Safran Sr. Design Engineer in CYPRESS, California

Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aircraft propulsion and equipment, space and defense markets. Safran has a global presence, with more than 58,000 employees and sales of 16.5 billion euros in 2017. Working alone or in partnership, Safran holds world or European leadership positions in its core markets. Safran is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange, and is part of the CAC 40 and Euro Stoxx 50 indices.

In February 2018, Safran took control of Zodiac Aerospace, significantly expanding its aircraft equipment activities. Together with Zodiac Aerospace, Safran has more than 91,000 employees and would have around EUR 21 billion in adjusted revenue (pro forma 2016).

Safran is ranked among the Top 100 Global Innovators by Thomson Reuters and is featured on the "Happy at work" rankings. The Group places fourth on the Universum ranking for the favorite companies of newly-qualified engineers in France.

Safran Cabin is the world’s leading supplier of cabin interiors for regional, narrow and wide-body, business and military aircraft.

The company's product range includes integrated cabin interiors, overhead bins, galleys, lavatories, crew rests and cargo containers.

Senior Design Engineer:

Job Summary:

Create designs of aircraft interior products ranging from but not limited to: bins, galleys, lavatories, or ceiling panels used in commercial and private aircraft using a computer-aided drafting system and support existing designs of products which are manufactured on site. While creating new designs, considerations of certification, composites/general material selection due to weight restrictions in aircraft, and ease of manufacturing is necessary. Product designs range from basic interiors products used in regional aircraft and commercial airlines to first class and high-end private jets products.

Summary of Duties:

  • Produce innovative, intelligent designs for production in a timely manner with respect to the project schedule, while optimizing ease of manufacturing, cost, weight, and function.

  • Design to mandatory regulatory requirements, customer and company specifications.

  • Apply Zodiac Cabin & Structures’ engineering standards as established in CDE1000, with emphasis on Sections 2, 3, 4, 7 and 10.

  • Produce accurate 3D models, preliminary layouts, production details and assembly drawings while meeting drawing release dates.

  • Prepare drawings and other engineering data required for the manufacturing of the product and data submittal to the customer.

  • Produce ECNs (Engineering Change Notice) as required to support manufacturing, customers, quality, and certification.

  • Release 3D models and drawings, maintaining data integrity according to CDE1002 and CDE1004.

  • Act as a shop liaison during initial production of new product designs to prevent and/or solve any engineering issue that may arise.

  • Identify problems and develop solutions.

  • Collaborate with Supply Chain to examine supplier lead times, costs and availability for parts and tooling necessary to manufacture the product being designed.

  • Verify, check and sign off on program specific engineering drawings.

  • Initiate and lead modular design approach; Control modular design catalogues.

  • Generate a variety of innovative design solutions and concepts when faced with design problems; optimizing design for commonality and modularity.

  • Mentor entry level engineering personnel in fields of expertise.


Education: BSME, BSEE or BSAE or equivalent with 10+ years of experience in the aircraft interiors or related interiors industry.

Experience: Minimum 8 years engineering experience. Possesses and applies comprehensive knowledge of principles, practices, and procedures in design engineering. Leads technical aspects of intermediate scale programs and has experience with complex interior design programs, Assumes ownership of the product development through maturity, Key focal for Project Engineer, In depth understanding of airworthiness requirements for passenger aircraft interiors, Has the ability to perform basic structural calculations, Has an extensive understanding of materials and processes & tool constraints. Has signature authority to Approve design.

Computer Skill: MS Office Suiteâ, MS Windowsâ. CATIA V5, SmarTeam are preferred. AutoCAD is useful.

General Notes:

  • All employees have an affirmative duty to protect and maintain the confidentiality of Zodiac Aerospace’s products.

  • As business conditions change it is necessary that all employees productively react and handle other essential tasks as assigned now or in the future.

  • Tasks may vary slightly based on products produced at division.

  • Duties listed above are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required. The Company may modify responsibilities as needed to meet business and organizational needs.

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