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GKN Aerospace: Tool Designer

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.


Annual Salary Range: $130,000.00 - $90,000.00


Design Special Tooling (ST) such as form dies, inspection check fixtures / MOI tools, CNC fixtures, vacuum fixtures, etc. Provide direct support to production manufacturing with technical responsibility for Special Tooling. Produce high level processing experience as it applies to both materials and techniques for tooling design/fabrication, maintenance/repair and engineering change directives. 


  • Responsible for tooling procedures and metrics for monitoring progress Ensure all new Special Tooling (ST) released to production meets design intent.

  • Tasks will be performed by reviewing the design and/or transition of ST from initial design through design review/acceptance into production. 

  • Accountable for tooling product development, tool fabrication quotes, first article development, tool configuration changes that involve cost estimation, tool functional verification, tool usage instructions, and implementation into production. 

  • Provide leadership using root cause analysis methods and corrective action implementation to ensure tools with nonconforming conditions are neutralized. 

  • Continuously improve tooling performance/usage via work instructions and tooling design orders supported by statistical process control (SPC).

  • Pursue personal development of skills and knowledge necessary for effective performance. 

  • Perform other duties, tasks and responsibilities as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in tooling engineering or related discipline; Will consider 8 years of professional design engineering experience, in lieu of degree.

  • 5 years of experience in NX 10 or later, Teamcenter and MS Office Suite.

  • 5 years of demonstrated experience in aircraft OEM tooling specifications into procedures and processes, with thorough knowledge of GD&T and keen understanding of engineering language used in Special Tool change orders, tool configuration management and tool maintenance/repair dispositions/directives. 

  • Must be able to perform work subject to ITAR/EAR regulations and/or program requirements with ability to obtain a security clearance 


  • Excellent written, verbal and collaboration skills

  • Strong knowledge of CAD/CAM for tool design development, tool design review/acceptance.

  • Able to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move up to 25 pounds of office supplies and materials

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.

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