Aerospace and Defense Application Engineer

Kaiser Aluminum Corporation Spokane, WA
At Kaiser, "Best in Class" isn't three empty words on an acrylic award sitting in some conference room. It's not a throwaway slogan on a coffee cup. For more than 20 years, it's been our way of doing business. It's a promise to our customers—and to ourselves. It means we create superior aluminum mill products for the most technically demanding applications for transportation and industrial markets and deliver them to our customers anywhere in the world. We deliver them on time, or even a day early. And we provide an environment that offers a sense of fulfillment and real opportunities for advancement for all who work here. "Best in Class" is our guiding principle, our mantra, our attitude. Embedded in our culture, it drives us to do all we can to improve how we do business today—then do it even better tomorrow.

This position is a member of the Advanced Engineering – Research & Development Group. The Application Engineer will be based out of Spokane, Washington, at the Kaiser Aluminum Trentwood Works facility.

This position is primary responsible for the following:

* Development and Introduction of Kaiser Aluminum Flat Rolled Products into the Aerospace and or Defense Markets

* Provide technical liaison between Kaiser Aluminum and the customer

* Provide support to Kaiser Aluminum Marketing, Sales, and Product Engineering.

The Aerospace & Defense Application Engineer's essential functions include:

Advanced Engineering Group

* Provide Technical Liaison between the Advanced Engineering Group and the Customers

* Provide insight into Customer Wants to help in the development of new Kaiser products

* Support Customer qualification and new product introduction programs

* Search for and identify applicable technological developments

* Provide technical support to Sales, Marketing, and Product Engineering staff.

* Provide technical support to Customer (direct and end users)

* Coordinate with the Technical & Marketing Departments to successfully meet project milestones.


* Support the development of new products with the use of the Select® methodology

* Align projects with the strategic vision of Trentwood Works and Kaiser Aluminum

* Monitor major projects to ensure that milestones are met

* Lead and contribute to assigned teams

* Provide laboratory and factory supporting the development of new Kaiser Products

* Strictly adhere to all plant and corporate safety policies

Job Requirements

EDUCATION BS Metallurgical, Materials, Mechanical engineering or related Field

Desired Complementing Skills and Education

* MS Metallurgical, Materials, Mechanical Engineering or related Field

* Competency in FEA/FEM software to aid in understanding Customer Needs

* Competency in Machining of aluminum products for use in Aerospace or Defense products


This individual will possess:

* Minimum 3 years' experience in Aerospace Application Engineering

* Proven ability to work in a low supervision environment while successfully meeting goals.

* Excellent analytical skills (statistical data analysis experience is a plus).

* Strong PC skills, including Windows, Word, Excel, various data collection and analysis packages.

* Self-sufficiency in data acquisition, analysis, and report writing.

* Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) and organizational skills.

* Proven ability to work in teams.

* Experience in Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma

* Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.


Bachelor's Degree

Career Level

Experienced (Non-Manager)

Job Type



Advanced Engineering


50 - 60%

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