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Welding Engineer/Materials Engineer

NAVAIR San Diego, CA
  • Expired: 28 days ago. Applications are no longer accepted.

This position is for a Welding Engineer with expert level welding knowledge, experience and skills obtained while working in the Aerospace or Defence Industries. The employee will work within the Metal/Ceramics Engineering Branch of the Materials Engineering Division at Fleet Readiness Center Southwest and provide welding engineering support to the F/A-18, E-2, C-2, LM2500 and other Navy Programs.

The applicant must be a US Citizen and must be able to obtain a security clearance.

The applicant must have or be actively working towards achieving American Welding Society (AWS) certification. Documented proof of welding engineering-related work history must be provided before any conditional employment offer will be extended. If hired, the applicant must be able to achieve and maintain AWS Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) certifications as required.

The welding engineer employee is required to develop and maintain the process specifications used by welders to weld aerospace components and support equipment. Established processes include gas tungsten arc welding, gas metal arc welding, shielded metal arc welding, and oxyfuel brazing. Additionally, the welding engineer will need to stand up and certify capacitive spot welding and resistance spot welding, and investigate the feasibility and justification for standing up other welding processes, which may include orbital welding, friction welding, friction stir welding, furnace brazing, and induction brazing. These process specifications must be in compliance with overarching joint service technical manuals and related industry standards. The welding engineer is also expected to get involved in the editing and revisions of these related technical manuals and industry standards.

The welding engineer employee is also required to support the Navy's welder certification program. Support will involve the visual, non-destructive, and metallurgical inspection of weld plates.

Locally, the welding engineer employee is responsible for supporting engineers across the Navy Enterprise in the development of weld repair procedures to be implemented by civilian, enlisted, and contractor welders. Such work requires close collaboration with Fleet Support Team personnel, metallurgical process engineers, failure analysis engineers, non-destructive inspection personnel, chemists, other weld engineers, customer service representatives, production controllers, and Fleet customers.

While in this position, the employee plans, coordinates, conducts, and solves highly complex welding engineering issues requiring substantial analysis and evaluation of causes, effects, and alternatives. A significant number of air vehicle engineering issues require extensive technical investigation in order to fully understand and resolve. The employee coordinates the technical research of complex welding engineering issues which usually requires many technical fields and engineering/scientific disciplines. The employee resolves conflict among technical, logistical, and administrative issues. The employee must anticipate and take positive action on problems which, if not identified and rectified in their early stages, would likely lead to serious consequences.

The employee solves broadly defined air vehicle, materials, and welding engineering problems that require modification or adaptation of, or compromise with, standard guides, precedents, methods, and techniques which require special consideration of in-service engineering planning, scheduling, and coordination (e.g., establishing authorizing requirements for life limit modifications on aircraft parts/components, or coordinating the validation and testing requirements to use new or emerging welding processes on naval aircraft). The employee applies a thorough knowledge of a variety of standard guides, precedents, methods, techniques, and practices as well as innovative processes in order to solve welding engineering problems. Due to the complex interrelationships involved with air vehicle engineering issues encountered by the employee at this level, he/she often performs work for which precedent data, criteria, methods, or techniques are controversial or unknown. In addition to improving, extending, or validating currently known standards, precedents, methods, or techniques, the employee develops and implements new technical methods and standards.

The employee utilizes state-of-art engineering techniques and engages in investigations to support in-service engineering (i.e., technical considerations of repair, overhaul, modification, operation, maintenance, manufacture, and the engineering effort necessary to improve reliability and maintainability). He/she plans and/or conducts welding engineering projects individually, as a member of a team, or as a project leader, depending on the complexity of the project. The employee identifies plans, evaluates, and prescribes corrective action for air vehicle and welding engineering deficiencies/incidents of significant proportions to improve reliability, maintainability, survivability, interchangeability, safety, accuracy, and economy.

Candidates should send resumes and questions to:

Matthew Macelt


Ron Pangilinan


Kurt Saunders



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San Diego, CA