas, as well as aftermarket support. Implement methods and practices to reduce variation
  • Assists others in root cause and failure analysis as required and develop root cause and corrective actions to resolve issues involving discrepant product or material
  • Promotes culture of Continuous Improvement and understand lean manufacturing techniques as they apply to eliminate waste and deliver products to customer’s expectations
  • Drive short-term and long-term improvements to achieve goals outlined on Value Stream Maps
  • Participates and leads/facilitates kaizen events and High Performance Work Team (HPWT) activities. Works on set-up reduction, TPM, 5S, and problem-solving activities (including support the Six-Sigma activities).
  • Participates in the procurement and start-up of new capital equipment (including payback and net present value analysis) for acquisition of equipment to support emerging and existing technologies as required
  • Evaluates and maintains time standards that produces increased productivity
  • Lead continuous improvement projects that support the Six-Sigma methodology


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Industrial Technology or Computer Science from an accredited institution is required
  • 3 years of engineering experience in manufacturing environment
  • Design for manufacturability (DFM) experience
  • 1 year of tooling design experience
  • 1 year of experience with Lean/Continuous Improvement
  • Sound manufacturing background (Process Programming and Tooling)
  • Good communication, people & problem-solving skills to establish and maintain strong & successful customer relationships
  • Understand shop capacity planning related to equipment, processes and manning
  • Must be mindful of process and test capabilities and recognize organizational core competencies
  • Demonstrates ability to understand source(s) variation and identify impact of tolerance stacks in assemblies
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects/activities
  • Experience in the use of CAD, CATIA Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • U.S. citizen/green card holder required.
  • Local candidates only.

Ideal Candidate:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering
  • 5 years of tooling design experience
  • Design for manufacturability (DFM) experience
  • Experience in the use of CAD, CATIA, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Lean practitioner and Six sigma black belt
  • Mechanical Engineering experience
  • 5 years of tooling design experience
  • Experience with automotive- assembly and testing