COI Ceramics (COIC), a part of Northrop Grumman's Space Components Business Unit, leads the industry in the development, fabrication and production of High Temperature Ceramic Matrix Composite Components and test articles. COIC is currently hiring a Staff Materials and Processes Engineer for our San Diego, CA location.
Staff Engineer, with a focus on advanced materials and processes supporting COIC's ceramic matrix composites (CMC) technology.
- Develops materials and process solutions to achieve continued excellence in fabrication of a wide variety of military, commercial aerospace and industrial applications.
- Defines objectives of experiments to prove-out and optimize next generation high temperature CMC materials and processes. Develops and leads execution of experiments, statistical assessment of data, and makes recommendation for process changes based on experimental results.
- Provides guidance to the organization on material selection, characterization, processing approaches, and gives feedback on the technical merit of programs. Through leadership and sharing expert knowledge, mentors junior engineers to develop their skills and knowledge base.
- Develops and/or guides program teams through materials characterization, databases and materials and processes specifications.
- Performs research, analyses and development in ceramic matrix composites, coatings and other high temperature material systems, and applies results to COIC products.
- Investigates and assesses pertinent design factors such as ease of manufacture, availability of materials and equipment, cost factors, safety, and contractual specification requirements.
- Coordinates with other engineering and manufacturing organizations for successful task and project execution.
- Interacts with customers and/or program teams to identify design/tooling design errors, omissions, and other deficiencies, and recommends revisions and/or improvements to design layout to responsible engineers or designers.
- Develops/provides guidance on test plans and test procedures to validate hardware compliance to technical specifications.
- Supports COIC's continuous improvement objectives and leads CI project(s).
- Involved in intellectual property management and identification of patent applications.
- Works with business development team to develop and execute strategic plans and technology road maps, including technical leadership of Internal Research & Development projects. Leads efforts to attract new customers and promotes organic growth of existing customers. Creates and/or edits marketing materials.
- Serves as organization spokesperson on advanced projects and/or programs. Acts as advisor to management and customers on advanced technical research studies and applications.
- B.S. in Materials Science/Mechanical/Chemical Engineering or other related field required.
- Minimum of 14 years direct experience (Bachelor's), or a minimum of 12 years direct experience (Master's), or a minimum of 9 years of direct experience (PhD) with directly relevant technical and lead role experience required.
- Detailed knowledge of ceramic, carbon/carbon, and/or composites materials and processes and composite component manufacturing concepts.
- Composite fabrication experience preferably with ceramic matrix composites, carbon/carbon or similar high temperature material systems in a production environment.
- Experience materials characterization testing and data analyses.
- Experience with engineering basis of estimate creation and proposal development.
- Experience developing presentation packages and reports using MS Office products.
- Candidates must be capable of designing experiments, statistically analyzing data, and making recommendations of process changes based upon test results.
- Experience in report writing and data documentation.
- Good communication skills and experience communicating with manufacturing technicians and program managers.
- Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
- Must be a US citizen, willing to be subject to a US government security investigation and able to obtain a DoD Secret collateral clearance.
- B.S. or Advanced Degree in Materials Science and Engineering or Ceramic Engineering.
- Active or renewable DoD Secret collateral clearance.
- Industry experience performing in a role of Materials and Process engineer with a background in ceramic matrix composites development, fabrication and testing.
- Proficient in Microsoft Project and Access.
- Experience leading an interdisciplinary project team.
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