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Manufacturing Engineer-Planning

Quest Defense is an organization at the forefront of innovation and one of the world’s fastest growing engineering services firms with deep domain knowledge and recognized expertise in the top OEMs across seven industries. We are part of a twenty-five-year-old company on a journey to becoming a centenary one, driven by aspiration, hunger and humility.

We are looking for humble geniuses, who believe that engineering has the potential to make the impossible, possible; innovators, who are not only inspired by technology and innovation, but also perpetually driven to design, develop, and test as a trusted partner for Fortune 500 customers.

As a team of remarkably diverse engineers, we recognize that what we are really engineering is a brighter future for us all. If you want to contribute to meaningful work and be part of an organization that truly believes when you win, we all win, and when you fail, we all learn, then we’re eager to hear from you.

The achievers and courageous challenge-crushers we seek have the following characteristics and skills:

Are you an experienced Manufacturing Engineer in PLANNING looking for a new challenge and an opportunity to further advance your skills and career in a great working environment? Join our fast-growing team supporting leading Aerospace companies!


Your Role and Responsibilities:

Supporting Production Ramp-Up: Your primary role involves supporting the production ramp-up of existing military aircraft that incorporate new design changes. This includes translating design data and process specifications into planning work instructions, addressing planning discrepancies, and providing valuable guidance to planners, mechanics, and support functions to enhance overall efficiency and quality.

Technical Proficiency: You will be expected to utilize your technical skills to assess and coordinate corrective actions for various issues, including those related to the build sequence, system installation, planning/operations card sequence, and in-process testing requirements. You will also be responsible for troubleshooting operations, devising solutions for shortages, managing “Out of Station” rework, and facilitating change incorporation.

Support and Leadership: Your role extends to providing support and leadership for stand-up and ramp-up activities related to tooling, assembly processes, integration with support functions, and other work centers. Ensuring that processes are continually updated to minimize build issues will be a crucial aspect of your responsibilities.

Training and Quality Coordination: Identifying, developing, and providing necessary training for touch labor and support functions is part of your duties. Additionally, you will play a central role in coordinating quality issues, managing Material Review Board (MRB) processes, overseeing rework/repairs, and conducting First Article Inspection (FAI) activities, including leading Root Cause Corrective Action (RCCA) initiatives.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Hands-on experience in manufacturing sub-assemblies and major aircraft-level assemblies.
  • Proficiency in wiring and systems installation and testing.
  • Expertise in structural installations, control linkage systems installations, panel/door installations, and flight control surfaces installations.
  • Familiarity with assembly tooling, production aides, and various assembly tools, both handheld and fixture-driven.
  • Strong background in developing manufacturing planning and work instructions and improving them to ensure alignment with engineering drawings.
  • Preferred experience with aircraft models such as F-16, F-18, F-22, F-35, or C-130, or prior production operations experience at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.

Educational Background:

  • A degree in Aerospace, Mechanical, Civil, or Industrial Engineering, coupled with 8-10 years of relevant experience, OR
  • 5-10+ years in touch labor manufacturing, with 5-10+ years as a Manufacturing Engineer, including 3-5 years of planning support and coordination.

Desired Skills:

  • U.S. citizenship required.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently as a consultant and as a subject matter expert supporting multiple build teams.
  • Strong attention to detail, self-motivation, and a proactive approach to ensuring comprehensive test coverage.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Proficiency in multitasking and problem-solving.

Job Details:

  • Location: Greenville, SC.
  • Working Hours: Full-time position, 40 hours per week, typically spread over four days.
  • Shift: The job primarily falls on the second shift, or a hybrid schedule may be adopted to overlap both shifts for maximum coverage.

Physical Requirements & Work Environment:

  • Work Setting: Primarily an office environment with occasional involvement on the shop floor.
  • Work Activities: Extensive use of telephone and computer.
  • Regulations: Compliance with strict industry procedures.
  • Flexibility: Willingness to accommodate business deadlines, potentially by staying late or arriving early.
  • Hours: Typically 8-hour workdays plus lunch, totaling 40 hours per week. Core (required) hours are 9 AM to 4 PM.
  • Transportation: Ability to use personal transportation to visit customer locations.

Note: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.


Quest Defense provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.