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Beyond the Horizon

Providing Innovative Aircraft Solutions

Based in the Air Capital of the World, MAX Aerostructures supplies the aircraft industry with parts from small to large, partnering from the beginning to manage the supply base and take care of each customer every step of the way. Our main goal is helping our customers build more airplanes more efficiently. MAX Aerostructures is the high-performance aerospace supplier that will take you Beyond the Horizon.

Positioned for Growth

8219 W Irving St, Wichita, KS 67209
(316) 260 6066

Centrally located in Wichita, Kansas, MAX Aerostructures is based in a 206,000-square-foot building situated on 12 acres to allow for future expansion. Significant remodeling is planned for the building, starting in early 2017.

Decades of Experience

The MAX Aerostructures leadership team is comprised of highly experienced professionals with many years of experience in the aerospace supply industry.

  • Max-Aero-Leadership-Team-7 Learn More Sean Purcell Executive Vice President & General Manager

    Title: Executive Vice President & General Manager Years of Industry Experience: 9

    Bio: When Sean started his aerospace career as a supply chain associate at Beechcraft (then Hawker Beechcraft) nine years ago, his responsibility was straightforward – support his customer on the production line. That remains Sean’s mantra to this day. Through building relationships, honoring his commitments and maintaining a strong work ethic, Sean is a leader his customers and coworkers can count on. At MAX, the same can be said. With focus on delivering quality parts on time, customers can trust their needs will remain at the forefront. Aerospace is one of Sean’s many passions, albeit distant from spending time with his wife and two young children. Sean is a graduate of Kansas State University and enjoys exercising, playing golf and coaching his kids’ sports teams.

  • Max-Aero-Leadership-Team-1 Learn More Jeff Pauli Director of Business Development

    Title: Director of Business Development Years of Industry Experience: 18

    Bio: With 18 years in the aerospace industry, Jeff truly operates with the interests of his customer in mind. He is transparent in his communication, stands by his commitments and understands what it takes to be a high-performing supplier. While Jeff serves primarily as the leader of MAX’s business development group, he also has extensive understanding of manufacturing operations. Jeff enjoys spending time with his family, being involved with his church and working on projects in his shop.

  • Max-Aero-Leadership-Team-8 Learn More Alan Bernbeck Director of Operations

    Title: Director of Operations Years of Industry Experience: 13

    Bio: Having spent most of this career owning and operating a business, Alan understands every facet of an organization and the role each plays in delivering quality parts to the customer. For 11 years before joining MAX, Alan served as owner and head of operations at Paradigm Machine. Having leadership over the operations at MAX as well as serving in an executive leadership role in key decisions of the company, Alan is focused on ensuring the organization is efficient in its approach through technology, service and support. He is a degreed engineer from Wichita State and is a certified pilot.

  • Max-Aero-Leadership-Team-5 Learn More Ryan Hollingsworth Director of Product Development

    Title: Director of Product Development Years of Industry Experience: 13

    Bio: An engineering major from Wichita State University, Ryan owned and operated Paradigm Machine for 11 years before joining forces with MAX in September of 2016. Ryan is tasked with product development, operations and programming responsibilities with MAX along with cellular work center design and lean manufacturing. He also plays an integral role in the strategic vision of the company around equipment and technology.  A native of Wichita, Ryan enjoys time with his family and friends as well as working on projects he has at home.

  • Max-Aero-Leadership-Team-2 Learn More Jarrod Young Director of Quality Assurance

    Title: Director of Quality Assurance Years of Industry Experience: 27

    Bio: A trusted name in quality assurance for over 27 years, Jarrod has the knowledge and skill-set to address any customer need as well as the unique approach to partner with an operational team to ensure requirements are met and quality is always kept in focus. To achieve that success, Jarrod is constantly soliciting feedback and communicating with the many functional groups within the organization to build quality processes and a continual focus on customer satisfaction. That approach guarantees every group has ownership of the role quality plays within the company. Jarrod has many hobbies outside of MAX, including spending time camping and boating with his wife and four children.

  • Max-Areo-Leadership-Team-Robert-Wilson Learn More Robert Wilson Director of Special Processing

    Title: Director of Special Processing Years of Industry Experience: 20

    With two decades of aerospace industry experience, certifications in Non-destructive testing (NDT), lead auditing, and Six Sigma expertise, Robert brings vast knowledge to our manufacturing process.  He is responsible for all special processing, which involves NDT and the various steps required for chemical processing, painting and shipment of the finished parts we produce. Prior to working at MAX, Robert gained experience at Valence Surface Technologies and Sonaca Wichita. He enjoys working closely with the other MAX managers in a combined goal to deliver a superior quality product on time. Robert enjoys spending time with his family and traveling.

