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Aircraft Fitter

Date: Mar 27, 2023

Location: East Cowes, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

A great place to work needs a great way of working; Join us and keep the world moving.

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 cira 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

As a Skilled Aircraft Fitter reporting into one of our Group Leaders, you will be involved in working on a wide range of aircraft main and sub-assemblies from detail parts, whilst embracing appropriate assembly techniques, tools and fixtures, in accordance with the appropriate technical data and competencies.


In addition you will take responsibility for:


  • Adhering to full compliance of the work instructions and/or standard operating procedures; without compromise to their own and colleagues safety
  • Exemplifying a safety-first mind-set and follow all GKN Aerospace Health, Safety and Environmental policies and standards
  • Actively identify safety concerns; making problems immediately known to their Team Leader and raise improvement ideas to solve problems utilising Kaizen policy.
  • Being an active member of the team, promoting collective engagement with each other.



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:


  • Evidence of 4 year, time-served apprenticeship is essential
  • Proven ability to read and understand drawings, processes and procedures
  • Adherence to all necessary regulatory quality standards and customer specifications
  • Demonstrable experience in the aircraft manufacturing industry fitting; using both metal and composite materials.
  • Ability to work as part of a small, close team
  • Effective communication

What We’ll Offer

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


  • Industry Leading Pension Scheme – A defined contribution scheme where GKN will pay 1.5 times the member contributions (up to a maximum company contribution of 12%). 
  • As a member of the Pension Scheme, Death in Service cover (Life Assurance) of 8x salary
  • Group Income Protection (as part of the Pension Scheme)  
  • 190 hours holiday + bank holidays
  • Shopping Discounts
  • Cycle To Work Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme and access to a Bereavement helpline 
  • Dedicated Wellbeing Champions, qualified in Mental Health First Aid 
  • A collaborative, dynamic working environment 


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! 

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.


Be proud to part of one GKN… click on the link below to apply


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