Manufacturing Engineer - Laboratory Specialist
Rolls-Royce - Prince George County, VA

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Rolls-Royce, a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, operates in four global markets - civil aerospace, defense aerospace, marine and energy. We continue to invest in core technologies, products, people and capabilities with the objective of broadening and strengthening the product portfolio, improving efficiency and enhancing the environmental performance of its products.

To meet business growth Turbines are establishing a new turbine blade and nozzle guide vane machining facility, the Advanced Airfoil Machining Facility (AAMF), located in North America at the Rolls-Royce Crosspointe site in Virginia. To support the AAMF an exciting opportunity has arisen for a Manufacturing Laboratory Technologist to work as part of the Manufacturing Engineering team establishing the facility, delivering the transition to operational readiness and into on-going steady state production.



The Manufacturing Engineer Laboratory Technologist role is a very exciting opportunity that will give the right candidate a wealth experience across a wide range of manufacturing engineering activities within a globally renowned company. In this role you will have technical responsibility for some or all of the special processes operated within the facility and will provide technical guidance and support as required to the facility and the supporting supply chain. The special processes used within the facility include electro discharge machining, laser machining, grinding, welding, and cleaning.

The extended supply chain also utilizes a process where protective diffused and overlay coatings are applied and parts undergo thermal processes.

You will be joining a newly established team that will be delivering the new facility to production capability. Process commissioning, process qualification, process control and component validation are examples of the early challenges in this role.



Establish a capable manufacturing laboratory that can support the requirements of the new facility validation and on-going production and process support requirements – including laboratory equipment specifications, layout and working procedures

Process substantiation and validation to meet required internal and external specifications

Problem investigations including process and metallurgical investigations and assessments

Provide manufacturing laboratory support to the manufacturing engineering and operations teams

Conduct annual process assessments to RPS and CME requirements to maintain equipment and process production capability

Effective communication, at all levels, and management of laboratory technical issues including technical interaction with the UK

Support benchmark compliance to all HS&E, Export and regulatory requirements



The AAMF facility will be located in Crosspointe, Virginia, USA. Depending on the candidate's experience the role may involve a period of up to six months training at a Rolls Royce plant in the UK within the first twelve months of employment. Dependant on the successful candidate’s circumstance relocation assistance may be available.

Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base comprising 600 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 2,000 marine customers including 70 navies, and energy customers in 120 countries. Rolls-Royce is a technology leader, employing 38,000 people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in 50 countries.

Rolls-Royce is a Military Friendly Employer.

Rolls-Royce is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and a barrier-free employment process.

Qualifications and experience


Bachelor's Degree in engineering, material science, materials engineering or chemistry with 4+ years working experience in aerospace manufacturing or comparable complex manufacturing environment


Or, Master's degree with 2 + years working experience within aerospace manufacturing or comparable complex manufacturing environment


Experience of machining special processes, special process control and thermal coating processes


Knowledge of the methods of manufacture and processes used to manufacture aerospace turbine components – Turbine Blades and Nozzle Guide Vanes


Working experience of the NADCAP / NUCAP accreditation and audit process


Six Sigma Green or Black Belt accreditation


Knowledge and understanding of the use process control and problem investigation tools (PFMEAs, control plans, RCA (Root Cause Analysis), 7 step, 5 whys etc.)


Attention to detail


Methodical, logical approach to problem solving


Good communication, written and verbal, at all levels within the organization


Ability to train other people


Strong team play with collaborative attitude


Flexible approach


Drive for results

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