Senior Reliability Engineer
Epirus is a high-growth technology company developing solid-state, software-defined directed energy systems that enable unprecedented counter-electronics effects and power management solutions to optimize power efficiency in defense and commercial applications. With a constant emphasis on innovation, we are redefining the future of power to bring tomorrow’s capabilities to life, today. And that’s just the beginning.
Job objective: This is an exciting role in a growing company. The ideal candidate for the position is someone who has a passion for continuous improvement and a deep technical and practical knowledge of manufacturing processes and standards. You will have a willingness to roll up your sleeves and step into unknown situations to understand the current state and most optimal path forward as the voice of reason for reliability. In this role, you will work closely with supply chain and manufacturing operations to identify, prioritize, and close any reliability or process gaps.
- Responsible partner with engineering, manufacturing operations, and supply chain team through product development and production to create quality plans for production hardware, including identification of key characteristics, prototype testing for functionality and manufacturability, first article and detailed inspection planning, and consideration of past failures and lessons learned
- Maintain established quality processes and necessary procedures to ensure the identification, segregation, control, and disposition of all nonconforming materials, parts, components, and subassemblies at the business and supplier level to meet program reliability goals
- Responsible for Containment actions associated with non-conforming product, including identification of product location, coordination with stakeholders of risk and the coordination of actions required to quarantine, identify root cause analysis, and rework
- Monitor the success of products and processes through production ramp-up using a suite of quality and analysis tools
- Responsible for tracking yield, test/inspection escapes, and ensuring past failures and lessons learned are incorporated into NPI and follow on production runs
- Conduct regular build quality reviews, inclusive of supplier onsite activities, to ensure that design intent is achieved and well-communicated; identify opportunities for risk reduction and removal of complexity in designs and processes to improve manufacturability, collaborating with integrated product teams to drive improvements and address high-impact and repeating non-conformances
- Investigate failures at suppliers, production and test, identifying and mitigating the immediate and underlying root causes in order to reduce risk and improve reliability of designs and processes
- Support the shop floor in continuous improvement and the advancing of a Lean, autonomous production system through creation of standard rework/repair guides, removal of redundant or unnecessary inspection, and improved control and optimization of critical processes
- Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, materials engineering, manufacturing engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, or another STEM related field
- 5+ years in a manufacturing, quality and/or design engineering role (student project team or internship experience qualifies)
- Strong interpersonal and collaborative skills, enthusiasm for the team's spirit of innovation and mission of improving reliability in cutting-edge technology
- Master's degree in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, materials engineering, or electrical engineering
- Demonstrated application of process controls in a fast-paced start-up or high-volume manufacturing, test, and quality environment
- Disciplined approach to problem solving – 8D
- Knowledge of AS9100, ISO 900 and/or Nadcap AC7004
- Dedicated to adopting a Lean approach to quality without compromising safety or reliability
- Knowledge of quality tools such as Lean principles, measurement systems analysis, design of experiments, statistical process control, root cause analysis and corrective action, production part approval process (PPAP), advanced product quality planning (APQP), metrology, process failure mode and effects analysis (PFMEA), first article inspection, control plans, and various problem-solving approaches
- Experience developing or supporting any of the following products/processes:
- Complex mechanical/structural assemblies
- Avionics integration and testing
- Ability to travel - up to 40% work week travel is required, valid driver's license mandatory
- To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.
People are the most important part of Epirus – and always come first. We don’t believe in the word impossible and are always asking “why not” as work to usher in a new paradigm of power efficiency. Our fast-growing team is agile, creative, and innovative. We support a culture of constant learning and sense of belonging among our team members and know that mentorship matters. We embrace diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and beyond. To deliver on our mission, we are always looking for problem solvers, changemakers and innovators to join our fast-growing team.