Sr. Principal Manufacturing Engineer

Sierra Nevada Corporation
Littleton, Colorado
May 15, 2024
May 20, 2024
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
SNC has led thoughtful and disruptive change in the aerospace and defense industry for the past 60 years and now, we're applying this tenacity and expertise to the U.S. Air Force's (USAF) Survivable Airborne Operations Center (SAOC) mission. Join the SNC-led SAOC team and be a part of exciting and meaningful work to modernize and deliver the next-generation SAOC aircraft trusted by the President, Secretary of Defense and Chairs of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to ensure continued critical command, control and communication during national emergencies. If you're passionate about building the airborne command post of the future, consider SNC for your next mission. Learn more about NC3 and SAOC here .

Do you have an eye for detail and a passion for developing innovation solutions? Join our team! As a Sr Principal Manufacturing Engineer, you will guide Manufacturing Engineering efforts across program Integrated Product Teams during the full life cycle of a major ISR program. The Manufacturing Engineer is responsible for development of manufacturing tools and processes, ensuring design for manufacturability is integrated into the design process, and supporting the Operations teams on tooling and process development to ensure aircraft modification and maintenance can be performed efficiently and safely. This role requires high coordination across all program Integrated Product Teams, the Chief Engineer, and Operations Director.

You will propose application of new technologies and techniques to drive continual process improvement into the program. This includes oversight of the manufacturing and production process', tools, and workflows to driving repeatability, efficiency, reliability, safety, and quality on all program products. You will manage a team of employees at multiple sites including hiring, training, career development to grow the Manufacturing Engineering team. You and your team will participate in document, drawing, and design reviews including working with design teams to meet major program milestones such as SRR, PDR, CDR, and aircraft modification schedule.

The ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance), Aviation, and Security (IAS) business area is a leader in ISR and aviation, it is a leading prime manned and unmanned aircraft systems integrator for innovative, high-performance ISR and aviation systems. Its end-to-end Command, Control, Computers, Communications and Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (C4ISR) capabilities encompass design, integration, test, certification, ground/flight training and complete logistics support. IAS tailors solutions to customer cost, performance, and schedule requirements and designs to consistently exceed expectations - with an unrivaled record of on time and on (or under) budget deliveries. Learn more about IAS

  • Bachelor's of Science degree in related discipline and typically 16 or more years of relevant experience
  • Relevant experience may be considered in lieu of required education
  • Demonstrated knowledge of multidisciplinary engineering and manufacturing principles and practices
  • Experience in working and leading large design and development teams
  • Experience in design and development of large aircraft or extensive aircraft modification programs
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Thorough understanding of Design for Manufacturability tools and processes
  • Experience supporting operations teams in the design of manufacturing tools and processes for modifications and maintenance of aircraft
  • Experience in aircraft modification and maintenance efforts working under FAA repair station guidelines

  • Experience with mechanical and electrical systems, CAD tool supporting each (MCAD/ECAD), and manufacturing challenges related to designs for mechanical and electrical systems and components
  • Experience with Mechanical and Electrical CAD automated checking tools
  • Experience ASME Y14 standards including dimensionless drawings and GD&T
  • Experience converting MCAD and ECAD files to both additive and subtractive manufacturing tools (CNC, 3D printers)
  • Experience in executing high-impact trade studies
  • Thorough understanding of establishing, tracking, and addressing key programmatic risks
  • Extensive understanding of Configuration Management and Data Management, QA, FAA conformity practices

At Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) we deliver customer-focused technology and best-of-breed integrations in the aerospace and defense sectors. SNC has been honored as one of the most innovative U.S. companies in space, a Tier One Superior Supplier for the U.S. Air Force, and as one of America's fastest-growing companies. Learn more about SNC

Estimated Starting Salary Range: $159,430.15 - $219,216.46. SNC considers several factors when extending job offers, including but not limited to candidates' key skills, relevant work experience, and education/training/certifications.

SNC offers annual incentive pay based upon performance that is commensurate with the level of the position.

SNC offers a generous benefit package, including medical, dental, and vision plans, 401(k) with 150% match up to 6%, life insurance, 3 weeks paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and more .

To conform to U.S. Government international trade regulations, applicant must be a U.S. Citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State or U.S. Department of Commerce.
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SNC is a global leader in aerospace and national security committed to moving the American Dream forward. We're known and respected for our mission and execution focus, agility, and disruptive and rapid innovation. We provide leading edge technologies and transformative solutions that support our nation's most critical security needs. If you are mission-focused, thrive in collaborative environments, and want to make our country stronger with state-of-the-art technologies that safeguard freedom, join our team!

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we welcome our employees to bring their whole selves to their work. SNC is committed to fostering an inclusive, accepting, and diverse environment free of discrimination. Employment decisions are made without regarding to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran or other characteristics protected by law. Contributions to SNC come in many shapes and styles, and we believe diversity in our workforce fosters new and greater ways to dream, innovate, and inspire.