Lead Model Maker

Concord, North Carolina
02 Sep 2016
25 Nov 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

The Motorsports Engineering group is responsible for overseeing all of this client's Performance racing efforts. This group has a career opportunity to join the team as a Lead Model Maker.

Individuals will have comprehensive shop skills to support the manufacture, assembly, and testing of wind tunnel models supporting the aerodynamic development of vehicles for the client's racing efforts. Individuals will ensure wind tunnel models and other test items are ready on time, correctly set up, and prepared to the highest standards possible.

Job Responsibilities

• Ensures all model test parts are manufactured correctly, test fitted, and ready prior to wind tunnel tests
• Reads and interprets engineering drawings to manufacture parts to high accuracy
• Interprets and implements model set-up information provided by engineering
• Performs fabrication work to create or modify parts, including:
o Sheet metal - Layout, shearing, bending, forming, welding/soldering/brazing, etc. of various materials
o Machining - Mill and lathe work such as roughing, facing, drilling, reaming, turning, boring, tapping, etc.
o Composites - Basic layup work with carbon fiber, fiberglass and other associated materials
o Plastics - Finish or modify rapid prototype parts in nylon or other plastics
• Provides support to wind tunnel testing, including model installation, model adjustments, measurements, fitting, modifying and making parts during testing, and rectifying any problems that occur during testing
• Documents test issues and removal of model at the conclusion of test
• Designs and makes tools and equipment as needed
• Reports shortages of materials, hardware, tools, equipment, etc. to management
• Ensures that the model shop is maintained in clean and tidy condition

• Ensures adherence to all safety procedures in the model shop and fabrication areas
Minimum Qualifications

• Relevant Associate Degree from two-year college or technical school

• Minimum 4 years of experience in the automotive sector building and testing scale models

Preferred Qualifications
• 8 years of experience in the building and testing of scale wind tunnel models
• Ability to read engineering drawings and manufacturing instructions
• Technical understanding with the ability to use various hand and power tools common to trade
• Extensive knowledge in the areas of fabrication, welding, mill, lathe, composites and sheet metal
• Ability to analyze and solve problems in a timely fashion
• Basic computer skills
• Strong oral and written communication skills

Essential Functions

Physical Requirements

Lifting less than 50 lbs, 25%

Slip resistant hardened toe shoes, safety glasses, hearing protection in designated areas, 100%

Sitting (75%), Standing (50%), Bending (25%), Stooping (35%)

Exposure to high noise areas possible in test facility, 25%

Work Environment

Inside, office environment, test lab, 100%

Exposure to test equipment, 25%

May require occasional local travel, 25%

Equipment and Machines

Computers, fax machines, copiers, telephones, 100%

Occasional use of hand tools, 25%

Criticality of Attendance

Regularly Monday-Friday 7:00 am to 4:00 pm. Must be flexible with available time to cover off-shift and weekend testing, 100%

Day shift

Regular attendance and punctuality are critical, 100%

Work hours are normally 8 hours per day and 5 days per week, Monday-Friday. Regular attendance of scheduled hours is extremely important, but not critical, except for deadlines and meetings. Punctuality and regular attendance are necessary to meet deadlines. Must exhibit flexibility of work hours to adjust to surge situations based on critical mission requirements.

Other essential functions

Must complete and pass a pre-employment drug screen, health performance evaluation, and background check.

Must demonstrate professional behavior at all times when dealing with customers, management and co-workers. Must have clear, concise and accurate communications skills in English, both verbal and written. Grooming and dress must be appropriate for the position and must not impose a safety risk to employees or others. Must maintain a positive work atmosphere by behaving and communicating in a professional manner. Independent personal transportation to office or work site is required. Travel to and from customer's locations and the test fields may be required to support projects. This may involve airline travel. In some cases, accommodations can possibly be made for POV, if necessary. When operating any vehicle for work purposes, must wear seat belt and in addition, no cellular devices are to be used when vehicle is in motion.