Staff Composites 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 a remote, office, and shop floor working environment. Comfortable working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment. Your core responsibilities will include laminate design process development and improvement, design and development of composite manufacturing laminates, and assistance in DFM processes for improved quality and costs. You will also participate in manufacturability assessments. Just as importantly, you will help draft, enforce, and maintain laminate design standards and processes to ensure consistent laminate design quality as the organization grows. 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 standards related to laminate design
  • Support structural assemblies through aircraft integration Learn how to use our CAD and PLM tools
  • 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 projects
  • Work with technicians and design engineers to develop manufacturing processes, tooling, procedures, quality control points, inspection plans, etc.
  • Purchase and implement new manufacturing equipment
  • Keep equipment operational by coordinating maintenance and repair services

Within 12 months you will

  • Reach high level of familiarity with the aircraft
  • 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


  • Bachelor's degree in Manufacturing Engineering, Aerospace engineering, or similar experience
  • 8+ years of experience as a manufacturing engineer in a production environment, preferably in a high-volume composites manufacturing operation and/or aerospace
  • 5+ years of experience as a manufacturing engineer in a production environment, preferably in a high-volume composites manufacturing and/or aerospace
  • Comfortable working with others to create new solutions to problems, as opposed to applying tried methods
  • Proficient with CAD software (NX preferred) and laminate definition software (Fibersim preferred)
  • Experience with ply cutting, laser projection software and hardware
  • 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 (Design for Manufacturing) while controlling cost and weight
  • Comfortable creating new solutions to problems, working in a dynamic environment, and with members of cross functional teams
  • Ability to work with the production team to draft and communicate implementation of laminate design, such as work instructions, ply schedules, etc.
  • Familiar with drafting standards/GD&T. Has ability to interpret or create engineering drawings


  • Familiar with drafting standards/GD&T. Has ability to interpret or create engineering drawings
  • Tool design for complex assemblies, layup and bonding
  • Metrology/inspection experience. 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.


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