Archer is hiring a

Senior Staff DFM Engineer

San Jose, United States

Archer is an aerospace company based in San Jose, California building an all-electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft with a mission to advance the benefits of sustainable air mobility. We are designing, manufacturing, and operating an all-electric aircraft that can carry four passengers for 100 miles at speeds of up to 150 mph while producing minimal noise. 

Our sights are set high and our problems are hard, and we believe that diversity in the workplace is what makes us smarter, drives better insights, and will ultimately lift us all to success. We are dedicated to cultivating an equitable and inclusive environment that embraces our differences, and supports and celebrates all of our team members.

What you’ll do:

  • Responsible to lead the PCBA manufacturing and build processes utilized in eVTOL applications
  • Verification of quick turn and mass production vendor technical and volume capabilities
  • Develop and maintain PCBA DFM procedures / checklists
  • Review PCBA designs and advise the team on DFM modifications needed
  • Develop and maintain PCBA process development and procedures for subcontractors
  • Determine, through research and DoEs, the appropriate materials to use for eVTOL applications
  • Support eCAD librarians’ development of footprints that meet DFM requirements
  • Support failure analyses of PCBAs encountered in reliability and field testing
  • Support PCBA yield improvement at subcontractor assembly lines
  • Work closely with a cross-functional team consisting of electrical, mechanical, project management, and product lifecycle engineering

What you need:

  • BS Degree in Electrical, Mechanical, or Materials Science Engineering with 10+ years or MS with 6+ years of experience in related fields
  • Experience developing and implementing DFM processes for rigid, flex, and rigid-flex printed circuit board designs for aerospace, automotive, or industrial applications
  • Experience developing processes for press-fit applications
  • A working knowledge of the materials, material properties, and processes used in PCBA manufacturing
  • A working knowledge of IPC-610
  • Experience developing, deploying, and enforcing processes at subcontractor sites
  • Experience investigating and resolving issues encountered at subcontractor sites
  • Ability to travel frequently, ~10 - 15%
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills

Bonus Qualifications: 

  • Experience with Altium Designer
  • Experienced in the development of RoHS compliant assemblies
  • Experience performing schematic capture for mixed signal, high voltage, and high power applications

At Archer we aim to attract, retain, and motivate talent that possess the skills and leadership necessary to grow our business. We drive a pay-for-performance culture and reward performance that supports the Company’s business strategy. For this position we are targeting a base pay between $163,200 - $204,000. Actual compensation offered will be determined by factors such as job-related knowledge, skills, and experience.

Archer is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to job applicants with physical or mental disabilities, and those with sincerely held religious beliefs. Applicants who may require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should provide their name and contact information to Archer’s People Team at Reasonable accommodations will be determined on a case-by-case basis.


Archer is unable to provide work visa sponsorship for this position at the present time.
Archer is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusivity in the workplace. All aspects of employment are decided on the basis of merit, qualifications, and business needs. We do not discriminate based upon race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.
Archer Aviation does not engage with external recruiting agencies/individual recruiters with whom it does not have a prior written agreement. Archer reserves the right to make use of any unsolicited resumes that it receives and bears no responsibility for payment of any fees asserted from the use of unsolicited resumes. If you are a recruiting agency or individual recruiter wishing to do business with Archer, please reach out to All employment processes are managed by the Archer People Team.

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