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Senior Manufacturing Engineer - Industrial

Date: Jun 22, 2022

Location: Tallassee, AL, US

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About Us

GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 38 manufacturing locations in 12 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

  • Sr. Manufacturing Engineering (ME) in the Defense business line is responsible for delivering manufacturing engineering solutions to the Operations organization. ME’s develop, introduce and sustain these solutions to enable and deliver Zero Defect Manufacturing processes during the serial production phase of the product Life Cycle.  ME’s provide the review, planning and production support necessary to create and maintain manufacturing build documentation that will insure all deliverables are in full conformance with the customer's requirements and GKN's engineering, procedures and specification requirements.

Job Responsibilities


  • Responsible for introducing technical improvement initiatives for Defense sites in North America
  • ME candidate must be familiar with general shop safety practices, creating and updating shop travelers, work instructions, operation sheets, tool orders, BOM’s and change management documents.
  • ME candidate should have previous experience with the following: Composite Manufacturing (Ply Cutting, Core Machining/Processing, Hand Layup, Filament Winding, Metal Bonding, Autoclave Curing), CNC machining, NDT inspection, CMM inspection, Assembly and Paint Processes, GD&T, RCCA & Lean Six-Sigma.
  • Responsible for the implementation of tooling and or production planning, from original concept through to production. ME’s design these processes with a high degree of process capability utilizing the GKN standard Zero Defect Manufacturing (ZDM) tool suite.
  • ME’s deliver measurable, metrics driven results in line with Operational goals.
  • Maintain positive, team relationships with internal and external customers, as well as co-workers
  • Continuously improve production processes by implementing Lean initiatives and optimized flow
  • Develop technical solutions to complex problems.
  • Utilize root cause analysis, preventative and corrective action to reduce/eliminate non-conformances.
  • Exemplifying a safety-first mind-set and ensuring compliance with the GKN
  • Participates in activities within a global technical community and has an understanding of the interface with broader business functions within GKN.

Job Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (Aerospace, Mechanical, Manufacturing, Industrial)
  • 3-5 years of experience in Aerospace Manufacturing Engineering role
  • Must be able to perform work subject to ITAR/EAR regulations and/or program requirements.  




Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with composite manufacture and assembly
  • Demonstrated performance leading and facilitating cross funtional teams
  • Automation integration, programming or implementation of robotic systems for Aerospace applications
  • GKN Experience
  • Working knowledge of LEAN processes and practices
  • Working knowledge of quality system models such as ISO9000, AS9100, or D1-9000
  • Demonstrated experience with AS-9145 Zero Defect Manufacturing, or equivalent automotive PPAP experience
  • Experience with New Product / Process introduction (industrialization) & existing production process improvements
  • Knowledge of statistics and statistical process control (SPC)
  • Strong background with Microsoft Office tools, especially Excel

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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