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Automated Welding Systems Lead

United Kingdom
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23 Nov 2018
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About The Opportunity

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join GKN’s Global Technology team as a Automated Welding Systems Lead within our National Composite Centre based in Bristol. The Automated Welding Systems Lead will have an opportunity to shape the future of the aerospace industry by leading and contributing to very innovative research projects within GKN’s Global Technology team. This role requires a candidate with a strong background in hardware and software integration for robotic systems, and good knowledge of friction stir welding and derivative friction stir processes.


Key Responsibilities
  Key Responsibilities
  • Innovate – Create and explore world leading automated welding technology and product concepts
  • Drive Technical Maturity – Provide technical expertise and sound technical judgement in automated welding systems and mature technology in accordance with the GKN Technology Readiness Process
  • Governance – Support the team with well-justified planning and budgeting of automated welding developments
  • Engage Operations – Engage with operations teams globally to understand opportunities for technology driven change, and requirements for future products
  • Technology Strategy – Support technology development by providing insights on products, the state of the art, key partners and supporting competitor analysis
  • Build Positive Relationships – Sustain existing, and create new relationships with customers and partners, including academia
  • Develop your Expertise – We want you to continue to develop technically, and we will help you
  • Be a GKN Ambassador – Share some of the great things we are doing at conferences, events and through encouraging the next generation of engineers via mentoring/outreach

Qualification and Skills

Formal Qualifications

Essential: :  Strong, accredited undergraduate degree in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, materials engineering, automotive engineering, physics or similar.        

Desirable: Postgraduate degree in an engineering or equivalent qualification in automation, manufacturing systems (robotics) and welding (Friction Stir Welding - FSW) related  engineering discipline.

Specific Functional Capabilities, Knowledge and Skills Required


  • Specialist expertise in automated welding systems design and integration – using knowledge of hardware and software to build/modify systems to meet a set of requirements
  • Experience leveraging/driving the supply chain, partners and customers to bring about a refined/optimal system solution balancing requirements and performance
  • Good understanding of the practicalities of welding systems design and integration in industrial environments
  • Good knowledge of friction stir welding processes
  • Experience troubleshooting and system robustness testing e.g. identifying, investigating and repairing system faults/sources of variation
  • Knowledge/experience of embedding smart system capabilities into automated welding equipment. For example, the creation of customable HMI/GUI interfaces, and alogorithm programming to enable intelligent sensing and close loop control, programming embedded software and programmable logic control
  • A strong self-starter capable of accepting a vision/goal and taking the initiative to deliver
  • A team-worker with a flexible working approach
  • Experience of planning and managing complex activities e.g. design of experiments, benchmarking, etc.
  • Good communication skills including verbal, written, preparing and giving presentations
  • Good standard of technical authorship e.g. experience of technical reports or publications.
  • General understanding of considerations throughout the product lifecycle i.e. material selection, design, manufacture, testing, repair/disposal/recycling/re-manufacturing.


  • Developing welding procedures and weld/welding qualifications (WPS, WPQR) according to ISO25239 and ISO18785, and understading weld assessments (metallurgy, mechanical testing, NDT) and weld performance.
  • Background knowledge of a diverse range of processes, for example: welding, fabrication, bonding, machining, inspection, assembly and automation techniques
  • Knowledge of aerospace structures across OEMs and the supply chain

Language Skills

•    Fluent verbal and written English language skills are essential

Travel Requirements

  • Travel to customer and partner sites in the UK (expected 1-2 times per month, usually a day trip)
  • Occasional travel to global GKN and customer/partner sites (typically 2-4 times per year)
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.

Diversity and Inclusion

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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