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Engineer, Test Lab - St Louis, MO (Short-Term Assignment)

Date: Apr 30, 2022

Location: St Louis, MO, 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

As Lab Engineer you will perform test as well as analyze and verify results for products and processes. The Lab Engineer will monitor process trends and facilitate changes while teaching and directing laboratory technicians. You will also assist in lab test development and create test reports to ensure production processes meet manufacturing and customer requirements, and Investigate test, product and/or process failures, to assist in corrective and preventative actions.

Job Responsibilities

  • Lab Engineers develop and Maintain expertise in the chemical aspects of GKN composites manufacturing.
  • Support Process control activities to control Chemical Processing lines.
  • Must be able to work around large tanks of chemicals
  • Lab Engineers pursue knowledge necessary to ensure understanding of customer requirements; such as Customer Specifications, Quality System Requirements, ASTM's, Nadcap, etc…
  • Lab Engineers develop expertise in other laboratory testing; such as mechanical, physical, material testing, laboratory technologies and instrumentation.
  • Lab Engineers audit preparation; such as requirements review, complete customer pre-assessment, compliance validation, etc…
  • Evaluate acceptance test results by analyzing and interpreting test data using established criteria and procedures.
  • Work with superiors to solve complex lab test anomalies.
  • Lab Engineers interface with engineers, peers, or internal customers to identify requirements and resolve manufacturing related process problems.
  • Assist in the training and mentoring of Lab Technicians.
  • Lab Engineers investigate and propose improvements to reduce cost, cycle time, process controls and/or customer satisfaction.
  • Work independently to perform tests to verify product compliance and production process fidelity.
  • Understand measurement, test equipment calibration requirements, and verify compliance.
  • Raw Material certifications - review and validate test results.
  • Perform mechanical testing and evaluation results.
  • Pursue personal development by learning Laboratory Tests in the GKN Laboratory Training Matrix.
  • Lab Engineers operate saws and polishing wheels to fabricate specimen for photo microscopy.

Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor in Chemistry or related field of science. Chemical Engineering, Material science, Chemistry or Biology preferred. Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or Physics may also be considered.
  • 1 year of experience in a lab testing environment
  • U.S. Person per ITAR regulations to comply with export compliance and site SSA requirements


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in Chemical Processing 
  • Professional laboratory experience
  • Precision, Quality of work, attention to detail is important. 
  • Knowledge of laboratory instrumentation is desired 
  • Experience in Nadcap accreditation, or similar audit / certification is desired. 
  • Experience in lab control / SPC software; such as, “TrueChem” (by Truelogic) would be a plus, but not essential. 
  • Mechanical testing knowledge (Tensile, Lap Shear, etc… ) would be a plus, but not essential.
  • Knowledge of chemical, physical, mechanical, hardness and conductivity laboratory testing.
  • Experience in the testing of aerospace material and related requirements.
  • Metals heat treatment and pyrometry control.
  • Interest and skills for a future Leadership role in the Lab is very desirable 
  • Strong Problem Solving ability is important
  • Technical writing and communication skills
  • Organizational, analytical and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member and leader.  
  • Able to summarize issues for other engineers, quality and production operation personnel, and make recommendations.  
  • Excellent instrumentation, computer, MS-Excel and SPC Software skills.
  • Awareness of cost and schedule impact for laboratory processes.

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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