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Technology Manager - Metallic Structures/AM

Date: Mar 11, 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 Technology Manager for Metallic Structures and Additive Manufacturing, you will lead and grow a team of high-performing technologists in developing differentiating technologies for metallic aerospace component manufacturing. Your everyday tasks will be to manage technical execution of a multimillion-dollar project portfolio and technology team at our US Global Technology Center (GTC) in Fort Worth, TX and a satellite team in Oak Ridge National Lab’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility in Knoxville, TN. The focus of the team is the development of Laser Wire Directed Energy Deposition (DED) Additive Manufacturing (AM) for large-scale, critical aerostructures

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. You will work closely with counterparts in our other international GTCs and within business line Technology organizations to foster knowledge sharing and rapid development of these technologies. You will report directly to the Director of the US GTC.

Job Responsibilities

  • Support qualification of AM material and components for aerospace applications with both internal and external customers
  • Manage, train and support career development of a team of direct reports
  • Plan and lead technology improvements to existing operations and future products
  • Manage best practices and coordinating development of systems and processes to support technology insertion into production
  • Develop research partnerships with customers, suppliers and academia
  • Support securing external funding for research programs and infrastructure
  • Monitor, report on and deliver technology projects to time, cost & quality
  • Represent GKN on industry and government working groups, conferences, etc.
  • Evaluate current industry state of the art and recommending new or complimentary research areas
  • Produce industry relevant technology for aerospace applications.
  • Promote innovation and capturing intellectual property
  • Clearly communicate information and provide technical oversight to direct reports
  • Support Technology Readiness Level reviews towards technology implementation
  • Organize periodic project reviews within the GKN technology organization and with the customer to ensure good communication of project achievements, issues and progress against plan

Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related technical field
  • 10+ years of relevant R&D, engineering and/or manufacturing experience
  • Experience with management of project budgets and tracking of technical progress
  • Experience with metallic additive manufacturing
  • Proven ability to review technical documentation
  • Must be able to perform work subject to ITAR regulations and/or program requirements.
  • Experience with CAD and other engineering software  

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master of Science or PhD degree in Materials Science, Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering
  • Experience with new product development
  • Experience with non-destructive testing techniques and application


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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