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Manufacturing Engineer - Product & Planning

Date: Jan 25, 2022

Location: Luton, GB

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

GKN Luton sits within the Aerospace Group and is a world leader in the production of transparencies and ice protection systems for both civil and military markets. Our customers trust GKN to deliver the critical technology they need, and we trust our employees to draw on their ingenuity and passion to deliver those solutions. Our Leadership team is open, sharing plans for the next five years, driving retention by offering demanding, exciting work, and providing full coaching, guidance and mentoring.
The Role: As a member of the Manufacturing Engineering Team, you will be reporting to the Lead Manufacturing Engineer/Project Engineer and your role will be to develop new and existing manufacturing process in the manufacture of aircraft canopies and support the day-to-day Canopy and flight deck windows Value Streams at Luton.

Job Responsibilities

Develop, document and optimise new and existing manufacturing processes to support small scale production of acrylic canopies, framing activities and canopy escape systems
- Create and update engineering documentation to maintain configuration control and help manage point of introduction activities, first article inspection and customer approval
- Provide customer-facing support on process validation and verification activities
- Management of small capital and tooling projects
- Lead structured problem solving projects linked to both project deliverables and day-to-day manufacturing issues
- Provide day-today support to manufacturing operations
- Provide MRB (Material Review Board) support to existing programs to ensure any process deviation or product faults are reviewed and answered
- Reduce process driven scrap and rework and support continuous improvement activities
- Establish appropriate new process controls and improve existing ones
- Be compliant with the Company’s Environmental, Health & Safety and Energy procedures.
- Any other reasonable duties

Job Qualifications

- Educated to HND or Above/experience in relevant engineering (desirable)
- Experience of MRB and in providing frontline support to manufacturing operations
- Experience working to customer specifications and standards and their interpretation
- “Hands-on” experience in a manufacturing environment, preferably within the aerospace industry
- Demonstrable experience of practical problem-solving techniques
- Ability to communicate effectively at all levels within an organisation and be flexible in your approach.
- Knowledge and experience in use of DFMEA, PFMEA and process life cycle management.
- Experience of acrylic forming, structural frame assembly or canopy detonating chord installation (desirable).
- Experience and knowledge of composites. (Desirable)

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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