Proto Engineer Supervisor in Appleton, WI at Ducommun

Date Posted: 9/14/2022

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Job Description

Proto Engineer Supervisor

Proto Engineer Supervisor

Provide leadership and direction for Proto Engineering. The position will assign and supervise resources to support projects and programs, develop processes, tooling, manufacturing instructions, and equipment to support customer requirements and production schedules.

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 Appleton, WI manufactures state-of-the-art circuit boards for Aerospace and Defense as well as Industrial and Medical Industries. 

Job Summary

  • Leads, supervises and directs the manufacturing engineering team which includes tool design 
  • Provide leadership and direction in manufacturing in product flow, tooling and standard work procedures
  • Provide input for manufacturability, direct and non-recurrent cost
  • Provide leadership during technical information exchange with customers
  • Provide implementation of manufacturing that is process dependent
  • Develop and mature the manufacturing engineering culture and infrastructure for the company
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the manufacturing engineering requirements with military and government programs
  • Reviews and makes recommendations on policies and procedures to maximize department operating performance
  • Team leader for cause and corrective action team, a cross-functional team that includes members from Quality, Test Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering functions.
  • Ensure project and assignments remain consistent with company practices, policies, and regulations (e.g.: SOX, OSHA, Management System Standards)
  • Interact and support all internal and external customers; set standards that promote good relations and communication
  • Perform other assignments as required

Minimum Qualification

  • Knowledge of aerospace company specifications and practices
  • Six Sigma, Lean Product development, Kaizen Activity are highly desirable
  • Must be proficient in the use of MS-Office tools
  • Management experience in an aerospace manufacturing environment
  • Ability to lead a group of people in a constructive, productive and fair manner
  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints and mylars
  • Strong analytical and communication skills
  • Ability to drive relentless root cause analyses to gain from our mistakes
  • Pleasant personality, must interact with all levels of personnel, customers and vendors
  • Read and understand internal procedures and policies
  • Ability to keep confidential information
  • Team oriented with a continuous improvement outlook

Required Experience/Education/Training/Certifications

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in engineering discipline or a technical field
  • Five years experience in an aerospace manufacturing environment; two (2) or more years of equivalent industry experience is preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years of progressive experience within the functional area assigned


Equal Opportunity Employer Veterans/Disabled


2222 East Pensar Drive
Appleton, Wisconsin, 54911
United States

Equal Opportunity Employer Veterans/Disabled