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Knowledge Engineer

Date: Aug 15, 2019

Location: Hoogerheide, NL

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers


You will play a key role in the realization of the EWIS Optimization vision, delivering advanced tools and methods to automatically generate the best possible (e.g. cost / weight) electrical wiring design for aircraft. The vision is to radically change the Product Development Process into a frontloaded design process utilizing design automation (KBE) and –optimization (MDO) techniques. This allows the re-use of engineering knowledge to significantly reduce design lead-times and optimize the wiring design, which is critical in the increasingly electrified aircraft of today and tomorrow.

The position

A full-time position at the Technology department of Fokker Elmo, which develops enablers for new process- and product solutions. It strives to develop (future) technology that provides significant value to the company. The Fokker Elmo Technology department is part of GKN Aerostructures & Systems Europe & ASEA (ASEA).


Daily activities include knowledge acquisition, (KBE) tools development and optimization process setup activities. Knowledge acquisition includes the capture of explicit & tacit EWIS engineering knowledge with our design experts. KBE tool development includes defining the software architecture, programming and verification.

Your profile

Knowledge, experience and qualifications:

  • Academic degree in scientific and engineering discipline (MSc), preferably Aerospace Engineering or Information Technology;
  • Knowledge of and experience in objectoriented programming languages (e.g. Python) and KBE platforms / systems;
  • Knowledge of numerical optimization techniques for "Multidisciplinary Design Optimization" (MDO);
  • Affinity with relevant software development processes and data modeling methods;
  • Good verbal and written command of English and preferably Dutch.



  • Can extract implicit knowledge by means of interview techniques and having the perseverance to continuously question, reflect, assess and listen;
  • Is able to look at current processes, methods and solutions from a different point of view;


Core competences

  • Responsibility: shows ownership and takes appropriate responsibility;
  • Analytical ability: able to think at an abstract level and can identify interrelationships;
  • Judgement: forms wellconsidered opinions based on available sources and maintains objectivity;
  • Collaboration: has a constructive approach to the ideas of others and is able to work harmoniously.
Fokker Elmo

We are a leading player in the design, manufacturing and support for the Electrical Wiring Interconnection Systems (EWIS) for Aerospace and Defense programs. Our innovative tools and processes support our customers and represent a Unique Selling Point. 


Fokker is part of GKN Aerospace division, which employs 17,000 people in 61 locations worldwide. Fokker Elmo employs 2000 people, of which over 400 within the Headquarters in Hoogerheide.

We offer

Fokker Elmo offers an innovative and international workplace in a company with a rich history in the field of aircraft construction. Our company has a passion for technology and our staff are rightly proud of what they develop and build. At Fokker Elmo, you will get every opportunity to build your career and work on your personal development.

For more information about this position please contact Johnny van Lugtenburg at

Internal candidates can apply through HR system Wilbur Careers until 30 June 2019.

External candidates can apply through the GKN Career site.

In case of equal suitability, internal applicants are given preference over external applicants.

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