Senior Systems Manufacturing Engineer 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, on the shop floor, and comfortable working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.

Your core responsibilities will focus on process development, manufacturing of subsystem assemblies, and final integration of our aircraft. You will also participate in DFM (Design for Manufacturability) assessments and projects, including analyzing different manufacturing processes for cost and efficiency. Just as importantly, you will help draft, enforce, and maintain manufacturing standards and processes to ensure consistent production quality as the organization grows.

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 activities, both internal and outsourced
  • Support drafting of processes related to manufacturability
  • Support structural assemblies through aircraft integration.
  • Learn how to use our CAD, PLM, and MES tools

Within 6 months you will

  • Continue learning about the aircraft and subsystem assemblies
  • Take ownership of new manufacturing projects
  • Work with technicians, design engineers, and quality engineers to develop and/or improve manufacturing processes, tooling, procedures, quality control points, inspection plans, etc.
  • Purchase and implement new manufacturing equipment along with fixture 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 and its subsystems
  • Continuously improve manufacturing processes
  • Efficiently incorporate design changes into manufacturing plans and procedures
  • Improve manufacturing processes by studying product requirements; researching, designing, modifying, and testing manufacturing methods and equipment
  • Support tooling development
  • Define equipment qualification processes
  • Work with cross-functional teams (Design, Quality, and Production) to assess manufacturability of parts and systems, bringing prototypes through to full scale production


  • Bachelor's degree in Manufacturing Engineering, Aerospace engineering, or equivalent experience
  • 5+ years of experience as a manufacturing engineer in a production environment, preferably in a high-volume manufacturing operation and/or aerospace
  • Proficient with CAD software (NX or CATIA preferred)
  • Proficient, safe, and knowledgeable use of hand and shop tools
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams to improve the manufacturability of a product (Design for Manufacturing) while controlling cost and weight
  • Experience laying out and integrating aircraft system installations, with consideration for manufacturing, certification, and maintenance
  • Experience in development and integration of automated manufacturing processes to bring prototypes to high volume production
  • Comfortable creating new solutions to problems, working in a dynamic environment, and with members of cross-functional teams
  • Ability to work hands-on with production, quality, and design engineering teams to create Work Instructions, evaluate PFMEA’s (Process Failure Mode and Effects Analysis), and develop new processes to improve yield and reliability
  • Strong verbal and documentation skills with respect to project and task tracking
  • Familiar with Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES)
  • Must be able to easily access our shop in Mountain View, CA, and be open to eventual relocation to our final production facility


  • Proficient with drafting standards/GD&T (ASME Y14.5-2018 preferred); Has ability to interpret, correct, and create engineering drawings
  • Experience working on certified aircraft and in a regulated environment (e.g. AS9100, FAA Certification, or similar)
  • Proficient in the fundamentals of industrial engineering, including capacity models, technical writing, time studies, and labor cost forecasting
  • Knowledge of Lean Manufacturing and Six-Sigma principles
  • Familiarity with engineering configuration management tools such as Teamcenter and JIRA
  • Ability to drive continuous improvement & optimization efforts to reduce production costs, improve yield, quality, reliability, and performance
  • Experience with research and installation of new and existing equipment
  • Knowledge of safety standards/guidelines pertinent to high voltage assemblies and experience implementing them


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