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Santa Ana, United States of America

About The Opportunity
Research, develop, analyze, design, and test company products or processes using engineering and scientific principles to implement engineering solutions to meet organizational objectives.

Analyze and verify product or process design and product performance to customer requirements.

Responsible for ensuring product (including parts, assemblies or tools) are consistent with company and customer quality standards.

Research and develop material and processes that support the translation from abstract concepts to functional products.

Apply knowledge of engineering and scientific methods and tools to define and characterize behavior of products and processes.

Integrate technical, cost, value and safety considerations into the product definition to comply with customer, regulatory and company requirements. Document results in drawings, data sets, reports, specifications and supporting data.

Interface with other members of project or program team, management and manufacturing staff to facilitate the implementation of manufacturing process improvement initiatives

Develop engineering solutions to a wide range of complex technical problems, requiring ingenuity and innovation. Exercise broad latitude in determining technical solutions.

Interface routinely with customers and suppliers to achieve cost effective, technically sound and functionally superior products.

Support, identify or implement Lean initiatives to improve products and processes.

Continuously improve product and processes via designs, work instructions, statistical process control and other relevant methods and concepts.

Provide technical guidance to less experienced staff; may act in a technical leadership capacity.

Review and approve detail design documentation

Resolve product design problems in conjunction with technical customer representatives and assist in implementation of resolutions

Participate in MRB activities to assure structural adequacy of non-conformances

Supports and directs the preparation of accurate and complete engineering assessments for new platform technologies

Establishes and maintains valid structural analysis methodology to substantiate component design

Interfaces daily with various departments at various technical and management levels. Working within engineering leadership team, to provide timely and quality service to both internal and external customers

Prepare, and present technical engineering reviews to both external and internal customers

Makes presentations at a senior level internally and externally demonstrating ability to clearly communicate to the audience

Applies knowledge and skills to range of activities, acts as a source of technical expertise to others

Qualifications / Experience

Requires a 4-year degree in mechanical/aerospace engineering, or equivalent.

8+ years' experience as a Structural Analyst and/or Stress Engineer required

Knowledge of classical analysis methods for static and fatigue analysis required

Highly experienced in MSC Patran/Nastran preferred

Component design and analytical problem solving experience in an engineering environment.


Must be able to demonstrate an ability to independently do work of a creative nature

Capable of taking a strategic view

Must possess excellent interpersonal, leadership, organizational, negotiation and communication skills

Must display a high level of maturity and sound judgment

Identifies opportunities to drive business forward

Ability to work on multiple tasks, prioritizing as required

Capable of interfacing professionally with customers and suppliers at all levels

Use of Unigraphics, & Catia V5 for basic design concepts, and review of technical content


Experience in design using advanced materials, and fabrication technologies

Knowledge in the use of Mechanical Computer Aided Design (CAD)

Previous experience of R&D and Conceptual Design teams

Knowledge of General Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)

About Us
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. We are continuously evolving, pioneering new technologies and reinventing existing ones, stretching ourselves to better in everything we do. GKN operates three divisions: GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline and GKN Powder Metallurgy employing 56,000 people in more than 30 countries.

GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 55 manufacturing locations in 14 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.


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