Manufacturing Product Engineer

    • Job Tracking ID: RTL:21-047
    • Job Location: Colorado Springs, CO
    • Job Level: Mid Career
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: 08/16/2021
    • Years of Experience: 4+
    • Radford Job Code: 4763-4764 Product Engineer (Mfg)
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Job Description

Kratos Space is a leader in assured aerospace communication solutions and services. We are cutting-edge innovators and creative problem solvers working collaboratively to solve our customers’ toughest challenges. Kratos is valued for our ability to design and deliver leading edge, resilient solutions for aerospace communication, control, awareness and mission success across a continuum of offerings—from commercial to tailored custom solutions and integrated programs. We bring both the capability and confidence that our customers value and depend on.

At Kratos, we encourage an entrepreneurial spirit balanced with fiscal and operational discipline. We work hard, we solve hard problems, and we look out for and take care of our customers, each other and our families. Protecting and enabling our customer’s communication systems through innovative aerospace solutions is what motivates us.

We look forward to working with open, honest, caring and passionate individuals that want to bring their diverse backgrounds, perspectives and skills to help us continue to build a great company.


As a Manufacturing Product Engineer, you will be using your skills and expertise to maintain smooth and high-quality manufacturing output for the Products under your responsibility. As a key member of the New Product Introduction (NPI) Team, you will engage deeply with the Product Development team from the onset of the Product Lifecycle, and throughout the NPI process.  Once the Product is stable in Production, you will assume responsibility for understanding and correcting downstream challenges with the Product.  You will use your knowledge of radio communications systems, RF/mixed signal board design, an extensive array of test equipment and test results, manufacturing processes throughout the supply chain, and root cause determination to understand and eliminate reductions to manufacturing throughput or quality, throughout the life of the Product.


You will be tasked to learn the Product design and operation at a deep level through your participation in the NPI.  Starting with architecture and design reviews, continuing through prototype turn-on, testing and characterization, and culminating in approval for First Customer Shipments and Production Stability, you will gain expert knowledge of your Products.  You will then be tasked with using your skills, expertise, and Product knowledge to understand and correct manufacturing challenges during the shipping life of the Product.  Given that these challenges can come from supplier quality issues, part obsolescence, software/firmware/test-code changes, engineering change orders, process changes, etc., you will be tasked with collaborating with suppliers, Product Development, Production Test, Quality, Customer Support and a variety of other partners along the way.

Experience and Skills

Required Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or Manufacturing Engineering with an emphasis on electronics, technical degree preferred. May consider equivalent experience in lieu of degree.
  • 4 or more years of job related experience
  • Strong theoretical knowledge of radio communications systems including software defined radios, RF transceiver architectures, RF to digital interfaces such as ADCs, DACs, and clocking architectures
  • Experience with mixed signal PCB designs that include a mix of RF/microwave circuits, FPGAs, DDR memory, and high speed serial interfaces
  • Experience in design for manufacture, reliability, sustainment, and product lifecycle
  • Prior experience working with a cross functional hardware design team
  • Experience with troubleshooting RF performance
  • Manufacturing engineering experience producing high complexity electronics
  • Familiarity with raw printed circuit board (PCB) and loaded printed circuit assembly (PCA) manufacturing processes and challenges
  • Familiarity with applied statistics related to manufacturing test data
  • Effective communication and presentation skills.
  • U.S. Citizenship and the ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. Government Security Clearance is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in satellite or wireless communications
  • Experience with low voltage power supply circuits and design
  • Prior experience with supply chain and vendor management
  • Current Security Clearance
  • Advanced degrees in related fields of study

U.S. Citizenship and the ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. Government Security Clearance is required.

Kratos offers challenging work, an excellent environment, & great benefits! Kratos is an affirmative action / equal opportunity employer that recognizes the importance of diversity. We are committed to maintaining an inclusive environment and strongly encourage minorities, females, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. Please, no phone calls, agencies, or recruiters. Kratos is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer.


Competitive salary based on experience and education
Salary Range $93k-$151k per year


  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Tax Savings Accounts (HSA / FSA)
  • Life Insurance
  • Short Term Disability
  • Long Term Disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 401k Savings Plan
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan
  • Paid Time Off
  • Education Assistance Program