Textron Rapid Prototyping Engineer in Fort Worth, Texas

Rapid Prototyping Engineer


We are pioneers. We were the first to break the sound barrier and to design the first functional jetpack. We were aboard NASA’s first lunar mission and brought advanced tiltrotor systems to market. Today, we are defining the future of on-demand mobility. At Bell, we are proud to work for an iconic company with superb talent, rapidly creating novel and coveted vertical lift experiences.

Bell recently formed a Rapid Prototyping (RP) organization. One of the primary responsibilities of the RP organization is to serve Bell’s Innovation and Program teams by transforming their designs into concept demo air vehicles. Concept demo air vehicles include both clean-sheet and existing air vehicle modifications. Beyond that, the RP organization is responsible for fabrication of risk reduction test articles in support of concept demo air vehicle development. The RP organization is expected to collaborate with design teams beginning at project inception to accelerate project execution by maximizing concurrency of Air Vehicle Build planning activity. The RP organization is comprised of three teams to fulfill the responsibilities outlined above. Those teams are: RP Onsite Manufacturing, RP Material, and RP Air Vehicle Build. This job requisition is for a position within the RP Air Vehicle Build Team and will report directly to the Air Vehicle Build Manager. The candidate who applies for this job requisition has responsibility to perform and/or lead the initiatives listed below:

  • Air Vehicle Build (AVB) Execution

  • AVB schedule creation / integration into engineering schedule to drive build activity predecessors

  • AVB sequencing establishment

  • BOM structure influence to maximize EBOM / MBOM agreement

  • AVB tooling / workaids required for assembly @ Bell

  • MRP demand establishment for all AVB content

  • AVB Assembly producibility

  • Detail part and subassembly producibility for AVB level interfaces.

  • MFG work Instruction creation / management for AVB @ Bell and as required at partners

  • Guide make/buy decisions

  • As required, supplier selection guidance of detail parts and subassemblies

  • As required, onsite liaison at suppliers

  • Engineering Partner oversight to ensure air vehicle physical interface requirements are met

  • Determination of floor space requirements for AVB execution.

  • Determination of infrastructure improvements required for AVB execution

  • Min/Max Bin establishment to support air vehicle requirements

  • Kitting of details for AVBs

  • Provide AVB build status reports

  • Develop budgetary requirements for AVBs

  • As required, utilization of V280 developed build management tools: EBOM Tracker & MPM

When design teams are resource constrained in comparison the AVB team, the Rapid Prototyping Engineer is expected to transition from an AVB role to an airframe / mechanical design role. This transition will be typically reserved for projects scheduled to be built by the RP organization. Design team involvement may occur during all design phases: conceptual, preliminary, and detail. This involvement has an added benefit to facilitate AVB team integration and maximize collaboration between design and build teams. Moreover, design teams that are staffed with designers containing a build team background allow projects to achieve reduced design/build cycle times. The candidate who applies for this job requisition is expected to perform and /or lead airframe / mechanical design activities to supplement Innovation and/or Program design teams as follows:

  • Development of airframe / mechanical design solutions for moderate to significantly complex problems based on project requirements

  • Create detail, assembly, and installation airframe / mechanical CAD models and drawings.

  • Apply technical standards, principles, theories, concepts, and techniques to provide technical solutions to a wide range of challenging problems

  • Design solutions to follow the Design Requirements Manual, A/F Design Manual, Best Practices, and Bell procedures unless directed otherwise by project requirements.

  • Support development of product changes and improvements



  • Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, or related technical discipline.

  • 8 years aerospace experience in the areas listed below:

o Airframe or Mechanical Design- would prefer 5 years in airframe

o Air Vehicle Build Team- wants to see 5

  • Proficiency with GD&T and general part sizing

  • Demonstrated Design Lead and / or Build Team Lead experience

  • Familiarity with CATIA V5/V6 CAD processes

  • Ability to communicate efficiently and effectively to coordinate design activities, prioritize tasks, and report status

  • Ability to build and maintain effective relationships with customers, internal and external suppliers, as well as horizontal integrations across the other teams to complete design and build team tasks

  • PC proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook

  • Ability to work effectively within a team

  • Good interpersonal and organizational skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Tool Design Experience

  • Proficiency with D-030-140, Engineering Workbook Process

  • Proficiency with D-030-150, Aircraft Mod Sketchbook Process

  • Proficiency with D-030-160, Advanced Requirements List Process

  • Familiarity with MRP, Planning, Manufacturing and Procurement processes

  • Project scheduling experience with MS Project and/or PPM

  • Experience with ENOVIA

Don’t miss the chance to join a diverse, inclusive environment that embodies one of our core values, Lift Each Other Up. As a member of our global workforce, you will collaborate with dedicated, enthusiastic teams where differences in experiences, backgrounds and ideas combined with a strong passion for our products take us above and beyond flight.

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Job Engineering

Primary Location US-Texas-Fort Worth

Recruiting Company Bell Flight

Schedule Full-time

Job Level Individual Contributor

Shift First Shift

Req ID: 269879