  • Max-Aero-Leadership-Team-13 Learn More Jeremy Wolf Estimating Manager

    Title: Estimating Manager Years of Industry Experience: 21

    Bio: Jeremy’s extensive background in both machining and assembly provides him with a high level of understanding for manufacturing producibility. This knowledge he has gained over the years gives him a unique perspective as he leads MAX’s estimating team. Additionally, his views on the various disciplines in manufacturing is an asset when communicating with customers as they can trust and know Jeremy has looked at each project from all angles. When he’s not at MAX, Jeremy enjoys spending time with his family, friends and watching his youngest son play sports.

In the News and media

Since our inception in 2016, MAX Aerostructures has garnered much news and media interest.

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A World-Class Customer Experience

Capabilities

MAX Aerostructures strives to develop longterm relationships with our customers, partnering with you to effectively realize your vision and ensure your satisfaction throughout each process. We have full machining and assembly capabilities, a chemical processing line and a heat-treat facility, allowing us to effectively manage nearly every step of the process. By doing this, we can ensure the highest quality while keeping our customers’ needs at the forefront.

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Quality

At MAX Aerostructures, we focus on creating a culture that promotes employee involvement and a consistent commitment to quality. We believe that quality is an on-going process of building and sustaining customer satisfaction through proven performance. Our people approach quality with a sincere effort, skillful execution and strategic direction to do their best and always think quality. Our AS9100/ISO9001 approved QMS provides the framework to ensure excellence within our business.

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Career Opportunities

Are you looking to join an energetic team where teamwork, creativity and collaboration are always at the forefront? Does being on the ground floor of a start-up aerospace supplier with big dreams and aspirations sound exciting to you? Are you seeking a career in which your suggestions and ideas are heard, where a work-life balance is important and where we strive to get better with every part we make? If you answered yes to these questions, then we may be the aerospace supplier for you! Our dynamic and experienced team of professionals is always looking for talented, self-motivated people who want to make an impact every day. Welcome to MAX Aerostructures!

MAX employees enjoy outstanding benefits that include:
Competitive pay
Health, Dental and Vision Insurance with generous employer premium contributions
401(k) Retirement Plan with employer match
Paid vacation time
Paid holidays
Clean and climate controlled environment
Opportunity for growth and so much more!

Available Positions

  • NDT- Magnetic Particle Inspector

    Description: Max Aerostructures is seeking a full-time individual to perform nondestructive testing in MT. Level 2 qualifications in accordance with NAS 410 in the discipline is required. The following knowledge base is required to be consider for the position:

    • Have the skills and knowledge to set up and standardize Magnetic Particle black lights, process a known defect standard and accept/reject the results.
    • Have the skills and knowledge to develop techniques and process aerospace parts in a manner that is acceptable to aerospace specifications.
    • Have the skills and knowledge to set up the machine and conduct daily maintenance.
    • Have the skills and knowledge to determine if an aerospace part is acceptable or rejectable when evaluating in accordance with an aerospace OEM specification.
    • Be thoroughly familiar with the scope and limitations of Magnetic Particle Inspection.
    • Be capable of providing the necessary guidance and/or supervision to trainees and Level 1 personnel
    • Be familiar with the MT OEM aerospace specifications, aerospace industry specifications and inspection criteria within specifications used by the employer.
    • Be capable of developing part specific techniques in accordance with customer requests. Techniques require general information on how the part is to be processed. Such techniques shall require final approval by a Level 3 certified in the method
    • Have a basic knowledge of the other departments within an aerospace processing facility, i.e. pre-penetrant etching and cleaning, post cleaning, pre-treatment, masking, shot peen, paint.

    Shift Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. but subject to change based on company needs; Overtime may be required.

    Qualifications: High School Diploma or equivalent, NDT Level II Certification/Qualification per NAS 410.
    Ability to perform to the qualification requirements defined in NAS 410 as a Level II Magnetic Particle inspector. The individual shall have proof for a minimum of 32 hours of formal classroom training and a minimum of 400 hours of experience or OJT in accordance with NAS 410. Mechanical aptitude, exceptional attention to detail, ability to follow directions and procedures, team work, and strong work ethics. Ability to speak effectively and communicate clearly.

  • Strategic Assembly Manager

    Description:  As the Strategic Assembly Manager, your task is to lead a team to deliver on the commitments we have to our customer through high levels of efficiency, consistent in-process part checking and organization through Lean and 5S principles that ensure the highest confidence in total part and process ownership.

    Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
    • Responsibility for all day-to-day assembly operations execution. Supervise assembly mechanics including support team members and drive optimal performance through adhere to processes and high levels of efficiency.
    • Track and monitor performance through methods provided or developed. Utilize shop display boards to review and determine daily staffing and execution plans. Monitor work center capacity and efficiencies to determine whether additional tools or resources are needed to deliver on customer commitments.
    • Responsible for organization and planning of all new assembly projects.
    • Track and monitor projected expectations of all current assembly projects as well as new assembly projects.
    • Responsible for the development of assembly fixtures and equipment needed for all current assembly projects and future projects.
    • Track and report on all consumables on a daily basis. Monitor and track as well as report on all inventory sub-assemblies.
    • Participate in quality reviews with QA department. Be involved on scrap analysis and drive root cause and corrective action as needed or required.
    • Work with customer service team to understand customer expectations and when priorities need to be established in the event of bottlenecks.
    • Track, monitor and execute overtime needs based on business and customer expectations.

  • CNC Programmer

    Description: 
    • Writes and/or modifies CNC programs and instruction sheets for multi-axis machined parts.
    • Coordinates program start-ups in manufacturing, assists in troubleshooting and provides recommendations for the selection of cutting tools.
    • Monitors performance of program after implementation, making adjustments as needed.
    • Evaluates requests for new or modified programs to determine feasibility, cost, and time estimates.
    • Maintains program files.
    • Analyzes, reviews, and recommends modifications to existing programs to increase operating efficiency, reduce costs, improve processes, and/or adapt to new or changing requirements.

    Requirements:
    CNC Programmer requires more than 3 years hands-on experience using CATIA v. 5 in programming machining equipment in the manufacture of precision machined parts for the aerospace industry
    • More than 3 years previous experience programming five-axis CNC machines required plus 2 years machining experience preferred.
    • CATIA v 5 experience required.
    • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret customer blueprints/specifications, purchase orders, tooling concepts, manufacturing processes, technical procedures, operating instructions, etc. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
    • Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry.
    • Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
    • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

    Must pass a pre-employment drug screen

     

  • Assembly Mechanic

    Shift Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. but subject to change based on company needs; Overtime may be required.

    Description: MAX Aerostructures is seeking a skilled Assembly Mechanic to join our growing team in Wichita. Applicants must demonstrate they have the ambition, work ethic, knowledge, and technical aptitude to perform a variety of assembly functions according to detailed specifications and meet strict quality requirements.

    Other responsibilities and qualifications include, but are not limited to:

    • One to three years of experience in manufacturing assembly
    • Ability to read and interpret blueprints, specifications, and other work instructions
    • Experience with lay-out and drilling of holes, installation of fasteners, bearings, bushings, etc.
    • Experience with application of sealants, primers, paints, cleaning agents
    • Experience with hand and power tools used in assembly processes
    • Experience with measurement and testing equipment
    • Must be able to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds as well as stand, sit, bend, kneel, squat and walk on a regular basis
    • Must pass a pre-employment drug screen
  • Weekend CNC Operator

    Description / Responsibilities: MAX Aerostructures is seeking skilled CNC operators who are looking to thrive in a team-oriented, fast-paced work environment. Applicants should be able to demonstrate they have the ambition, work ethic and technical aptitude to perform, set up and operate 3-, 4- & 5-axis CNC milling equipment. Applicants must be able to follow detailed work instructions and interpret blueprints, drawings and other engineering provided to ensure products meet quality requirements.

    Qualifications: One to three years of experience is preferred; however, consideration may be given for someone who shows a strong work ethic, drive to achieve high levels of performance and can demonstrate a detail-oriented nature and on-time attendance dependability. Applicants must be able to lift 50 pounds and pass a pre-employment drug screen.

  • 2nd Shift CNC Operator

    Description / Responsibilities: MAX Aerostructures is seeking skilled CNC operators who are looking to thrive in a team-oriented, fast-paced work environment. Applicants should be able to demonstrate they have the ambition, work ethic and technical aptitude to perform, set up and operate 3-, 4- & 5-axis CNC milling equipment. Applicants must be able to follow detailed work instructions and interpret blueprints, drawings and other engineering provided to ensure products meet quality requirements.

    Qualifications: One to three years of experience is preferred; however, consideration may be given for someone who shows a strong work ethic, drive to achieve high levels of performance and can demonstrate a detail-oriented nature and on-time attendance dependability. Applicants must be able to lift 50 pounds and pass a pre-employment drug screen.