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Principal Engineer, Composites

Requisition ID:  56572
Business Unit:  Engine Systems Kentucky (3170)

Erlanger, KY, United States, 41018

Innovation is at the heart of everything we do at Meggitt, a worldwide leader in aerospace, defense and selected energy markets. We believe in our vision of ‘Enabling the Extraordinary: To Fly, To Power, To Live”. These core values – teamwork, integrity and excellence – are what have allowed us to become the company we are today. With facilities and over 9,000 employees worldwide, Meggitt draws on over 160 years of expertise to enhance the lives of people across the globe.

Our Engine Systems division brings together a range of abilities to support aero-engine manufacturers including Pratt & Whitney, General Electric, Safran and Rolls Royce.

At Meggitt, we have spearheaded pioneering applied research and technology programs to develop next generation turbofan cooling. We create thermal management components which operate reliably in extremes of temperature, pressure and vibration on the engines and airframes of leading military and commercial rotary and fixed wing aircraft.

Together, our Engine Systems division is helping to create the engines of the future.

Job Designation

The Principal Engineer, Composites acts as a key contributor and SME in the Manufacturing Engineering Team, and creates solutions to a wide range of complex technical issues. Professionally leads a variety of manufacturing engineering assignments and contributes to the characterization, analysis and development of the product.

Job Core Responsibilities

•    Provides composites processing expertise to support leading edge composites manufacturing processes and development of new processes.
•    Leads structured, complex problem solving activities leveraging process expertise.  
•    Leads/mentors team members through leading problem solving teams
•    Expands knowledge base of core composite manufacturing processes through day to day activity/engagement with the manufacturing engineering team.
•    Initiates improvements to Meggitt products, using best practices and professional knowledge
•    Acts as a professional resource for colleagues and provides technical direction and guidance to other team members
•    Reduces costs and improves manufacturing processes, using best practices and professional expertise
•    Provides technical support for new projects and evaluates the requirements and implications
•    Other responsibilities as assigned.
•    Consistent exercise of independent judgment and discretion in matters of significance.
•    Regular, consistent and punctual attendance is required. May need to work nights and weekends, variable schedule(s) and additional hours as necessary

Job Specifications

Education:  Bachelor degree in Engineering
Years' Experience: 10 years or more of manufacturing experience with heavy focus on composites manufacturing
•    Extensive manufacturing and processing experience with a wide range of resin and adhesive systems.
•    Experience with and knowledge of specific cure cycle requirements of resins and adhesive and deep understanding of the impact which cure cycle changes can have on the finished product.
•    Thorough knowledge of manufacturing techniques of prepreg composite systems, carbon fiber / RTM, injection molding, compression molding.
•    Experience with composites tooling, critical tooling design characteristics and how those impact process stability.
•    Ability to act as a technical lead on projects of a complex nature and provide composites manufacturing engineering expertise 
•    Ability to develop relationship with manufacturing engineering team, 
•     Ability to absorb and apply new technical information and evaluate implications
•     Effectively communicates difficult concepts and negotiates well with others   
•     Solid analytical skills and judgment to proactively identify and solve increasingly complex problems
•     Demonstrated ability to improve products or services by applying professional and business knowledge 
•     Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills to drive tasks to completion

Meggitt is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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If this position is located in the United States, this job will require use of information which is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). As such, all applicants must be U.S. persons within the meaning of ITAR. ITAR defines a U.S. person as a U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder'), Political Asylee, or Refugee.

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