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VTL Operator - 1st Shift - Newington, CT

Date: Oct 2, 2021

Location: Newington, CT, US

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

Job Summary

The Operator role is responsible for carrying out the required standard activities of their assigned tasks, in full compliance to the Work Instruction and/or Standard Operating Procedure, and without compromise to their own, and colleagues, safety.

Where required to achieve “certified” status, the team member will be taught how to undertake their tasks safely, and to a high quality level, through a rigorous Job Instruction process, and will be expected to attain the relevant certification, as measured by the competence matrix and specified in the site’s BMS/QMS.

The team member will be fully supported by their Team Leader (TL), who will enable their training, coaching and quickly respond to them if they find any off-standard / quality issues.

They will be expected to actively identify safety concerns (Hazard identification), make problems immediately known to their TL (Pull the Andon), and raise improvement ideas to solve problems (Kaizen).

They will be part of a team that will collectively work on creating a ‘Great Place To Work’ through a culture of continuous improvement, safe working and open dialogue.

Job Responsibilities

  • Contribute to their team in creating a “Great Place to Work” by role-modelling safety-first, a Kaizen mind-set, and supporting their colleagues
  • Hold themselves, and fellow team members accountable to embody the GKNA culture principles
  • Undertake all of their tasks in compliance with the standard work and their training, and make any problems; safety, quality, or other, immediately known to their TL
  • Exemplify a safety-first mindset and follow all GKN Aerospace Health, Safety and Environmental policies and standards
  • Understand their team’s People, Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cash and Cost Key Performance Indicators and their contribution to them
  • Become certified at the Lean Foundation level and implement at least 1 Kaizen per month
  • Support the team and TL in problem solving, contributing ideas based upon own experience of their tasks
  • Be an active member of the team, promoting collective engagement with each other
  • Comply with all legal and regulatory requirements:
  • The company’s Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action policies
  • Compliance and Ethics Policy on Contracting with the United States Government in all areas of responsibility involving direct and indirect contracting with the United States Government
  • Export Control regulations
  • Operate CNC machine for the manufacturing of aerospace products.
  • Conduct machine set-ups for assigned work.
  • Ensures correct use of inspection equipment, tooling, and preventive maintenance procedures.
  • Capable for performing technical layouts.
  • Conducts new hire training when necessary.
  • Maintains a good quality track record.
  • Assisting with quality control procedures to ensure that the quality of all products meet specifications in current and subsequent operations.
  • Following all shop safety procedures, such as wearing appropriate personal protective equipment including clothing, steel toed footwear, hearing protection and eye protection.
  • All other duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications


  • Safety mind-set
  • A high-school (18 years old) level of education, certified at the relevant national level
  • Committed to the rigorous adherence to standardised work
  • Good standard of a language relevant for the site
  • An effective communicator



  • A track record of Kaizen implementation
  • Experience working within a Lean Operating Model / Production System
  • Aerospace experience
  • A passion for the Aerospace industry

Nearest Major Market: Hartford