Material & Process Engineer (m/f/d)

Bruchsal, Germany

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We at Volocopter are the pioneers of electric air taxis, i.e. aircraft that take off and land vertically (eVTOLs). We bring urban air mobility to life, by getting air taxis and drones off the gorund in a way that complements current transportation options in megacities across the globe. Our aim is to offer affordable on-demand air taxi services that fly people to their destination quickly and safely. In 2011 we performed the first-ever piloted flight of a purely electric multicopter and have since showcased numerous public flights with our full-scale VoloCity aircrafts (www.volocopter.com).

Job Description

Your crew during this flight:

Within a highly motivated, multi-disciplinary team you will develop and refine material and process requirements as well as define and develop materials and processing specifications, material/joint test plans and their associated reports.

Your mission during this flight:

As the Material & Process Engineer, your mission is to ensure the material selection comply with the requirements and pass the certification process. You will provide technical expertise to ensure the company goals for successful material selection activities of the VoloCity are achieved.

  • You manage material selection activities with respect to aircraft requirements for the airframe structure and different aircraft systems
  • You generate all material level test plans (characterization, screening, qualification) covering different test properties and conditions in accordance with aircraft requirements, govern entire test campaigns by communicating panel & specimen manufacturing, specimen conditioning and test execution
  • You generate and maintain corrosion prevention guidelines to be applicable to aircraft including dissimilar material combinations
  • You review test data and undertake post-testing activities including test report generation, material & design allowable calculations, equivalency determinations and failure mode analysis
  • You review test plans, process specifications, part drawings and other documents from M&P point of view to ensure compliance with design requirements
  • You conduct technical meetings with suppliers in order to optimize material selection in accordance with aircraft requirements
  • You confer with stakeholders in manufacturing, engineering and other departments to facilitate production of parts
  • You provide technical guidance in the development of new materials, processes and methods
  • You assist with  and contribute to industrialization projects, shop floor and continuous improvement through the entire process chain
  • You assist in the engineering departments with non-conformances from M&P point of view

Check in your professional skills:

  • Bachelor’s or Master's degree in Materials Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in evaluating aerospace materials (e.g. metals, composites, and plastics)
  • Experience with the manufacturing processes of composite aircraft structural components (e.g. out-of-autoclave processing, bond preparation, bonded assemblies, etc.)
  • Experience in authoring / revising materials and process specifications for composite materials, test plans, and reports
  • Extensive knowledge in mechanical testing and physical characterization methods
  • Familiar with industry-accepted statistical analysis methods of treating test data
  • Have a solid knowledge of compatible materials, curing mechanisms, different curing methodologies (cocuring, cobonding, secondary bonding)

Preferred skills:

  • Experience in research, development, and industrialization
  • Experience with non-destructive inspection methods commonly used for composite parts and assemblies
  • Desire to work in a fast-paced work environment with a motivated team
  • Team player with excellent problem-solving skills
  • Knowledge of business agility and ability to work within scaling frameworks (e.g. SAFe)
Additional Information

Work mode: Hover (hybrid) 

Some of our Volocopter flight perks:

  • A fast-growing high-tech company with a broad network of top investors and partners 
  • The chance to help shape the future of aviation
  • The chance to create new things from scratch & manage your own projects
  • Personal accountability, and growth & learning opportunities, based on your skills
  • An inspiring workplace with modern workstations, flexible hours, efficient  communication, flat hierarchies & fantastic team spirit
  • An attractive salary package

Our differences are what makes us great. Here at Volocopter, we value equal opportunities and trust, and we give each and every one of our employees the chance to voice their opinions. As air mobility industry innovators, we believe that changing the world starts on the team level. We are fully committed to driving this innovation by celebrating diversity and fostering an inclusive culture where everyone is treated equally and respectfully, regardless of our different backgrounds and job titles.

Material & Process Engineer (m/f/d)

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