The Composite Engineer works in the PD&E department, defining the specifications for all composite materials on new products and leads Regal’s long-term composite plan.
Key Strategic Objectives:
Work with manufacturing leaders to develop processes and lamination schedules to reduce gel coat rework plant wide.
Develop a process to reduce print during the infusion process. This could include Epoxy or other lamination methods.
Develop a new stringer/structural system for smaller boats.
The current process is pre-formed foam wrapped in glass that is laminated into the hull. The current process is dirty, labor intensive, and does not make for a clean environment.
Develop a process to turn molds quicker...reduce the amount of time a part spends in the mold.
Day to Day Key PD&E Responsibilities
ISO 12215/12217 Certification
Structural integrity (ISO 12215 calcs) and optimization
Develop all Lamination schedules - Decks, Hulls, Hardtops, Liners, Small Parts, etc
Setting composite lamination specifications (ie. resin type, catalyst type and percent, gel coat specs, etc.) for manufacturing
Works with the lab technician to audit and test lamination material for correct physical and mechanical properties
Work with Product Development leaders on developing long-term goals for product line-up and build processes
FRP Composite Engineer will be responsible for the execution & completion of the following duties as he supervises and is assisted by his Lamination Tech.
CNC patterning of lamination materials
Make sure prototype laminated parts are:
Built to specification
CNC material is patterned correctly and fits the part
Material is in the “nest” and router team members are informed are where patterns go after being cut
Records part build weights and amounts of material for lamination BOM
Time study on each new prototype laminated part
Coordinates with documentation tech; Updates the documentation tech with any drawing changes (if necessary)
Assisting production engineers with manufacturing issues
Assisting lamination team leads with manufacturing issues
Provides the “lamination spec sheet” to the lamination team leads when the boat is released to production
BS in Mechanical Engineering or related Technical Field
At least two years of 3D CAD Modeling experience, preferably SolidWorks and Rhino
At least three years of experience in composites and composite structure design
At least two experience reading, analyzing and interpreting complex technical documents
Must be a creative individual with high ethical standards and an appropriate professional image
Must be a strategic visionary with sound technical skills, analytical ability, decisive, good judgment and strong operational focus.
Must be a well-organized and self-directed individual who is a team player
Able to communicate effectively with all levels of the organization
A “Coach” who will share information as a mentor with the team
Must have a quick response time to sensitive inquiries and concerns
Two or more years of experience in presenting in small and large groups
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