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Metallurgical Lab Technician

Date: Jan 14, 2022

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

Under minimal supervision, performs metallurgical lab functions, including testing and administrative duties to assure compliance with customer requirements. 

Job Responsibilities

  1. Checks test samples for dimensions using precision measuring equipment such as gages, calipers, scales, micrometers.
  2. Prepares/tests/evaluates/certifies all metallurgical tests required per internal production, customer and/or specification requirements.
  3. Monitors all work to ensure quality standards are maintained and adherence to all specifications and requirements.
  4. Program/run heat treat oven for test coupons and some production parts.  
  5. Interfaces with engineering to coordinate testing and test results.
  6. Interface with Production Vstl’s to coordinate daily shipments
  7. Maintains lab database with complete lab test results and accuracy.
  8. Releases product(s) for shipment, representing the customer i.e. designated supplier quality representative (DSQR), quality assurance supplier representative (QASR), etc.

Job Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

  • Requires 2 years of metallurgical lab experience or related manufacturing, preferably aerospace,
  • Demonstrated knowledge of quality control, customer and NADCAP requirements. 
  • Demonstrated familiarity with drawings, testing specifications, hand tools, bandsaw, cutoff machine, etc. a plus. 
  • Demonstrated interpersonal, organizational, and verbal/written communication skills. 
  • Working knowledge of alloys, e.g., titanium, aluminum, inconnel and columbium and acids. 


Preferred Qualification:

  • Experience with Tensile Testing of Metallic Material
  • Experience with Rockwell and Rockwell Superficial Hardness Testing
  • Experience with Micro-hardness Testing
  • Experience with Evaluation of Thermal Spray Coatings
  • Experience with Round Robin Test



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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