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Associate Manufacturing Engineer - Tooling (Western Approach site, Bristol)

Date: Mar 15, 2023

Location: Bristol, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

Every day, around the world, we help aircraft 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 planes 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! 

Making a Difference 
It’s great to know you’re making a difference to the future of aviation! Whatever part you play you’ll be helping us deliver operational excellence to our customers.

The Opportunity

GKN Aerospace, Western Approach is an International Centre Of Excellence in composite wing structure design and production. We manufacture composite wing spars and Fixed Trailing Edge assemblies for the A350XWB and A400M aircraft. We are seeking a new Associate Manufacturing Engineer (ME) to join our 45-strong ME team, specialising in Tooling for the manufacture of composite parts. In this role, you will join a team of 7 Tooling Engineers who develop, maintain and control the deployed tooling suite and who provide a trouble-shooting service in support of our manufacturing processes. 

In this Associate ME role, we will support you to deepen and build upon your knowledge of Tooling solutions so that you can become a Manufacturing Engineer. 

How You'll Contribute

In this role, you will:

  • Be responsible for the development, maintenance and repair of the deployed tooling suite, this comprises of mandrels, mould tools, machining fixtures, major assembly jigs and cell specific tooling.
  • Provide a trouble shooting service to operations ensuring prompt resolution of issues
  • Create a tool preventative maintenance plan (TPM) for the deployed tooling suite, based on data analysis and the engineering requirements.
  • Support manufacturing trials in the introduction of production improvements and modification changes.
  • Produce project plans to manage small-scale projects in support of the overall plan and create relevant key performance indicators (KPI’s).
  • Provide technical support to the Manufacture Engineering and Quality team in product development, first article process, modifications and build process amendments. 

What You'll Bring

To help us make a difference, you’ll bring your passion and expertise/ talent for what you do along with the following skills, experience, qualifications and attributes:


  • You will have some hands-on experience in the development, maintenance & repair of Tooling solutions within a composite manufacturing arena; ideally this will include tools such as mandrels, mould tools, machining fixtures, major assembly jigs


  • Working knowledge of CATIA
  • Experience within the aerospace arena

In addition, you will have:

  • Good communication skills and an understanding of why they are important
  • Experience in identifying opportunities to improve performance
  • Experience in the logical analysis and solving of problems

What We'll Provide

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

  • Starting salary of £30,000 - £34,000
  • 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 with support for you to grow your career 

As well as a competitive package we’ll offer you a world of opportunity. We want to see your career fly!  We’ll support your career progression by providing you with learning and development opportunities.  That’s the beauty of being part of a global business, once you’re on board you never know where you career journey may take you! 
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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