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Senior Manufacturing Engineer

Draper Labs
United States, Massachusetts, Cambridge
555 Technology Square (Show on map)
May 25, 2024

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Draper is an independent, nonprofit research and development company headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The 2,000+ employees of Draper tackle important national challenges with a promise of delivering successful and usable solutions. From military defense and space exploration to biomedical engineering, lives often depend on the solutions we provide. Our multidisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists work in a collaborative environment that inspires the cross-fertilization of ideas necessary for true innovation. For more information about Draper, visit www.draper.com.

Our work is very important to us, but so is our life outside of work. Draper supports many programs to improve work-life balance including workplace flexibility, employee clubs ranging from photography to yoga, health and finance workshops, off site social events and discounts to local museums and cultural activities. If this specific job opportunity and the chance to work at a nationally renowned R&D innovation company appeals to you, apply now www.draper.com/careers.

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Draper is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. We understand the value of diversity and its impact on a high-performance culture. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information.

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Draper is seeking a product engineer with experience in transitioning electro-mechanical products to manufacturing. The product engineer role at Draper is less about a specific "product" and more about providing a system-level perspective that will help mature advanced (often first-of-a-kind) prototype designs with an eye towards manufacturability, assimilability, and reliability (i.e. DFx). The role requires the candidate to support interactions between the program's product needs for internal testing and characterization, subject matter experts and other internal groups like packaging, board assembly and system assembly. This role will also help develop plans for how to get from prototype to low-rate production. Experience with vendor management and an understanding of the DOD Manufacturing Readiness Level (MRL) process are important.

Specific responsibilities include:

    Supporting cross-functional design engineering teams and managing the integration activities into the prototype stage of the hardware product development cycle.
  • Contribute to identifying risk and developing complex mitigation strategies, developing best practices, suggesting alternative solutions, and resolving issues in collaboration with the cross-functional teams.
  • Help design the transition path from prototype design to the manufacturing stage.
  • Support external vendors and/or internal services as necessary to achieve program goals.
  • Understand the product specifications, requirements, and production capability needed to meet those specifications in a low-rate production environment.
  • Ability to effectively communicate DFx study findings and proposed design updates to team members.
  • Strong organization, planning, and time management skills to achieve program goals.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in a relevant field such as manufacturing engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, materials science, or aerospace engineering.
  • Master of Science degree in a relevant field as described above.
  • A strong technical aptitude.
  • Familiarity with a variety of manufacturing techniques related to mechanical hardware, electronics hardware, and ASIC/die-level electronics development.
  • Team player able to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to handle multiple competing tasks and demands.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Excellent understanding of DFx methodologies as applicable to any of the areas below.
  • Experience in MEMS or semiconductor wafer fabrication.
  • Experience in microelectronics processes like die prep, die bonding, wirebonding, encapsulation, multichip module assembly.
  • Experience in electro-mechanical system fabrication (board assembly) and manufacturing
  • Active DOD security clearance preferred.

Security Clearance:

  • Applicants selected for this position will be required to obtain and maintain a government Secret security clearance, which requires US citizenship.


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