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Lead Manufacturing Engineer for Additive Manufacturing

Honda North America
United States, North Carolina, Burlington
March 20, 2024
Honda Aero, Inc.

Honda Aero, Inc. in Burlington, NC is in search of a Lead Manufacturing Engineer for Additive Manufacturing (AM) will lead the development, implementation, and improvement of additive manufacturing processes for aero engine components. Responsible processes include additive manufacturing and AM post processes such as heat treatment, machining, surface finishing and more.

The role also requires purchase and maintenance of the equipment required for processes using existing company systems.

In addition, it is expected to establish manufacturing processes to prepare for future production.

*Key word for Abilities: Creativity, Flexibility, Persistence, Contribution, Challenging spirit, Project management and communication, Leadership, Qualification and Certification, Industrial Manufacturing and Quality.

[Manufacturing process R&D]

  • Establish and manage process conforming to regulations and specifications.
  • Create and execute test plans while utilizing Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA) cycle.
  • Setup AM build job and run AM machines correctly and clearly document information. Review and interpret DWG and 3D data and provide feedback to design engineers in USA & Japan.
  • Be involved in industrial & regulatory working groups such as FAA/EASA, ASTM, America Makes, and SAE.

[Production process establishment]

  • Create manufacturing plans and create process control documents to meet requirements from external aviation industry standards and internal standards to prepare for future production.
  • Establish process in ERP system.

[Project management]

  • Identify necessary tasks and plan and manage timeline of tasks related to AM and post processes to meet project goal.
  • Participate and lead weekly meetings and effectively communicate with project leader and team members.
  • Establish necessary environment with coordinating other departments and external organizations/suppliers.
  • Periodically present project status or requests to senior and executive leadership.


  • Operate different types of equipment such as: wire EDM, band saw, CNC machines and hand tools as required.
  • Maintain a clean and safe working environment.
  • Work in an international team environment and provide solutions to manufacturing struggles.
  • Attend on-site and off-site training as well as conferences as required.



Minimum Educational Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, Materials Engineering, Chemical Engineering or equivalent experience.

Minimum Experience

  • Minimum of five (5) years of manufacturing or industrial experience.
  • Experience with additive manufacturing principles or welding technologies.
  • Ability of interpretation of engineering specifications/drawings.
  • Experience with ERP systems.
  • Experience leading small/medium sized projects of multiple departments and backgrounds.

    Other Job-Specific Skills

    • Strong hands-on ability and critical thinking skills.
    • Capable of balancing hands on work (in the lab) and engineering work (at the desk).
    • Experience with CAD software is preferred.
    • Proven ability to not only follow but also create directions and standard operating procedures.
    • Strong ability to troubleshoot system issues and report detail to engineering team.
    • Ability to generate a strategy and independently think without input from supervisors.
    • Analytical ability to perform research tasks and create engineering test plans/reports as a part of R&D activities and future production.
    • Organizational skills with strong attention to detail and quality.
    • Oral and written communication skills including proficiency in MS Office software.
    • Strong computer proficiency (work with many different software programs/analysis).
    • Strong multi-tasking skills are essential to work on many projects at once.

    Physical Requirements/Work Conditions

    • Climate-controlled production environment.
    • Regular exposure to the manufacturing areas which under certain circumstances require the use of personal protective equipment such as safety glasses with side shields mandatory hearing protection and safety shoes.
    • Ability to frequently stand, walk, and sit as well as regular use of hands, fingers, and arms.
    • Ability to lift up to 30 pounds.

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