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Senior Manufacturing Engineer - Welding

Date: Apr 29, 2021

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 Sr. Manufacturing Engineer will provide 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


  • Develops, qualifies, writes and obtains customer approval for welding procedures and schedules. 
  • Supervises and assures compliance to customer specifications of all welder and welder operator qualifications.  Establishes training guidelines and content.
  • Reviews planning for completeness and compliance concerning metal joining processes.
  • Writes and maintains operation manual sections relating to metals joining.  Stays abreast of new welding technologies that have possible application.
  • Specifies and recommends welding equipment upgrades and new purchases.
  • Designs and draws specialized weld tooling and equipment.
  • Provides estimating with technical support in Request for Quotation (RFQ) responses.
  • Runs special weld test programs at customer and/or company request.
  • May introduce new metal joining techniques, processes and controls into manufacturing.
  • Assists Quality Control functions in internal and external audits.
  • Troubleshoots metal joining problems on shop floor and at vendor's facilities as applicable.
  • Writes instructions for customer-required qualification maintenance tests (e.g., PWA quarterly weld tests).
  • May be involved in bid, proposal and contract activity, including plans, presentations to Customers and reporting results

Job Qualifications


Required Qualifications:


Bachelor’s degree in Engineering. 
5 years' experience with precision welded components, preferably in an aerospace manufacturing environment. 
4+ years of knowledge of at least two of the following three processes:  electron beam, plasma arc and gas tungsten arc welding. 
Due to export compliance, must be a US Citizen or US Permanent Resident

Preferred Qualifications:


An advance degree desirable.
Must be very self-directed and able to work with little supervision.
Must possess a working knowledge of MIL Standards with aircraft engine manufacturer’s specifications knowledge desirable. 
Additional process knowledge, where applicable, in laser processing and brazing
Knowledge of titanium, aluminium, and nickel alloys is highly desirable. 
Should be computer proficient.
Must possess excellent interpersonal, leadership, organizational and communication skills
Fluent in English language, both written and spoke


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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