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Aircraft Fitter (Allied Trade, East Cowes)

Date: 09-Jan-2023

Location: East Cowes, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About GKN Aerospace


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 41 manufacturing sites in 13 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.


Sitting across our three business lines; Civil, Defence and Engines at our East Cowes manufacturing plants you’ll do just that. Established in 1901, one of our older production sites with a workforce of circa 800 employees. Our East Cowes plants, Isle of Wight are where we design, manufacture, test and repair high performance structures and systems. We have two facilities on the Island; Falcon Yard, Ferry Road and Osborne Site, Saunders Way. Both locations employ the company’s distinct competencies in major assemblies and composite structures for the global aerospace market. Our customer base includes Airbus, Astronics, BAE Systems, Boeing, Bombardier Aerospace, Cessna, Cobham, Honeywell, Leonardo, Lockheed Martin, Rolls Royce and Triumph.

Job Summary


Continued growth in our programmes have created a number of exciting training opportunities for appropriately qualified personnel, looking to convert their previous experience and skilled status in an ‘allied trade’ to train as skilled Aircraft Fitters. Successful applicants will join our 2 year programme which will provide ‘on the job’ training and development across a wide range of manufacturing processes within our production areas. Additionally, successful applicants will be required to undertake a Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering in partnership with the Isle of Wight College. During the training period, participants will also be required to produce a portfolio of evidence.


Skilled aircraft fitters put together the components and sub-assemblies that go into the aircraft at our customers’ final assembly lines. Aircraft Fitters work to engineering instructions and drawings and will use skills including:


  • Drilling, reaming and countersinking
  • Installing a range of different fasteners
  • Applying sealants
  • Functional testing of mechanical systems      

How You'll Contribute


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:



  • Provide evidence of a served and recognised apprenticeship in an appropriate allied trade; examples include 5 Axis Operators, Jig Erectors, Machinists, Fabricators, Blacksmiths, Gas Fitters, Plumbers, Welders, Sheet Metal Workers, Toolmakers, Air Conditioning Fitters, Coppersmiths, Pipe Fitters, Platers, Coach Fitters, Mechanics (Motor), Fitters (Agricultural/HMG/Marine).


What We'll Offer


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


•    Industry Leading Pension Scheme = we’ll match your contributions up to 8% on a 1 : 1.5 basis
•    Life Assurance 8 x salary
•    190 hours holiday + bank holidays
•    Income protection
•    Shopping discounts
•    Cycle To Work Scheme
•    Employee Assistance Programme
•    A collaborative, dynamic working environment 

Why Join Us


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.


Join us and keep the world moving … click on the link below to apply

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