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This position is for the Department Manager (DM) of Structural Analysis, Structural Design, Materials & Process Engineering, and Vehicle Integration, reporting to the Vehicle Engineering Director, Palmdale Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence & Oklahoma City (PAICoE & OKC). The DM will be responsible for a growing and diverse organization of several section managers with over 140 employees; the majority of personnel are in Palmdale and OKC.
This department's charter is to maintain and evolve capability in the Structural Analysis Engineering, Structural Design, Materials & Processes Engineering, and Vehicle Integration to support the program milestones with efficient, accurate and first time quality engineering. This department is multi-disciplined. Section disciplines in Structural Design and Vehicle Integration include Primary and Secondary Structures Design, Integration/Mechanical Design, Mechanical Design Advanced Programs, ECS/Hydraulics & Fuel, Propulsion, Electrical Power System & Cable Harness Engineering, Mechanism Design, and Integration. The majority of aircraft structural analysts are versed in load path development, FEM, classical solutions, composites, metals, fatigue, DaDT, including managers and experts from the Materials & Process engineering field in composites, metals and respective processes.
The selected candidate will support the sector alignment strategies, Independent Review Teams and functional homeroom duties. DM will collaborate with programs, develop and report LRAP staffing projections to the business management team. Develop cost estimates for training as required, support engineering proposal BOE estimating/sign-off. DM will support business management team with associated operational data and manage staffing budget as required. Environment is fast pace, will require some travel to support hiring objectives. Special assignments are anticipated to support critical program milestone objectives. These will include additional leadership responsibilities to ensure engineering excellence and driving closure to achieve those objectives. Develop and provide training, career coaching, career growth and ensure retention and engagement remain a priority. Ensure adoption of program and functional performance metrics collection and reporting as required by our Engineering Dashboard. Responsible for timely updates and supporting metrics rhythm meetings. This department head will participate as a contributor to the Community of Practice (CoP) in Structural Analysis, Structural Design, Materials and Process, and Vehicle Integration; responsible for sector guidance to all other CoE's that may have requirements performing aircraft structural analysis, structural design, materials & processes, and vehicle integration support. And, the DM will manage the participation of the subset disciplines described above in the appropriate CoPs. As the CoP lead/contributor you will be responsible to assist with promotion/planning to help the CoP lead obtain budget to define/update/maintain methodology, processes, tools, training, and associated manuals that may be common across sites (or CoE's).
Primary staffing duties are to coordinate with program and their staffing needs; appropriate requisition, timely fill of those requisitions, and prepare status to staffing Tech Ops rhythm meeting. Ensure all POST are up-to-date, track and update Taleo requisitions as required. Guide the department on growing pipelines of engineering bench strength with initiatives such as PATHWAYS Engineers, "Grow Our Own" cross VE department's discipline rotation, support RT&E inter-directorate rotation, and inter-CoE rotations. Maintain department DM Playbook on VE Directorate site.
The selected candidate will collaborate with programs, develop and report LRAP staffing projections to the business management team. Develop cost estimates for training as required, and support engineering proposal BOE estimating/sign-off. The selected candidate will also support business management team with associated operational data and manage staffing budget as required. Environment is fast pace, will require some travel to support hiring objectives. Special assignments are anticipated to support critical program milestone objectives. These will include additional leadership responsibilities to ensure engineering excellence and driving closure to achieve those objectives. Develop and provide training, career coaching, career growth and ensure retention and engagement remain a priority. Ensure adoption of program and functional performance metrics collection and reporting as required by our Engineering Dashboard. Responsible for timely updates and supporting metrics rhythm meetings. This department manager will participate as a contributor to the Community of Practice (CoP) responsible for sector guidance to all other CoE's that may have requirements performing on the sections' disciplines in the department. As the CoP lead/contributor you will be responsible to assist with promotion/planning to help the CoP lead obtain budget to define/update/maintain methodology, processes, tools, training, and associated manuals that may be common across sites (or CoE's).
•Provide oversight of all major functions within Vehicle Engineering Palmdale and OKC Analysis, Design, Materials & Process Engineering, and Vehicle Integration.
•Key responsibilities include long range planning, and full responsibility for all aspects of functional homeroom performance.
•Provide ownership for the people, processes, and tools that support divisions and programs achieve their missions.
•Determine organizational objectives with a long term perspective for desired results and alignment for overall long range plans and corporate wide strategy.
•Accountability for recruiting, staffing and retaining talent to deliver on the objectives.
ABET accredited Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Materials & Process Engineering, and/or Civil Engineering (Structures) with appropriate aircraft and or spacecraft design experience.
Minimum 9 years experience in aircraft or spacecraft structural analysis, structural design, materials & process engineering, and/or vehicle integration.
Experience leading large engineering organizations on aircraft or spacecraft vehicles platforms.
Experience in staffing forecasting.
Experience in a technical leadership/management role and demonstrated negotiation of placement of engineering personal with programs, of experienced engineers and/or new grads/interns.
Active Secret DOD Clearance within scope is required to start.
Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering (Structures)
The ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Top Secret clearance and Special Program Access.
Recent experience with aircraft or spacecraft development on structural design, systems integration, and/or subsystems.
Recent experience with Build-To-Package development, functional management, resolving tool and process issues.
Experience with CPLM, Teamcenter, CATIA V5 and/or NX-CAD
Recent experience as IPT or PM a plus
The ability to obtain and maintain DoD Top Secret clearance.
The ability to obtain and maintain SSBI, PAR
Knowledge of vibro-acoustics and temperature
Experience supporting static/vibration structural testing at vehicle level
Experience supporting aircraft fatigue testing.
Experience with BTP development, applicable notes, BOM, sign-off process. Design reviews and GD&T knowledge.
Applicable substantiation methods, preliminary sizing review, loads review and expert knowledge in structural analysis methods and applicable materials & process activities related to structural integrity.
Experience with CDRL deliverables and customer interface (NAVAIR and/or AF).
Knowledge of giver/receiver PDP, ADP, outlined in NGC CCOMs
Knowledge of DAC process, and supported PDRs and CDRs
Expert knowledge of aircraft repair, focus on development of analysis process and techniques for fast tag turn with accuracy and quality
Experience with clean sheet aircraft airframe or spacecraft layout and load paths.
Experience in composite structural analysis methods and documentation, detailed analysis procedures, load path development, layout and detail sizing, impact damage effects, failure theories, stacking sequence/laminate analysis, environmental effects, bolted and bonded composite joints, and finite element modeling of composite structure.
Experience with metallic structural analysis methods including detailed analysis procedures, analysis of fittings/fasteners/joints/splices, acoustics/vibration familiarity, structural integrity planning, design criteria development, stability, crippling, durability and damage tolerance (DaDT) analysis and finite element modeling of metallic structure.
Working knowledge of current structural analysis tool suites used in industry, NGC in-house codes, and classical hand solutions. Expert in ASTRA, MSC Patran, FEMAP, CATIA V5, NX CAE, MSC Nastran and NX Nastran, IDAT, IMAT and SlimVision.
Expert knowledge of FEM checkout at vehicle level to support model reviews.
Experience with CDRL deliverables and customer interface
Experience implementing action plans based on metrics and/or root cause/corrective issues.
Team player and demonstrated exceptional collaboration.
Top communication skills both written and verbal.
Fatigue spectrum development for aircraft
Experience supporting administration of aircraft structural Integrity program
Understanding of NGC Airworthiness role related to NAVDER and if applicable FAA DER, and guide integration of that role to maintain structural engineering quality.
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