• Materials and Processes Engineer - Composites

    Job Locations US-WA-Kent
    Engineering Center of Excellence
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  • Overview

    As part of a small, passionate and accomplished team of experts, you will be responsible for materials and process engineering tasks related to the selection, design, and manufacturing of polymer matrix composites for various spaceflight systems.  You will share in the team’s impact on all aspects of material characterization, supporting design for produciblity, material selection, quality control, and new material development. 

    This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your dedicated commitment and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable spaceflight.


    • Lead cross-functional teams that are responsible for selecting materials, manufacturing processes, and suppliers to produce world class aerospace hardware
    • Collaborate closely with design, manufacturing, quality, and integration engineers to define material requirements and successfully implement production solutions
    • Engage external suppliers to develop new materials and processes for demanding operational conditions unique to space vehicle structures
    • Contribute to the development of internal engineering and quality processes to standardize and accelerate material evaluation and implementation


    • B.S. degree or higher in materials engineering or relevant field
    • 8+ years of experience with composite materials and process development in a production manufacturing environment
    • Familiarity with typical aerospace composites and related materials (prepregs, fibers, resins, cores, adhesives, coatings, etc.)
    • Experience with aerospace composite manufacturing processes including prepreg, wet layup, sandwich fabrication, and automated manufacturing methodologies
    • Experience supporting design and manufacturing teams in an aerospace environment, including preparing specifications, test reports, and other documentation
    • Experience developing and executing plans for material characterization, such as mechanical testing, thermal analysis, and chemical analysis
    • Experience coordinating development and/or test programs with external parties
    • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills with the ability to prioritize and handle small and large projects with a diversity of customers
    • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (current Green Card holder)


    • Expertise in high-temperature polymer matrix composite materials
    • Expertise in materials for automated composite manufacturing processes
    • Expertise in aerospace adhesives and bonding processes
    • Hands-on composite fabrication experience
    • Ability to operate manual machine tools (saws, mills, etc.)
    • Experience or knowledge in analytical methods (i.e. DMA, DSC, mechanical testing)


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