Non-Destructive Test Engineer
Pratt & Whitney
Carlsbad, CA

About $64,000 - $92,000 a year

Date Posted:

United States of America

PW192: Carlsbad 5940 Darwin Court , Carlsbad, CA, 92008 USA

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Job Description

Pratt & Whitney is seeking a highly motivated individual to support the manufacturing maturation of ceramic matrix composite (CMC) turbine components. CMCs are an enabling material that increases the temperature capability of jet engine components. Through successful development and application of these materials, P&W will deliver engines that are more fuel efficient, lighter weight and more durable for commercial and military applications.

The CMC R&D Non-destructive test Engineer's responsibilities include:
Developing and managing processes for non-destructive inspection of ceramic matrix composites. This includes fixture design, machine programming, machine operation, data analysis for turbine component applications.
Working closely with manufacturing and engineering integrated teams to develop new processes and implement new designs into production and to eliminate quality turn backs, escapes, and reduce overall product costs.
Play an active role in the Integrated Product Team process for CMC turbine components
Provide focused & effective leadership in eliminating EH&S/Ergonomics/Human Factors risks and addressing quality issues as processes transition into production.
Create and implement strategies for automation of the non-destructive inspection process.
Identify & implement shop floor process optimization, control methods, and work instructions (including specifications, engineering changes, QAD/process control, and tooling definition/requirements.)
Lead the strategy for comprehensive data collection and analysis from this process that will support robust process development and understanding as part of the digital thread for CMCs. This includes establishing methods for data collection, data analysis and data visualization to enable statistical process control (SPC)
Establish metrics for the process including yield, cost, cycle time, capacity, safety, delivery etc. Monitor outcomes to identify and implement improvement opportunities
Lead the initiative to advance the CMC Manufacturing Readiness Level (MRL) including establishment of Critical to Quality measures (CTQ), Key Process Variables (KPVs), Key Control Characteristics (KPCs) and Process Failure Modes Effects Analysis (PFMEA)
Support hardware production for Technology Readiness Level (TRL) demonstration
Conduct root cause investigations as required and implement corrective actions
Training of engineers and technicians
Monitor and improve OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) through implementation of Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) practices
Identify, investigate and implement new technology to address business goals
Support a 24/7 operation as required

Basic Qualification:
Bachelor's degree required.
6 years relevant experience within Non-destructive sector
Level 2 certification in radiography, thermography or ultrasonic techniques
Desired Qualifications
Bachelor's degree required. Engineering discipline with 3.0 GPA or higher preferred.
7-15 years relevant experience within Non-Destructive
Experience in non-destructive inspection of polymer, metal or ceramic matrix composites
Level 3 NDE certification in radiography, thermography or ultrasonic techniques
Experience developing new processes and successful transition to production
A working-knowledge of quality and process improvement tools such as Six Sigma and LEAN
Basic proficiency in CAD or solid modeling software
Strong oral and written communication skills
Ability to develop strong interpersonal relationships and exercise influence
Ability to lead small teams to deliver outstanding results and overcome challenges
Knowledge and effective practice of Environmental, Health and Safety requirements
Knowledge and effective practice of aerospace quality practices like ISO9001 AS9100

Pratt & Whitney is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, age or any other federally protected class.