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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: 12

    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: 21

    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: 16

    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: 16

    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: 30

    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.

  • Learn More James Kellogg Director of Information Technology

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    Having spent the bulk of his Information Technology career in the aerospace industry, James has a vast knowledge of design, implementation, and maintenance of the computer systems used at MAX. Previously the IT Manager at Leading Technology Composites, James’s development expertise is invaluable in automating systems to improve the accuracy and performance of our processes. Outside of work, James enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, riding motorcycles, and airbrush painting.

  • Learn More Julie Kerr Human Resources Supervisor

    Title: Human Resources Supervisor 13

    With previous Human Resources experience in construction, information technology, and manufacturing, Julie provides a well-rounded HR perspective for MAX. In her role as HR Supervisor, Julie performs a number of vital functions that strengthen the link between employees and the MAX vision as well as managing, motivating, recruiting, and retaining talent to strengthen the company as a whole. In her spare time, Julie enjoys spending time with her husband, their three children and dogs, traveling, and supporting the Wichita State Shockers basketball team.

  • Learn More Alexa Little Controller

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    After six years managing the accounting for an oil refinery and renewable fuels plant through Flint Hills Resources, Alexa now brings her accounting prowess to bear at MAX. She oversees the day-to-day operations of the accounting team and provides accurate, timely financial information and cost analysis to MAX. In her free time, Alexa loves spending time with her husband and son as well as spending time outdoors biking and kayaking.

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

    Title: Director of Special Processing & Assembly Years of Industry Experience: 22

    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: 23

    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 wages
Health, Dental and Vision Insurance with generous employer premium contributions
401(k) Retirement Plan with employer match
Paid vacation time
Paid holidays
Short-term disability
Long-term disability
Life insurance
Employee assistance program
Clean and climate controlled environment
Opportunity for growth and so much more!

Available Positions

  • Hand Former

    Description: Max Aerostructures is seeking a full-time Sheet Metal Mechanic. This position requires the ability to form sheet, plate, extrusion and machined parts of ferrous and non-ferrous metals to engineering requirements.
    The following knowledge base is required to be consider for the position:
    • Form sheet, plate, extrusion and machined parts of ferrous and non-ferrous metals to engineering requirements
    • Set up and operate forming machines ( Ex: arbor press, hydraulic press, stretch press, shrinker / stretcher).
    • Determine, select and set pressures by trial and error method and record this data for future set-ups.
    • Use air hammer or mallets to form metal if wrinkles are present.
    • Fabricate and utilize custom forming tools to make minor adjustments to part.
    • Check parts visually against specified inspection media (Ex: surface table, contour template, mylar).
    • Make adjustments to press when necessary to form the part properly.
    • Ability to read and interpret blueprints.
    • Working knowledge of the forming characteristics of materials used.
    • Ability to use addition and subtraction of decimals and fractions.

    Materials, Tools and Equipment Used:
    • Ferrous and non-ferrous metal alloys in the form of extrusions, machined parts, sheet and plate stock
    • Hand tools, mallets, air hammers, check fixtures, calipers, micrometers, scales, tape measures
    • Arbor press, hydraulic press, shrinker / stretcher

  • 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.

  • Customer Service Representative

    Description: Provide a one-of-a-kind experience for our customers is a top priority at MAX. As a Customer Service Representative, 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 Customer Service Representative 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 as related to the customer or responsibility assigned to you, including but not limited to day-to-day correspondence, shop floor expediting, purchase order creation, status and updating, statusing through customer-supplied communication tools, order entry and shipments.
    • Utilize MAX operating system “Syteline” to status and monitor customer orders as well as other tasked assigned to you requiring use of this system.
    • Monitor and track orders through multiple system’s managed by Gulfstream. Update current status on a daily basis using customer provided tool (POISR).
    • Coordinate throughout the day with operations, quality and other shipping personnel to ensure groups are aligned as to what needs to deliver each day. Serve has the primary point of contact with operations when machining priorities need to be set.
    • Enter new customer orders. Follow necessary steps and review each order to ensure errors are held in a minimum. Scan necessary customer documentation (orders, certs, etc.) as required into MAX document storage locations (Doc-Trak or otherwise).

    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.

     

  • CMM Operator/Inspector- Weekend Shift

    Description: MAX is seeking a full-time Quality Assurance Associate (CMM Operator/ Inspector) to provide support in the areas of CMM operations, first part inspection and final 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.

    Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    • Inspection of product using the fixed CMM, FARO Arm and Scanner.
    • Utilize PC-DMIS CAD++/Verisurf with scanner experience preferred.
    • First Part Inspections using surface plates, hand tools/micrometers, height gauges, comparators, etc.
    • Assist with final inspection of product including hardness and conductivity inspection.
    • Help with the dimensional captures to be used for First Article Inspection per AS9102
    • Participate on problem solving teams to support RCCA activities

    Qualifications:

    • 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

    Required experience:

    •  CMM Operations – 2 yrs. PC DMIS and/or Verisurf
    •  Inspection of Aerospace Components – 3 year