Orangeburg, South Carolina

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

The Principal Engineer - Metrology will provide technical expertise/input and validation (multiple) project teams in order to support the development and integration of technical solutions compliant with all relevant customer, regulatory, and airworthiness requirements, within agreed program, schedule, and manufacturing constraints.

Job Responsibilities

• Provide technical expertise/input and validation to technical solutions and compliance documentation to multiple projects to ensure they are compliant with all relevant customer, regulatory, and airworthiness requirements, within agreed program, schedule, and manufacturing constraints.
• Identify, analyse, and resolve technical problems and provide support in applying/integrating/approving solutions.
• Develop, propose, execute, and/or verify methods plans, toolsets and approaches that are appropriate and compliant to achieve the design and programme objectives.
• Analyse customer requirements, define and approve the associated technical solutions as input for bids and proposals within assigned programmes/projects. Check/Approve Preliminary Means of Compliance to the customer requirements.
• Identify and assess technical risk and propose mitigations relevant to multiple assigned programmes/projects.
• Check/approve test specifications/plans and/or alternate means of compliance (analysis/similarity) as required to demonstrate design solution complies with certification requirements.
• Define the best approach to design in compliance to the cost and manufacturing requirements using appropriate techniques for design such as Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA) and design to cost.
• Define the best approach to achieve design definitions of programs, including integration, interfaces, dimensions, materials, parts, manufacturing process requirements, assemblies, and tolerances which are compliant to all design requirements and objectives.
• Review and sign as appropriate the assigned project deliverables, documents, and reports as required within limits of signature authorizations.
• Mentor and development of engineers within assigned programmes.
• Support with the creation and delivery of training material and initiatives relevant to a knowledge area.
• Initiate, support, create and participate in technical and customer reviews, including formal gate reviews, including the creation and preparation of technical data and presentations of (multiple) programmes.
• Verify documentation such as concessions and non-conformances, and provide technical support by implementing solutions to address non-conforming products, designs, and compliance documentation.
• Perform all activities at a level of minimal supervision for the whole function and guide other engineers.
• Identify improvements and check and/or approve work instructions, procedures, technical manuals, and guidelines.
• Support operations and support manufacturing engineering team in translation of the product design and manufacturing requirements in a manufacturing design of (multiple) programs and support operations during prototype build and serial manufacturing, where applicable.
• Support the qualification process of products within multiple programs, and check and/or approve compliance documentation to internal, customer, and regulatory requirements, where applicable.

Job Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

• Bachelor's Degree in Engineering (Aerospace, Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical, etc.)
• 12+ years of relevant experience gained within a manufacturing engineering discipline in an aerospace environment and in multi-disciplinary engineering project teams (Design/CM, EWIS, Analysis, M&P, Manufacturing/ Industrialization).
• 5+ years of metrology experience in an aerospace environment
• 5+ years of programming experience with metrology software (ie Spatial Analyzer, Polyworks, etc.)
• Must be able to perform work subject to ITAR/EAR regulations and/or program requirements.

Preferred Qualifications:

• GKN experience
• Experience with laser tracker and CMM equipment
• Experience with photogrametry measurement systems (eg, ATOS)
• Must possess a very high level of engineering functional knowledge (typically Technical Excellence Framework level 5 or higher in the appropriate Area of Expertise) with extensive experience of working/interfacing with other Engineering & Manf. Eng. disciplines (including customers and suppliers) in order to verify and approve deliverables successfully across multiple project team(s).
• Must possess a high level of business expertise especially in the Aerospace industry and in the functional area the project/programme is responsible for (eg. Design, Analysis, EWIS, etc.) in order to successfully support the engineers is multiple programmes.
• Must possess a very high level of technical problem solving skills.
• Able and suitable to hold check and/or approval status in accordance with the relevant criteria, if so required by the allocation/project
• Able to act under own initiative when appropriate in relation to both program context or in relation to the functional domain, within defined functional procedures / governance.
• Acts in developing and recommending people for Technical Approval.
• Ability to describe and present technical information of products of multiple projects to a wide audience at all levels within the business.
• Able to promote Lean Principles including leading a Continuous Improvement Project ("CIP") related to multiple projects.
• Demonstrates strong mentoring & technical knowledge transfer as part of day to day activities.
• Recognised as a functional technical leader with a broad technical view in multiple projects.
• The ability to act as a functional/ technical/ integration representative in communications with customers, sub-tier suppliers (structure, systems) and suppliers (parts, materials, sub-assemblies) in multiple projects.
• Demonstrates a commercial awareness to be able to analyse customer requirements in order to create or input into offload packages and/or bid documentation.

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.

Nearest Major Market: Columbia
Nearest Secondary Market: South Carolina

Orangeburg, South Carolina

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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