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Industrial Automation & Reliability SME (Level 5)

Palmdale, California

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Industrial Automation & Reliability SME (Level 5)

Palmdale, California

Job ID: 594623BR Date posted: Jun. 14, 2022 Locations: Palmdale, California COVID-19 continues to significantly impact our employees, families and communities. With employee health and safety as our top priority, and as a federal contractor, Lockheed Martin is taking action to address the increased risk and uncertainty COVID-19 variants pose in the workplace and ensuring we meet our commitments to national security.

To uphold safety for all employees, we will continue to request vaccination status for all Lockheed Martin employees including new hires. All current and newly hired employees are required to follow onsite safety measures based upon the COVID-19 Community Level at the specific work location.
Description:At Lockheed Martin, we don’t just think big thoughts. We get things done.For more than 75 years, Advanced Development Programs, also known as the Skunk Works®, has been making aviation history. Today we’re seeking world-class talent to solve some of the toughest technological challenges.

Why Lockheed Martin:
At Lockheed Martin Aeronautics we value your unique skills and expertise and we aim to give back continuously by offering a wide variety of benefits and amenities to help our employees live flexible, healthy, and fulfilling lives at and outside of work. Some of our team’s favorite perks include:
• A competitive 401k match and bonus
• Comprehensive Benefits including Medical/Dental/Life Insurance
• Long term stability
• A receptive and inclusive culture focused on career development with tuition assistance and mentoring opportunities

Learn more about Lockheed Martin’s comprehensive benefits package here.

The Opportunity:
Like a good chess game, at Lockheed Martin Skunk Works®, we’re always thinking five steps ahead. And in today’s constantly changing and highly contested battlespace, staying ahead is critical.

Serving as the lead Point of Contact for Plant Engineering, as the Industrial Automation & Reliability SME with our Plant Engineering team, you will provide technical direction to our skilled labor personnel and facilitate the success of our machinery, equipment & critical systems, maintenance, and reliability functions per customer expectations. The selected candidate would be responsible for the maintenance lifecycles of industrial machinery assets such as mills, lathes, CNC machines, ovens, autoclaves etc.

A Day in the Life:
At Skunk Works, we have a rich history and an unmatched capability of using unconventional methods to achieve seemingly impossible breakthroughs—and we do it ahead of schedule. We call this unique design system Skunking. Skunking is quick, risk-tolerant, and most importantly, smart.
In this unique opportunity, you will find yourself applying creative yet methodical and rigorous approaches while gaining competitive advantage by minimizing the cost of ownership as it relates to all aspects of maintenance and sustainment activities on diverse equipment configurations.
As part of our growing Plant Engineering (PE) team in Palmdale, your guidance and technical expertise within machinery, infrastructure, and reliability, will assist you in creating relationships with customers and internal stakeholders while leading this team to success.
Beyond that, you may also find yourself:
• Developing Solutions, Investigating Requirements, Preparing Statement of Works, & Establishing cost estimates for contracted work on Plant infrastructure and Production Equipment
• Acting as the Liaison between Shop Supervisors, skilled labor, Facilities Engineers, Planners, and Administrators
• Providing valuable Technical Support to Plant Engineering (PE) Leaders and beyond
• Developing/Validating/Updating planned Maintenance Instructions
• Serving as the primary PE POC for design reviews, Construction support, System commissioning & Operational Readiness Reviews, as well as Capital and Overhead Budget Planning Input
• Planning and Guiding Maintenance Operations, Training and Developing Skilled Crafts Personnel, and communicating effectively with our customers

About You:

Your diverse experience in everything from full life cycle project management in the field of equipment maintenance and reliability engineering will greatly benefit you in this role. With a thorough sense of ownership, you are at your best when sought after as a SME and trusted advisor in your craft. You are in your element balancing multiple tasks, as well as, prioritizing emergent support requirements and sustainment team activities. Comfortable speaking to your craft, you are in your element presenting to a wide array of audiences.

With qualifications and expertise in the following, you will thrive:
Basic Qualifications:
• Prior maintenance program administration and experience in a manufacturing setting

• Experience providing technical oversight for multiple disciplines such as CNC machinery, machinery projects, equipment maintenance, automation, Failure Modes & Effects Criticality Analysis (FMECA or FMEA) and reliability efforts

• Familiarity with CNC and various equipment control platforms such as Siemens, FANUC, Allen Bradley, etc.
Desired Skills:
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Power Point, Project)

• We are looking for someone who ideally has 14 - 20 years of professional experience or more.

• Familiarity with SAP and other Facilities & Plant Engineering business systems (MAXIMO- Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS), Project Wise, AutoCAD, etc.).

• Contract Administration experience such as On-Call, Maintenance Service Agreements (MSA)

• Project Management experience in a manufacturing environment

• Human Machine Interface (HMI) or Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) experience Security Clearance Statement: This position requires a government security clearance, you must be a US Citizen for consideration.Clearance Level: Secret Other Important Information You Should Know Expression of Interest: By applying to this job, you are expressing interest in this position and could be considered for other career opportunities where similar skills and requirements have been identified as a match. Should this match be identified you may be contacted for this and future openings.Ability to Work Remotely: Onsite Full-time: The work associated with this position will be performed onsite at a designated Lockheed Martin facility.Work Schedules: Lockheed Martin supports a variety of alternate work schedules that provide additional flexibility to our employees. Schedules range from standard 40 hours over a five day work week while others may be condensed. These condensed schedules provide employees with additional time away from the office and are in addition to our Paid Time off benefits.Schedule for this Position: 4x10 hour day, 3 days off per week Lockheed Martin is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status. Join us at Lockheed Martin, where your mission is ours. Our customers tackle the hardest missions. Those that demand extraordinary amounts of courage, resilience and precision. They’re dangerous. Critical. Sometimes they even provide an opportunity to change the world and save lives. Those are the missions we care about.

As a leading technology innovation company, Lockheed Martin’s vast team works with partners around the world to bring proven performance to our customers’ toughest challenges. Lockheed Martin has employees based in many states throughout the U.S., and Internationally, with business locations in many nations and territories.
Experience Level: Experienced ProfessionalBusiness Unit: AERONAUTICS COMPANYRelocation Available: PossibleCareer Area: Facilities Type: Full-Time Shift: First
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