Manufacturing Engineer – Tooling Design

Manufacturing Engineer – Tooling Design

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Fantastic challenges. Amazing opportunities.

GKN Aerospace is reimagining air travel: going further, faster and greener! Fuelled by great people whose expertise and creativity sets the standards in our industry, we’re inspired by the opportunities to innovate and break boundaries. We’re proud to play a part in protecting the world’s democracies. And we’re committed to putting sustainability at the centre of everything we do, opening up and protecting our planet. With over 15,000 employees across 41 manufacturing sites in 13 countries we serve over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers. There are no limits to where you can take your career.

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Job Summary

“Together We Rise”
It’s great to know you’re making a difference to the future of aviation! Whatever part you play you’ll be helping us deliver operational excellence to our customers. Based at our Luton manufacturing plant you’ll do just that. Established in 1993, GKN Aerospace in Luton is a world leader in commercial and military ice protection systems and transparencies. Offering a full range of capabilities; design, analysis, testing, certification and manufacture of electro-thermal ice protection, military fast jet canopies and flight deck windows to over 20 programmes including: Boeing 787, Dreamliner, Airbus A320, AgustaWestland, AW101, Eurofighter Typhoon and Lockheed, Martin F-22 Raptor. Our customers include Boeing, Airbus, Lockheed Martin, Bell Helicopters, Textron, BAE Systems, Pratt & Whitney, Leonardo. Our Luton site is home to 400+ employees and onsite facilities including onsite parking, canteen, vending machines and showers.

As the Manufacturing Engineer – Tooling Design you will join the Tooling Engineering team based at our Luton Manufacturing site reporting to the Manufacturing Engineer Manager. You’ll provide the technical capability to create and design tools as solutions to support the manufacturing operations. Accountable for delivering robust, capable manufacturing process technology as it applies to materials, tooling, part fabrication and assembly.

The Manufacturing Engineer Tooling role involves the creation of tooling designs from initial concept through to production. Among other activities, this will include calibration of current and the development of new or existing tooling, supporting Manufacturing Engineering teams may be required. The successful candidate will be experienced in a relevant engineering discipline and have a “hands on” approach, be able to prioritise jobs, be comfortable liaising with suppliers and other departments. Our core operational hours at our Luton site are 07:30 – 16:30 Monday to Thursday & 07:30 – 12:30 Friday.

Job Responsibilities

• Exemplifying a safety-first mind-set and ensuring compliance with the GKN Aerospace Health, Safety and Environmental policies and standards.
• Responsible for the development and support with technical solutions to complex problems within GKN Aerospace environment, our customers and suppliers by utilising root cause analysis, preventative and corrective action to reduce and support to eliminate non-conformances.
• Maintain positive, team relationships with internal and external customers, as well as co-workers
• Responsible for tool fabrication quotes, tooling design and input for new product quotes, tooling configuration changes that involve cost estimation and schedule coordination and New Projects Introduction support.

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How You’ll Contribute

To help us make a difference, you’ll bring your passion and talent for what you do along with the following skills, experience, qualifications and attributes:

• Professional qualification (BEng, BSc, HNC) or strong background in engineering (Aerospace, Mechanical, or Automotive)
• Working knowledge of design for manufacture principles and tool/component manufacturing methods and able to provide technical input at all levels of work
• Ability to create engineering drawings with an understanding of geometric tolerances and datum features
• Experience in tooling for composites and/or transparencies
• Experienced in CAD 3D modelling and drafting (Catia V5)
• Understanding of inspection/calibration methods and interrogation of results
• Be compliant with the Company’s Environmental, Health & Safety and Energy procedures
• Good communication skills, both written and spoken


• Project Management experience
• Understanding of export control and compliance
• Working knowledge of quality system models such as ISO9000, AS9100, or D1-9000
• Experience of New Product/process Introduction (Industrialisation) & existing production process improvements

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. To be successful in this role you must have good interpersonal and communication skills, you will work cross-functionally with all colleagues within the business up to Senior Leadership level. The Manufacturing Engineer (Tooling Design) will be competent to work in an organised, thorough manner with great attention to detail.

We offer:

Once you’re on board you’ll get the following perks and benefits:

• £30,800 to £38,500 per annum dependent on experience
• Industry Leading Pension Scheme = we’ll match your contributions up to 8% on a 1 : 1.5 basis
• Life Assurance 8 x salary
• 25 days holiday + bank holidays
• Income protection
• Shopping discounts
• Cycle To Work Scheme
• Employee Assistance Programme
• Virtual GP Clinic for you and immediate family
• Free onsite parking
• Local gym discount
• 50% off local travel card
• Free airport Dart
• Free airport parking
• Enhanced family friendly leave
• A collaborative, dynamic working environment

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A Great Place to work needs a Great Way of Working

Everyone is welcome to apply to GKN. We believe that we can only achieve our ambitions through a coming together of diverse minds who enjoy collaborating in an inspirational environment. Through our commitment to diversity, inclusion and belonging and by living our five powerful principles we’ve created a culture where everyone feels welcome to contribute. It’s a culture that won us ‘The Best Workplace Culture Award’ last year. By embracing and celebrating what makes us unique we encourage everyone to bring their full self to work.

We’re also committed to providing an accessible recruitment process, so if you require reasonable adjustments at any stage during our recruitment process please get in touch and let us know.

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