Principal Manufacturing Engineer @ Collins Aerospace - Riverside, CA

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2 months ago

Principal Manufacturing Engineer

Collins Aerospace - Riverside, CA

Date Posted:



United States of America


HCA22: Aerostructures -Riverside 8200 Arlington Ave, Riverside, CA, 92503 USA

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Collins Aerospace is seeking a Principal Manufacturing Engineer in the field of Manufacturing Engineering, supporting the fabrication of advanced composite structures used on commercial and military platforms. The responsible engineer for this position will create numerically controlled (NC) programs for custom CNC machines and robots, including automated fiber placement, 5 & 6 axis mills, and robotic cells. Creation of NC programs will focus on quality, cycle time reduction, and cost reduction to support company goals. The principal engineer hired for this position will be leading the NC group to utilize fundamentals, CORE, and advanced methods to optimize and standardized NC programs across the site. They will analyze operations information and make the appropriate changes to equipment, processes or documentation to solve problems, improve efficiency and part quality. The engineer will work alongside a multi-discipline team of engineers on a variety of tasks related to composite component manufacture. This is a production-oriented position operating in a manufacturing shop environment. The ideal candidate will have some experience working on a shop floor.

*This is an onsite production-oriented position operating in a manufacturing shop environment*


  • Preparation and development of numerical programs used to drive NC and CNC equipment/machines/robots with minimal supervision.

  • Interpret technical drawings and 3D models

  • Use Catia and CAD/CAM software to model cutting paths, program machines accordingly and simulate part programs

  • Create inspection programs to ensure products meet design specifications

  • Adjust machine cutting paths or settings to optimize production while maintaining quality

  • Consider tools required to cut materials and program machines accordingly

  • Liaises closely with manufacturing, quality and operations in the planning, design, development and utilization of NC programs

  • Creates work instructions for machinists to load/unload machined parts onto CNC equipment and specify cutters used to machine parts.

  • Interface with operations team from various value streams for communication on new program requests and immediate needs. Develop and manage NC program schedule.

  • Ensures sequences in manufacturing processes and product builds are followed and comply with Environmental Health & Safety and Quality requirements.

  • Investigates root cause of process failures or quality issues and develops go-forward approach.

  • Uses data analytics / statistical process control (SPC) for productivity, First Pass Yield (FPY) and business unit targets and improvement.

  • Engages in problem solving initiatives & challenges status quo (e.g., root cause and corrective action investigations, OEE, FPY, customer escapes)

  • Interfaces with fellow manufacturing engineers, structures design engineers, engineering management, operations, shop floor personnel, and external vendors. Works with other senior manufacturing technical staff in cross-discipline technical initiatives involving design, quality, equipment, testing, Material Review Board (MRB) and Materials & Process engineers.

  • Participates and contributes on Process Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (PFMEA) and control build plans. Identifies opportunities on drawings and specifications to influence changes to engineering designs and line balancing.

  • Participates in tool design reviews to ensure tools are feasible for automated equipment.

  • Participates in process improvement and continuous improvement activities. Implements results of lean manufacturing initiatives.

  • Implements process improvements by applying various engineering applications such as: robotics, automation and simulation.

  • Participates in digital manufacturing solutions with support from digital subject matter experts

  • Computer literate. Command knowledge and experience using MS Office software.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and 8 years of prior relevant experience OR

  • Advanced Degree in a related field and minimum 5 years of experience OR

  • In absence of a degree, 12 years of relevant experience is required

  • Read, write, speak and understand work instructions, both verbal and written, perform basic math calculations and conduct self-inspection / audit.

  • Ability to read and interpret material and process specifications, engineering drawings, technical reports, manuals, and work instructions.

  • Experience using CATIA V5/V6 and 3DExperience Software Suite.

  • Experience using CATIA’s Composite Workbench.

  • Ability to demonstrate adaptation of machine or equipment design to factory and production conditions.

