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TEMP - NC Programmer II - El Cajon, CA

Date: Nov 17, 2020

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

Working under limited supervision, develops part programs used by Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) machining tools to manufacture precision components to meet blueprint, operations sheet and customer specifications.

Job Responsibilities
  • Develops/revises/proofs programs for complex math-modeled and computer-generated parts surfacing programs to ensure products meet specifications. 
  • Analyzes engineering drawings, operations sheets, blueprints, process requirements and parts complexity to determine the feasibility of performing the required functions for each part program.  
  • Factors to be considered include configuration, tolerances, material specifications, surface finish requirements, material requirements, cutting tool requirements, heat treat requirements, machine tool capacities/capabilities and local fixturing required to manufacture the product.
  • Defines part geometry from various sources utilizing CAD or Automated program Tools to manufacture components on NC machine tools.
  • Develops manufacturing package which includes tool order, tool set-up sheets, cutting tool descriptions, NC operations sheets, operator instructions and program manuscript.
  • Maintains all software/document data to efficiently update numerical control part programs to reflect engineering changes.  Controls such information to protect and maintain traceability per customer software instructions.  Updates/maintains NC directory files.
  • Guides/mentors/advises machine operators to ensure understanding of program function and obtain feedback on program performance.  Mentors lower level programmers to ensure high level of support for manufacturing and engineering functions.
  • Assist in the development and maintenance of a business culture, which supports the Company's overall business objectives and goals, to include issues that involve     “cost, quality, process, schedule and people”.
  • Ensure the company's commitment to maintain a safe workplace and to protect the environment through the establishment and support of Company policy and adherence to various government regulations.
  • Fully comply with the "GKN Aerospace, Inc. Policy Statement on Contracting with the United States Government" in all areas of responsibility involving direct and indirect contracting with the United States Government. 
  • Performs other related duties, tasks and responsibilities as assigned.



  • High School Diploma or equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • 5 year experience in numerical control parts programming and math modelling experience with an emphasis on 5-axis complex surfaces parts machine programming.  
  • 3 years recent programming experience in Unigraphics NX and a working knowledge of VERICUT
  • 5 years machining background to be able to read/interpret blueprint, drawing and ANSI Y14.5 specifications.  
  • Must be a US Citizen due to program security clearance requirements and/or SSA requirements.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Specialized programming certification preferred. 
  • Must possess a practical knowledge of engineering techniques and the properties/limitations on machinery, fixturing and materials.  
  • Must have excellent basic math, trigonometry and geometry skills.  Must have good understand of cutting tool techniques and manufacturing methods and processes.  
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate successfully with a range of customers.
  • Able to work “on-call”
  • Able to operate under tight deadlines
  • Good vision with correction
  • Ability to multi-task with good attention to detail
  • Ability to travel internally within the facility site

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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