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Amazon Mgr, Integration Eng - Veterans Encouraged to Apply, Kuiper Payload Processing Facility in Merritt Island, Florida


Project Kuiper is an initiative to launch a constellation of Low Earth Orbit satellites that will provide low-latency, high-speed broadband connectivity to unserved and underserved communities around the world.

One of the most ambitious missions that Kuiper has undertaken to date, the Kuiper satellite constellation, is our solution to providing reliable internet around the world. We are looking for talented engineers to help process Kuiper satellites to prepare them for launch into Low Earth Orbit.

The success of Kuiper depends on the quality, reliability, cost, integration, throughput, and security of the products that you deliver. If you seek a fast-paced, dynamic environment; if you thrive on solving difficult problems where resolutions have high impact; and if you love the challenge of building something from scratch, then this role will be an ideal next career step. To be successful you need to be highly motivated and detail oriented while showing the highest standards of execution.

The Mgr, Integration Engineering will lead assembly, integration and test flows for space hardware builds. This individual will work closely with and manage engineering and manufacturing teams to integrate Kuiper satellites with dispenser and launch vehicle hardware.

The Mgr, Integration Engineering is a technical leader of the team, providing guidance on many aspects including but not limited to testing requirements, assembly/integration work cell design within the payload processing facilities, facility and equipment planning, integration and test application implementation and improvement, process control, design for manufacturability, project management, and tooling design.

Military and Veterans Encouraged to Apply: We highly value the leadership, problem-solving, and teamwork skills developed in the military. Candidates with military backgrounds are encouraged to bring their unique perspectives and skills to help us achieve our mission.

The ideal candidate is comfortable in a highly technical setting and leads collaboration with other departments to reach the best solution to any problem and is able to technically challenge assumptions and requirements of these departments, such as dynamics and thermal analysis, design engineering, and tooling engineering.

Export Control Requirement:

Due to applicable export control laws and regulations, candidates must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (i.e., current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum

Key job responsibilities

•Working with engineering teams to plan and optimize workstation layouts for Assembly, Integration and Test (AIT), to intended throughput capacities

•Material flow planning and manufacturing process definition – spacecraft and dispenser level, assembly and test

•Implement and continuously improve assembly, integration and test processes

•Specify and procure various assembly equipment and systems to meet program development requirements

•Interface with facilities personnel in site usage and integration flow

•AIT takt time and cost optimization planning

•Definition and implementation of Work Order and automated documentation processes

•Payload compliance certification sign-off

•Anomaly resolution and corrective action implementation

•Assist in hiring personnel (engineers and technicians) related to above taskings

•Shift schedule will vary, depending on production/launch schedules

•Must be willing and able to perform extended travel up to 25% annually, either domestically or internationally as business needs demand

A day in the life

The Integration Engineer will spend significant amounts of time collaborating with engineering, quality, and manufacturing teams to test satellites, dispensers and oversee hardware integration. They will oversee their assembly, integration and test workstations, address root cause of failures and issues, and implement production control and optimization strategies. They will deliver their space hardware products, implementing engineering best practices in a safe and repeatable manner, implementing efficiency improvements and reducing non-conformances.

The Manager, Integration Engineering is expected to set objectives for the team overall, not only identifying the right long-term strategies but implementing them on their assemblies and responsibilities, leading by example first and then by instruction. They'll have extensive experience in space hardware integration and test, with particular focus on satellite to dispenser and/or launch vehicle integration.

We want individuals who are ready for this challenge and want to reach beyond what is possible today.

About the team

Here at Amazon, we embrace our differences. We are committed to furthering our culture of inclusion. Amazon has ten employee-led affinity groups, reaching 40,000 employees in over 190 chapters globally. We have innovative benefit offerings, and host annual and ongoing learning experiences.

At Amazon, our mission is to be the most customer-centric company on Earth. To get there, we need exceptionally talented, bright and driven people. We're dedicated to supporting new team members. Our team has a broad mix of experience levels and Amazon tenures, and we’re building an environment that celebrates knowledge sharing and mentorship.

We are open to hiring candidates to work out of one of the following locations:

Merritt Island, FL, USA

Basic Qualifications

•Bachelor’s degree in manufacturing, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, physics, material science or other related discipline, or relevant experience

•1+ years of technical leadership role in facilities and operations setup

•3+ years of experience with developing space mechanical assemblies (or 5+ years of experience with space hardware build and development)

•1+ years’ experience in developing functional specifications, design verification plans and functional test procedures

•Ability to obtain and maintain a US Passport

•Ability and willingness to comply with the Government of French Guiana which mandates that travelers receive vaccinations for yellow fever and COVID-19

•Ability to pass Kennedy Space Center background checks

Preferred Qualifications

•Experience working with interdisciplinary teams to execute product design from concept to production

•Experience with the project management of technical projects

•3+ years’ experience in space deployment mechanisms

•Experienced with various automated manufacturing processes, including assembly and test methods at component level, subsystem, and system level

•Experienced with handling and tracking systems for continuous material flow to manufacturing lines

•Highly familiar with QTP/ATP and production test methods, and automated data acquisition and collection

•Formal training/certification in Operational •Excellence Systems (Lean, 5S, Six Sigma, etc.) a plus

•Strong organizational, analytical, root cause analysis and problem-solving skills

•Excellent communication and leadership skills

•Able to stand for long periods of time and perform repetitive assembly operation

•Able to climb and down ladders, work in tight spaces, bending, grasping, sitting, pulling, pushing, stooping, and stretching may be required to perform the functions of this position

•Able to lift at least 25 lbs. unassisted

Amazon is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Amazon is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, age, or other legally protected status. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.amazon.jobs/en/disability/us.