Senior Manufacturing Engineer, Tooling at Wisk Aero | Powderkeg

Location: Mountain View, CA

Employment Type: Full-time

Team: Manufacturing

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 seeking a hands-on manufacturing engineer to join our team developing electric-powered aircraft. You are efficient in the office and on the shop floor, and comfortable working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.

Your core responsibilities will include design tools, jigs, fixtures, and general assembly aids for production and R&D builds. You will work in a team involving design for manufacturability in a cross-functional role, supporting multiple technologies on the aircraft. The role is mainly focused on Assembly and FAL tools and equipment and requires a variety of skills related to tooling, such as composite production tooling and assembly, sheet metal design, design of injection molded tooling, machined parts, 3D-printed parts, and general material selection. Just as importantly, you will be responsible for drafting, supporting manufacture and build of tooling and equipment to be used in production. Your additional sub-tasks will include part-sourcing, and hands-on assembly of tooling.

You are well organized, with strong written skills, and are able to create and maintain work instructions, in addition to excellent documentation of projects and tasks. You have extensive experience with a wide variety of assembly and manufacturing processes, automation of processes, cost analysis for outsourcing of processes, and paperless workflow systems.

Within 3 months you will

  • Get to know the team
  • Shadow design engineers, technicians, and other manufacturing engineers
  • Support manufacturing related tooling activities, both internal and outsourced
  • Support drafting of standards related to assembly tooling design
  • Learn how to use our CAD and PLM tools

Within 6 months you will

  • Continue learning about the aircraft and subsystem assemblies
  • Take ownership of new manufacturing/tooling projects
  • Work with technicians and design engineers to develop tooling, procedures, quality control points, inspection plans, etc.
  • Purchase and implement new manufacturing equipment along with tooling design to support prototype and production builds
  • Keep equipment operational by coordinating maintenance and repair services

Within 12 months you will

  • Reach high level of familiarity with the aircraft
  • Continuously improve tooling designs and processes
  • Efficiently incorporate design changes into manufacturing plans and tools
  • Improve tools by studying product requirements; researching, designing, modifying, and testing manufacturing methods and equipment


  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering or equivalent experience
  • 5+ years of experience designing tooling or manufacturing equipment in a production environment, preferably in a high-volume operation and/or aerospace
  • Tool design for complex assemblies (spring assemblies, electro-mechanical jigs, etc.), drill jigs, scaffoldings, etc.
  • Design for manufacturing and assembly, for both high rate and low rate production
  • Proficient with CAD software (NX or CATIA preferred), Surface modeling is a plus
  • Proficient with model based definition, drafting and GD&T standards (ASME Y14.41, Y14.100, Y14.5)
  • Proficient and safe use of hand and shop tools
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams to improve the assembly and FAL process of a product (Design for Manufacturing)
  • Comfortable creating new solutions to problems, working in a dynamic environment, and with members of cross functional teams
  • Ability to communicate implementation of tooling, such as work instructions, tool usage instructions, tooling drawings, safety information, and/or new product integration plan
  • Must be able to easily access our shop in Mountain View, CA, and our final production facility as well as travel to supplier to evaluate tooling manufacture and buy-off


  • Proficient use of analysis tools such as FEA, CFD, Mass and Volume Evaluation, Thermodynamics; knowledge in seismic requirements is a plus
  • Programming knowledge related to automation of manufacturing processes. Python, PLC, or other similar experiences a plus
  • Metrology/inspection experience with any of the following methods and their related programs: Laser trackers, scanners, 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
  • Familiar with OSHA and other government requirement
  • Familiar with HMI requirements and other tooling interfaces


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
    Senior Manufacturing Engineer, Tooling
  • Company
    Wisk Aero
  • Location
    Mountain View, CA
  • Employment Type
    Full time
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