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GKN AEROSPACE: Sr. Physical Vapor Deposition Technician

The following information was provided by GKN Aerospace

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 16,000 employees across 33 manufacturing sites in 12 countries we serve over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers and achieved sales of £3.35 2023. There are no limits to where you can take your career.


The compensation range for this position is: $74,873.00 - $93,591.00


GKN Aerospace is seeking a dedicated Sr. Physical Vapor Deposition Technician who will be working on new product development and supporting existing products for transparencies (glass/plastics) use on military and commercial aircrafts.


  • Support R&D Engineering with Physical Vapor Deposition coating projects and new product development.

  • Assist with chemical flow coatings and preparation of samples, as directed.

  • Must be able to work with operators to run Physical Vapor Deposition coating tests in vacuum chamber.

  • Coordinate with Operations to schedule Physical Vapor Deposition Coating testing.

  • Perform physical testing of products and use machine shop equipment to fabricate test samples/coupons, as directed.

  • Independently manage day-to-day workload.

  • Work under the direction of R&D engineering to directly support plant operations, as directed.

  • Support R&D Engineering by performing sample preparation work in machine shop. Support in collection and compilation of test data.

  • Support R&D activities in characterization of thin film materials.


Associate's degree in physics or material sciences. Will also accept 5 years of experience in Physical Vapor Deposition process and equipment in lieu of a degree. 2 Years of Physical Vapor Deposition/ Sputter coating and equipment experience to include knowledge of vacuum chambers and major components, working with machine shop equipment, and troubleshooting skills for machines and process problems.  Proven ability to read and interpret engineering drawings and technical literature/ specifications. Basic computer skills with general Microsoft Office knowledge. Able to lift up to 40 lbs as needed. U.S. Citizenship per ITAR regulations to comply with export compliance and site SSA requirements.


  • College level background in science, math and combined relevant work experience.

  • Hands on sample preparation - Detail oriented and able to follow work instructions.

  • Willingness to work overtime and weekends to support R&D Engineering as needed/ directed.

  • Ability to maintain a clean and safe work environment.

  • Aerospace industry experience with an emphasis in physical vapor deposition.

  • Experience with PLC and other software is a plus.

  • Ability to work within a multifunctional team.

  • Familiarity with Machine shop equipment.

  • Familiarity with aerospace industry test standards.

  • Strong attention to detail.

  • Good communications 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?

A Great Place to work needs a Great Way of Working

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 endeavour, shape the future of aerospace innovation and technology.

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