• Full Time
  • Anywhere

Kirkhill, Inc. welcomes people who share our determination and high standards to join us in doing work that moves the world forward. We design, manufacture, and market highly engineered products and systems principally for the aerospace and defense markets. Kirkhill, Inc. a wholly-owned subsidiary of Transdigm, is a leading diversified manufacturer of highly engineered, organic, and in-organic elastomer based products.

Company Profile

Industry: Aerospace/Defense Products & Services

Number of Employees: 800

Job Overview

Job Family:  Engineering

Reports to:  VP of Operations

Works with:  Engineering members, Management, and all levels of employees

Location: Brea, CA, USA

Type: Full Time

Pay Range: $140k – $160k


Job Summary

Overall responsibility to ensure manufacturing processes and equipment are in place to support operational objectives.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Mentor, guide and supervise the manufacturing engineers.
  • Oversee, plan and prioritize department activities and resources.
  • Monitor and manage budget performance as well as equipment and labor resource allocation.
  • Identify machine requirements and capital requirements that will improve productivity. Prepare CERs as necessary.
  • Identify and implement any additional equipment capacity required to support New Product Introduction well in advance of Production release.
  • Oversee and assist subordinates performing the following duties:
    • Develop production processes and documentation.
    • Developing time standards.
    • Create /modify manufacturing planning; create standard work instructions.
    • Review and approve new and existing engineering drawings for manufacturability.
  • Lead and participate in continuous improvement activities with hands-on involvement and reinforcement of Lean practices and problem solving techniques such as RCCA, A3, 5 Why’s and PFMEA. Perform regular audit function to ensure sustainment. Working familiarity with SMED and Standard Work Instructions.
  • Assist in trouble shooting and problem solving across functional boundaries in support of company delivery performance and profitability goals.
  • Perform rigorous manufacturing process analysis and modify as required to satisfy current needs and to meet future strategic objectives.
  • Develop, track, and report key performance measurements and metrics in support of Kirkhill, Inc. Flight Plan goals.
  • Rigorously enforce and perpetuate safety culture within the manufacturing engineering organization.
  • Maintain the highest ethical standards, even when challenged from above
  • Understand and live by Kirkhill, Inc.’s ethics and business conduct policies


  • Demonstrated organizational skills and capability to multi-task and balance demanding workload.
  • Proven leadership capabilities and team player. Proven ability to motivate personnel and develop relationships with external and internal customers.
  • In-depth understanding of fabrication processes.
  • Strong communication, presentation, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in analyzing and solving parts and process issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet critical deadlines in fast-paced environment.
  • Intermediate skills in working with Microsoft Office.

Kirkhill, Inc. Competencies

Demonstrated ability in the Kirkhill, Inc. competencies for a front line leader:

  • Approachability – Easy to talk to, able to put others at ease.
  • Directing Others – Sets direction, distributes work, lays out clear plans, is organized.
  • Interpersonal Savvy – Relates well to others and can build rapport across the organization
  • Motivating Others – Empowers others, creates a climate in which people want to do their best, shares ownership and visibility.
  • Sizing Up People – Good judge of talent; sees the importance of effectively using each person’s strengths.
  • Organizing – Able to orchestrate effective use of all available resources.
  • Planning – Ability to develop schedules and task/people assignments.
  • Priority Setting – Able to quickly zero in on the critical few leaving the trivial many.
  • Building Effective teams – Knows when and how to use teams and uses them effectively.
  • Managerial Courage – Takes appropriate action when necessary; faces up to problem people or situations.
  • Fairness to Direct Reports – Treats employees as adults and maintains equitable relationships
  • Drive for Results – Reliable performer who can be counted on to achieve consistent results.
  • Customer Focus – Knows and understands the needs of internal and external customers. Is results oriented and works hard to consistently provide exceptional service.
  • Ethics and Values – Adheres to an effective set of core values and beliefs and acts in accordance. Rewards the right values and disapproves of others.
  • Problem Solving – Looks beyond the obvious to find effective solutions.
  • Integrity and Trust – Widely trusted and seen as direct and truthful.
  • Functional/Technical Skills – Possesses the skills to be effective in the job. Has the skills to perform the job at a high level of accomplishment.
  • Listening – Practices active and attentive listening, able to hear others.
  • Action-oriented – Full of energy, willing to take action.
  • Composure – Cool under pressure, not knocked off balance by the unexpected, is a settling influence.
  • Values Diversity – Supports fair and equal treatment for all.

Education/Previous Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Industrial or Mechanical Engineering or related discipline.
  • Minimum of 5+ years’ experience in Aerospace/Defense industry as a Manufacturing Engineering Manager or supervising an engineering team.

Kirkhill, Inc. is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.  All successful candidates must submit to post offer pre-employment physical examination, drug/alcohol screen and background check as a condition of employment.