Plant Welding Specialist & Manufacturing Engineer
GKN plc
Birmingham, United Kingdom
8d ago

About The Opportunity Welding Core Process Specialist, Factory improvements, engineering planning & continuous improvements.


  • Process Knowledge / Experience of Friction Welding and MIAB
  • Basic Knowledge and experience of Metallurgy, including sample preparations, Weldable GKN steels, and laboratory assessment methods.
  • Understanding of Welding process quality, including FPPO (First Piece Pass Off), Non-destructive quality checks, visual control methods, part performance vs welding, Failure Modes etc.
  • Knowledge of welding process monitoring systems and using the data to identify route causes or failures in the process.
  • Weld Process Audits and Gap Analysis.
  • Industrializing activities and technical documentation relating to special processes including stage drawings set up instructions, parameter settings and control.
  • Manage assigned projects independently with the ability to motivate employees, work as a team, results orientated and good communication.
  • Manage history of concerns and manage plant welding data and concerns and countermeasures.
  • Provide and document welding related training to shop floor employees, aimed to correct use of process , preventing unsuitable managing of the normal WOW (Way of working)
  • Leading the plant KPI, developing and monitoring these action plans fixed, continuous improvement plans, concerns, or Yokoten from other plant issues.

  • Produce and expedite general factory engineering improvement plans.
  • Where required, provide support to the value streams or projects as depicted by the Production Engineering Manager
  • Project manages all engineering none capital continuous improvement projects for your area. Write Specifications as required, liaise with suppliers and obtain relevant quotes.
  • Support NPI engineers on production builds / know how transfer and run at rates to achieve expected output.
  • Support the Capex Engineers on passing off production components on new equipment and know how transfer.
  • Create and execute scrap / rectification reduction plans within the area.
  • Lead all engineering OEE improvements and measure cell by cell targets. Additionally, support the value stream in all other plans as and when required.
  • Ensure Quality systems are implemented, maintained and improvements identified / actioned, including SPC, Poke yoke, PFMEA, Capabilities, etc.
  • Ensure part routings are approved and adhered to, and manage route changes through homologation plans. Verify approved routes are been used to actively reduce risk.
  • Attend all customer quality concerns and ensure route cause process fixes, are implemented to prevent reoccurrence across the area.
  • Ensure all cells have proven and approved process capability and visualise gaps / risks and bottlenecks, develop and execute plans to close any gaps / reduce bottlenecks.
  • Conduct process audits and risk assessments, and action concerns to closure.
  • Ensure manufacturing engineering systems are up to date and appropriate for business needs and GKN requirements.
  • Respond to customer issues that arise, where necessary.
  • Ensure where possible, that permanent solutions are read across to other cells.
  • Liaise with other support functions resource, to resolve issues.
  • Support lean activities within the value stream and production areas (SMED, Std work,6E,7W)
  • Investigate and implement new process standards, releases, Analysis and workshop support.
  • Represent the company at customers and suppliers, being prepared to travel as part of the project deliverables or GKN Workshop meetings.
  • Identify and execute tool cost reduction projects across your area and liaise with purchasing dept. on any cost saving and reductions.
  • Support problem solving activities.
  • Manage / sustain leadership standard work (LSW) for your area.
  • Actively look for engineering safety improvements and report progress on Do More format across your area. Implement solutions and carry over as necessary.
  • Ensure the correct authorisation and control is applied for, and secured before changes are implemented, incorporating deviations, CFR’s (Cost feasibility Reports) and PCR’s (Process Change Requests).
  • Provide input into the VAVE system by taking responsibility for the creation of ideas within the production areas.
  • Ensure the correct statistical techniques are used. Audit where necessary
  • Facilitate Customer visits, where necessary.
  • Create Capex (A3) Proposals for budget & strategy requirements
  • Raise & Progress Deviations, PCR,s and CFR,s in line with business requirements.
  • Proactively seek quality improvements
  • Where there are business risks, provide day to day production support as indicated by Production Engineering Manager.
  • Ensure that a safe working environment exists within the cells and shop floor areas.
  • Ensure concern investigations are carried out effectively
  • Using the company ordering system QAD, Order and progress all tooling and gauging via Special Expenditures / TEA’s (Tool Expenditure Authorisation).
  • MTN’s (Material Transfer Notes) etc.

  • Produce relevant CNC machine programs and record and monitor sufficient backups.
  • Modify stage drawings using Pro-Engineer Creo solid modelling CAD package as and when required.
  • Lead D’ phase product or process changes request via the CFR system.
  • Attend Meetings when required including, Daily PVD, Scrap, Quality, OEE etc.
  • Manage invoices / certificates and log into spline rack databases or similar systems to track and maintain sufficient stocks.
  • Raise stock control request when required and identify / remove old / obsolete tooling.
  • Actively seek CIMS productivity improvements, analysis, proposals, execution and reporting via timing plan and single page summary.
  • Std minute Reduction plans via means of cycle time reductions, OEE, manning changes, automation / process improvements etc.
  • QAD Use company ordering system to raise orders and TEA’S / SE
  • Create detailed timing plans for own projects with regular reviews and status updates for communication of needs, barriers, next steps, Lead meeting to aid communication and drive own projects.
  • Comply with the Company’s total quality philosophy by :

  • Working in a safe manner
  • Seeking opportunities for continuous improvement
  • Identifying ways of eliminated waste
  • Communicating in an effective manner at all times
  • Striving to exceed the internal and external customers’ expectations
  • Support a safe working environment, considering company procedures and current legislation Continuous Improvement
  • To ensure improvement plans and results are regularly communicated to Production Engineering manager and that individuals receive timely feedback on suggestion implementation.
  • To promote and support the application of Lean Enterprise principles and create and manage plans to apply these across the business
  • To identify improvement opportunities in all aspects of the factory, prioritise these and manage their realisation in a structured improvement program. 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 Driveline is the market leader in the development and delivery of contemporary and electrified driveline systems and solutions.

    With a comprehensive global footprint, we design, develop, manufacture and integrate an extensive range of driveline technologies for over 90% of the world’s automotive manufacturers.

    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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