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Materials Engineer (Thermal Processes)

Date: Apr 20, 2021

Location: East Cowes, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About Us

GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 50 manufacturing locations in 15 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 in Cowes (Isle of Wight) has two facilities in East Cowes (Falcon Yard and Osborne sites) and they design, manufacture, test and repair high performance structures and systems, which employs the company’s distinct competencies in major assemblies and composite structures for the global aerospace market.

This site supplies to customers including Airbus, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Bombardier, Triumph, BAE and Leonardo.

The role of Materials Engineer (Thermal Processes) is to support the company's business by the calibration, repair, data analysis and reporting of Cowes site thermal equipment and processes within scheduled timescales and quality standards.

Job Responsibilities

  • Manages process definition, as for example, define the sequence of activities and control of them through toolkits (e.g. IT systems), training and communication
  • Managing, controlling and performing system accuracy tests, thermocouple calibration and thermal surveys of autoclaves, ovens, paint spray booths and freezers.
  • Carrying out thermal profiling of tooling used to cure composite parts, analysing the data and producing reports for customers and stakeholders.
  • Creating autoclave and oven cure programs used for the manufacture of composite parts. 
  • Develops, issues and maintains any management system procedures and instructions
  • Determines the assurance activities within the process to ensure its success, accordingly to appropriate regulations, Industry standards and customer /internal governance, policies and objectives
  • Identifies and manages any risks to meeting process objectives through thorough assessment of the process activities, the process inputs, it’s interactions, it’s resources and ensuring defined controls reduce the risks to an acceptable level, or eradicate them
  • Defines, monitors and measures the effectiveness & efficiency of the process including related KPI’s ensuring these are effective measures of the intended outputs
  • Ensures adequate training, support and communication to deliver the process results ensuring all related documented information is understandable to the intended users/audience
  • Determines when and how the process interacts with other processes and establishing agreements with
  • other process owners to ensure successful interaction(s)
  • Solves process related problems, preventing their recurrence working with all stakeholders as required. Manages the Change Process (Change Requests), communicating process changes to the process users, assess impact/effectiveness of the change, review/adjust as required, and communicate with process users to identify and manage issues
  • Collects objective evidence of conformity for audits and works with GKNA Site/BS and Divisional Quality departments/personnel in support of effective internal and external audits

Job Qualifications

•    Aerospace Experience
•    Engineering Experience of Thermal Processes
•    Good interpersonal team working skills with effective team working skills
•    Proven ability to work and to deliver under own initiative
•    Ability to manage and to coordinate internal/external customer requirements
•    Achieving delivery to time cost and quality
•    PC literate – MS office programs – Report writing
•    Self-motivated, resourceful, strong minded and committed
•    Flexible and capable of working in a complex environment
•    Capable of interfacing professionally with customers and suppliers
•    To prioritise thermal process requirements
•    City & Guilds Engineering
•    Higher Education (e.g. ONC / HNC)

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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