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Lead Composite Design Engineer - Dowty Propellers

GE Aviation
Closing date
24 Aug 2021

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SC, None / Undisclosed
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Job Description Summary Reporting to the engineering manager, you will lead composite design, working on a broad range of projects, from new technology and new product introduction, to production and in-service support. The successful candidate will be an experienced composite design engineer, used to working on multiple projects and juggling competing priorities, and will be an existing signatory for design data release and MRB.

Job Description Essential Responsibilities
  • Lead projects to develop new propeller blades and other composite structures
  • Lead teams of engineers from within Dowty and from external partners to deliver projects and design solutions
  • Support development of new manufacturing methods for composite blades and other composite structures. 
  • Support productionisation of composite structures, from early prototyping to introduction to series manufacture.  Contribute to manufacturing readiness and design for manufacturing assessments.
  • Introduce mods and amendments in support of in-service requests, ongoing production and repair operations
  • Support production with daily collaboration with the manufacturing organisation, and develop close relationships within the engineering and operations communities
  • Contribute to engineering estimating and manage assigned work packages
  • Identify and implement continuous improvement on the shop floor
  • Trouble-shoot customer and repair shop issues.  Support repair concession and MRB, work towards concessions signatory for composite parts
  • Work towards drawing approver status
  • Contribute strongly to overall development of mechanical design function, in particular the composites design community.  Lead and mentor other staff and trainees
  • Identify and promote use of composite design best practice.  Assist with continuous improvement of composite design methods and tools, Dowty technical instructions and design procedures

  • BSc in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering or equivalent
  • A high level of relevant experience of composite design in high integrity / safety critical industry
  • Extensive experience of design for manufacture, ideally in resin transfer molded products, and a good appreciation of composite tooling requirements
  • Existing certification for drawing and CAD approvals
  • Existing certification for MRB review and sign-off
  • Experience of composite products repair processes and repair concession sign-off
  • Experienced Catia user, particularly regarding composite design and design for manufacture

  • Experience of design of rotating machinery
  • Experience of development of new composite manufacturing processes
  • Experience of Windchill

Flexible Working
GE supports and encourages flexible working arrangements, where possible, and recognises the benefits to employees of having a positive work-life balance.

Total Reward
At GE Aviation we understand the importance of Total Reward.  Our flexible benefits plan, called FlexChoice, gives you freedom, choice and flexibility in the way you receive your benefits, as well as giving you the opportunity to make savings where possible.

As a new joiner to GE we are pleased to be able to offer you the following as default in your benefit fund, which you then can tailor to meet your individual needs;
  • Non-contributory Pension          
  • Life Assurance
  • Group income protection            
  • Private medical cover    
  • Holiday Hourly equivalent of 26 days, with flexible option to buy or sell

Security Clearance
Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) clearance is required and must be maintained for this role. Please note that in the event that BPSS clearance cannot be obtained, you may not be eligible for the role and/or any offer of employment may be withdrawn on grounds of national security. Please see the link below for further details regarding the requirements for BPSS clearance: BPSS

Right to Work
Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, under the applicable UK immigration rules as may be in place from time to time, it may be that candidates who do not currently have the right to work in the UK may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled candidate who does not require sponsorship is available to take up the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.


Additional Information Relocation Assistance Provided: No

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