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Cirrus Aircraft Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Duluth, Minnesota


Job Summary:

Responsible for developing, implementing, maintaining, and improving manufacturing processes, methods, and controls in accordance with product specifications and quality standards. Troubleshoots production issues to determine root cause and corrective actions. Coordinates manufacturing launch for new or revised products. Supports production to drive success in key performance indicators. Specifies tooling requirements and manages tooling implementation projects. Recommend, justify, and implement new manufacturing equipment.

Supervisory Responsibility:


Job Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions):

  • Develop capable and efficient manufacturing processes by studying product requirements and researching, designing, modifying, and validating manufacturing, assembly, and inspection methods.

  • Specify, cost justify, design, develop and test various tools, machinery, and equipment for recommended manufacturing methods; and/or oversee the sourcing thereof.

  • Coordinate the manufacturing launch of new/revised products including establishing processes, implementing new tooling, providing written procedures, supporting manufacturing issues, and evaluating results.

  • Evaluate manufacturing processes and identify continuous improvement opportunities for safety, quality, delivery and cost. Apply knowledge of product design, fabrication, assembly, tooling, and materials. Confer with equipment vendors. Solicit observations from operators. Collect, analyze, and summarize manufacturing information and trends.

  • Coordinate and implement quality control objectives, activities, or procedures to resolve production problems, maximize product reliability, or minimize costs.

  • Keep equipment operational by specifying and coordinating maintenance and repair.

  • Develop design-for-manufacturing criteria and process capability expertise to provide input to future product and process design activities.

  • Confer with clients, suppliers, staff, and management personnel regarding purchases, product and production specifications, manufacturing capabilities, or project status.

  • Provide a manufacturing engineering presence on the production floor to assure interaction with team members from all shifts and appropriate manufacturing engineering support and feedback for the teams.

  • Provide technical resources for incident investigation, root cause analysis and corrective action. Participate when requested in finished product and raw material MRB process.

  • Provide training to production and support personnel. Develop and implement standard operating procedures. Support and implement standard manufacturing practices.

  • Mentor other engineers and technicians in best practices.


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, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Four-year degree from an accredited college in an Engineering field or equivalent. Manufacturing Engineering and Mechanical Engineering preferred.

  • 5 + years of relevant experience

Demonstrated Proficiencies/Skills/Abilities:

  • Engineering and Technology: Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

  • Production and Processing: Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

  • Problem Solving: Ability to analyze complex problems and lead a systematic approach to determine root cause and corrective actions.

  • Project Management: Ability to drive projects to completion using tools and tactics to specify scope, schedule, and resource requirements.

  • Communication: Ability to communicate complex concepts effectively with all levels of the organization in both verbal and written forms.

  • Mathematics: Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

  • Mechanical: Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  • Design: Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in the production of precision technical plans, drawings, and models.

  • Computer Skills: Proficient in Microsoft office and computer usage/application. CAD software skills desired – skills in Creo preferred. Knowledge of ERP and MES systems desired.

  • Language: Ability to read, write and speak the English language.

  • Quality: High attention to detail and accuracy; Ability to identify, troubleshoot, and determine root cause of problems.

  • Teamwork: Ability to balance team and individual responsibilities; objectivity and openness to others' views; positive attitude and team spirit.

  • Organizational Support: Support of organizational goals, objectives, and values; adherence to company policies and procedures; observation of safety and security procedures; participation in 6S program (sort, straighten, shine, standardize, sustain, safety).

  • Professionalism: Tactfulness and respect in working with others regardless of their status or position or the urgency of situations; Acceptance of responsibility for own actions; Integrity in following through on commitments.

  • Attendance/Punctuality: Punctuality in arrival times and observance of appropriate break and meal periods; acceptable attendance record and proper utilization time clocks and time off request forms.

  • Dependability: Responsiveness to management direction; Diligence in completing tasks on time or proposing an alternate plan; openness to additional hours when necessary.

Other Duties:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. Overtime hours may be required.

This opportunity is located in Duluth, Minnesota. As the home to our corporate headquarters, Duluth is a four-season city on the western tip of Lake Superior and was voted “Best Town” by Outside Magazine. The splendor of the largest freshwater lake in the world offers a multitude of outdoor activities for adventure or rejuvenation. The North Shore lifestyle is known its year-round activities, including bicycle and snowmobile trails, kayaking, rock climbing, fishing, hiking, golfing, sailing and skiing. And as a top employer in the area, Cirrus Aircraft was recently named “Best Overall Large Company to Work for in the Northland” and “Best Workplace Culture” by the Duluth News Tribune readers.

Cirrus is dedicated to a drug free work environment promoting equal employment opportunity. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, national origin, color, age, disability, religion, pregnancy, veteran status, marital and family status, sexual orientation, receipt of public assistance, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.




  • Team Player: Works well as a member of a group

  • Detail Oriented: Capable of carrying out a given task with all details necessary to get the task done well