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Manufacturing Engineer 1 (New Grad-Hilton Head, SC)

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Job ID IMS20221207-86646
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Thrive in your career journey while creating a safer, more secure world. At L3Harris, you’ll get to solve tough problems, work in an environment where every voice is heard and enjoy best-in-class benefits.

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  • Level: New Grad
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  • Technologically Savvy


I completed two summer internships at L3Harris before transitioning to a full-time role. I was able to learn firsthand about the engineering process, the quality of products produced, the helpfulness of my co-workers, how the company operates and the potential to expand my career.

Jason, Electrical Engineer, Rochester, NY

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L3Harris is dedicated to recruiting and developing diverse, high-performing talent who are passionate about what they do. Our employees are unified in a shared dedication to our customers’ mission and quest for professional growth. L3Harris provides an inclusive, engaging environment designed to empower employees and promote work-life success. Fundamental to our culture is an unwavering focus on values, dedication to our communities, and commitment to excellence in everything we do.

L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across space, air, land, sea and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $18 billion in annual revenue and 47,000 employees, with customers in more than 100 countries.


Job Title: Manufacturing Engineer 1 (New Grad-Hilton Head, SC)

Job Location: Hilton Head, SC


Develop and improve L3Harris Kigre’s laser production, test, and inspection processes. Requires excellent communication, teamwork, and analytical skills as well as laser engineering, product design, and mechanical experience. Has a high level of technical expertise and skill, which is used to plan, optimize, identify Root Cause and Corrective Action, identify, collect and analyze Manufacturing and Quality Metrics and monitor manufacturing processes required for the production of Laser Transmitters.


  • Evaluate manufacturing processes by applying knowledge of product design, fabrication, assembly, tooling, and materials.
  • Fixture identification and design to aid manufacturing
  • Improve manufacturing efficiency by analyzing and planning work flow, space requirements, and equipment layout.
  • Assure product and process quality by designing test methods and confirming manufacturing processes.
  • Regularly facilitate and coordinate the evaluation of production data to provide meaningful metrics to the operations team and identify key areas of improvement using data from manufacturing.
  • Complete design and development projects by training and guiding technicians.
  • Keep equipment operational by coordinating maintenance and repair services.
  • Guide cross functional teams in the implementation of continuous improvement activities, reducing waste and non-value added activities by utilizing Lean Six Sigma principles.
  • Identify faults, investigate production problems and institute corrective action quickly and efficiently. If a major failure occurs institute and support the RCCA process.
  • Develop training programs and provide training on process and assemblies.

The successful candidate will have the following responsibilities:

  • Design, maintain, and improve, as required, new tools, fixtures, optical benches and equipment to meet changing production needs and new products.
  • Troubleshoot product and test equipment in cleanroom environment.
  • Develop manufacturing processes for new products.
  • Institute, Monitor, analyze and report to upper management the results of a Continual Improvement Program.
  • Institute, collect and analyze statistical metrics that monitor and determine production efficiencies.
  • Create work instructions.
  • Specify new equipment such as optical test equipment, assembly equipment, inspection equipment.
  • Lay out and improve work areas and equipment.
  • Provide input to product engineers to improve the manufacturability/reliability of new and existing products.
  • Monitor and report process performance metrics.
  • Provide estimates for new products including capital expenditures, process development labor and materials, setup and changeover labor, standard labor hours, lead time, and throughput.
  • Improve the quality, reduce cost, improve schedule, and reduce the risk of existing processes.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in an Engineering field with a focus on Lasers or Electro-Optics from an accredited university.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • The ideal candidate would possess the following skills:
    • Hands-on mechanical, optical and laser assembly aptitude and experience.
    • Creative problem solving.
    • Ability to drive root cause identification and corrective action implementation.
    • Lean manufacturing.
    • Continuous improvement methodologies.
    • Statistical Process Control.
    • Able to articulate fundamentals of process design, development and testing of optical and electro-optical components and systems.
    • Knowledge of solid-state lasers and optics, testing, integration, documentation and configuration control.
    • Knowledge of design for manufacturability and reliability.
    • Experience working on multiple product development cycles from concept through production.
    • Experience with the integration and test of preproduction prototypes and documentation of laser assembly, alignment, test and troubleshooting techniques.
    • Self-starter, able to work on projects with multiple deadlines and tight time constraints.
    • Proven success in a fast paced manufacturing environment and possess a willingness to take ownership, accept accountability, and thrive under pressure.
    • Possess exceptional communication (both oral and written) and listening skills, with a strong orientation to details, and the ability to make quick, informed decisions.
    • Strong relationship building skills at all levels of an organization and the ability to work effectively across functions within a matrix environment.
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office products and SolidWorks 3D CAD design software.
    • Excellent communication, critical thinking, and analytical skills.

Please be aware many of our positions require the ability to obtain a security clearance. Security clearances may only be granted to U.S. citizens. In addition, applicants who accept a conditional offer of employment may be subject to government security investigation(s) and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

By submitting your résumé for this position, you understand and agree that L3Harris Technologies may share your résumé, as well as any other related personal information or documentation you provide, with its subsidiaries and affiliated companies for the purpose of considering you for other available positions.

L3Harris Technologies is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. L3Harris is committed to treating all employees and applicants for employment with respect and dignity and maintaining a workplace that is free from unlawful discrimination. All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or other related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, citizenship status, characteristic or membership in any other group protected by federal, state or local laws. L3Harris maintains a drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing and background checks, where permitted by law.

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