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Senior Research Engineers Job ID #9184 in Wichita, Kansas

Evaluate fiber reinforced plastics, glass fiber composite materials, and carbon composite materials to develop a public materials database and to develop machinery and conformity processes for manufacturing materials and products that meet industry ASTM and SRM standards. Perform materials testing and review test data for anomalies. Perform statistical analysis using Stat 17 and the Composite Materials Handbook-17 (CMH-17) statistical software. Determine appropriate methods for fabricating and joining materials. Review new product plans and make recommendations for material selection, based on the following design objectives: strength, elasticity, weight, heat resistance, electrical conductivity, and cost. Perform strain gauging of advanced materials. Analyze product failure data and laboratory test results to determine causes of problems and develop solutions. Conduct or oversee tests on raw materials or finished products to ensure their quality. Evaluate technical specifications and economic factors relating to process or machinery design objectives and product application expectations. Provide report and specification review and approval concerning advanced materials processed through NCAMP for generation of B-basis allowables. Draft audit procedures and checklists and use them for completing onsite and documentation audits for NCAMP approval. Perform material and process specification generation for advanced materials. Create advanced material test plans and the associated documentation for FAA and EASA approval through the NCAMP process. Use MTS Testworks/Test Suite to design and direct the testing or control of processing procedures and implement laboratory operations that are in compliance with regulatory agencies and industry ASTM and SRM standards; monitor the performance of fiber reinforced plastics and carbon composite materials. Analyze labor costs and prepare quotes for projects. Oversee the work of lower level engineers. Master's degree in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field. 3 years of experience in a research laboratory handling composites and advanced materials, including experience with the following: conformity processes and guidelines; carbon and glass fiber composite materials behavior; CMH17 guidelines and processes; ASTM material test methods; the statistical measurement program Stat 17; MTS Testworks/Test Suite; and strain gauging.

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