Composite Operator

Bristol, United Kingdom (UK), GKN Aerospace [GKN-CO]

Field(s) of expertise
Aerospace Engineering
Job type

About this job

GKN Western Approach require a Skilled Composite Operator to join the team. The successful person will be responsible for the manufacture of aircraft components from composite materials which meet design and engineering requirements.


  • Manufacture aircraft components from carbon and glass fibre pre-preg materials
  • Use processing equipment to lay-up and cure composite wing spars and test pieces
  • Use forming presses, drape machines, vacuum presses, automated tape lay and fibre placement machines, laser projection equipment, autoclaves and ovens to manufacture and cure composite spars
  • Prepare and clean mandrels and cure tooling for manufacture of composite spars
  • Participate fully in local continuous improvement activities
  • Work in line with Health & Safety site requirements


  • Educated to a minimum NVQ Level 2, within Engineering, Mechanical and or Automotive industries.
  • Ability to assemble and trim composite and ancillary materials to close tolerances
  • Good hand skills and co-ordination
  • Understand aircraft drawings, limits and quality systems
  • Knowledge of composite bonding and assembly techniques using pre-preg materials
  • Ability to operate CNC machines and processes
  • Self-motivation with good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work both alone and in small teams
  • Ability and willingness to undertake training and understanding of composite manufacturing techniques and processes
  • To take responsibility to “self-certify” own work
  • Working knowledge of IT systems including SAP and Microsoft packages
  • Experience of assembling and manufacturing production components using drawings and processes
  • Experience in a manual handling work environment

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