Manager, Materials and Processes at Wisk Aero | Powderkeg

Location: Mountain View, CA

Employment Type: Full-time

Team: Mechanical Engineering

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!

With that vision in mind, we are looking for a Materials and Processes Manager to join our team. The goal of a Materials and Processes Manager at Wisk is to ensure that materials utilized on projects at Wisk are qualified, properly documented, and processes associated with the materials are robust and fully defined. You will be part of the Mechanical Engineering Sub-Department that designs the next generation eVTOL.

The successful candidate is capable of leading a team to qualify composite materials in accordance with CMH-17 principles, develop material allowables, author a library of material and process specifications, disposition non- conformances, perform cure cycle simulation, perform laboratory mechanical testing, thermal testing, characterization of metallics and carbon fiber reinforced polymerics. In addition to being a subject matter expert on the aforementioned topics you will be responsible for team performance reviews, scheduling, resource planning, budgeting, maintaining laboratories, coordinating facility upgrades for new capital equipment, purchasing, vendor relationships with key suppliers, establishing requirements for the aircraft, sourcing new vendors, and cross-functional support for quality, NDT, and design. In this role, the candidate must be self motivated and capable of working with little direction. The candidate should be able to effectively communicate expectations on projects and tasks with their team and should be able to effectively communicate these expectations to IPT Leads throughout the organization to enact plans to meet mission critical milestones. This candidate should also be able to motivate their team and find creative ways to keep engagement high.

What you will do

  • You will take part in SRR, PDR, CDR and other design gate reviews.
  • You will support Integrated Product Teams (IPT) by assigning team members as representatives to the IPTs and mentoring the team members and being the final authority on the quality of work being produced by the M&P Team
  • You will help support certification by planning and executing on material qualification and design allowable generation


  • You have a B.S. in Engineering (M.S. Preferred) and at least 10 years experience (at least one year of leadership experience).
  • You have worked on various material qualification and design allowables development programs or aircraft certification programs.
  • You have hands-on experience with composite material processing, lab specimen preparation , and laboratory testing.
  • You have lead teams who produced material specifications and process specifications for flight vehicles


  • You are familiar with CMH-17, carbon/epoxy composites (autoclave, VBO, AFP, etc), coatings and finishes, surface preparation, adhesive bonding, JIRA, FAA certification, design allowables, laboratory procedures

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

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 all Wisk employees in the workplace, we are requiring that all employees receive an FDA-authorized vaccination against COVID-19 prior to physically returning to Wisk’s U.S. offices. Exceptions/accommodations are considered for employees with disabilities or sincerely-held religious beliefs or practices 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.

Job Summary
  • Job Title
    Manager, Materials and Processes
  • Company
    Wisk Aero
  • Location
    Mountain View, CA
  • Employment Type
    Full time
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