Liaison Engineer II  (Contract) - shift work required

Sierra Nevada Corporation Louisville, CO

About the Job

Do you enjoy designing and developing innovative solutions to solve tough problems? Join our team to deliver technological solutions in a rapid and agile production environment. Our Mechanical engineers research, design, develop, test, certify, deploy and improve cutting edge products and services. These cover a very wide range from advanced mission payloads and electronic systems through highly integrated aircraft to orbital and space exploration systems. You'll conceptualize and deliver complex mechanical structures and systems and your technical duties include the design and development of new products and processes throughout the product lifecycle.

The ideal candidate will excel in a demanding, fast-paced, and evolving environment where they will work as part of a strong, agile and highly motivated team to accomplish the first of its kind in the private industry, flying spacecraft. This individual takes pride in his/her thoroughness, emphasis on follow through, interorganizational communication skills and attention to requirements conformance. The candidate will be able to problem solve from the component level to installation level addressing often first time problems and use strong logic and engineering tools to come up with solutions to problems that meet or exceed drawing and document requirements. A successful applicant will have the ability thrive in a challenging multidisciplinary build environment, collectively solving build problems that require collaboration and agreement of the Design, Quality and Manufacturing organizations.

Liaison engineer team members are responsible as the primary interface for manufacturing floor activity for Uncrewed Dream Chaser (UDC) and Cargo Module (CM) fabrication on the CRS2 program.  Liaison’s goal is to ensure design requirements are met between production, planning, and supply chain, while maintaining schedule. Through a detailed understanding of the build processes, design requirements and extensive collaboration with the internal teams designing and managing installations, this team is a key stakeholder to ensure that the overall build of UDC and CM design achieves all objectives.

The Space Systems business area, based in Louisville, Colorado with operations in Madison, Wisconsin and Durham, North Carolina, designs and manufactures advanced spacecraft, satellites, propulsion and environmental systems, spacecraft subsystems and components for the U.S. government (including NASA), commercial customers and international organizations. Learn more about SSG

Responsibilities:

  • Nonconformance (MRB):

    • Assess, disposition, analyze, justify, determine cause and relay improvements for build discrepancies, errors and other nonconformances

    • Provide guidance on when NC’s are appropriate vs other engineering change options, enforce process standards, and provide streamlined support to quickly address and close.

    • Understand, prioritize, communicate and execute nonconformance against program schedule.

  • Engineering Change:

    • Develop and utilize knowledge of various engineering change options, determine and execute the appropriate change option that creates the shortest path and meets engineering requirements for each unique problem.

    • Document, prioritize, communicate, and track required engineering changes fed back to the spacecraft design organization for resolution.

    • Work closely with manufacturing, quality, planning, and procurement teams to address changes and shepherd them through fruition on the production floor.

    • Contribute to innovative, time saving, and cost-effective improvements to help streamline engineering change and response times.

  • Drawings, Processes and Technical Specifications:

    • Provide guidance to technicians, engineers, and quality assurance engineers related to drawing and spacecraft requirements by overseeing installations; providing training, and information briefs on key topics.

    • Support the development and maintenance of program specific technical specifications, and follow through on execution of these specifications to drive efficiency.

    • Contribute to development and execution of standard repairs, analysis methods, and acceptable defects to streamline defects processing through MRB.

    • Monitor existing processes and nonconformance trends to develop tools and other methods to reduce manufacturing build hours and quality issues, increase production rates, and remove waste from complex processes.

Must-haves:

  • Bachelor’s degree in aerospace, mechanical, industrial or manufacturing engineering

  • Background in the aerospace industry preferred, but not required.

  • 3+ years, 1 years of which were in a manufacturing environment

Preferred:

  • Experience in design and build of primary and secondary composite structures

  • Experience in design and build of metallic structures and fittings

  • Proficient or familiar with hand calculation methods for structural analysis

  • Aerospace propulsion, hydraulics, mechanisms design and build experience desired

  • Proficiency preferred in NX CAD, but experience is another CAD package is acceptable

  • Familiar with typical PLM architecture

  • Excel, or similar data analysis software

  • Experience with utilizing, developing, optimizing, interpreting and maintaining process specifications and work instructions

  • Ability to influence without authority, tenacious, and highly energetic

  • Able to adapt to a fast-paced and evolving work environment

  • Confident and competent in communication across departments and at different levels of leadership

  • Experience driving cross-functional changes to address specific technical problems

  • Experience monitoring, tracking, and continually improving design via root cause analysis

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

To conform to U.S. Government export regulations, applicant 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.

At Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) we deliver customer-focused technology and best-of-breed integrations in the aerospace and defense sectors. SNC has been honored as one of the most innovative U.S. companies in space, a Tier One Superior Supplier for the U.S. Air Force, and as one of America’s fastest-growing companies. Learn more about SNC

Sierra Nevada Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer

– Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran, or any other protected status

pursuant to applicable local, state or federal law, ordinance or regulation.