Spirit AeroSystems Material & Process Engineer (Chemical) in >Wichita, Kansas

Material & Process Engineer (Chemical)




Wichita, Kansas


Product Engineering & Technology

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Job Summary

About Us

Spirit AeroSystems designs and builds aerostructures for both commercial and defense customers. With headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, Spirit operates sites in the U.S., U.K., France and Malaysia. The company's core products include fuselages, pylons, nacelles and wing components for the world's premier aircraft. Spirit AeroSystems focuses on affordable, innovative composite and aluminum manufacturing solutions to support customers around the globe.

The Role

Analyzes, researches, designs and develops materials and their relatedfabrication and application processes to develop and optimize materialsfor use in engineering design of and/or application in structures,systems and subsystems. Applies principles of chemistry, physics, andmaterial behavior to develop metallic, non-metallic and compositematerial and processing specifications, fabrication and assemblyprocesses. Develops, analyzes and applies material properties and designallowables, processing methods and quality engineering specificationsand standards. Reviews and approves engineering drawings and documentsfor part conformance and to assist in resolving part failure analysisfor fabrication, assembly and in service problems. Applies knowledge ofaerospace mechanical/structural component fabrication and assemblyprocesses and technologies to establish research and developmentstrategies and plans. Develops and matures technology. Facilitatestechnology implementation in production and provides support to the usercommunity.

Key Accountabilities

  • Production support

  • Development of test plans, test data, specifications, clarify program tasks, verify material usage, regularly attend meetings, presentations

  • Technical support to production program SEM etc.

  • Work on drawing reviews when part configuration comes in; review drawing, develop test plan, perform testing

  • R&D project support

Skills & Experience

Required Skills:

  • 5 to 8 years with Bachelor or 3 to 6 years with Masters 

  • Bachelors or Masters degree in Chemical Engineering

  • Aerospace industry experience

  • U.S. Citizenship required

  • Very good technical knowledge of Materials and Process Engineering (M&PE) requirements in chemical and finishes for aircraft structures.

  • Function as the M&PE technical expert for various chemical processing including but not limited to anodizing (metal finishing), conversion coating, cleaning, chemical milling, plating and sealing etc.

  • Interface with OEM technical peers on specification, liaison, quality and supply chain issues to resolve Spirit AeroSystems issues

  • Review customer specification and Spirit specification and develop gap analysis. Provide M&PE technical support for programs, operations, quality, liaison and supply chain to resolve production issues and improve quality.

  • Develop test plans, coordinate testing, test reports for qualification activities and author material and process specifications for Spirit AeroSystems.

  • Review detail and assembly drawings for compliance to customer requirements.Mentor junior engineers on materials and process engineering requirements in chemical and finishes area.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with ability to work independently or on a team

Preferred skills:

  • Technical knowledge on the requirements for supporting Nadcap, customer and FAA audits in chemical processing field.

  • Execute R&D project management activities like resources/budget planning, deliverables, project schedules, presentation to leadership etc.

  • Independently determine & develop approaches to solutions and provide technical support for R&D projects as required

  • Knowledge on global chemical regulations such as REACH, IAEG


Spirit AeroSystems is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected factor under federal, state or local law.