Assembly Operator And Tester

Park Gate, Fareham
The Workshop
Date advertised:
Job details:

A company based in the Fareham area is looking to recruit an experienced Assembly Operator and Tester with previous aviation/automotive experience.

The role:

  • Manufacture and test various components and assemblies using recognised processes/skills
  • Produce quality finished components and assemblies in accordance with drawings and manufacturing build specifications to aerospace standards
  • Participate in or lead MPS activities, for example 5S, TPM, 5Y, Kaizen, DLA, etc

Essential duties and responsibilities:

Entry-level requirements:

  • To be responsible for housekeeping and tidiness on the shop floor and participate in 6S activities
  • To be able to set up jigs, fixtures and equipment for assembly or test purposes
  • To actively participate in root cause analysis investigations
  • To be familiar with the health and safety policies for the company and attend mandatory updates when required
  • To participate in and lead Kaizen events with the team to improve, for example 6S, processes, layout/product flow, equipment reliability, quality, cost reduction, cycle time, changeover time and maintenance
  • Regular, consistent and punctual attendance is required.

Higher grade requirements:

  • To be proactive in aiding the team leader/management team in improving the efficiency of the operation in terms of safety, quality, cost and delivery
  • Provide training for the team in both production of components and MPS tools, for example performing 6S audits and total productive maintenance (TPM)
  • Raise quality notifications, MIGOing production orders in SAP, etc
  • Work with the PE team to improve tooling, processes and work instructions, including making prototype tooling and parts and writing draft work instructions
  • Work with the PE, QE, purchasing and engineering team to introduce new products.
  • Field of study/area of experience:
  • Extensive practical manufacturing experience gained in a progressive, modern manufacturing environment
  • Solid experience of mechanical assembly
  • Solid experience of manufacturing operations within a safety-critical environment
  • Skilled in manufacturing processes of the aerospace or automotive industry and experienced in lean manufacturing and Six Sigma process improvements
  • Product testing/measurement experience, such as: insulation resistance testing, dielectric testing, continuity testing, helium leak testing, gauging, digital calliper, micrometers and non-destructive testing (NDT) processes (including X-ray and dye penetrant inspection)
  • Able to demonstrate a high level of ethical behaviour
  • Able to use Microsoft Office and database/enterprise resource planning (ERP) management tools (SAP)
  • Experience of performing manual assembly operations such as manual dexterity
  • Skilled in the reading and interpretation of engineering drawings and work instructions
  • Good eyesight including depth perception
  • Normal colour vision
  • Understanding of lean tools such as 6S, 5Y, TPM and Kanban.

Experience of at least two of the following processes:

  • Manual welding (tungsten inert gas (TIG)) – approved (thin gauge welding/fine gauge – not heavy-duty welding)
  • Machine welding
  • Vacuum brazing
  • Computer numerical control (CNC) bending
  • Mechanical fitting
  • Laser/dot peen part marking
  • Grit blasting.

Ideal (but not essential) experience of the following processes:

  • Manual machining, for example turning
  • Machine swaging
  • Soldering (J-STD 001)
  • Coil winding
  • Induction brazing
  • Resistance welding
  • Encapsulation/potting
  • Electron beam welding.

Skills, knowledge and abilities:

  • Good communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Well organised, detail-oriented and the ability to multi-task
  • Manual dexterity to an intricate level.
Contact details:

The Workshop, Ashville House, 260-262 Havant Road, Drayton, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO6 1PA
T / +44 (0)23 9232 4666
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