Terran Orbital

Associate Manufacturing Engineer

Irvine, CA US
USD 85k - 165k

Be more than just an employee number! Join Terran Orbital, a leader in innovation, manufacturing, and operations in the satellite industry. We are a pioneer in the miniaturization of space technologies and the delivery of responsive space solutions. We are a unique, fast-growing, and trusted team focused on quickly and economically designing, building, launching, and operating state-of-the-art satellites for advanced mission constellations.

Terran Orbital is seeking an experienced Manufacturing Engineer (PCBA) to join our growing team. Reporting to the Manufacturing Engineering Manager, the Manufacturing Engineer (PCBA) will develop and implement optimal, cost-effective manufacturing processes and methods following product specifications and quality standards. This role will support manufacturing issues on existing product designs and new satellite mechanisms early in the design phase, providing critical design for manufacturability input and supporting testing of these assemblies while developing and implementing the plan to move from design/test into build/production. This Manufacturing Engineer will specifically be focused on Printed Circuit Board Assemblies

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Execute, maintain, and evolve the company's manufacturing strategy and technology roadmap in line with Terran Orbital strategy
  • Design and implement changes to the production floor layout as it relates to manufacturing flight hardware
  • Design for modularity and adaptability, with an eye for scaling with time and product evolution
  • Identify capital tooling and work center capability needs and lead the efforts of standing up key production capabilities
  • Develop production procedures/processes and manage the transition of components and PCB Assemblies from development to production
  • Collaborate with development/design engineers and external vendors to make parts that are designed for manufacturability and reliability
  • Lead team in production readiness reviews for the transition from development into full-rate program production
  • Advise team members on technical decisions related to the team's product and act as a responsible manufacturing engineer on non-conformances and work instructions
  • Resolve and analyze manufacturing and test discrepancies while interfacing with the quality team (resolving issues for design, fabrication, and assembly)
  • Drive continuous process improvements to focus on cost reduction in every element of the production processes
  • Troubleshoot and diagnose problems with existing processes or products and makes modifications and improvements as needed
  • Support space hardware testing, including tooling design and data analysis
  • Act as point of contact in daily and weekly program and production meetings and provide updates to leadership as required
  • Support PCBA non-conformance disposition and tracking
  • Collaborate with the PCBA Contract Manufacturers (CMs) to identify and communicate Design for Manufacturability (DFM) issues, PCBA solder profiles, Assembly stencils, and Fixture Design
  • Work with Engineering teams to communicate PCBA assembly and fabrication issues
  • Support PCBA manufacturing issue identification and resolution
  • Compile and report product and process yield results and recommend improvement actions as applicable
  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or another related discipline
  • Minimum five (5) years of experience in a Manufacturing Engineering function within a high-reliability manufacturing environment, at least two (2) of which should be in electronics or space hardware build and development
  • Design software experience (AutoCAD or SolidWorks preferred)
  • A successful change agent willing to help Terran Orbital make changes happen by inspiring and influencing others
  • Highly self-motivated and organized with strong written and oral communication skills
  • Able to work well in an integrated team, including daily interactions with technicians, engineers, and managers
  • Demonstrate experience working in a highly adaptive and iterative environment
  • Experience transitioning products from design to manufacturing and scaling to volume as part of a cross-functional
  • Demonstrate achievements of rapidly improving productivity through process improvements while focusing on product reliability and mission success
  • Experience with process development, facility, and line layouts, PFMEA, error-proofing, lean manufacturing, and implementing automation into production processes
  • Experience with design for manufacturability, assembly, reliability, and source-ability
  • Extensive experience justifying and successfully implementing capital projects, such as onboarding ERP/MES, establishing new work center stations, or qualifying new manufacturing equipment and processes

Terran Orbital
Terran Orbital
Aerospace Machinery Manufacturing Manufacturing Satellite Communication

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