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MIT Lincoln Laboratory Polymer Engineering Specialist in Lexington, Massachusetts

The Fabrication Engineering Group provides fabrication engineering and materials management for both mechanical and electronic projects using state-of-the-art technology. The group is involved from the initial design through manufacturing, assembly, integration, and test, and works with program teams to influence schedule and budget. The group continually investigates innovative fabrication technologies to assess their utility for Laboratory efforts. Facilities include a machine shop with a wide range of computer-aided machine tools, plus sheet metal, polymer facility, and mechanical inspection. In the electronics area, capabilities include circuit-board design, assembly, inspection and failure analysis. The group also supports the Laboratory's environmental test requirements with vibration shakers, thermal chambers, vacuum chambers, and clean rooms.

Cable and Harness Process Specialist

Responsibilities Overview

The Fabrication Engineering Group has a requirement for a cable process specialist with the following responsibilities:

  • Lead Cable Fabrication Cell, which includes cable designers, planners, technicians and inspectors, to fabricate cables and harnesses that support a wide range of Laboratory programs

  • Work closely with program engineers to design, develop and optimize cables for quality and efficient fabrication for prototype systems

  • Review engineering requests, cable bills of material and drawings for availability of electronic components and manufacturability of cable, and consult with program engineers and cable technicians to resolve potential challenges

  • Plan, procure and track all materials required for cable and harnesses assembly; ensure all electronic component parts are received and in stock in time to support the program schedule

  • Route cables through appropriate work centers to complete fabrication

  • Ensure production control from concept through delivery to ensure assembly of a quality cable that meets program schedule

  • Drive actions necessary to resolve any limiters, such as finding substitute parts, negotiating improved dates with suppliers, etc.

  • Report on status to program teams and keep team focused on critical path components and assembly

  • Assist with development of quality metrics, root cause determination, and best practice solutions and process improvements to resolve cable fabrication issues

  • Assist with finding cable assembly shops for outsourcing that have required capability and quality to meet program needs

Qualifications

  • Education: Associates (2-year college) in Electrical/Mechanical Technology, other Engineering or Technical field, and/or equivalent experience as verified by references.

  • Experience: Eight years of cable development and planning experience; five years minimum experience in cable components planning, purchasing, or combination; prior experience in aerospace and/or national laboratory materials management will be given very strong consideration.

  • Highly skilled in design, development and fabrication of cable and harness products

  • Experience with material planning for cable and harnesses, with an emphasis on prototype engineering and new product introduction

  • Understanding of cable and harness quality standards

  • Background in engineering, management, consultative customer relations, and cross-organizational interface

  • Proactive problem solver

  • Exemplary leadership and team skills

  • Strong verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills

  • Working knowledge of SAP is a plus

  • Candidate must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance

MIT Lincoln Laboratory is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, or genetic information; U.S. citizenship is required.

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