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GKN Aerospace: Principle Technologist, Tranaparencies Physical Vapor Deposition

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GKN Aerospace is reimagining air travel: going further, faster and greener! Fueled by great people whose expertise and creativity sets the standards in our industry, we’re inspired by the opportunities to innovate and break boundaries. We’re proud to play a part in protecting the world’s democracies. And we’re committed to putting sustainability at the center of everything we do, opening up and protecting our planet. With over 15,000 employees across 41 manufacturing sites in 12 countries we serve over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers. There are no limits to where you can take your career.


Annual Salary Range: $166,473 - $110,982.00 


GKN Aerospace is seeking a dedicated Process Development Engineer/Scientist to lead development of Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) coatings for transparencies for aircraft and spacecraft applications.


  • Research industry leading coating technologies and apply them within development programs for new and existing platforms.

  • Lead PVD coating efforts for new product development.

  • Provide direct insight for large capital expenditure projects from inception through implementation.

  • Utilize technical expertise to determine potential root causes and failure modes for existing product forms.

  • Lead internal and external technical discussion and provide unique technical insight.

  • Solve processing problems and work with all stakeholders to prevent their recurrence. 

  • Manage changes in PVD coating related processes and develop improvement plans for current and future programs. 

  • Assist in deriving long-term technology plan for all transparency and coating related technologies.


  • Job Qualifications Bachelor degree in Materials Science, Physics, Engineering, Chemistry, or similar field of study.

  • Five (5) years of experience developing and manufacturing PVD coatings on transparencies for mobility vehicles (i.e. aircraft, spacecraft, automotive or trains) or ophthalmic lenses.  

  • Will also accept Two (2) years of demonstrated graduate level knowledge in PVD coatings and eagerness to develop into the role under direct guidance of current subject matter experts, in lieu of 5 years of manufacturing industry experience.

  • Demonstrated ability to create, execute, and report project work plans. U.S. Person per ITAR regulations to comply with export compliance.

  • Travel approximately 5%, including some international, as required.

  • Subject matter expert in Physical Vapor Deposition development and processes.

  • Knowledge of industry relevant magnetron sputtering processes and equipment for thin film applications.

  • Knowledge of thin film coating application on flat and compound shape plastic and glass substrates.

  • Knowledge on industry relevant coating development applications (i.e. heater & screening films), techniques and software. Familiarity with manufacturing standards, statistical process control techniques, test equipment, gauging and instrumentation. 

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.

We’ll offer you fantastic challenges and amazing opportunities. This is your chance to be part of an organisation that has proven itself to be at the cutting edge of our industry; and is committed to pushing the boundaries even further. And with some of the best training on offer in the industry, who knows how far you can go?


Everyone is welcome to apply to GKN. We believe that we can only achieve our ambitions through a coming together of diverse minds who enjoy collaborating in an inspirational environment. Through our commitment to diversity, inclusion and belonging and by living our five powerful principles we’ve created a culture where everyone feels welcome to contribute. It’s a culture that won us ‘The Best Workplace Culture Award’. By embracing and celebrating what makes us unique we encourage everyone to bring their full self to work. We’re also committed to providing an accessible recruitment process, so if you require reasonable adjustments at any stage during our recruitment process please get in touch and let us know. We are the place where human dreams, plus human endeavor, shape the future of aerospace innovation and technology.

Principle Technologist, Transparencies (Physical Vapor Deposition) Job Desciption
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