Project Engineer - Pathways Rotational Program

LMI Aerospace

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Charles, MO

Job Description

As posted by the hiring company

Job Overview:

Sonaca North America is driven by a passion for innovation and a commitment to excellence. As a leading provider of aerospace and defense solutions, we are dedicated to making air and space travel safe and sustainable. We have 13 locations across North America and our engineering expertise and operational excellence set us apart from the competition.

Since the beginning in 1948, we have a proven track record of delivering high-quality products and services that are reliable, safe, and efficient. Our team of experts is dedicated to staying ahead of the curve in the aerospace and defense industry, utilizing the latest technologies and processes to ensure that we deliver the best possible solutions to our customers.


We are currently seeking a Project Engineer. This position provides support to the Development Projects Team during the startup phase of critical new projects. The Project Engineer will evaluate project needs, prepare, and coordinate development plans, and track and evaluate project performance. The Project Engineer will utilize strong communication skills to accurately convey program requirements and coordinate the resolution of key issues to the Fabrication Plants, Supply Chain, Engineering, and Quality Departments. While performing all duties and responsibilities, the Engineer will at all times, model Sonaca North America values and principles and act in a manner consistent with the Sonaca North America Code of Business Conduct and Ethics.


  • Assist Project Managers in the development of project start up plans, creation of conceptual planning, and coordination of customer approvals necessary to launch new programs
  • Function as a key interface between Manufacturing Engineering, Project Management and Plant Operations to ensure complete understanding of requirements, goals, and constraints
  • Prepare project schedules detailing critical milestones, first article flow and transition to production
  • Coordinate and resolve engineering issues related to production and assembly operations
  • Document issues and communicate to related departments
  • Develop and implement plans for resolution
  • Follow up to ensure that issues have been successfully resolved
  • Assist Development Projects Team in the preparation of presentation materials for project reviews
  • Gather, organize, and analyze data related to status and performance on the project
  • Evaluate potential problems and provide risk assessment
  • Document corrective actions and ensure understanding of all team members
  • Facilitate the use of the Teamcenter system on a given program to organize and manage technical data in support of project needs
  • Support/lead offsite meetings at supplier or Sonaca North America Aerostructures locations to coordinate project requirements and resolve of critical issues
  • Participate in various process improvement projects
  • May facilitate or lead teams

In order to comply with U.S. government regulations applicable to this position, all applicants must be either a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S. as defined in 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(20), or a “protected individual” as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3).

Travel Required

Yes, 20% of the time


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, experience in project management in the manufacturing industry or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. A history of applying engineering techniques and methods along with a basic understand of lean manufacturing techniques is preferred.
  • Excellent PC skills, proficiency in Microsoft Office, CATIA and Visio. Experience with TeamCenter Suite is a plus.
  • Ability to work in a dynamic environment with multiple priorities and shifting time requirements. Must be able to promote a participative, team-oriented environment, working with customers (both internal and external), all employees, vendors, and others in a professional and respectful manner.
  • Excellent communication skills and be able to communicate clearly and professionally, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical materials, and governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, work instructions and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, customers, employees, and vendors.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions. Ability to deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, accounting and financial calculations and projections. Ability to produce and interpret financial reports in graph and diagram form.


We take care of our people.

  • 401(k) retirement savings plan with a percentage company-match contribution
  • Competitive wages
  • Paid holidays
  • Paid time off
  • Medical, dental, vision, life, and accidental insurance
  • Short-term disability
  • Long-term disability
  • Employee assistance plan — for access to counseling, consulting, and other community resources
  • Wellness program
  • Tuition assistance
  • Subject to eligibility, terms, and conditions

This job description is only a summary of the typical functions of the job, not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks, and duties. The responsibilities, tasks, and duties may differ from those outlined in the job description and other duties, as assigned, may be required. This document does not create an employment contract. Employees of the Company are employed on an “at will” basis and may be terminated at any time.

Sonaca North America is an equal employment opportunity employer. Consistent with applicable law, Sonaca North America provides access and opportunities to those with disabilities. This includes providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans who seek to access the company’s online application system. If an applicant is unable to fully access the online application system, Sonaca North America will provide a reasonable accommodation. Applicants with disabilities may contact us at 636-916-2400 for assistance accessing the on-line application system. Callers should have a detailed description of the requested accommodation, their name and preferred method of contact ready for Sonaca North America‘s Human Resources Department. Sonaca North America will make every effort to respond within two (2) business days. This phone number is not for the general submission of application materials.

Sonaca North America is an E-Verify Employer.

Sonaca North America is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Disability/Veterans Employer


It has been brought to our attention that there have been instances of fraudulent job offers, purporting to be from Sonaca North America and/or its affiliates (“LMI Aerospace”).

This type of fraud is normally carried out through online services such as false websites, or through fake e-mails or call from people claiming to be from the company. These persons offer fraudulent employment opportunities to applicants and often ask for sensitive personal and financial information. The fraudsters may also request recipients to provide personal information and/or to make payments as part of their fake recruiting process.

Sonaca North America does not ask for any financial commitments from candidates as a pre-employment requirement and will always require candidates to formally apply for positions via the Careers Page or job postings.

Sonaca North America has no responsibility for fraudulent offers and if you believe you have been a victim of a fraudulent job offer concerning Sonaca North America, please email