Manufacturing Engineer: Aircraft Systems

Mountain View, CA
Cora – Aircraft Systems
Full-time
Here at Kitty Hawk, where a century of aviation practices meets technology breakthroughs and a world-class engineering team, things are looking up. In 1903, the Wright brothers took flight for the first time from the beaches of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Our journey started by designing, testing and building all-electric vertical take-off and landing products for work and play. Today, in California, we are building on the Wright Brothers’ legacy to create the next generation of vehicles for everyday flight.

Cora began as a dream. A self-piloting air taxi so personal and so simple it could take the trips we make everyday, the ones that define our lives, and bring them to the sky. We’ve been at work on Cora since 2010, tackling some of the biggest challenges in aviation. Today, that dream is one step closer. Join us in making that dream a reality.

We are seeking a hands-on manufacturing engineer to join our team developing electric-powered aircraft. You are efficient in the office and on the shop floor. Your core responsibilities will include implementation and management of manufacturing execution systems, process development and improvement, design and development of manufacturing tooling and equipment, and assistance in DFM processes for improved quality and costs. Your additional subtasks will include part-sourcing, and hands-on assembly of parts. You will also participate in manufacturability assessments. You have extensive experience with a wide variety of assembly and manufacturing processes, automation of processes, cost analysis for outsourcing of processes, and paperless workflow systems.

Within 3 months you will:

    • Get to know the team
    • Shadow design engineers, technicians, and other manufacturing engineers
    • Support manufacturing activities
    • Write work instructions for new assemblies such as motors, batteries, & avionics
    • Support manufacturing activities, both internal and outsourced

Within 6 months you will:

    • Continue learning about the aircraft and subsystem assemblies
    • Take ownership of new manufacturing projects
    • Work with technicians and design engineers to develop manufacturing processes, tooling, procedures, quality control points, inspection plans, etc.
    • Purchase and implement new manufacturing equipment
    • Assist with implementation and management of PLM, MES and ERP systems
    • Keep equipment operational by coordinating maintenance and repair services
    • Assist with tool control and coordinating calibration activities with the Production team

Within 12 months you will:

    • Reach high level of familiarity with the aircraft and subassemblies like batteries, motors & avionics
    • Continuously improve manufacturing processes
    • Bring resolution to quality issues using effective root cause analysis
    • Efficiently incorporate design changes into manufacturing plans and procedures including new parts and process changes
    • Improve manufacturing processes by studying product requirements; researching, designing, modifying, and testing manufacturing methods and equipment

Required:

    • Bachelor's degree in Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or similar
    • 3 years of experience as a manufacturing engineer in a production environment, preferably in a high-volume operation and/or aerospace industry
    • Proficient in CAD software (Solidworks)
    • Experience working with other engineers to improve the manufacturability of a product (Design for Manufacturing) while controlling cost and weight
    • Proficient in the fundamentals of industrial engineering, including capacity models, technical writing, time studies, and labor cost forecasting.
    • Proficient and safe use of hand and shop tools
    • Familiar with drafting standards/GD&T. Ability to interpret or create engineering drawings

Desired:

    • Familiarity with a wide variety of electronic and electromechanical technologies, including assembly and joining processes
    • Comfortable creating new solutions to problems, as opposed to applying tried methods
    • Proficient in CAD software (Solidworks)
    • Passion for bringing high quality aircraft systems to manufacturing capability
    • Six Sigma or LEAN manufacturing experience/certification
    • Experience working with PLM and MES
    • Experience using Teamcenter MPP
We are located in Mountain View just a couple of hundred feet from Shoreline Lake and its surrounding walking/jogging trails. We offer a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision and life insurance (company pays 100% of employee premium), unlimited PTO days, 10 company holidays, a 401(k) plan with 50% company matching (no vesting period), commuter assistance, and education assistance. And on top of all that, we also offer a variety of perks such as free catered lunches, flight lessons, snacks, drinks, fruits, employee referral bonus, IP bonus program, afternoon chocolate, happy hours and many more.

Kitty Hawk provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Kitty Hawk abides by applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Kitty Hawk is an E-Verify employer.