Quality Engineer

Los Angeles /
Manufacturing – Manufacturing Operations /
FTE (Full Time)
Hadrian - Manufacturing the Future

Hadrian builds software-defined precision component factories for aerospace customers. After a successful customer beta phase, we are expanding to our second factory in Torrance and hiring the last members of our foundational team.

We are looking for machinists with a passion to push the trade forward and engineers with the drive to augment manufacturing. 

Hadrian was founded on the belief that the manufacturing industry requires disruption for the United States to regain footing in the Second Space Race, and ultimately develop an industrial infrastructure for solar system exploration.
 
A solution starts with identifying the problem. While the legacy of the 20th century left us with an impressive package of technological achievements, a misguided imperative on maximizing profits durably neglected technological and human capital in the industrial sector.

Hadrian’s leadership hails from two families: a crew of engineers that developed greenfield machine shops for Space X, and machinists that experimented with cutting edge techniques in the Bay Area. The former bring the discipline and aspirations of space manufacturing, the later are focused on pushing the limits of the trade of machining.

We aspire to be one of the best machine shops on the planet. This means we work hard to continuously improve and work as a team to identify root causes of each issue in our production process and implement durable fixes through creative solutions.
 
You will have access to the best technology money can buy. Our team is building proprietary software that is automating machining and streamlining shop floor management. We are also investing in the most cutting-edge hardware- our shop is 100% 5 axes, for example.
 
However, technology is only half of the equation. Our true strength lies in an egoless, disciplined, and generous team that strives to do excellent work. We uphold a dynamic and caring shop floor where information is shared. Training is our most important activity.
 
Women and others for under-represented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

What makes Hadrian a unique shop ?

    • Hadrian was founded on the belief that the manufacturing industry requires disruption for the United States to regain footing in the Second Space Race, and ultimately develop an industrial infrastructure for solar system exploration.
    • A solution starts with identifying the problem. While the legacy of the 20th century left us with an impressive package of technological achievements, a misguided imperative on maximizing profits durably neglected technological and human capital in the industrial sector.
    • Hadrian’s leadership hails from two families: a crew of engineers that developed greenfield machine shops for Space X, and machinists that experimented with cutting edge techniques in the Bay Area. The former bring the discipline and aspirations of space manufacturing, the later are focused on pushing the limits of the trade of machining.
    • We aspire to be one of the best machine shops on the planet. This means we work hard to continuously improve and work as a team to identify root causes of each issue in our production process and implement durable fixes through creative solutions.
    • You will have access to the best technology money can buy. Our team is building proprietary software that is automating machining and streamlining shop floor management. We are also investing in the most cutting-edge hardware- our shop is 100% 5 axes, for example.
    • However, technology is only half of the equation. Our true strength lies in an egoless, disciplined, and generous team that strives to do excellent work. We uphold a dynamic and caring shop floor where information is shared. Training is our most important activity.
    • Women and others for under-represented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Team Overview

    • Hadrian’s Quality department uses cutting edge and software-informed inspection processes to ensure all parts meet rigorous customer requirements.
    • The QA department has two strategic objectives: (1) continuously optimize our processes to inspect high variability features and minimize inspection time without sacrificing quality and (2) feed our automation algorithm with data to revise and improve the logic behind our machining automation.
    • Unlike most machine shops, QA is an integral part of the production process and works in close collaboration with machining operations.

Operational Duties (50%)

    • Lead review & execution of customer deliverables for each order – you will have final sign off on customer inspection reports, manufacturing readiness reviews (MRR), and Product Failures Modes and Affects Analyses (PFMEA)
    • Create a Quality Plan for new customer orders which balances customer requirements, operational efficiency, and automations/robotics R&D
    • Lead non-conformance triage efforts to determine root cause and corrective actions
    • Serve as principal QA lead to assess order risk as part of Hadrian’s DFM and bid process

Process development (50%)

    • Customer onboarding and audit process definition & execution (PFMEAs, PPAP, etc): this will be particularly important as we start serving large Aerospace primes
    • We currently inspect 100% of our parts as we are developing both processes and automation. Quality Engineer will leverage SPC and conduct reviews (MSA) to determine optimal inspection standards.
    • Develop QA factory and business metrics dashboard to automate data collection & process monitoring, ultimately contributing to a key Hadrian product, our internal ERP system.

What's not in scope

    • Managing a team of hourly or salaried workers. We expect our QA engineer to be a self-starter individual contributor. Our CMM programmers report directly to the Head of Quality.

Qualifications

    • Some previous experience as a Quality Engineer (Manufacturing Engineer with heavy program quality & audit experience ok), preferably at an Aerospace & Defense Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM)
    • Previous experience with aerospace & defense program or supplier level requirements reviews and onboarding
    • Demonstrated ability to wrangle multiple technical stakeholders to drive cross-functional process development and root cause analysis
    • Strong mathematical background to perform statistical analysis, ability to drive projects that involves statistical process control
    • Experience building software. This role interfaces with software engineers and product managers to build QA algorithms into more complex automation. You will not be asked to write code, but experience with SQL/R/Python/C++ or similar (during school is OK) will enable you to be a great Product owner and help develop Minimum Viable Products (MVP) for automation

Educational Requirements

    • Bachelor’s of Engineering ideally in mechanical, aerospace, or industrial fields
    • Mathematics or other hard science BA accepted if candidate has demonstrated hardware or factory experience

How to stand out as a distinctive candidate

    • Demonstrate excellent communication skills to navigate complex technical situations in a fast-paced technical / hardware / factory environment
    • Hypotheses on how to automate aerospace quality inspection through process improvement or data-informed strategies
    • Hypotheses on how to best serve legacy aerospace and defense primes through automation of customer quality requirements and approval activities
ITAR REQUIREMENTS:

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.