Component Engineer III
Cobham - San Diego, CA

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Component Engineer III

will interface between component, production suppliers, Engineering, Manufacturing, Quality Assurance and Purchasing departments by sourcing, selecting, and qualifying components to be used within the company’s technology; will establish policies and procedures for material procurement; investigate alternate component technologies, cost reduction methods, improving quality and reliability and overall customer satisfaction. This position is located in San Diego, CA and no relocation is available.

  • Identify, evaluate, qualify and document critical microwave material and components; coordinate component selection, procurement, inspection and application activities by publishing parts and materials design standards and procurement control documents; establish and maintain component identification data in the Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP) and Product Data Management (PDM) systems;
  • Develop procedures and assist microwave engineers in locating new and/or replacement materials and identification of alternative technologies.
  • Establish and maintain reliability guidelines and develop program specific reliability documents as required; review preliminary parts lists for component issues, supported by stress and reliability analysis as required; conduct stress and reliability analysis.
  • Review bid and proposals for non-standard component selection and test requirements; identify exceptions and recommend alternative to satisfy goals using company material procedures; understand how proposed component lead times support material acquisition requirements of project schedules and milestones.
  • Manage Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) program to identify and track obsolete material and shortages; support Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) department with failure analysis and corrective actions.
  • Ensure specifications and inspection standards of components used in deliverables are consistent with the applicable requirements and specifications.
  • Participate as a member of the Supplier Control Action Board (S-CAB); define procedures for addition of components to parts list and provide technical support for performing supplier surveys; develop technical requirements to determine the capabilities of suppliers to provide components and materials.
  • Participate in safety training and actively comply with safety policies and practices; maintain a clean and safe workstation.
  • Participate in Lean/Six Sigma activities in own work area as well as events for other areas to enhance cross-functional problem solving.
Minimum Requirements:
  • Minimum of six years of experience with product support of RF or Microwave component and system producer.
  • Experience with development and testing of active or passive component parts and performing reliability predictions and component stress analysis.
  • Knowledge of RF/Microwave parameters and test procedures; knowledge of passive component and semi-conductor device physics; knowledge of component fabrication processes used in the microwave industry.
  • Knowledge of Statistical Process Control (SPC) and experience in performing failure analysis.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Physics.
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Job Category

Engineering - General

Primary Location

US-California-San Diego


Cobham Microwave Electronics San Diego




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