Design Engineering Manager in Carson, CA at Ducommun

Date Posted: 2/24/2024

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Job Description

Design Engineering Manager - RF Background

Drives New Product Development (NPD) and Sustaining Engineering effectiveness and efficiency across Engineering disciplines.  Responsible for developing department capabilities to support business needs, including employee development and continuous improvement of facilities and equipment.  Has overall responsibility to ensure department goals and objectives are met as set in the Annual Operating Plan (AOP).

Balances managerial responsibilities with individual contribution to the development of new products.  Leads engineering projects and interfaces directly with customers to win new business and continuously improve existing products.

Who are we?

Founded in 1849, Ducommun is the oldest company in California. Starting as a hardware supply store during the California Gold Rush, we later assisted in the birth of the aerospace industry in Southern California by providing aircraft aluminum to early aerospace pioneers like Lindbergh, Douglas and Lockheed. 

Today Ducommun is a global provider of innovative manufacturing solutions for customers in the aerospace, defense and industrial markets. We specialize in electronic and structural systems, producing complex products and components for commercial aircraft platforms, mission-critical military and space programs, and sophisticated industrial applications. 

Our Performance Center in Carson, CA is the Engineered Products Group site for our Human Machine Interface, Motion Control Device, and Radio Frequency (RF) product lines.

Job Summary
  • Leads the Design Engineering team consisting of electrical engineers, radio frequency (RF) engineers, mechanical engineers, and mechanical designers.
  • Individually contributes to the development of new products through background in electrical, RF, and/or mechanical engineering.
  • Drives progress in new product development, internal research and development (IRAD), continuous improvement, and sustaining engineering.
  • Tracks technology development trends and competitive product development trends to help identify and anticipate future opportunities and competitive threats.
  • Cross-functionally interacts to coordinate plans and achieve results.
  • Measures performance of individuals and teams, providing updates with recommendations for improvement.
  • Promotes individual and team training to ensure staff are ready to support initiatives and projects.
  • Drives employee performance, development, hiring, and staffing projections.
  • Reviews and makes recommendations on policies and procedures to maximize department performance, authoring new policies and procedures as appropriate.
  • Manages fiscal responsibility for department, forecasting future requirements and managing expenses within established budget.
  • Any other responsibilities as assigned.

Management reserves the right to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions in accordance with business needs, and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job. Each job function will be conducted within the standards described in the Quality Policy and Safety Rules. Other duties may be assigned.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Experience in Aerospace and/or Defense industries.Experience in a manufacturing environment is a plus.
  • Experience with product design and development within a stage-gate process
  • Understanding of AS9100 Rev C and ISO 9000 is preferred
  • Clear communication skills
  • Active U.S. SECRET security clearance or ability to obtain clearance. This requires U.S. Citizen status plus the ability to successfully pass a background screening within 1 year of start date.

Required Experience and Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field
  • Minimum 5-7 years progressive experience
  • Two (2) or more years of experience leading or managing engineering teams, which can include project management and/or project engineering

Equal Opportunity Employer Veterans/Disabled

23301 S. Wilmington Ave
Carson, California, 90745
United States

Equal Opportunity Employer Veterans/Disabled