Manufacturing Engineer

Whisper Aero

Whisper Aero

Crossville, TN, USA
Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Our Company

Whisper Aero, a leader in air propulsion technology, focuses on delivering cleaner, quieter, and more efficient thrust solutions. Our team, with over a decade of experience in electric propulsion, includes experts from NASA, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and other industry giants. We pride ourselves on a culture of ambition, creativity, and teamwork, constantly seeking innovative minds ready to challenge norms and drive progress in our field.

About The Role

Whisper Aero is looking for a dynamic Manufacturing Engineer capable of scaling our manufacturing capacity from small batches to a fully functioning production line, capable of shipping hundreds and then thousands of units annually. This role involves being the manufacturing voice during design reviews, authoring work instructions, documenting processes, implementing standardization, designing tooling, and enhancing process efficiency.

What You’ll Do

  • Participate in and present during reviews, providing feedback to the design and flight sciences teams.
  • Use finite element analysis and classical methods to evaluate strength, deflection, vibration, fatigue life, and damage tolerance.
  • Perform structural configuration layouts and sizing of future design propulsor and platform concepts.
  • Support testing for flight projects, study tasks, and proposals.
  • Provide structural engineering knowledge throughout all project phases.
  • Develop allowables from novel materials and author analysis tools for part sizing.
  • Support customers with product integration issues.
  • Write comprehensive technical reports for peer review.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering (or equivalent) with at least 3 years of related experience.
  • Proven experience in managing manufacturing projects with external companies and suppliers.
  • Hands-on experience in various processes: CNC machining, composites, 3D printing, prototyping, mechanical/electronics assembly, etc.
  • Experience in creating and implementing process improvements and technical documentation.
  • Expertise in CAD software (SolidWorks preferred).
  • Familiarity with basic inspection tools (calipers, micrometers, dial gauges, multimeters)

Bonus Qualifications

  • Experience with AS9100, ISO9001, or IPC-A-610.
  • Knowledge of modern inspection equipment (3D scanners, laser measurement, CMMs, etc.).
  • Experience managing technicians and interns.
  • Six Sigma Black Belt certification.
  • Aircraft maintenance experience.
  • Mechanical analysis skills (hand calculations, software).
  • Experience with CAM or other machine programming tools.
  • Experience in making flight hardware and working in high-volume production environments.
  • Knowledge of injection molding.


  • Top-tier Benefits: 100% paid Medical, dental, and vision for employees, 75% paid for dependents
  • PTO & Federal Holidays: Starting at four weeks of paid time off for vacation, sick, and personal days
  • Competitive Salary: Value-based compensation, plus enjoy Tennessee’s no-income-tax life
  • End of Year Bonuses: For eligible employees
  • Paid Lunches: Lunches MWF + drinks and snacks to keep you going throughout the day
  • 401(k)
  • Relocation Assistance
  • Professional Development Stipend

Whisper Aero is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusivity in the workplace. All aspects of employment are decided on the basis of merit, qualifications, and business needs. We do not discriminate based upon race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. Whisper Aero also participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each applicant's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.