NDT Research Engineer/Specialist

GKN Aerospace Services Limited
Date advertised:
Job details:
GKN Aerospace Services Limited has a permanent position for a Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Research Engineer/Specialist, based at the company's state-of-the-art Global Technology Centre (GTC) in Bristol. The successful candidate will join a small team in managing technology research projects, while developing NDT technology through creative and methodical thinking. They will also be expected to provide NDT practical and technical assistance, when required.


  • Deliver NDT research projects, from project conception through to project closure, making informed technical decisions to ensure the project meets its purpose/objectives.
  • Actively engage in the creation of innovative ideas that add value to NDT projects. This will be achieved via a combination of 'hands-on' work, raising and issuing reports and presentations.
  • Perform routine inspections and calibrations and develop new inspection techniques, where required. This includes the writing of NDT reports and documenting the procedure for new inspection techniques.
  • Use understanding of NDT processes to assist with the design and development of reference standards and calibration blocks.
  • Identify, liaise and work with sub-contractors and suppliers to achieve project aims.
  • Support planning activities for project and technical work, as required.

Job qualifications


  • Understanding of running and managing technology research projects.
  • Demonstrable knowledge in the inspection of composite materials, using both manual and automated ultrasonic inspection techniques.
  • NDT awareness of the ultrasonic method.
  • A degree or masters-level qualification in an engineering discipline, preferably in materials science, aerospace or mechanical engineering.


  • Conversant with robotic integration considerations for NDT.
  • NDT experience in eddy current or radiographic methods.
  • Familiar with the technology readiness levels (TRL) process.
  • Able to read and use specifications/standards to undertake tasks such as technique development, test set-up and the manufacture of test-blocks.
  • Level 2 in ultrasonic testing qualified to EN 4179.
  • Understanding of standards and aerospace customer specifications.
  • Professional accreditation or working towards a professional accreditation.
Contact details:

To apply, please send your CV to: becky.gilbert@gknaerospace.com

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