Engineering Manager in Gardena at Ducommun

Date Posted: 6/5/2024

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Job Description


Responsible for the engineering functions of the advanced composites product group. The position oversees all engineering aspects of the VersaCore Technology, a key technology in Ducommun’s growth strategy.

Who are we?

Founded in 1849, Ducommun is the oldest company in California. Starting as a hardware supply store during the California Gold Rush and eventually 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. 

Job Summary

  • Leads, supervises and directs the engineering department which includes R&D, prototype development, tool design, manufacturing planning, and document control. (i.e., from concept through design, development, certification and pre-production)
  • Manages outside engineering contractors or consultants.
  • Key member of the management team and business development process
  • Supply technical input in bid / proposal process and lead the NPI process.
  • Team leader for cause and corrective action team, a cross-functional team that includes members from Quality and Manufacturing functions.
  • Participates in the annual strategic planning and budgeting process, with budgetary responsibility for the Engineering Department.
  • Supports manufacturing as technical liaison in our Guaymas, MX facility.
  • Mentors and coaches critical thinking and structured problem solving for the quality, engineering and production organizations within the company.
  • Support vendor development / selection
  • Ability to travel to customers, vendors and production facilities, domestic and international.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Knowledge of AS9100 and NADCAP requirements
  • Experience with mechanical/physical testing and or chemical testing and analysis
  • Extensive knowledge of composite materials and adhesives for aerospace applications.
  • Extensive knowledge of composite and metal bonding processes
  • Experience and/or knowledge of CATIA and Unigraphics
  • Knowledge of aerospace standards (AS, NAS, ASTM
  • Knowledge of aerospace company specifications and practices, particularly Boeing

Required Experience and Education

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in materials or aerospace engineering
  • Computer knowledge and skills, i.e., MS Word, PowerPoint, MS Project and Excel
  • Ability to lead a group of people in a constructive, productive and fair manner.
  • Ability to manage numerous projects and meet deadlines as required.
  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints and mylars.
  • Strong analytical and communication skills

This is a generic job posting for an Engineering Manager.  Depending on the candidate’s skills, qualifications and experience, they will be hired into an entry (I) level, intermediate (II) level or expert (III) level job and pay scale.

Base Compensation: USD 114,000.00 - 170,000.00 Paid Salaried

Equal Opportunity Employer Veterans/Disabled

268 E. Gardena Road
Gardena, California, 90248
United States

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Equal Opportunity Employer Veterans/Disabled