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Spirit AeroSystems Material & Process Engineer in Wichita, Kansas


Spirit AeroSystems designs and builds aerostructures for both commercial and defense customers. 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 focuses on affordable, innovative composite and aluminum manufacturing solutions to support customers around the globe.


Key Accountabilities:

· This is an intermediate or experienced position. Work under general supervision and/or independently with no instructions for routine work and under general supervision for special assignments.

· Creatively use analytical instruments to determine unknown materials and diagnose material issues.

· Perform normal maintenance of analytical instruments to ensure reliable functionality.

· Material sample extraction and preparation.

· Thorough record keeping of experimental procedures and results.

· Compile reports to present findings and conclusions to relevant stakeholders.

· Develop test plans, coordinate testing, test reports for qualification activities and author material and process specifications for Spirit AeroSystems.

· Support project management activities including resources/budget planning, deliverables, project schedules, presentation to leadership etc.

· Independently determine & develop approaches to solutions and provide technical support for projects as required.


Required Skills:

· Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science or similar

· For Bachelor’s, 5-8 years, 3-6 years for Master’s, or 2-4 years for Ph.D. of relevant industry experience.

· U.S. Citizenship required.

· Knowledge on various chemical processing like anodizing (metal finishing), conversion coating, cleaning, chemical milling, plating and sealing etc.

· Strong analytical skills using analytical instrumentation, including, but not limited to, FT-IR, DMA, DSC, TGA, and GC-MS.

· Ability to use analytical instrumentation, outside of typical ASTM procedures, to test and diagnose material issues.

· Deep understanding of capabilities and limitations of analytical instruments.

· Ability to maintain and perform normal maintenance on analytical instrumentation to ensure instrumentation is kept in good working order.

· Excellent oral and written communication skills with ability to work independently or on a team.

Preferred skills:

· General technical knowledge on the requirements for supporting NADCAP and customer audits in chemical processing field.

· Analytical data processing/certification skills such as Root Cause Corrective Action, Six Sigma, Shainin Red-X, Robust Design and/or Design for Six Sigma.

· General knowledge on global chemical regulations such as REACH, IAEG.

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.