  • Lean Manufacturing – understanding level

  • Project Management – basic understanding

  • For Non-US countries, needs to write, read and understand English at basic business level

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with high-rate composites manufacturing methods (fiber placement, resin transfer molding, compression molding, thermoplastics).

  • Experience in robotic programming. CAM software and teach pendant methods.

  • Hands-on experience with composites materials and processing, exhibiting strong fabrication and assembly skills (demonstrated through past work or experience via a student team, internship, or personal project).

  • Ability to understand direction and adhere to established procedures.

  • Ability to multitask, problem solve and manage time effectively. Must have solid organizational skills.

Collins Aerospace, a Raytheon Technologies company, is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Collins Aerospace has the capabilities, comprehensive portfolio and expertise to solve customers’ toughest challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market.

Our Advanced Structures team leverages advanced materials and additive manufacturing to develop complex interior and exterior solutions. These solutions ensure structural integrity of the aircraft, help aircraft take off and land, stay trim in the air, move forward, carry cargo and conduct rescues. We delight our customers with superior products and best-in-class service. Our global team is committed to continuous improvement – we work hard to make our solutions lighter-weight, stronger and more technically advanced, so that plane travel can be safer, more affordable and more sustainable in the years to come. We are looking for the best and brightest to fly and land with us!

We make modern flight possible for millions of travelers and our military every second. Our major product lines are on-board virtually every aircraft flying. Be it keeping passengers safe with our emergency power generation systems or creating a positive in-flight experience through reliable cabin pressure controls and quieter engines, Power & Controls focuses on delivering a best-in-class experience to our customers. We hire the top people in the industry. Their ideas drive our performance, and their integrity keeps our customers happy. Join us as we take flight!

Diversity drives innovation; inclusion drives success. We believe a multitude of approaches and ideas enable us to deliver the best results for our workforce, workplace, and customers. We are committed to fostering a culture where all employees can share their passions and ideas so we can tackle the toughest challenges in our industry and pave new paths to limitless possibility.


  • Please consider the following role type definitions as you apply for this role.
  • Onsite: Employees who are working in Onsite roles will work primarily onsite. This includes all production and maintenance employees, as they are essential to the development of our products.

  • Hybrid: Employees who are working in Hybrid roles will work regularly both onsite and offsite. Ratio of time working onsite will be determined in partnership with your leader.

  • Remote: Employees who are working in Remote roles will work primarily offsite (from home). An employee may be expected to travel to the site location as needed.

Regardless of your role type, collaboration and innovation are critical to our business and all employees will have access to digital tools so they can work with colleagues around the world and access to Collins sites when their work requires in-person meetings.

Some of our competitive benefits package includes:

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance

  • Three weeks of vacation for newly hired employees

  • Generous 401(k) plan that includes employer matching funds and separate employer retirement contribution, including a Lifetime Income Strategy option

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • Life insurance and disability coverage

  • Optional coverages you can buy: Pet Insurance, Home and Auto, additional life insurance, accident insurance, critical illness insurance, group legal

  • Ovia Health, fertility and family planning

  • Employee Assistance Plan, including up to 5 free counseling sessions

  • Redbrick - Incentives for a Healthy You

  • Autism Benefit

  • Doctor on Demand, virtual doctor visits

  • Adoption Assistance

  • Best Doctors, second opinion program

  • And more!

Nothing matters more to Collins Aerospace than our strong ethical and safety commitments. As such, all U.S. positions require a background check, which may include a drug screen.


  • Background check and drug screen required (every external new hire in the U.S.)

  • Drug Screen only performed on re-hires who have been gone for more than 1 year

At Collins, the paths we pave together lead to limitless possibility. And the bonds we form – with our customers and with each other - propel us all higher, again and again.

Apply now and be part of the team that is redefining aerospace, every day.

The salary range for this role is 94,000 USD - 196,000 USD; however, Raytheon Technologies considers several factors when extending an offer, including but not limited to, the role and associated responsibilities, a candidate’s work experience, education/training, and key skills.

Raytheon Technologies is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, age or any other federally protected class.

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