GKN Design Engineer 4 in Panama City, Florida

Design Engineer 4

Country: United States

Work Location: Panama City

State: Florida

Advertising End Date: Not Specified

Job Type: Regular

About The Opportunity

GKN is a global engineering business. We design, manufacture and service systems and components for most of the world’s leading aircraft, vehicle and machinery manufacturers. GKN operates three divisions: GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline and GKN Powder Metallurgy employing 56,000 people in more than 30 countries.

GKN Aerostructures North America is a leader in the manufacturing of advanced composites, complex metal structures, and aero-structure assembly for aircraft including: military fighters and transport, commercial, and general aviation. We employ more than 2,800 people at 12 locations.


To research, develop, analyze, design and test company complex products or processes. To translate engineering and scientific concepts from ideas to useful products and product improvements or useful processes and process improvements. May directly support the manufacturing process including processing technical support for materials, tooling, part fabrication and assembly.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead and plan research, development, analysis, design, and test of company products or processes using engineering and scientific principles to implement engineering solutions to meet organizational objectives.

  • Ensure the application of best practices and identify the need for enhanced processes, methods and tools.

  • Plan, schedule and lead others to produce technical work responsive to customer needs within allocated budget.

  • Analyze and verify product or process design and product performance for adequacy including reliability.

  • Responsible for ensuring product (including parts, assemblies or tools) are consistent with company and customer quality standards.

  • Research and develop material and processes that support the translation from abstract concepts to functional products.

  • Apply knowledge of engineering and scientific methods and tools to define and characterize behavior of products and processes.

  • Integrate technical, cost, value and safety considerations into the product definition to comply with customer, regulatory and company requirements. Documents results in drawings, data sets, reports, specifications and supporting data.

  • May lead a project or program team, management and manufacturing staff to implement manufacturing process improvement initiatives to reduce changeover times, eliminate excess inventory, part travel and other forms of waste.

  • Develop engineering solutions to a wide range of complex technical problems, requiring ingenuity and innovation. Exercise broad latitude in determining technical solutions.

  • May interface with customers and suppliers to achieve cost effective, technically sound and functionally superior products.

  • Lead, support, identify or implement Lean initiatives to improve products and processes.

  • Continuously improve product and processes via designs, work instructions, statistical process control and other relevant methods and concepts.

  • Provide technical guidance to less experienced staff; may act in a technical leadership capacity.

Qualifications / Experience / Skills

  • B.S. degree in Engineering.

  • 8+ years of primary structure design engineering experience in an aero structure design / manufacturing environment. Must have composites and metals design experience, utilizing engineering software Unigraphics NX preferred, but will consider CATIA V experience (with knowledge of ENOVIA a plus).

  • US person per ITAR. Applicants selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information and be able to obtain a DoD government- granted security clearance. Individuals may also be subject to a background investigation to include but not limited to: criminal history, employment and education verification, drug testing, and credit worthiness. This clearance must be maintained during employment. Preferred applicants hold active DoD Secret Security Clearance.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Fibersim and/or CPD experience preferred. Strong PC skills (Excel, Power Point, Word and Microsoft Project).

  • Advanced degree preferred.

GKN Aerospace is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status

About Us

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Diversity and Inclusion

As a global engineering company, innovation is what differentiates us from our competitors and is central to our success.

A balance of cultures, ethnicities and genders help bring new ideas and creativity to GKN. We need people of different backgrounds, with different skills and perspectives to spark originality, imagination and creativeness in our teams around the world.

GKN is an equal opportunity employer.

We treat all our employees and applicants fairly and are committed to ensuring that there is no discrimination or harassment against any employee or qualified applicant on the grounds of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.