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NPI Product Engineer I
San Diego-CA-US

Cobham is seeking a NPI Product Engineer I to be an important contributor to the success of new products at Cobham Defense Electronics.  The successful candidate will collaborate within cross functional program organizations to ensure the development of new products meet targets for on-time delivery, cost and quality.   This position is located in San Diego, CA.



  • Serve as the liaison between Operations and Engineering on new development programs as well as San Diego Operations and Mexico Operations transition projects.

  • Participate in cross functional teams to support Operations to meet defined schedule plans during development and transition to production phases.

  • Support the development of new products and assists in design for manufacturing (DfM) activities during early concept stages of the development process.

  • Support the development of product manufacturing documentation to ensure a smooth transition from prototype to production rates and/or transition from San Diego manufacturing to Mexico manufacturing. Develop manufacturing travelers and routers defining the optimal manufacturing sequence. Analyze travelers, routers, BOM, and design drawings for manufacturability, design standard adherence, contractual design requirements, automation and labor hour reductions.

  • Support the creation of Manufacturing Plans and Manufacturing Cost Models for labor and materials. Expand and implement concepts, including Lean Manufacturing, DFMEA, PFMEA etc., to reduce manufacturing cost and increase process throughput. Evaluate new materials, supplies or suppliers based on project scope.

  • Create Key Performance Characteristics (KPC), Key Performance Indicators (KPI), and Statistical Process Controls (SPC) for manufacturing and program management.

  • Define and assist in the management of manufacturing risks and opportunities in a program or transfer project.

  • Prepare reports, publishes and makes presentations to communicate findings.

  • Assist in operator training for new manufacturing parts, materials or processes.

  • Assist in early prototype testing and troubleshooting to find root cause of failures and drive engineering or process change corrective actions.

  • Be responsible for transitioning products from design into manufacturing, full rate production or from San Diego to Mexico.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Material Science, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Mechanical Engineering or related discipline.  

  • Three (3) years of related experience with micro-electronics manufacturing, manufacturing engineering or New Product Introduction.

  • Project Management Skills, Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Project, and Power Point.

  • Experience leading Lean/Six Sigma/Continuous Improvement Manufacturing projects and implementation.

  • Intermediate analytical skills, including statistical analysis; ability to collect, analyze and summarize information; ability to think abstractly and separate complex ideas into simple elements

  • Experience with root cause problem solving activities for defective products, or deficient processes.

  • Travel: 10% Anticipated

  • In order to be considered for this opportunity, you must be eligible to obtain and maintain security clearance, which requires USA Citizenship.



  • Experience with SAP.

  • Conversational Spanish a plus.

  • Solder Assembly/Process or SMT reflow oven experience.

Cobham's values of Trust, Talent and Technology have driven us from our launch in 1934 by Sir Alan Cobham, an aviation innovator, to becoming a global leader in state-of-the-art aerospace and defense systems. And it’s the insights of our innovators today that will secure our collective future. Innovators like you.


Cobham is one of the world's leading companies engaged in the development, delivery and support of leading-edge aerospace and defense systems in the air, on land and at sea. Our clients and partners trust Cobham to deliver the mission-critical technology they need, and we trust our employees to draw on their ingenuity and passion to deliver those solutions. This leads to an empowering culture for our people. Our Leadership team is open, sharing plans for the next five years, driving retention by offering demanding, exciting work, and providing full guidance and mentoring.


Cobham is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and embraces diversity in our employee population. It is the policy of Cobham to provide equal opportunity to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information. Cobham will refrain from discharging, or otherwise discriminating against, employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants.