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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-Aero-Leadership-Team-14 Learn More Carrie Lindholm Chief Financial Officer

    Title: Chief Financial Officer Years of Industry Experience: 13

    Bio: With background in both aerospace and construction, Carrie brings a dynamic approach to her role as Chief Financial Officer at MAX. Her focus on key cost drivers and her willingness to partner with operations and other key stakeholders keeps all parties aligned and informed when it comes to their roles in the company’s financial success. Carrie also has an extensive background in human resources and knows what it takes to build and grow a team from within through employee engagement. Carrie has four children, all boys, and enjoys spending time with them and her husband Brian.

  • 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

  • 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

     

  • Packaging & Delivery Associate

    Description: The packaging and delivery position is responsible for safely coordinating and transporting products to our customers and suppliers. Job includes assisting with all packaging, boxing and palleting needs to protect product during delivery. Coordinating pick up and drop off product, computer transactions, pulling & staging products for shipping and running errands in the company vehicle.

    Job skills/requirements:
    • A clean driving record and a valid driver’s license, insurance.
    • A friendly demeanor and personality. You’re the face of the company
    • Provide outstanding customer service during delivery and pick up operations.
    • The ability to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
    • Operate fork lifts and hand dolly to load and unload.
    • Basic computer skills such as excel, outlook, and internet use for accessing FedEx and UPS sites.

    Job Functions:
    • Delivers product to the customer and pick up material in the company truck
    • Receive, pack, and ship items in a manner that meets all customer expectations
    • Assisting with pulling inventory and preparing product for shipment
    • Works with final inspection group to coordinate packaging and shipment of completed product from daily ship list
    • Responsible for computer transactions for customer, FedEx, UPS shipments that includes creation of bar code labels and shipping paperwork
    • Monitor supplier status of completed orders that are ready for pickup
    • Performs visual checks, counting of parts and verification activities against purchase order and certifications upon receipt
    • Process and clocking of orders as necessary in ERP and MRP systems
    • Moves product to next operation in accordance with the job traveler paperwork and stages in the appropriate department
    • Helps with maintaining inventory of shipping materials and supplies in the area.
    • Maintains the work area and equipment in a clean and orderly condition and follows prescribed safety regulations.

    Must pass a pre-employment drug screen

  • Quality Engineer

    Job Summary:  The Quality Engineer position provides technical support to the quality and engineering groups in support of AS9100 processes and procedures. The candidate will help create all AS9102 First Article Inspection reports in the web-based system Net-Inspect. Contribute to the development and continuous improvement of the quality department through functions such as first articles, calibration tracking, customer source inspections, planning verifications and buyoffs.

    Primary Duties:  Creating and completing AS9102 first article inspection reports and bubble drawings.
    Handling of all source inspection needs with putting together source packages to present to the customer.
    Assisting the Quality department with tracking and maintaining calibration records and audits
    Serve as a team member on AS9100 internal audit team and assisting with customer audits
    Participate on problem solving teams to support RCCA activities and MRB related functions
    Support planning verifications and job instruction reviews including system buyoffs

    Additional Responsibilities:

    • Must have excellent time management and organizational skills.
    • Must have excellent communication skills (written and verbal). May have contact with customers and auditors, in addition to working with others in the organization.
    • Must have an understanding of and experience with inspection procedures & processes.
    • Auditing experience a plus
    • Ability to work successfully under pressure of tight timelines and frequent changes to a heavy workload
    • Must pass a pre-employment drug screen

    Skills:

    • Working knowledge of quality concepts pertaining to aerospace requirements
    • Knowledge of AS9102 and creating FAI reports in Net-Inspect Read and understand blueprints, working knowledge of GD&T required
    • Must display a good attitude, willingness to learn, and the ability to get along with others
    • Must demonstrate good organizational skills

    Required experience:
    2 Years of Aerospace Manufacturing Experience

  • Quality Inspector

    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:  The Quality Assurance Associate (CMM Operator/Programmer/ Inspector) shall provide support in the areas of first part inspections, CMM programming and operations, and receiving inspection duties. The candidate will utilize the CMM/FARO arm to ensure overall dimensional quality of the product meets the requirements of our customers. Candidate shall contribute to the development and continuous improvement of all quality processes and procedures.

    Primary Duties:  Inspection of product using a FARO Arm, Programming and Operating the CMM. PC-DMIS/Verisurf experience preferred.
    First Part Inspections using surface plates, hand tools/micrometers, height gauges, comparators, etc.
    Assist with receiving inspection of outside processes and machined parts
    Train inspectors and members of the operations team on the use of CMM and FARO
    Help with the dimensional captures to be used for First Article Inspection per AS9102
    Participate on problem solving teams to support RCCA activities

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

    • Must have excellent time management and organizational skills.
    • Must have excellent communication skills (written and verbal). May have contact with customers and auditors, in addition to working with others in the organization.
    • Must have experience with inspection procedures & processes compliant to AS9100.
    • Ability to work successfully under pressure of tight timelines and frequent changes to a heavy workload
    • Read and understand blueprints, strong working knowledge of GD&T required
    • Computer skills required (MS Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.)
    • CAD knowledge desirable
    • Must display a good attitude, willingness to learn, and the ability to get along with others
    • Must demonstrate good organizational skills
    • Must pass a pre-employment drug screen

    Required experience:
     CMM Operations/Programming – 2 yrs.
     Inspection of Aerospace Components – 3 year

  • 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
  • CNC Operator

    Shift Schedule: Multiple (1st, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; 2nd, 3 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.)

