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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.

We Are Max Aero

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 was completed for the building in 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.


Leadership Team

  • Learn More Gary Albers Director of Contracts Management

    Title: Director of Contracts Management Years of Industry Experience: 16

    With 16 years of industry experience and a Bachelor of Science in Business from Fort Hayes State University, Gary Albers joined the MAX team as our Director of Contracts Management. He draws on his previous aerospace and customer service experience to provide top-of-the-line customer service and contract reviews to each of our clients and prides himself on assisting with projects of all sizes. Outside of work, Gary enjoys watching his children play sports and challenging them to a round of golf whenever he can.

  • Learn More Jacob Barrett Special Projects Engineer

    Title: Special Projects Engineer Years of Industry Experience: 15

    With 15 years in the aerospace industry, Jacob brings vast experience in aerospace manufacturing to MAX as our Special Projects Engineer. In his role, Jacob oversees the daily operations of the programming department while supporting new product development and process improvement initiatives. At MAX, he enjoys working with the team to focus on innovation and explore “outside the box” ideas. Outside of work, Jacob enjoys spending time with his family, getting involved in church activities, camping, and boating.

  • Learn More Amber Bauer Human Resources Manager

    Title: Human Resources Manager Years of Industry Experience: 12

    With a business administration degree from Wichita State University and over 12 years of human resources experience, eight of which have been directly spent in the aviation industry, Amber serves as our Human Resources Manager at MAX. Her previous experience as Senior Human Resources Manager at Valence Surface Technologies, combined with her vast knowledge of daily HR practices, make Amber a valuable asset to the MAX team. In her current position, she handles all day-to-day personnel functions while also supporting the team in any way she can to directly impact the success of MAX. Outside of work, Amber enjoys spending time with her two children and watching NFL (National Football League) football.

  • Learn More Carin Crumrine Manufacturing Engineering Supervisor

    Title: Manufacturing Engineering Supervisor Years of Industry Experience: 19

    Carin joined the MAX team in 2017 with 19 years of experience in the Aerospace industry. After spending eight years at Exacta Aerospace, she gained extensive on-the-job training that has contributed to her role as our Manufacturing Engineering Supervisor to handle all manufacturing planning, job release and completion, and electronic work instructions. Carin plays a strategic role in the success of our company and embraces the family environment at MAX, striving to achieve success as a team. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and crochets as a way to reduce stress.

  • Learn More Matt Hampton Chief Financial Officer

    Title: Chief Financial Officer Years of Industry Experience: 30

    With an accounting degree from Kansas State University and over 30 years of experience, Matt has a thorough understanding of accounting systems and is passionate about the relentless pursuit of process improvement. His knowledge and positivity aid in his ability to serve as Chief Financial Officer at MAX. In his position, he is responsible for overseeing financial reporting, financial forecasting, policymaking, process review and improvement, and managing the accounting team. More than his love of leading a team, Matt enjoys witnessing his accounting team’s growth and producing actual results. He is heavily involved in his community and works with organizations like the Independent Living Resource Center, Blue Sky Ranch, Faith Community Church, Pathway Church, and Youth Horizons. In his free time, Matt enjoys spending time with his wife and seven children, working out, repairing engines, and participating in outdoor activities.

  • Learn More James Kellogg Director of Information Technology

    Title: Director of Information Technology Years of Industry Experience: 23

    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 Joe Leiblie Director of Operations

    Title: Director of Operations Years of Industry Experience: 29

    With 29 years of industry experience and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Southwestern College, Joe Leiblie serves as our Director of Operations at MAX. His previous experience as a Director of Operations at Exacta Aerospace and Operations Manager at Tect Aerospace have contributed to his current role overseeing the MAX operations group. Joe is passionate about ensuring the production of quality parts in a timely manner for all customers and working with a team to meet company and customer goals. Outside of work, Joe serves on the school board of his hometown and enjoys spending time with his family and friends while cheering on the Oklahoma Sooners football team.

  • 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

    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.



Executive Team

  • Learn More Sean Purcell Executive Vice President & General Manager

    Title: Executive Vice President & General Manager Years of Industry Experience: 14

    Bio: When Sean started his aerospace career as a supply chain associate at Beechcraft (then Hawker Beechcraft), 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.

