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Fabricator - Non-Certified - Bonding Technician I - Orangeburg, SC

Date: Jan 15, 2022

Location: Orangeburg, SC, 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 Composite 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:
    o    The company’s Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action policies
    o    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
    o    Export Control regulations 
    Under periodic supervision, perform a variety of standard, generally repetitive, manufacturing activities involved in the fabrication, assembly or machine operations required to manufacture composite parts or assemblies.  
    Assemble parts, fittings, or subassemblies on aircraft by using layout tools, power tools or fasteners, such as bolts, screws, rivets or clamps
    Attach brackets, hinges, or clips to secure or support components or subassemblies by using bolts, screws, rivets and chemical bonds
    Mark identifying information on tubing or cable assemblies, by using etching devices, labels, rubber stamps, or other methods.

Job Qualifications

    One (1) years of work experience in a fast-pace manufacturing environment.
    Ability to obtain a certificate or degree in a manufacturing related technical program with a minimum of 6 months of starting.
    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

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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