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Ensign-Bickford Aerospace and Defense DFX (Design for Manufacturing) Engineer III in Longmont, Colorado

Join Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc. (EBI) and you’ll be part of a team that leads science, innovation, and technology on different industry fronts. Working here will provide you with an exciting and motivating career full of development and growth opportunities throughout our businesses. We are a global company that prides itself on having passionate, diverse and dedicated employees who work together to achieve uncommon results.

This opportunity is located within our Honeybee Robotics business, an R&D engineering company that creates unique solutions for our customers’ challenges, on Earth and in space.Click here to learn more.

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Position Summary

As a DFX (Design for Manufacturing) Engineer, you will be responsible for evaluating designs for manufacturability and leading the development of new products into production. The ideal candidate will have skills in analyzing user requirements, mechanical and tool design, as well as manufacturing cell layout. A DFX Engineer will have a direct impact in creating solutions for the complexities that impact the final quality, cost and delivery of our products.


  • Coordination with design engineering to ensure the production viability of new designs, creation of the required documentation, and internal and customer approval for this documentation

  • Develop manufacturing processes and equipment at the factory drive line for new product development with manufacturing responsibility from order receipt thru product qualification – line layout optimization and balancing, throughput requirements, fixture requirements and development, critical dimensions and requirements assembly

  • Solving manufacturing problems, investigating process failures and implementing corrective actions

  • Interface with production personnel including operators, quality inspectors, and shop floor supervisors

  • Implementation of Lean Methodologies including standard work, point of use tooling, material presentation and process improvements

  • Provides production support engineering with respect to technically complex assembly procedures, testing methods and failure analysis

  • Consulted on Process Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (PFMEA)

  • Assist Manufacturing Engineer with Technical compliance and risk assessment

  • Partner with Manufacturing Engineer and Design Engineer for coordination of project related technical tasks

Required Experience, Skills and Education:

  • US Person (US Citizen or Permanent Resident)

  • BS/MS in an engineering discipline, preferably mechanical engineering or manufacturing engineering

  • 5+ years of project, manufacturing or related engineering experience in multi-part mechanisms and mechanical assemblies

  • Design and application of electromechanical actuators

  • Knowledge of space vehicle mechanisms and systems

  • SolidWorks experience is required. Must be capable of creating 3-D parts, assembly models, drawings and complete GD&T

  • Experience with the design of tooling/fixtures/work aids for production assembly and environmental testing of space components

  • Design for Manufacturing methods and techniques

  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills with demonstrated ability to lead programs / projects.

  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and resolve problems

  • Established project management skills with the ability to document, plan, market, and execute programs

  • Experienced in low volume high mix, developmental level procurement in a collaborative, fast paced, team environment

  • Understanding of Continuous Improvement, Lean Manufacturing practices and in-depth understanding ERP/MRP planning systems

  • Strong skills in MS Windows – Excel, Word and Power-point. Familiar with and able to work in MS Project

Honeybee Robotics, Ltd. is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, national origin, or veteran status.

Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc. is a diversified company with businesses in a myriad of industries including Aerospace & Defense, Space Robotics, Life Sciences, and Pet Food Flavorings, with our headquarters located in Denver, CO. We have been called "The industry leader"​, "The people to follow"​, "The safety, quality and reliability experts"​. Our technologies allow us to be first to market with next-generation products for all of our focus markets. Our businesses include:

AFB International

Ensign-Bickford Aerospace & Defense Company

EnviroLogix Inc.

Honeybee Robotics, Ltd.

Each of our companies, as varied as they are, have a great deal in common. Each is a leader in its field. Each ​shares a dedication to innovation, continuous improvement, a commitment to research and technological expertise and an unmatched level of services and support. The simple truth is: When you are a part of our team, you stand head and shoulders above the rest.

Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, national origin, or veteran status.