El Cajon, California

About Us

GKN Aerospace is the world's leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 50 manufacturing locations in 15 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

The Manufacturing Engineer - Automation will provide technical experience at a local project level for automation, operational and development programs to enable and deliver zero defect projects utilizing engineering and problem solving skills. Accountable for delivering robust, capable manufacturing process technology as it applies to integration, part fabrication and assembly. Lead and implement automation projects, robotics, and capital projects into production in conjunction with other departments. This position will focus on tasks outside the normal operating procedure to tactically improve processes and develop advances in production capability.

Job Responsibilities

• Provides technical experience to rapidly solve issues pertaining to quality, capability & control of product.
• Be a positive team member with internal and external customers, as well as co-workers
• Provides automation development to rapidly and tactically solve strategic issues in all aspects of production manufacturing.
• Provide project technical oversight for the development of manufacturing process solutions to complex problems.
• Project manage and implement new automation and robotics projects.
• Assist manufacturing by introducing new techniques to enhance production processes.
• Utilize creativity, innovation, and out-of-the-box thinking to improve current methods of manufacture
• Exemplifying a safety-first mind-set and ensuring compliance with the GKN Aerospace Health, Safety and Environmental policies and standards.
• Supporting the prep. & bid phase (IR1.0 to IR3.0) up to LCG3
• Supporting the team that is responsible for purchasing, procurement of machines, configuration, process verification, etc.
• Zero Defect Manufacturing (ZDM) process
• AS9145 Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP)
• Production Part Approval Process (PPAP)

Job Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

• Bachelor's Degree in Engineering (Aerospace, Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical, Industrial)
• Minimum of 2 years of experience with Automation and Robotics in a manufacturing environment.
• Must be able to perform work subject to ITAR/EAR regulations and/or program requirements.

Preferred Qualifications / Knowledge:

• Project Management experience preferred
• Capability in problem solving, innovative thinking and ability to act and implement solutions.
• Proficient computer skills; proficiency in CAD software (NX) for modeling and technical instructions as well as programming languages
• Ability to work collaboratively, learn and develop automation skills. .
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Develops working relationships through team work and personal drive to succeed
• Prepared to work on the complete range of GKN Aerospace programs, both civil and military.
• Able to travel domestically or internationally as required.
• Good reporting and communication skills on Technical definitions and processes
• Capable of interfacing professionally with customers and suppliers.
• Self-motivated, resourceful, strong minded, ownership, and commitment to projects
• Knowledge of Fanuc, ABB, Yaskawa robots
• Knowledge of HMI systems, integration, vision systems, and programming languages, .net, python, C#, C++, C
• Knowledge of drawing definition and interpretation. GD&T, tolerance stack-ups
• Knowledge of manufacturing operations, processes and techniques.

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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Nearest Major Market: San Diego

El Cajon, California

GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. We develop, build and supply an extensive range of advanced aerospace systems, components and technologies–for use in Defence and Commercial aircraft ranging from helicopters, business jets, passenger planes to the most advanced fighter aircraft. Our technology is on board 100,000 flights a day and we are market leading in aerostructures, engine systems, transparencies and wiring systems. Lightweight composites, additive manufacturing, innovative engine systems and smart transparencies help to reduce emissions and weight on the aircraft and enhance passenger comfort. We are a truly global business, with 15,000 employees, working in 41 manufacturing sites across 13 countries.

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