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Project Engineer 1

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Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aircraft propulsion and equipment, space and defense markets. Safran has a global presence, with more than 92,000 employees and sales of 21 billion euros in 2018. Working alone or in partnership, Safran holds world or European leadership positions in its core markets. Safran undertakes Research & Development programs to meet fast-changing market requirements, with total R&D expenditures of around 1.5 billion euros in 2018.

Safran is ranked among the Top 100 Global Innovators by Thomson Reuters and is featured on the "Happy at work" rankings. The Group places fourth on the Universum ranking for the favorite companies of newly-qualified engineers in France.

Safran Cabin provides all elements of a seamlessly integrated Cabin Interior. From the overhead bins, lavatories and galleys to crew rests and cargo containers, either as independent world class products or as a fully integrated cabin. The company is headquartered in Huntington Beach in Southern California, USA and operates 30 sites in 11 countries. The over 13.000 employees across the globe serve virtually all the airlines, aircraft leasing companies and airframe manufacturers worldwide.  

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Main domain/Job field

Program / Customer Relations - Programs

Job title

Project Engineer 1

Employment type

Regular Full time

Professional category

Employees / Staff

Part time / Full time


Job description

The Project Engineer 1 (PE1) is responsible and accountable to ensure that all assigned engineering personnel are coordinating their activities with other project participants and that the requirements of the Contract are being satisfied. A PE1 typically leads a small NRE/ low revenue growth program comprised of a simple monument, end item, or multiple components. A PE1 is usually assigned to a low risk program contained in a single site. The program may be internal or for an established lower tier customer. The Project Engineer reports to the Program Manager as part of the value stream for his/her project, and has a support responsibility to all functional groups and managers. May directly supervise 1 to 10 Design Engineers.

Summary of Duties:
Communication (internal and external) [PE Competency]
Primary technical contact for the project internally and externally.
Creates and manages the Features Analysis / Long Lead item list to ensure an on-time First Article Inspection (FAI).
Issues design memorandums and meeting minutes.
Responsible for notifying certification departments throughout the program, as a planning function, of changes to the design that impact certification aspects.

Coordinating Inter-facility / Department / Business Unit Integration [Program Complexity Span of Control]
Ensures up-front integration of Industrial Design requirements.
Defines the standard parts, materials, and notes to be used to ensure commonality across all products.
Ensures correct integration of products and equipment from other facilities or BUs
Coordinates activities during initial production of new product designs to prevent, evaluate and/or resolve engineering related production and installation problems.
Coordinates the construction of samples, mockups, prototypes, and the execution of development tests, to minimize the risk of failures of new, untested materials, or designs.
Provides the Certification and Technical Publications departments the information required to meet all report and manual submittal requirements for the airframe manufacturer, regulatory agency, and the customer.

Design Leadership [PE Competency]

Contributes to the preparation of proposals, including the development of statements of work and non-recurring engineering estimates.
Formulates conceptual design to meet customer requirements.
Establishes and tracks all design criteria associated with the product throughout the duration of the project and disseminates them to all engineering team.
Leads and manages the design input to all customer and internal design review meetings.

Overall Technical Success of the Project & First Time Quality [PE Competency]

Responsible for product design conformity to engineering principles, and compliance to regulatory requirements, customer requirements, quality standards, and specifications.
Defines the test requirements necessary to satisfy regulatory certification requirements, and to develop robust, reliable products.

Additional description

Drives the engineering team to Design-for-Manufacturing (DFM).
Responsible for managing and meeting the weight and schedule for design deliverables for the project.
Approves 2D and 3D design data.

Technical Management [Technical Risk / Financial Impact]

a.)  Technical Schedule Management

Creates and maintains a project plan including manpower requirements, monitors the progress of the design against the plan; informs management when schedule will not be met so that adjustments can be made.
Status and track suppliers engineering progress to support program requirements. 

b.) Cost Management

Responsible for financial targets as established by the Project Manifesto with regards to Bill of Materials, Tooling, Materials, Processes, and other KPIs as applicable.
Drives the engineering team to Design-to-Cost (DTC).

c.) Technical Scope and Change Management

Monitors scope of work changes that may affect schedule, cost, or weight and communicates impacts to the Program Manager.
Evaluates and approves design changes.
Maintains the certified status of the project.

Team Development [PE Competency]

Supports and develops the overall technical competency of the project team through mentoring, formal training, and on-the-job experience.
Assesses the skills of the team and works with the Engineering Manager to make formal training plans.

Travel specifictity

Minor Traveling

Candidate skills & requirements


Education: BS Eng/Science (Mech/Aero Preferred), or 2-Yr Technical degree and 3-5 Yrs Experience in field

Experience: Minimum of 3-5 years experience working on aircraft products with expanding responsibilities relating to program execution. At least three (3) years on programs requiring FAA or EASA certification.

Managerial Experience: 1-3 yrs experience in Project Mgmt, fundamental knowledge of Project Engineer competencies.

Travel: The ability to travel both domestically and internationally as required to support customer meetings and design reviews.

Computer Skills: Experience with Windows 7 Operating System, MS Office: Project, Word, Excel, PowerPoint.  CATIA V5 (viewing and analyzing), SmarTeam.

Knowledge and Skill Expectations:

Thorough understanding of Cabin & Structures Design and Drafting standards (CDE1000) for the creation of engineering data.
Knowledge of Cabin & Structures design, production and build processes.
Able to work with aircraft coordinate systems.
Able to work out the aircraft interface from specifications.
Able to understand and interpret interface documents (ICD).
Understanding of the structural, flammability, electrical and airworthiness requirements for aircraft interiors.
Able to communicate effectively with customer, suppliers, and internal departments.
Able to lead and conduct design review meetings with internal departments and customers and document in meeting minutes.
Actively seeks ways to improve the product and engineering process.
Frequently verifies design progress during development.
Actively involves other cross-functional groups in obtaining information for the engineering decision making process.
Signature authority to Check and Approve drawings.
Approved for MRB to disposition NCRs.

General Notes:

All employees have an affirmative duty to protect and maintain the confidentiality of Zodiac Aerospace's products.
As business conditions change it is necessary that all employees productively react and handle other essential tasks as assigned now or in the future.
Tasks may vary slightly based on products produced at division.
Duties listed above are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required.  The Company may modify responsibilities as needed to meet business and organizational needs.

Working Conditions:

Does require fluent communication in English.
Employment status is full-time.
Minor traveling may be required.
Protracted or irregular hours may be required.
Relocation to another facility may be required.

The above declarations are not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities of the job described, nor are they intended to be such a listing of the skills and abilities required to do the job, rather, they are intended only to describe the general nature of the job.

Job location

Job location

North America, United States, California, Los Angeles

City (-ies)

5701 Bolsa Ave CA 92647 Huntington Beach

Applicant criteria

Minimum education level achieved

Bachelor's Degree

Minimum experience level required

More than 3 years