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Advanced Composite Processing Methods Development - Year In Industry

Date: Nov 24, 2022

Location: Bristol, ENG, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers


Join us on an internship at GKN Aerospace and help shape the future of flight


A Truly Global Business

Every day, around the world, we help aircrafts fly further, faster and greener.  We’re the world’s leading tier one aerospace supplier of systems and components. With over 15,000 employees across 38 manufacturing sites in 12 countries serving over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers with sales of £2.8bn.


Together as “one GKN” we’re moving our business and industry forward developing technologies that rapidly decarbonise aircraft, and innovating to help build a new generation of aeroplanes that produce zero emissions.  We’re putting sustainability at the heart of what we do; driving our objective to becoming a net zero greenhouse gas emissions business before 2050!


Our Global Technology Centre

Our new Global Technology Centre (GTC) in Filton, Bristol is a £32m state of the art technology research and development facility. It acts as a hub for world-class innovative technology for the next generation of fuel-efficient aircraft. It offers a collaborative space for research and development with universities, the UK’s CATAPULT network and GKN Aerospace’s UK supply chain, to help strengthen aerospace technology and support the UK’s Industrial strategy.

Job Summary


For the third and consecutive year we have a number of internship opportunities supporting the development of Advanced Composite Processing, Methods & Development. Fuel your passion in making things fly by joining us at the cutting edge of the aviation industry and discover the future possibilities that await you.


Project Summary:

Working within this arena will give you the opportunity to become involved in either of the following 2 projects within the composites team:


Project 1 - Urban Air Mobility (UAM)


Lightweight aero-structures required for the emerging Electric Vertical Take-off and Landing (eVTOL) market. State of the art manufacturing technologies would be used to manufacture prototype aero-structure components to meet customer requirements & to form a basis for future technology developments. 


Project 2 - Aerospace and Automotive Supply Chain Enabled Development (ASCEND)

ASCEND is a cross-sector composite Technology and Supply-Chain development programme, joining the Aerospace & Automotive supply chains and led by GKN Aerospace.  It is a £39m, 3 year collaborative programme with 16 partners and is part funded by the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) that has been running since early 2021. ASCEND is focused on developing composite and adjacent technologies that will allow the UK aerospace & automotive industries to meet the future high-rate production manufacture needs of the growing civil aircraft & future mobility markets through Automation, design for Manufacture and Skills Development, whilst sustainably reducing the Cost of Manufacture and Carbon Footprint.

Job Responsibilities


The Advanced Composite Processing Methods Development opportunity could include some of the following activities; but not limited to:


  • Investigating current and new technologies which could be suitable for the manufacturing of high rate composite components.
  • Provide input to process capability studies
  • Contribute information to the technology down selection process.
  • Developing technology plans for elements of the structural assemblies
  • Definition, manufacture, testing and analysis of test coupons
  • Contribute to the test pyramid applicable to the aero-structures and identify route to manufacturing process qualification.
  • Be supporting your team in the delivery of key project milestones.
  • Prepare presentation material for reviews.
  • Be supporting your team at design reviews and technology reviews.
  • Writing test and development reports
  • Be supporting ‘hands on’ test specimen manufacture or prototype component manufacture.
  • Support processes such as composite material lay-up or methods

Job Qualifications


In order to be considered for either of these roles you will need to be studying towards a degree, or have completed your studies in one of the following subjects:


  • Engineering, Production, Manufacturing based courses – general disciplines for System Architecture role – aerospace engineering an advantage

What We'll Offer


Once you’re on board you'll get the following perks and benefits:


  • Annual salary of £18,600
  • Hybrid working – giving you the opportunity to balance home and office working
  • Industry Leading Pension Scheme = we’ll match your contributions up to 8% on a 1 : 1.5 basis
  • Life Assurance 8 x salary
  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays
  • Income protection
  • Shopping discounts
  • Cycle To Work Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • A collaborative, dynamic working environment 


A Great Place to work needs a Great Way of Working


Everyone is welcome to apply to GKN.  Through our commitment to diversity, inclusion and belonging and by living our five powerful principles we’ve created a culture where everyone feels welcome to contribute.  It’s a culture that won us ‘The Best Workplace Culture Award’ last year.  By embracing and celebrating what makes us unique we encourage everyone to bring their full self to work.


We’re also committed to providing an accessible recruitment process, so if you require reasonable adjustments at any stage during our recruitment process please get in touch and let us know.



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