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SMT / PCB Process Engineer

Date: Nov 17, 2022

Location: Kilmarnock, Virginia, US

Company: QinetiQ

Who Are We?

We are a world-class team of professionals who deliver next generation technology and products in robotic and autonomous platforms, ground, soldier, and maritime systems in 50+ locations world-wide. Much of our work contributes to innovative research in the fields of sensor science, signal processing, data fusion, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and augmented reality (AR).

QinetiQ Inc.’s dedicated experts in defense, aerospace, security, and related fields all work together to explore new ways of protecting the American Warfighter, Security Forces, and Allies. Being a part of QinetiQ Inc. means being central to the safety and security of the world around us. Partnering with our customers, we help save lives; reduce risks to society; and maintain the global infrastructure on which we all depend. 

Why Join QinetiQ Inc.?

If you have the courage to take on a wide variety of complex challenges, then you will experience a unique working environment where innovative teams blend different perspectives, disciplines, and technologies to discover new ways of solving complex problems.  In our diverse and inclusive environment, you can be authentic, feel valued, be respected, and realize your full potential. QinetiQ Inc. will support you with workplace flexibility, a commitment to the health and well-being of you and your family and provide opportunities to work with a purpose. We are committed to supporting your success in both your professional and personal lives.

QinetiQ is looking for an experienced SMT/PCB Process engineer to support production efforts at our Kilmarnock, VA facility. The selected candidate will operate with a high sense of urgency in Rapid Prototyping in PCB Technologies and will have responsibility for the following tasks:


  • Utilize your hands on experience with SMT/TH process engineering to support the manufacturing of PCBAs
  • Perform stencil design and screen printer program creation (MPM preferred)
  • Program SMT pick and place equipment by using machine GUIs or software to perform BOM/CAD merge. (Prefer Aegis)
  • Work in SMT program libraries to add or create new part and package types
  • Perform reflow oven and wave solder machine profiling and program generation.
  • Perform wave pallet design for continuous improvement and new products. 
  • Assist in machine, feeder, and wave pallet maintenance as needed. 
  • Work with PMs and Engineers on DFM for NPI and to improve the manufacturing process for existing products.
  • Program AOI equipment for NPI builds and to update current programs as needed. (Prefer Yestech)
  • Write and approve ECNs as needed and follow the process for internal and external approval.
  • Knowledge of conformal coating is desired. (Humaseal products)
  • Generate production travelers and work instructions for manufacturing.
  • Support the compliance of a AS9100D quality environment and have intermediate knowledge of IPC 610 (class 2 and 3) and 620, J-STD.
  • Preform root cause analysis on in-process defects and product returns. (8D, 5why, fishbone, etc.)
  • Pull raw data from the process machines and be able to pareto results to drive continuous improvement strategies.
  • Utilize X-Ray and AOI equipment to perform analysis on process validation, defects, and returns.
  • Identify tooling and material requirements to support NPI and production.
  • Facilitate first article builds for process verification and product quality.
  • Train the production staff on new processes and procedures.
  • Work with production to develop rework strategies and procedures (SMT/TH component removal and replacement).
  • Train employees on replacement techniques and processes. 
  • Be a steward of a safe working environment for yourself and your coworkers.


To Land This Job, You Need:


  • BS degree in an Engineering field of study or 8+ years of direct experience as a SMT/TH process engineer. 
  • 6+ years’ experience in the SMT & Through-hole related PCB operations, including hands-on materials & process implementation and leadership.
  • Advanced knowledge of IPC Standards 610 and 620, and J-standard 001. 
  • Previous experience in a AS9100D working environment preferred.


Job Type:  Full Time

Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain:

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Why QinetiQ Inc.?

  • Your work will contribute to the protection of American Warfighters and Security Forces.
  • Opportunity to work with cutting edge technology.
  • Extensive opportunities for continuous learning, professional growth and advancement. 
  • We only hire the best!  No matter if you are entry or senior level, you will have the opportunity learn from some of the best in the industry.
  • We have fun!  We regularly have company events, from luncheons and costume contests to golf tournaments.
  • We care about YOU and YOUR FAMILY.  We offer competitive benefits and health insurance options.



COVID-19 Vaccination Policy:

In accordance with the Executive Order on Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors, all QinetiQ Inc. employees, including employees working from home/remotely, are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless an exemption is approved by QinetiQ Inc.

No One Has Time for Long Job Applications!

We completely understand, that is why we have made the application process easy. We promise. This will be simple.


If because of a medical condition or disability you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to or call (540) 658-2720 Opt. 4 and let us know the nature of your request and contact information.

QinetiQ Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All Qualified Applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, age, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.