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Composite Operator - Cromwell, CT

Date: Mar 10, 2023

Location: Cromwell, CT, US

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About Us

GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 38 manufacturing locations in 12 countries, we serve over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers. We design and manufacture innovative smart aerospace systems and components. Our technologies are used in aircraft ranging from the most used single aisle aircraft and the largest passenger planes in the world to business jets and the world’s advanced 5th generation fighter aircraft.

About the opportunity

GKN Aerospace is a global engineering business. Every time you travel by air almost anywhere in the world, it is likely that GKN is helping you on your way. We design, manufacture and service systems and components for original equipment manufacturers around the world. We are continuously evolving, pioneering new technologies and reinventing existing ones, stretching ourselves to be better in everything we do.

We are looking for people who want to make a difference, talented members with the skills and passions to become the best of the future in what they do.


Job Summary

GKN Aerospace is now hiring Composite Operators for multiple work shifts!  

As a Composite Operator with GKN Aerospace, you will plan layouts and perform various production operations to fabricate, assemble, and develop composite parts, assemblies, and molds for the aerospace industry. Work on self-directed teams with minimal direct supervision; follow general instructions, specifications, and operating procedures to perform manufacturing activities involved in the preparation, fabrication and assembly operations of composite parts for both production and developmental programs.


Available work schedules listed below:

  • Work Schedule: Alternative Work Week (Friday - Sunday : 6:00 AM - 6:30 PM) 
  • Work Schedule: First Shift (Monday - Friday 5:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
  • Work Schedule: Second Shift (Monday - Thursday 3:30 PM - 2:00 AM)

Job Responsibilities

  • Organize work areas, plan tasks with team, perform assigned work and meet or exceed cost, quality and schedule needs.  Assure product quality.
  • Train other employees, as needed, to perform assigned tasks.
  • Capable of providing assistance to process problems, documenting issues effectively and following up on open issues.
  • Use hand, power and machine tools to facilitate preparation, cleaning, processes of molds, equipment, parts, assemblies, or machinery.  Equipment used may include hand knife, automated power or hand cutters, injection mold presses, cranes or other lifting devices, oven operations or shop equipment such as grinders, drills, fork lift or tow motors, etc.
  • Follow standard and non-standard operating procedures to cut, shape, bond, lay-up, form, inject, cure, trim, drill and make simple repairs to composite parts.
  • Record all fabrication or machine operating parameters accurately and legibly on parts where required, routing sheets, resident operation sheets, department documentation or terminals to ensure recording completion of work-in-process, inventories, schedules, labor expenditures, and/or other documentation where required.
  • Use simple inspection devices such as protractors, calipers, micrometers, tapes, tension or weight scales, gages, etc. to ensure quality of operation processes performed.  Will be required to inspect and certify own work to establish standards.
  • Maintain a clean work environment (including assigned storage and cleaning duties) in full compliance with all internal, safety, environmental, customer and government regulations.

Required Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or G.E.D Required
  • 1 year of experience in manufacturing production 
  • U.S. Person per ITAR regulations to comply with export compliance and site SSA requirements 


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong attention to detail
  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • Read, comprehend and write written instructions
  • Have knowledge of and be able to perform basic shop mathematics
  • Perform work to a defined plan and be capable of defining plans and organizing work area/tasks and people to meet that plan
  • Production preforming experience (Hands-on experience with heat/oven forming, trimming with scissors/knives; previous crafting materials to a specific shape)
  • Specific Vision abilities required; including close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to focus with a specific requirement for corrected vision at 20/25 or better
  • Must be able to work in a production environment and travel throughout the facilities and corporation to obtain information needed to perform job functions
  • Requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity
  • Employee must be able to lift and/or move up to 25 lbs., using proper lifting techniques



***Access to our facility (and, therefore, employment) is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and/or Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to U.S. Citizens, lawful permanent residents, U.S. refugees, asylees or temporary residents under amnesty provisions [as defined in 8 USC 1324b(a)(3)] and properly licensed foreign persons. Applicants receiving a conditional offer of employment will be required to provide information to determine whether they are subject to these regulations and, if so, to assess their country of chargeability for trade compliance control purposes. Additionally, potential employee’s names will be screened against the Consolidated Screening List (maintained by the United States government) to determine eligibility to receive technical data.

Diversity Inclusion and Belonging (DIB)

As a global engineering company, innovation is what differentiates us from our competitors and is central to our success.

A balance of cultures, ethnicities and genders help bring new ideas and creativity to GKN. We need people of different backgrounds, with different skills and perspectives to spark originality, imagination and creativeness in our teams around the world.

GKN is an equal opportunity employer.

We treat all our employees and applicants fairly and are committed to ensuring that there is no discrimination or harassment against any employee or qualified applicant on the grounds of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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