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Manufacturing Engineer - Tooling - Aviation Repairs

Date: Mar 21, 2023

Location: El Cajon, CA, US

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


The Manufacturing Engineer – Tooling will provide Manufacturing Engineering capability to operational and development Programs to enable and deliver zero defect projects utilizing engineering and problem solving skills. Accountable for delivering robust, capable manufacturing process technology as it applies to materials, tooling, part fabrication and assembly.

Job Responsibilities


•    Exemplifying a safety-first mind-set and ensuring compliance with the GKN Aerospace Health, Safety and Environmental policies and standards.
•    Responsible for the development of technical solutions to complex problems within GKN Aerospace, our customers and suppliers.
•    Deliver technical support of manufacturing process development and integration for production.  
•    Utilize root cause analysis, preventative and corrective action to reduce/eliminate non-conformances.
•    Maintain positive, team relationships with internal and external customers, as well as co-workers
•    Continuously improve production processes by implementing Lean initiatives.
•    Responsible for the development of tooling solutions to complex problems through:
•    The implementation of tooling, from original concept through to production. Design this tooling for high degree of process capability utilizing the GKN standard Zero Defect Manufacturing (ZDM) tool suite to demonstrate as such.
•    Accountable for tool fabrication quotes, tooling input for new product quotes, tooling configuration changes that involve cost estimation, schedule coordination, and implementation

Job Qualifications


Required Qualifications:


•    Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering
•    3+ Years of tool design experience in a Manufacturing environment
•    Must be able to perform work subject to ITAR/EAR regulations and/or program requirements.  


Preferred Qualifications:

•    GKN experience
•    Aeropspace industry experience
•    Fanblade/airfoil experience is strongly preferred
•    Working knowledge of quality system models such as ISO9000, AS9100, or D1-9000
•    Increasingly able to provide Technical input at all levels of work
•    Identifies and anticipates technical problems and offers solutions
•    Drives to complete the job on time and continually searches for better ways of doing things
•    Understands situations by analysing them logically and uses information in a systematic way identifying appropriate course of action for resolution. 
•    Ability to apply complex and non-routine analysis
•    Competent member of the technical community with a good understanding of other disciplines
•    Acts without supervision in own area whilst able to supervise others. 
•    Applies knowledge and skills to a range of activities
•    Understands the formal and informal structure of the business
•    Provides support to the technical community and show commercial awareness at local level

Compensation Range

The compensation range for this position is:


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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