Production Engineer

Los Angeles, California

ABL's Production Engineers are not just putting the vehicle together. They are the front line defense in keeping the vehicles moving through the factory when problems arise.

Defined by their workmanship and leadership, the production crew is integral to getting a quality vehicle onto the launch pad on time. Solid Production Engineers know every component, tube and fastener on the vehicle and the order in which parts must go together and the right combination of socket extensions to access each fastener. When there's a problem, Production Engineers are in their element troubleshooting and diagnosing system anomalies. They characterize the problem, determine the fix and execute it with their team, ensuring mission success at the individual vehicle level.

Responsibilities

Develop framework for production processes, to include work order and issue tracking software, process specifications and general flow of operations

Develop and execute build and test procedures for flight hardware and ground support equipment

Interface with design engineers during product design cycle to ensure adequate restructurability

Lead technicians on the production floor to execute operations

Design and build tooling to assist with production operations

Near Term Responsibilities

During ABL's early phases, the Production Engineer will have significantly broader scope.  Eventually, the Production Engineers will work in ABL's production factory, but early on they must first build that factory.

Evaluate and select enterprise software (e.g. inventory, part tracking etc.)

Design the work order, issue ticket and asset maintenance systems

Design and write standard repair procedures and system to implement them

Layout the factory

Define the metrics by which production processes will be evaluated and determine methods to measure them

Create training courses for engineers and technicians on specialized production skills

Medium-Term Growth Path
Basic Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in any engineering discipline from an accredited institution

One of the following experience bases:

  • ‍2+ years of industry experience in a production or design role
  • 3+ years of collegiate extracurricular engineering project experience (Rocket Team, Formula SAE etc.)
Preferred Skills and Experience

2+ years of experience designing and executing production or test operations for a launch vehicle, airplane, ship or automobile

Technical writing

Hardware project management experience where there was a clear deliverable

Python coding and ability to write simple scripts

Writing and executing procedures for complex hardware operations

Professional or hobby fabrication experience to include, but not limited to:

  • ‍Restoring cars and rebuilding engines
  • Woodworking and construction
  • Composite layup
  • Electronic projects (Arduino, Raspberry Pi etc.)
  • Amateur rocketry
Additional Requirements

The Production Engineer must be willing to travel to launch and test sites to support integration and test work, especially on first-article products.

What We Look For

Beyond technical prowess, ABL focuses on the following candidate characteristics. Tangible examples are the best way to highlight these during the evaluation process.

1. Critical thinking: ABL engineers understand the "why" behind all design decisions, operational events and test outcomes.  

2. Ability to deal with ambiguity: there is no roadmap and ABL engineers must be comfortable defining their own pathway to an objective. 

3. End-to-end ownership: projects are delivered fully complete and ready for flight; there is no one to pick up the slack of partially complete work. 

ITAR Requirement

This position requires access to information protected under US export control laws, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and/or the Export Administration Regulations.  As such, US person status (including US citizens, permanent residents, asylees, and refugees) is a required qualification for this position.

Non-Discrimination

We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, genetics, or citizenship status (when otherwise legally authorized to work and access export-controlled data) and will not be discriminated against on the basis of such characteristics or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. We encourage applicants of all ages.

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