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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 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!

Technical Skills and Experience:

  1. Aircraft Development and Upgrades: Proficient in supporting new aircraft development or upgrades, including the development of tools and processes to facilitate rate production.

  2. Issue Assessment and Coordination: Skilled at assessing and coordinating corrective actions for issues related to the build sequence, system installation, planning/operations card sequence, and in-process testing requirements. Able to provide effective corrective actions to resolve these issues.

  3. Troubleshooting: Experienced in troubleshooting operations, implementing shortage workarounds, addressing “Out of Station” rework challenges, and managing change incorporation effectively.

  4. Collaboration with Support Functions: Familiar with working collaboratively with other support functions, such as Quality, Planning, Engineering, and Liaison, to integrate their expertise for issue resolution at build work centers. Ensuring that processes are updated to enhance efficiency and quality.

  5. Training and Lessons Learned: Proficient in identifying, developing, and providing training and lessons learned for touch labor, peer Manufacturing Engineers, and other support functions to improve overall team performance.

  6. Quality Issue Coordination: Capable of coordinating quality-related activities, including Material Review Board (MRB) processes, rework/repairs, and First Article Inspection (FAI) activities. Able to lead Root Cause Corrective Action (RCCA) activities effectively.

  7. Manufacturing Expertise: Experienced in manufacturing sub-assemblies and major aircraft-level assemblies, as well as wiring and systems installation and testing. Skilled in structural installations, control linkage systems installations, panel/door installations, and flight control surfaces installations.

  8. Assembly Tooling: Proficient in working with assembly tooling, production aides, and various assembly tools (both handheld and fixture-driven).

  9. Manufacturing Planning: Skilled in developing manufacturing planning and work instructions, with a focus on improving processes to ensure that requirements are met according to engineering drawings.

  10. Aircraft Experience: Familiarity with aircraft models such as F-16, F-18, F-22, F-35, or C-130 is a valuable asset. Prior production operations experience at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics is a plus.

Education: experience with certifications and/or AA or AS 

  • A degree in Aerospace, Mechanical, Civil, or Industrial Engineering, 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 tooling design and engineering.

Desired Skills:

  • Independence and Consultancy: Ability to work successfully both independently as a consultant and as a subject matter expert supporting multiple build teams.

  • Detail-Oriented: A diligent self-starter with a proactive approach to ensuring comprehensive test coverage.

  • Communication: Effective communication skills to convey information and collaborate with team members.

  • Multi-Tasking: The ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously to meet project demands.

  • Problem-Solving: Strong problem-solving skills to address complex issues efficiently.

Job Details:

  • Location: Onsite in Greenville, SC.
  • Working Hours: Full-time, 40 hours per week, typically over 4 days.
  • Shift: Primarily on the second shift, or a hybrid schedule to overlap both shifts.#cj

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.


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