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Sr. Manufacturing Engineer


Orangeburg, United States of America

Role Purpose
GKN is a global engineering business. We design, manufacture and service systems and components for most of the world’s leading aircraft, vehicle and machinery manufacturers. GKN operates three divisions: GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline and GKN Powder Metallurgy employing 56,000 people in more than 30 countries.

GKN Aerostructures North America is a leader in the manufacturing of advanced composites, complex metal structures, and aero-structure assembly for aircraft including: military fighters and transport, commercial, and general aviation. We employ more than 2,800 people at 12 locations.


Provide senior technical leadership to the Integrated Program Team, driving improved product and manufacturing performance through the implementation of world class engineering and manufacturing processes. An opportunity to work with a highly motivated and empowered team, have direct impact on product, team and business performance, working with large, complex, composite/metallic/carbon/fiber part fabrication and assembly.

Key Responsibilities
Duties and Responsibilities:
Accountable composite assembly involving metal bond, sheet metal details, other metallic or carbon fiber riveting and threaded fasteners; first article and configuration changes; tooling changes; monitoring of tools requiring repair or replacement; and new product quotes.
Identifies engineering problems and initiate corrective action to ensure parts are in line with quality standards and production requirements.
Controls the transition of new tools from design through change control to verify correctness of tools and production parts.
Provides direct support of production operation in areas such as changes to B.O.M., interpretation of prints to ensure ply orientation and contour and specialized assembly issues.
Provides continuous process improvement through the revision of work instructions, statistical process control (SPC), creation of shop aides, operator training, re-development of plies and engineering process changes.
Provides technical information and support to Company suppliers and customers.
Supports the vision and mission for the Company; support strategies and processes designed to meet and exceed the expectations of customers and management.
Supports the company's commitment to maintaining a safe workplace and protect the environment by adhering to Company policy and various government regulations.
Complies with the GKN Compliance and Ethics Policy on Contracting with the United States Government in all areas of responsibility involving direct and indirect contracting with the United States Government.
Performs other duties and responsibilities as needed or assigned.

Qualifications / Experience / Skills
Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related discipline. Fiber/Polymer/Composite linked degree, Aerospace, or Mechanical Engineering degree with bonding or resin processing experience preferred.
Experience or training in areas in the manufacture of composite/metallic/carbon/fiber products or tooling desired.
3+ or more years of manufacturing engineering work experience and/or training required.

Required Knowledge

Configuration Control
Process development and documentation
Change Board
BOM development
Training or experience in lean tools and techniques.
CATIA model review.
Knowledge of practical problem solving.
Documenting information for further evaluation.
Assessing risk in manufacturing processes (FMEA/PFMEA). Design for manufacturing experience.
Data collection/analysis techniques.
Reading blueprints and customer specifications.

Required Skills

Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with internal and external customers, associates, departments, outside vendors, and other teams.
Managing projects and assignments: Creating and executing project work plans and revising as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements.
First Article Inspection (FAI) process.
Process control.
Operating a personal computer with proficiency in related technical and specialized software.
Experience with specialized personal computer hardware and software applications (Word, Excel, etc.).
Creating and updating detailed work instructions.
Making independent judgments and decisions.
Presenting and delivering information effectively.
Excellent verbal and written communication.
Strong problem solving and analytical skills essential. Must be self-directed and detail oriented.
Maintaining confidentiality.
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