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Skilled Fitter - Plastics

Ref no. BHN554120
Location Southampton, England
Start date ASAP
Job type Permanent
Job status Closed

Job summary

Our client, a leading supplier of products and services to the Aerospace industry, are currently looking for a Skilled Plastics Fitter to work out of their site in Southampton.

Key skills required for this role

Fine Detail Production


Time-Served apprenticeship and/or NVQ Level 3 - Fine Detail Production

Job description

Role Summary

Working as part of an established team within the transparencies department. This role is highly skilled and will enable the manufacture of Hawk & T45 canopies and windscreens shells from acrylic and terylene.

Essential Responsibilities

Will include but is not limited to:

  • Reporting directly to the section Shop Floor Manager, participate within a team and work with functional specialists (such as engineering, Quality, etc) to ensure production requirements are achieved safely, on time and to the customer specifications.
  • Read and follow work instructions, specifications and part drawings (accessed via PC).
  • Read and interpret engineering data, technical drawings, specifications, repair schemes, Manufacturing Procedures (MPs) and other approved maintenance data.
  • Hold Approved Operator (AO) stamp for necessary operations / jobs within area. Approve own work when, to the best of your knowledge and belief, the requirements / drawings specification and standards have been fully achieved.
  • Actively participate in team meetings and be prepared to share knowledge, coach and mentor trainees when required, be willing to be trained in other areas.
  • Ensure accurate Job booking and labour vouchering in line with the company policies and procedures.
  • Operate under own initiative and work with minimal supervision.
  • General housekeeping, ensuring the work area is always clean and tidy with a willingness to support the 5S culture.
  • Accurately complete work route cards to maintain component traceability.
  • Participate in LEAN events & improvement initiatives.
  • Comply with the Company Quality procedures.

Plastics focus:

  • Accurately, cut, trim and, using various moulding techniques, form acrylic and terylene laminate, to tight tolerances.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of layup and production techniques for terylene sheet and details.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of tools required to achieve canopy and windscreen shell builds.
  • Demonstrate hand skills to cut, file, shape and scrape acrylic. Also use electric tools and air powered hand tools, as well as bandsaw and machinery.
  • Accurately tape work to allow fitting of acrylic and bonding of laminate, avoiding glue spills, chemical burns, and air bubbles within the bond of the materials.
  • Understand material properties and the requirement of it to be protected at all times to avoid potential damage/scrap.
  • Polish acrylic to specification to achieve optical vision clarity. Remove scratches in the acrylic without distorting visual clarity.
  • Mix chemicals and glues.
  • Use of ovens, data recording, application of sealants and the manufacture of test pieces.

Candidate Requirements

  • NVQ Level 3 or equivalent in Engineering or Manufacturing, or Time-served apprenticeship in allied trades.
  • Preferred candidates will have a background in fine detail manufacture i.e. Boatbuilder, Bench Joiner, Carpentry, etc.
  • Numeracy, literacy and IT skills, and able to read and understand technical documentation, including via computer/IT equipment.
  • Good planning and problem- solving skills.
  • Working understanding of the 5S and lean principles.
  • Strong work ethic supported by a real positive attitude to succeed.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Demonstrate the currency and competency of the key skill codes required within department.
  • Great attention to the detail and accuracy of the task requirement.
  • Proven ability to actively participate in a team culture.
  • To be able to work with minimal supervision.
  • There are certain aspects of this role that require mechanical / manual lifting of parts so some lifting will be required, and applicants must be capable of undertaking activities with appropriate assistance if required.

This role will be working early shift, 06:00-14:15 (Mon-Thu) / 06:00-12:00 (Fri) and paying an initial salary £28,274 rising to £29,112 after training.

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