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GKN Aerospace: Tool and Die Maker

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 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.


Pay Range: $42.02/hr - $32.65/hr


As a Tool and Die Maker, you will be tasked with manually fabricating and modifying existing tooling and fixture for aircraft part manufacturing, with the use of conventional fabrication machinery such as Bridgeport Mills, Lathes and surface grinders, as well as manual and pneumatic fabrication tools. The position is for an experienced Tool and Die Maker who will require minimal instructions and the ability to problem solve.


  • Bending metal and alloy to compound and simple curvatures while maintaining tight tolerances.

  • Welding aluminum, steel, stainless steel tubing, pipe, flat stock, etc.

  • Capability of using pneumatic and electric shop equipment such as die grinders, band saws, drill presses, etc.

  • Ability to lift heavy objects.

  • Ability to roll metal to compound and simple curvatures while maintaining tight tolerances.

  • Ability to work with sheet metal.

  • Must be able to develop complex fixtures and dies using blueprints.

  • Ability to use precision instruments such as micrometers, calipers, and other measuring equipment.

  • Ability to measure all precision items fabricated.

  • Ability to interpret complex blueprints and data.

  • Ability to solve problems using trigonometry and angles and interrelated dimensions in three dimensions.

  • Ability to reverse engineer complex tooling.

  • Ability to stand for long durations during working hours.


  • High School Diploma / GED 

  • 10 years manufacturing and repairing of tools and fixture with proven ability to perform shop math, trigonometry, read/interpret blueprints and reverse engineer complex tools.

  • Must be able to perform to shop standards and additional duties and responsibilities with minimal supervision.

  • Must have experience in fabrication, bending, and welding of various materials and metallic/alloys.

  • Must comply with ITAR/EAR regulations and/or program requirements.


  • Experience working in an Aerospace Manufacturing Environment 

  • Strong communication, fluent and able to read and write in English.

  • Own tools to be used on the job.

  • Conventional machining knowledge

  • AWS certified welder

  • Plaster tool fabrication

  • Familiarity with ASI

We’ll offer you fantastic challenges and amazing opportunities. This is your chance to be part of an organization 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.

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