Senior Staff Composites Manufacturing Engineer

Mountain View, CA
5 months ago
Full time role

Job Description

At Wisk, we're transforming the future of urban mobility through safe, all-electric, autonomous flight. We are a passionate team working together toward a sustainable future, solving high-impact problems that have never been solved before. By delivering everyday flight for everyone, we're making it possible to spend less time getting there and more time being there. If you want to be part of shaping the future of mobility, then read on!
We are looking for a Sr. Staff Composites Manufacturing Engineer to join our team. The goal of an Sr. Staff Composites Manufacturing Engineer at Wisk is to ensure that composites manufacturing processes and definition is developed and sufficient to meet certification requirements for the FAA and AS9100. You will be part of the Manufacturing Engineering team that provides Design for Manufacturability input to design, as well as supports production system development and shop floor activities, from prototyping through high rate production. Additionally, you will be integral to the development of foundational processes and documents for Manufacturing Engineering at Wisk. 

Why we need you

  • With that vision in mind, we are looking for an Sr. Staff Composites Manufacturing Engineer to join our Manufacturing Engineering team. The goal of the Sr. Staff Composites Manufacturing Engineer at Wisk is to build the first fully autonomous all-electric aircraft that performs and operates safely in an urban air-mobility environment. In support of this goal, you will be part of the Manufacturing Engineering team that assesses designs for manufacturability and assimilability; identifies opportunities for early efficiencies and ways to leverage equipment or automation; and work cross functionally to prototype and develop processes for high rate manufacturing.   Your goal is to make sure that designs are manufacturable and build the factory of the future. 
  • The successful candidate is a knowledgeable and experienced technical contributor who has direct hands-on experience developing and building type certified aircraft or working in regulated environments, from initial concept through flight testing and certification, with the technical breadth necessary to interface with all engineering functions such as Quality, Hardware design, Test, and Production teams. In this role, the candidate must be proactive, forward thinking, and self-motivated with the ability to effectively communicate information and ideas with a cross functional and diverse team.  

What you will do:

  • Own manufacturing projects from early design phases through introduction to production lines
  • Support manufacturing activities, both internal to Wisk and externally at vendors and potential technical partners
  • Support structural assemblies through aircraft integration, using Wisk determined CAD and PLM tools
  • Work closely with a cross functional project team to develop manufacturing processes, tooling and equipment, procedures, quality control points, inspection plans, etc. 
  • Improve manufacturing processes by studying product requirements; researching, designing, modifying, and testing manufacturing methods and equipment
  • Help define and document business processes and best practices to establish foundation for Manufacturing Engineering at Wisk

What you have done:

  • B.S. in Manufacturing Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or similar experience, with 12+ years of experience; MS or PhD counts towards years of experience
  •  12+ years working as a manufacturing engineer in a production environment, preferably in high-volume composites, aviation/aerospace, and/or automotive
  • Comfortable working with others to create new solutions to problems; able to take experience working in regulated environments and adapt that knowledge to a new type of product and industry
  • Proficient with CAD software (NX Preferred) and laminate definition software (FiberSim preferred)
  • Experience with ply cutting, laser projection software, and hardware
  • Experience with Composite part fabrication: prepreg layup, vacuum bagging, trimming, drilling, surface preparation, structural bonding, ATP/AFP
  • Proficient and safe use of hand and shop tools
  • Experience working with cross functional teams to improve the manufacturability of a product, i.e. Design for manufacturing, while controlling cost and weight
  • Ability to work with the shop floor production team to draft and communicate implementation of laminate design, such as work instructions, ply schedules, etc. 
  • Proficient in the use of drafting standards/GD&T; able to interpret or create engineering drawings


  • Experience in tool design for complex assemblies, layup and bonding; as well as familiarity with automation
  • Experience with metrology/inspection. Familiarity with equipment such as laser trackers, scanners, and NDI equipment such as ultrasound or thermography
  • Proficient in the fundamentals of industrial engineering, including capacity models, technical writing, time studies, and labor cost forecasting

Who you are:

  • You are a highly motivated, self starting individual with a broad set of skills and never afraid of facing complex technical challenges
  • You are a solution oriented individual with a strong analytical mindset
  • You have strong communication skills and can easily tailor your communications to suit the audience
  • You can adapt quickly or propose changes needed to achieve early results in a timely fashion
  • You embrace challenges and take commitments and deliver results within reasonable expectations
  • You are a positive team player

Compensation and Benefits:In addition to offering a great work environment and the opportunity to be part of the team making electric autonomous flight a reality, at Wisk, we offer excellent total rewards which include a competitive base salary, annual bonus, long term incentive, 401K, health benefits and much more.  
Job Type: Full-timePay Range the Company expects to pay: $151,228 - $231,085 per year - The starting base salary within this range for this role varies based on factors such as your geographical location, and your relevant job-related experience that is consistent with a business necessity.
We are located in Mountain View just a couple of hundred feet from Shoreline Lake and its surrounding walking/jogging trails. We offer a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision and life insurance (company pays 100% of employee premium), alternative work schedule (9/80), flexible time off, 10 company holidays, a 401(k) plan with 50% company matching (no vesting period), commuter assistance, and education assistance. And on top of all that, we also offer a variety of perks such as free catered lunches, flight lessons, gym membership subsidies, snacks, drinks, fruits, employee referral bonus, charitable giving match, patent bonus program, happy hours and many more.
In order to protect the health and safety of our employees in the workplace, as a condition of employment, we require that employees  are fully-vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccination against COVID-19 as permitted by law. Exceptions/accommodations are considered for employees with disabilities or sincerely-held religious beliefs, practices, or observances that prevent them from being vaccinated against COVID-19.
Wisk Aero provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Wisk Aero abides by applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
Wisk Aero is an E-Verify employer.