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Spirit AeroSystems Composite Research Engineer 2 in Wichita, Kansas


Advanced Product Research & Technology

As one of the world’s leading designers and manufacturers of aerostructures, Spirit AeroSystems provides products and solutions for both commercial and defense customers. From today's largest passenger jet to tomorrow's urban air vehicles, Spirit's advanced design, analysis, manufacturing, inspection, and testing experts cover all aspects of product development.

Built to Win.Spirit AeroSystems is home to some of the world’s leading aerostructures engineers and manufacturing minds, with a legacy of aerostructures work stretching back to the world's first aircraft production run of Wright Brothers aircraft in 1909 and defense work in World War I. Now we are applying our recognized design-build capabilities and commercial best practices to innovative technology development programs, delivering low cost solutions for high-rate manufacturing. This experience offers a roadmap for bringing high-rate production to future commercial and defense programs, and it all starts with research and technology to develop and transition advanced material solutions into the manufacturing process faster.

For decades, Spirit AeroSystems has been developing and industrializing material systems for large-scale aerospace manufacturing – from the days of all-metal components and structures through two generations of composites and, now, to next-generation thermoset and thermoplastic composite materials. Leveraging partnerships within the new NASA Hi-Rate Composite Aircraft Manufacturing (HiCAM), we are developing and demonstrating manufacturing approaches and associated technologies for large composite primary airframe structures that enable high-rate production. Our people make these advancements happen; come join the team enabling future aircraft design and production!

With headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, Spirit operates sites in the U.S., U.K., France, and Malaysia. The company's core products include fuselages, pylons, nacelles and wing components for the world's premier aircraft. Spirit AeroSystems creates affordable, innovative composite and metallic manufacturing solutions to support customers around the globe.


Advanced Product Research & Technology – Composite Engineer 2

As a composite engineer, you will work with a cross-functional team of engineers and analysts to develop materials, manufacturing processes, and designs for cutting-edge development projects, in support of our NASA Hi-Rate Composite Aircraft Manufacturing (HiCAM) consortium. Using design for manufacturing skills, you will provide manufacturing definition, perform part fabrication, and ensure developmental of thermoset composite materials and processes that are capable of quality, high-rate manufacture.

Work Location: Wichita, KS

Key Responsibilities:

  • Conceive new product configurations, designs, manufacturing processes and advanced technologies for new aerostructures.

  • Define and perform research programs to mature concepts, technologies and processes.

  • Define future factory vision, concepts and options.

  • Perform trade studies for design and manufacturing alternatives.

  • Define test plans, conduct testing, and author test reports.

  • Work in concert with key functions to align and advance research plans. Build positive relationships with internal support disciplines, customers and suppliers.

  • Progress concept through initial configuration, prototyping, risk reduction and mature technology readiness.

  • Produce tooling and composite manufacturing definition for test and demonstration articles and implement in a production representative environment.

  • Create plans and evaluations for future work packages, i.e. bid and proposal. Define necessary resources and development plans.


Required Skills:

  • S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in aerospace, materials or mechanical engineering and 3+ years of experience manufacturing polymer composite in an aerospace or similarly regulated environment.

    Preferred Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of 3D CAD/CAM software typically used for composite structure design and manufacture.

  • Experience developing composite manufacturing infusion processes such as Resin Transfer Molding (RTM); Compression (C-RTM), High-Pressure (HP-RTM) and Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Molding (VARTM).

  • Experience with dry fiber preform fabrication and development of advanced automation and forming solutions.

  • Working knowledge of RTM tooling and design requirements.

  • Experience with composites fabrication using Automated Fiber Placement.

  • Experience with mechanical testing of composites


    Spirit AeroSystems is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected factor under federal, state or local law.

Job LocationsUS-KS-Wichita

Requisition ID 2022-10193

Posted Date 2 weeks ago (11/18/2022 3:41 PM)

Category Engineering