Staff Process Engineer in Parsons, KS at Ducommun

Date Posted: 3/4/2018

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Job Description

Staff Process Engineer

Job Description

The Staff Process Engineer supports various departments (Engineering, Operations, Quality, Manufacturing and Supply Chain) through the development, evaluation, and implementation of processes related to chemical processing. Emphasis on knowledge of these processes for aluminum alloys, titanium alloys, and superalloys. Furthermore, the person in this position would develop the new specifications that would increase control of the processes/products at suppliers. The person chosen for this position is expected to ensure that regulations and specifications that govern the production of aircraft parts are implemented in the Operations Center, to maintain compliance, and to become the Subject Matter Expert (SME) for all chemical activities of the Operations Center.

Essential Functions

% of Time

• Responsible for interpreting, implementing, and training regarding NADCAP, quality management system including ISO 9001 and AS9100 and customer requirements in the areas of coatings and chemical processing.


• Collaborate with Quality and Engineering functions to develop and execute chemical and finishing process control plans

• Prepares, revises and oversee internal work instructions and specifications related to area of expertise.

• Conducts audits in accordance with internal audit programs, hosts customer and industry audits such as NADCAP and AS9100. Prepares reports and submits resolution to audit findings.

• Develop the internal specification system aligned with external requirements that would increase fidelity of requirements, process control for parts made by internal Operations and by suppliers. Also, review and approve various engineering procedures and specifications.


• Lead in root cause and corrective action investigation efforts. Initiate and enable Failure Analysis, create and review failure reports, assist Engineering and customers.

• Work with Operations & Manufacturing Engineering to develop, modify, qualify and troubleshoot various materials, chemical, surfacing, and coating processes.

• Manage and proactively participate in developing, maintaining, training, and sharing technical knowledge in specialized area(s), remaining up-to-date on current trends and best practices.

• Support sustainment operations through review of process changes, advising MRB on material and process related discrepancies, and interfacing with customers.

• Work directly with customers and vendors to understand and formulate their technical requirements and business needs into achievable results

• Ensure proper maintenance of manufacturing equipment by recommendation of Preventative Maintenance activities and schedules

• Support New Product Introductions by providing guidance on materials and process to use for industrialization of new products, participate in efforts to obtain customer process approvals/qualifications.


• Provides project management, process introduction, and continuous process improvement leadership

• Analysis of data from production and engineering process runs, qualifying changes or additions to manufacturing toolsets and process flows to drive process performance improvements.

• Direct and lead solving complex problems through analysis and innovation; solutions may become part of standard operating procedure

• Proficient at mentoring others to cultivate critical process evaluation and best resolution to process issues.


• Support Research and Development by conducting technology projects, participating in technology reviews, and proposing new technology.

• Responsible for establishing and maintaining strong and professional collaborative partnership with other organizations, academic institutions and external partners, as appropriate, in order to leverage best-in-class methods and capabilities.

• Initiates capital project selection, justification, budgeting, and implementation

• Interprets State rules and regulations and assists with flowing requirements down to ensure facility compliance with monthly, quarterly and annual requirements driven by the respective State organizations


• Drive safety in all manufacturing and operations processes.

• Work with EH&S department to assure the proper handling and management of hazardous waste and ensure compliance with all environmental related activities.

• Responsible for the proper handling and management of hazardous waste generated in their work area.

• Other duties as assigned including working extended shifts/overtime as required by the business.

• Travel Required: up to 10%.


Work Environment and Safety Equipment Required: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job.

  • Office environment and light manufacturing environment

  • Ability to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)  

    • Hearing protection must be worn in designated manufacturing areas.

    • Fully enclosed shoes, leather construction, must be worn in all 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.

  • Ability to travel to other sites occasionally

    The company has reviewed this job description to ensure that essential functions and basic duties have been included. Other duties may be assigned. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills and abilities. 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.

