Project Engineer in Parsons, KS at Ducommun

Date Posted: 2/6/2024

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Job Description

Project Engineer

Project Engineer is responsible for the technical management of projects associated with customer products, including quoting / planning and implementing new business, value engineering, production start-up / maintenance, capital projects, and continuous improvement programs.

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.

Our Facility in Parsons, Ks manufactures precision parts for passenger and military aircraft. Travelers around the world count on our employees for their commitment to quality.

Why Ducommun? 

•         Excellent company culture – as recognized by Newsweek’s Top 100 Most Loved Workplaces

•         Clean and climate controlled working environment

•         Opportunity for career growth

•         Great benefits including paid vacation and sick time, 401K match, Employee Stock Purchase Program, annual bonus plan, and tuition reimbursement

Job Summary

  • Responsible for all phases of project execution from proposal through acceptance or qualification of the product and/or process.
  •  Manage and assist Program Management in all aspects of assigned projects including scope, cost, schedule, and risk.
  • Functions as leader of an Integrated Product Team, directing all technical aspects of the New Product Introduction process, capital equipment definition and commissioning, and continuous improvement projects.
  • Functions as the lead interface between customers and internal operations, ensuring that all customer requirements are translated, defined and incorporated into our business and manufacturing systems.
  • Prepares moderately complex quotations and ROM Proposals, supports Value Analysis (VA) Engineering, producibility and manufacturability analysis and continuous process improvement efforts.
  •  Participates in the conceptual design of tools and assists in verifying customer tooling functionality.
  • Proficient at mentoring other coworkers with evaluating and coordinate resolution of process issues. 
  •  Ability to train incoming employees to ensure they are at 45-90day requirements.
  • Responsible for the proper handling and management of hazardous waste generated in their work area. 
  •  Must be capable of performing the following activities associated with new product development and deployment:
  • Scope/Requirements management
  • Interface with customer and supplier engineering to coordinate engineering data and ensure proper flow down of, and compliance to, all internal and external customer requirements.
  • Identify and coordinate tooling requirements, including forming, functional gauging and assembly fixtures. Incorporate tool life cycle analysis into cost management.
  •  Coordinate and assist with First Article Inspection requirements.
  • Create and maintain accurate Bill of Material (BOM) requirements.
  • Facilitate planning changes as required for customer engineering/purchase order changes or method improvement/correction changes.
  • Schedule management
  • Prioritize and coordinate project activities for supporting departments and outside suppliers.
  • Define project schedules and establish detail project plan including major milestones. Track and update using Microsoft Project as required.
  • Provide status of each project to the internal and external customers using an appropriate format and methodology.
  • Cost Management
    •  Provide cost estimates to support Customer RFQ’s and Proposals.
    • Establish budget base lines and ensure execution to plan, FAI and delivery schedules.Perform regular unit cost analysis throughout project lifecycle.
  • Risk Management
  • Implement and maintain a Risk & Opportunities Management Assessment in support of Projects.
  •  Develop risk mitigation and opportunity exploitation plans and associated costs.  Propose and execute.
  • Assist in writing work instructions (SOP’s) to describe in detail the processing steps necessary to produce component or sub-assemblies
  • Coordinate information flow with other engineer team members to make corrections or improvements to planning, tooling, or processes.
  • Formulate Build Plans and manufacturing operations to produce quality components.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or required by the position.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Must be capable of managing projects and function successfully in a matrix organization.
  • Capable of managing multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Experience or education in Earned Value Management processes and systems preferred.
  • Coordinating activities while interacting with other (internal and external) resources.
  • Must possess working knowledge of Unigraphics NX and/or CATIA or other similar CAD Programs.
  • Must be capable of understanding and interpreting engineering and business specifications, statements of work, drawings, and similar defining documents.
  • Excellent communication skills required.
  • Must present to customers, vendors and internal operations, including the senior management team.
  • Understanding of fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft structure design and functionality is preferred.
  • Familiarity with the overall Aerospace Industry preferred.
  • Novice; works independently but with supervision.

Required Experience and Education

  •  BS degree in Engineering; and/or related experience in job function and/or training; equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 1-3 years related experience in job function.
  • Working knowledge of aerospace manufacturing.
  • Experience in a matrix organization preferred.
  • Strong communication skills, able to document, create and present project status to customers and management.
  • 4-8 years of experience in a manufacturing environment, preferably in an aerospace products or metals industry
  • Basic CAD software system experience, preferably Unigraphics NX and/or CATIA.
  • Proficient in project management tools, such as Microsoft Project, Excel and Power Point.
  • Comprehensive understanding of Lean Sigma and Value Analysis (VA) Engineering, including design for manufacturability.

Work Environment

  • Must have good finger dexterity – computer data entry.
  • Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust and focus.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively.
  • Frequently required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls.
  • Travel required up to 25%.
  • Occasionally required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch.
  • Must be able to occasionally move and/or lift from 1 – 50 pounds
  • Working conditions are:75% office environment, 25% manufacturing environment.
  • Noise level is moderate in office environment.
  • Frequently works near moving mechanical parts.
  • Occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold and extreme heat.
  • Hearing protection must be worn in designated manufacturing areas.
  • Safety glasses (ANSI Z87 compliant) required in all manufacturing areas.
  • Safety Footwear shall be in accordance with the following: ASTM standard F2413-05 with minimum impact resistance, compression resistance and metatarsal designation ratings of 75 foot pounds (i.e. ASTM F2413-05 I/75 C/75 Mt/75), which are viewable on the inside tag of footwear.

Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind the work assignments in accordance with business needs, and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential function of the job.

This is a generic job posting for a Project Engineer.  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.

Equal Opportunity Employer Veterans/Disabled


3333 Main Street
Parsons, Kansas, 67357
United States

Equal Opportunity Employer Veterans/Disabled