Manufacturing Engineer at Accion Systems
Boston, MA, US / Charlestown, MA, US

About Accion Systems

At Accion [pronounced AX-ee-on], we're working to change the world by making outer space more affordable and accessible. We come to work every day to build next-generation ion engines and other cool technologies for spacecraft. Our younger selves would be very proud of us.

Our team is excited about our mission and we work AND play hard together to achieve it. We offer competitive salary and benefits (including health, dental, 401(k) with match, gym membership reimbursement, and vacation), and we engage our team through activities including an annual retreat, weekly lunches, monthly team outings, and the chance to travel to and present at industry events. We strongly value self-motivated, enthusiastic employees and we work hard as a group to nurture growth mindsets in company and personal goals.

About this Position

We are seeking a self-motivated individual to join our hardware team as a Manufacturing Engineer. Your primary responsibility will be to develop material qualification plans and monitor internal and external (supplier) quality. You will also help develop assembly processes and procedures, and work closely with the Design Team to ensure a repeatable design that can consistently meet Customer, Quality and Cost objectives. The expectation is that you are a seasoned engineer who has worked in a fast paced “startup” environment where you are fast-learning, independent, and can work cross-functionally across our software, hardware and deployment teams to execute on the company’s development and production targets. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, work may be done remotely, with access to Accion’s office and lab permitted on an as-needed basis.

You Will:

Be responsible for process qualification, quality, and supplier development aspects of our propulsion technology during product and process development cycles.

Develop internal manufacturing processes, procedures, and product flows in conjunction with research and design engineers and technicians.

Serve as primary technical contact with external manufacturers defining quality requirements, performing first article inspections, and working through design feedback and DFM inputs from suppliers with the Engineering team.

Work to manufacturing schedule to meet production needs. Conduct auditing and reporting performance against processes.

Coordinate with engineers at multiple facilities who are performing steps in the process. Assist with integration of MEMS components into complex electromechanical systems.

Perform DFM reviews of designs and verify against IPC and Contract Manufacturers’ guidelines. Ensure all design output files (ODB, Schematics, BOM, etc) meet standards.

Generate ECOs, perform BOM comparisons, update Approved Vendor List information, within our ECO management system

Develop Accion Systems Supplier Qualification Audit Process and perform on-site audits of Contract Manufacturers and major component suppliers.

Drive product design and manufacturing process quality improvements as Accion’s products mature.

Work with multiple New Product Introduction, Engineering, Operations, and Customer Service groups to resolve Supplier Quality issues to ensure on-time delivery of products.

Perform First Article Inspection and Cosmetic Qualification of vendor supplied parts as required.

Inform Quality and Reliability Metrics and Requirements during development of supplier purchasing agreements and contracts.

Required Competencies:

BS in ME/Mat Sci/ChemE/EE discipline or equivalent.

Minimum 5-7 years of experience in a hands-on manufacturing environment

Lean manufacturing background with a history of hands-on manufacturing involvement

Technical skills in manufacturing processes and methods including operating and maintaining production equipment.

Work well under pressure and in a fast-paced work environment.

Understands integration of complex electro-mechanical assemblies Experience in Aerospace technology or similar industry

Experience in Supplier Quality Management Strong organization and time management skills

Desired Competencies:

Familiarity with AS9100 or ISO9001 quality standards

Knowledge of the IPC Standards (IPC-A-610, IPC-A-600, J-STD-001).

Experience with production in a clean-room environment Implementation of Foreign Object Debris (FOD) management program

Handling of parts with Electro-static Discharge

Why Accion?

Space is cool! New startup companies working on space technology have reinvigorated excitement for outer space. You can join one of Boston’s few space companies working on technology that will be launched into orbit. Our team is comprised of highly motivated employees who are leading experts in the space industry, revolutionizing in-space propulsion.

Startup Environment: Working at a startup means you get to contribute to the company’s big picture goals. Every employee at Accion works on critical projects from start to finish that directly impact our company’s progress.

Kitchen is always fully stocked with snacks and drinks

Regular social hour, team building events and industry networking events, social groups (Women of Accion, R&D Journal Club, Book Club, Foodie Group, Bike Club)

Open office setup with plenty of breakout spaces to fly solo State of the art lab facility

Free parking and shuttle to Sullivan and South Station

On site gym, cafeteria, cafe, lounge, rooftop garden, harbor walk, softball field, corn-hole, ping pong table

Steps away from historic Charlestown and trendy Assembly Row Five-minute walk to the Orange Line

The position is full-time and available to be filled immediately.

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicants must be U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents of the U.S., or protected individuals as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3).

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or any other protected factor.