    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.

  • Manufacturing Planner

    Shift Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 1st, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Overtime may be required.

    Description / Responsibilities: MAX Aerostructures is seeking a qualified and experienced Manufacturing Planner to join our team.
    • Creation and maintenance of manufacturing plans in support of new and existing products manufactured at MAX.
    • Read and interpret customer blueprints, specifications, and 3D models to understand product definition of new and existing products. Must be able to effectively communicate the requirements in a standard format to production and quality representatives.
    • Create and maintain bills of material within the ERP system to ensure all materials, tools and supplies are available to meet production needs.
    • Create and maintain written and visual work instructions for each manufacturing step in a standard format that effectively communicates the product requirements.
    • Focal to internal groups, customers, and vendors for all engineering/product definition related needs. Must be able to effectively and professionally communicate with these various groups.
    • Use of Catia/Enovia and Microsoft applications as required to document and flow down information.

    Qualifications:

    • Use of Microsoft Office Suite applications: Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook
    • Use of ERP System: Syteline experience a plus
    • Use of Catia &/or Enovia

    Exceptional attention to detail, ability to follow directions and procedures, team work, and strong work ethic is a must. Ability to speak effectively and communicate clearly.
    A pre-employment drug test is required.

     

  • CATIA Draftsman

    Description / Responsibilities: Candidate will be responsible for assisting the production, engineering and quality departments in day to day quality related functions pertaining to Catia modeling, 2D drawings and quality inspection plans. Working with MBD/DPD/CGNT customer models using a Catia V5. Must be able to independently determine and develop approaches to accomplishing work statement.

    Qualifications: The Catia Technical Drafter must demonstrate a complete understanding of aircraft technical design principles and concepts relative to aerospace components and assemblies.

    • Must be self motivated with the ability to work under little supervision. Good communication skills and ability to professionally interact with any level within the organization.

    • Must be proficient in CATIA Work Benches; Part Design & Sketcher, Assembly Design, Sheet Metal Design and Drafting.

    Must also be proficient in blue print reading; understand geometric dimensioning and tolerancing and literate with standard shop mathematics and practices.

    Minimum of 2 yrs experience in the aerospace industry with focus on aerospace quality or engineering functions preferred.

    A pre-employment drug test is required.

     

  • CMM Operator

    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: The Quality Assurance Associate (CMM Operator/Programmer/ Inspector) shall provide support in the areas of first part inspections, CMM programming and operations, and receiving inspection duties. The candidate will utilize the CMM/FARO arm to ensure overall dimensional quality of the product meets the requirements of our customers. Candidate shall contribute to the development and continuous improvement of all quality processes and procedures.

    Primary Duties: Inspection of product using a FARO Arm, Programming and Operating the CMM. PC-DMIS/Verisurf experience preferred.
    First Part Inspections using surface plates, hand tools/micrometers, height gauges, comparators, etc.
    Assist with receiving inspection of outside processes and machined parts
    Train inspectors and members of the operations team on the use of CMM and FARO
    Help with the dimensional captures to be used for First Article Inspection per AS9102
    Participate on problem solving teams to support RCCA activities

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

    • Must have excellent time management and organizational skills.
    • Must have excellent communication skills (written and verbal). May have contact with customers and auditors, in addition to working with others in the organization.
    • Must have experience with inspection procedures & processes compliant to AS9100.
    • Ability to work successfully under pressure of tight timelines and frequent changes to a heavy workload
    • Read and understand blueprints, strong working knowledge of GD&T required
    • Computer skills required (MS Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.)
    • CAD knowledge desirable
    • Must display a good attitude, willingness to learn, and the ability to get along with others
    • Must demonstrate good organizational skills
    • Must pass a pre-employment drug screen

    Required experience:
     CMM Operations/Programming – 2 yrs.
     Inspection of Aerospace Components – 3 year

  • Sr. Program Manager

    Responsibilities: Providing a one-of-a-kind experience for our customers is a top priority at MAX. As a Senior Program Manager, your role is to always keep the customer in mind when you uphold the MAX motto of “do what’s right, do everything to the best of your ability and show you care.” Performing at the highest level for our customers is paramount, and as a Program Manager you are tasked to help keep our customers informed and up-to-date on their product.

    Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    • Serve as the focal for all aspects of your assigned program(s) or project(s). Provide regular updates to internal stakeholders and external customers as assigned or required.
    • Establish and hold regular reviews onsite at customer or at MAX as customer requires. Provide best-in-class support through information and regular communication.
    • Utilize MAX operating system “Syteline” to status and monitor customer orders as well as other tasked assigned to you requiring use of this system.
    • Coordinate throughout project with internal groups who have responsibility to execute on MAX’s commitment. Establish regular meetings and assign actions as necessary. Use tools such as RAILs, Horseblankets, Line of Balances and Gate Reviews to establish and track key measurements that ensure project success.
    • Support all aspects of the project up to and through first article and rate production. Support each step of process as needed regardless of time of day and day of week.
    • Enter new customer orders. Follow necessary steps and review each order to ensure errors are held to a minimum. Scan necessary customer documentation (orders, certs, etc.) as required into MAX document storage locations (Doc-Trak or otherwise).
      Work with business development team as needed as trained to do so. Job functions in this role may include: downloading engineering, serving as a liaison between MAX business development and the customer and prepare requests for quotation and send to customer.
    • Must pass a pre-employment drug screen