Composites R&D Engineer

Harper Engineering Co. is a designer and manufacturer of interior hardware for commercial aircraft. We are an AS9100-Rev. D registered company that is committed to excellence in an environment of continuous improvement. We are located in Renton, WA where our facility includes engineering design, precision machining, composite part fabrication and assembly.

Job Summary

The Composites R&D Engineer is responsible for new product development involving feasibility trade studies, supporting composite product design, development of cost-competitive manufacturing plans & processes, conducting manufacturing trials for ensuring part producibility as well as demonstrating final part performance which meets customer requirements.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform research & development of innovative next-gen composite processes and products for the manufacture of fiber-reinforced thermoplastic components/structures involving various thermoplastic forming, molding, overmolding and fusion bonding processes

  • Develop detailed layouts of proposed manufacturing processes for new processes and products to meet specialized design and performance requirements

  • Perform feasibility assessments, trade studies and cost-benefit analysis to evaluate new manufacturing concepts and processes

  • Develop/evaluate various tools and equipment for proposed next-gen manufacturing concepts and methods

  • Conduct manufacturing trials to identify key process parameters for new processes and to optimize/stabilize existing processes in order to achieve successful part producibility

  • Perform various tests to demonstrate and certify new products meet customer’s requirements

  • Develop and maintain Engineering’s composite materials, process specifications, standards and equipment operating procedures

  • Assist Production personnel during the launch of new and revised processes including training production team members, providing technical assistance as needed and supporting continuous process improvements

  • Represent Engineering on cross-functional teams involving new product development, design, fabrication and/or testing activities

  • Ability to perform detailed problem analysis, problem resolution and support Quality improvement initiatives.

  • Organize and manage product development from conception through the various stages of technology readiness to full maturity

Education and Experience

  • B.S. degree in Chemical, Mechanical, Plastics & Composites Engineering or Engineering Technology required

  • CAD modeling and analysis (SolidWorks, AutoCAD, ProE or similar) preferred

  • Familiarity with statistical and lean manufacturing methods (Statistical Process Control, Design of Experiments, Six Sigma, Kaizen and Lean Manufacturing)

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

Harper Engineering Company offers an exciting benefits package including employer paid medical, dental, vision, STD, 401(k), company paid life and AD&D insurance, vacation, holiday and sick pay and educational assistance. Dependent benefits coverage, additional life insurance and LTD are available. To join our team, please send your resume to:

ATTN: Composites R&D Engineer
Harper Engineering
700 SW 7th St.
Renton, WA 98057

Equal Opportunity Employer