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Associate Research Specialist - AM Process Development

Date: Jan 24, 2023

Location: Westlake, TX, 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

As a Research Specialist, you will work in cross-discipline teams within different projects. Your everyday tasks will be to work within GKN Aerospace’s US Global Technology Center team on development of Laser Wire Directed Energy Deposition (DED) Additive Manufacturing (AM). You will take on a wide range of tasks focused on equipment operation as well as development of deposition techniques, testing plans, and industrialization while working in collaboration with technology engineers with expertise in materials, controls, machining, non-destructive evaluation/testing, and process development.

You will support development, integration and implement technical solutions and documentation compliant with all relevant customer, regulatory, and airworthiness requirements, within agreed program, schedule, and manufacturing constraints. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Operate additive manufacturing research equipment to implement new manufacturing processes into aerospace production
  • Maintain and modernize robotic welding systems
  • Interface with the customers and suppliers on the research project(s)
  • Support Technology Readiness Level reviews to support technology implementation
  • Support periodic project reviews within the GKN technology organization and with the customer to ensure good communication of project achievements, issues and progress against plan
  • Stay current with related technical activity within GKN’s global technology team (and through related technology organizations) & ensure effective exchange of results and issues
  • Coordinate robotic cell maintenance activities with internal and external resources
  • Engage with other technology development strands such as non-destructive testing, heat treatment, machining, and controls to develop AM processes.
  • Develop internal standards for operation, maintenance, and production of laser wire DED equipment  for aerostructure applications
  • Develop machine toolpaths and process control parameters using multiple engineering software tools for deposition of aerospace parts based on computer aided design models
  • Support qualification of AM material and components for aerospace applications with both internal and external customers
  • Maintain database of all AM produced parts and test material logging toolpath, CAD files, process parameters and build logs into database
  • Support Technology Readiness Level reviews towards technology implementation
  • Identify technical problems and apply/integrate solutions.
  • Support the creation of technical solutions against customer requirements as input to bids and proposals within assigned programs/projects.


Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree, within the discipline of mechanics, robotics, or technology
  • Excellent in co-operation, networking, team-working
  • Aerospace industry experience
  • Expereince with new product development, aerospace materials including titanium alloys, non-destructive testing techniques and application, creating and maintaining databases
  • Knowledge of manufacturing processes data related to traditional and additive manufacturing including machining, heat treatment, and inspection
  • Able to act under own initiative in relation to the assigned tasks within defined functional procedures / governance.



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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