Skills & Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, qualifications, competencies, abilities and any physical demands if required.  Physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential requirements of this job.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Demonstrated effectiveness in managing multiple projects finishing and delivering on commitments

  • Ability to develop new specifications, process sheets and control plans for special processes and NDT. Professional in developing and documenting new standard manufacturing processes, as well as interpreting and executing methods outlined by ASTM, AWS, SAE/AMS, ASME, customer, military, and commercial aerospace specifications related to thermal processing and mechanical testing.

  • Customer oriented with a continuous improvement focus

  • Experience in aerospace industry working with Materials & Process group preferred.  MRB experience

  • Experience working with aluminum, titanium alloys, "super alloys" preferred

  • Strong analytical skills and ability to make decisions based on limited data

  • Demonstrated leadership in proactive problem solving and self-directed behavior

  • Can interface effectively with all levels of the organization, suppliers and customers

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Project), Internet is required

  • Ability to develop test plan, run tests, collect data and perform statistical analysis.  Knowledge of Minitab software preferred.

  • Exercise independent judgment in methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results

  • Understands NADCAP, ISO9001, and AS9100 regulatory requirements. Experience with First Articles Inspection (FAI) preferred.

  • Conscientious, organized and meticulous – records must be accurate and maintained

  • Strong self-motivation/direction, entrepreneurial mind-set, leadership, and teaming skills. Can manage and direct a group in short term in absence of a manager. Lead, train, and guide technicians and operators.

  • Ability to perform duties with little to no supervision to achieve successful results.

  • Knowledge of Six Sigma/Process Excellence Tools and Methodologies (i.e. DMAIIC, DMADV, Lean, FMEA), including Design of Experiments, capability analysis and sampling statistics and techniques is preferred.

  • Selecting and testing of material chemical processes, both in the development and application of processing methods.

  • Familiar with 3D solid modeling tools  (e.g. CATIA) and Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)

Physical Demands (reasonable accommodations may be made, if necessary):

Physical Abilities                                                                  Lift /Carry              

Stand - Frequently                                                                10 lbs or less - Occasionally

Walk - Frequently                                                                  11-20 lbs - Occasionally      

Sit - Continuously                                                                 21-50 lbs - N/A      

Climb – N/A                                                                            51-100 lbs - N/A

Crawl - N/A                                                                             Over 100 lbs - N/A

Squat or Kneel - Occasionally                                            

Bend - N/A                                                                              Push / Pull

Fine Manipulation - N/A                                                        10 lbs or less - Occasionally

Reach Outward - Occasionally                                            10-20 lbs - Occasionally

Reach Above Shoulder - Occasionally                               20-50 lbs - N/A

Drive - Occasionally                                                             50-100 lbs - N/A

                                                                                                Over 100 lbs - N/A


N/A (Not Applicable) - Activity is not applicable to this occupation

Occasionally - Occupation requires this activity up to 33% of the time (.25 - 2.5 hrs/day)

Frequently - Occupation requires this activity from 33% - 66% of the time (2.5 - 5.5 hrs/day)

Continuously - Occupation requires this activity more than 66% of the time (5.5+ hrs/day)


Other Physical Requirements:

  • N/A


    Required Experience/Education/Training/Certifications:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must possess the outlined experience level, education, training, minimum years of experience, product or industry knowledge plus any certifications in order to be considered.

  • B.A./B.S. degree in Scientific or Engineering discipline, preferably in Chemical Engineering, from an ABET accredited program with minimum (5) years of experience related to materials & processing; preference given to M.S. or Ph.D. advanced degree with (3) years experience (aerospace manufacturing environment preferred).  Equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.



    Licenses, Certifications, etc.:

  • NDT Level III certification is desired.

  • Lean Practitioner, ACE Associate/Practitioner, Six Sigma Greenbelt or higher, or equivalent certification desired.

  • Professional Engineer license preferred


3333 Main Street
Parsons, Kansas, 67357
United States