  • Learn More Jeff Pauli Director of Business Development

    Title: Director of Business Development Years of Industry Experience: 23

    Bio: With 23 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.

  • Learn More Alan Bernbeck Vice President of Research and Development

    Title: Vice President of Research and Development Years of Industry Experience: 18

    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.

  • Learn More Ryan Hollingsworth Vice President of Research and Development

    Title: Vice President of Research and Development Years of Industry Experience: 18

    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.

  • Learn More Jarrod Young Vice President of Quality Assurance

    Title: Vice President of Quality Assurance Years of Industry Experience: 32

    Bio: A trusted name in quality assurance for over 32 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.

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.

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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 time off and Paid holidays
  • Short-term disability and Long-term disability
  • Life insurance
  • Gym membership discount
  • Employee assistance program
  • Christmas club savings account
  • Clean and climate-controlled environment

Available Positions

  • Senior NC Programmer

    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.

    We are currently seeking an experienced, highly skilled NC Programmer who thrives in a team-oriented, fast-paced work environment. Interested applicants should have a vast background in 5-axis programming and strive to be creative in their approach and have the drive to deliver a quality, best-in-class product to their operations customer.

    Job duties include:

     

    • Write and/or modifies CNC programs and instruction sheets for multi-axis machined parts.
    • Coordinate program start-ups in manufacturing, assist in troubleshooting and provide recommendations for the selection of cutting tools.
    • Monitor performance of program after implementation, making adjustments as needed.
    • Evaluate requests for new or modified programs to determine feasibility, cost, and time estimates.
    • Maintain program files.
    • Analyze, review, and recommend modifications to existing programs to increase operating efficiency, reduce costs, improve processes, and/or adapt to new or changing requirements.

    The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

    • 7+ years experience
    • Experience programming Makino MAG1 and/or MAG3 equipment or like machinery.
    • Applicants must be able to lift 50 pounds and pass a pre-employment drug and background screen.

    Competitive wages, benefits and monthly cash bonus incentives

    MAX Aerostructures is the high-performance aerospace supplier that will take you Beyond the Horizon!

  • NC Programmer

    Come join our growing team!  We are currently hiring a NC Programmer.

    Duties/Responsibilities:

    • 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, makes 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

    Qualifications

     

    Required Skills/Abilities:

    • 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
    • Extensive experience with computer modeling software
    • Strong attention to detail and ability to work independently and meet strict deadlines

    Education and Experience:

    • High school diploma or GED, college degree preferred
    • Minimum 3 years’ previous work experience as a CNC Programmer is required

    CATIA v 5 experience required

    Competitive wages and benefits offered along with a monthly incentive bonus.

  • CMM Operator/Inspector (2nd Shift)

    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. MAX Aerostructures is looking to add a CMM Operator/Inspector to our team on 2nd shift!

    The CMM Operator/ Inspector shall 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. The candidate shall contribute to the development and continuous improvement of all quality processes and procedures.

    PRIMARY DUTIES:

    • 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

     

    The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

    • CMM Operations-minimum of 2 years experience.  PC DMIS and/or Verisurf
    • Inspection of Aerospace Components-minimum of 3 years experience
    • 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, preferred
    • Must display a good attitude, willingness to learn, and the ability to get along with others

    Hours will be  3:00pm-1:30am Monday thru Thursday

    Competitive wages, benefits and monthly cash bonus incentives

    MAX Aerostructures is the high-performance aerospace supplier that will take you Beyond the Horizon!

  • Assembly Mechanic

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

    Qualifications:

    • Minimum of three years of experience in aircraft/aerospace manufacturing assembly – experience with complicated and varied assemblies required
    • Ability to read and interpret complex blueprints, specifications, and other work instructions
    • High level of experience with lay-out and drilling of holes, installation of fasteners, bearings, bushings, countersink, etc.
    • Experience with application of sealants, primers, paints, cleaning agents, hand and power tools used in assembly processes

    Education and Experience:

    • High school diploma or equivalent required.
    • Minimum of 3-years assembly experience required;  four to five years of experience is preferred.
    • Must have strong work ethic, drive to achieve high levels of performance and can demonstrate a detail-oriented nature and on-time attendance dependability.

    Physical Requirements: 

    • 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 have excellent hand-eye coordination.
    • Must wear gloves, eyes & ear protection and adhere to safety procedures at all times.
    • Applicants must pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check.