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Spirit AeroSystems Advanced Product Development and Research Engineer - Robotics Engineer in Wichita, Kansas



As one of the world’s leading designers and manufacturers of aerostructures, Spirit AeroSystems provides products and solutions for both commercial and defense customers. From today's largest passenger jet to tomorrow's urban air vehicles, Spirit's advanced design, analysis, manufacturing, inspection, and testing experts cover all aspects of product development.

Built to Win. Spirit AeroSystems is home to some of the world’s leading aerostructures engineers and manufacturing minds, with a legacy of aerostructure work stretching back to the world's first aircraft production run of Wright Brothers aircraft in 1909 and defense work in World War I. Now we are applying our recognized design-build capabilities and commercial best practices to innovative technology development programs, delivering low cost solutions for high-rate manufacturing. This experience offers a roadmap for bringing high-rate production to future commercial and defense programs, and it all starts with research and technology to develop and transition advanced material solutions into the manufacturing process faster.

The ideal candidate will join a dual purpose team and strive towards enhancing automation towards manufacturing processes through non destructive inspection and dimensional inspection.

With headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, Spirit operates sites in the U.S., U.K., France, and Malaysia. The company's core products include fuselages, pylons, nacelles and wing components for the world's premier aircraft. Spirit AeroSystems creates affordable, innovative composite and metallic manufacturing solutions to support customers around the globe.

Work Location: Wichita, KS


Key Responsibilities:

  • Support advanced manufacturing projects from concept to transition to operation through the stage gate process.

  • Conceive innovative manufacturing processes, designs, and advanced technologies for existing manufacturing processes

  • Define and perform research programs to mature concepts, technologies and processes.

  • Define future factory vision, concepts and options with cost and benefit evaluation.

  • Understands full life cycle requirements for product and process development.

  • Perform trade studies for design and manufacturing alternatives.

  • Defines engineering requirements and compliance approaches up front for design for manufacturing and/or automation

  • Work in concert with key functions to align and advance research plans. Build positive relationships with internal support disciplines, customers and suppliers.

  • Progress concept through initial configuration, prototyping, risk reduction and mature technology readiness.

  • Create plans and evaluations for future work packages, i.e. managing projects from start to finish

  • Define necessary resources and development plans.


Required Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an ABET accredited program with 5-8 years of relevant experience or Masters degree with 4-7 years of experience.

  • Ability to manage with influence

  • Must be a self starter and able to perform duties with minimum supervision

  • Experience building interpersonal professional relationships

  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written

    Preferred Qualifications:

  • U.S. Citizenship or permanent residence is preferred

  • 3D computer aided modeling

  • Experience with robotics, automation, design, and various programming languages (C++, Python)

  • Familiarity with Linux operating system I.E. Ubuntu

  • Experience utilizing various Microsoft Office Suite applications, such as Office 365 and Microsoft Project, Power Point, Excel, Word, Teams and Visio

  • Experience with aerostructure manufacturing

  • Experience in cross-functional project management

  • Experience with Continuous Improvement/ Lean/ Industry 4.0/ World Class Manufacturing/ Future Factory/ Production System

  • Knowledge of engineering, manufacturing and supply chain

  • Knowledge of operational processes, flow and procedures

  • Knowledge of financial processes and procedures

  • Knowledge of Robotic Operating System (ROS and ROS2)

  • Research experience

    Spirit AeroSystems is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected factor under federal, state or local law.

    Kansas Tax Credit: Join Spirit AeroSystems’ Kansas team and you may be eligible for a $5,000 state of Kansas Aviation tax credit for up to five years. Click here for more information on the tax credit.