Rockwell Collins Materials & Process Engineer (Composites) in Kilkeel (Northern Ireland), United Kingdom

B/E Aerospace, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rockwell Collins Inc., is a leading manufacturer of aircraft interior products and we currently have some exciting positions based at our Kilkeel facility, including a Materials & Processes Engineer in Composites.

Reporting to the Engineering Manager, the Materials & Processes Engineer will be responsible for researching, testing and the qualification of all materials in conjunction with current and new processes employed in composite components designed in-house.

JOB TITLE: Materials and Processes Engineer (Composites)

DEPARTMENT: Engineering

RESPONSIBLE TO: Engineering Manager

HOURS: 37.5 hours per week. Hours of work will be 8:30am – 5:15pm Monday to Thursday and 8:30am – 1:00pm Friday. The post holder may be required at times to work outside his/her normal working hours for the effective performance of the duties of the post.

LOCATION: 2 Moor Road

Kilkeel Co Down BT34 4NG


The job holder will be responsible for researching, testing and the qualification of all materials in conjunction with current and new processes employed in composite components designed in-house.


  • Research, test and qualify new materials, for use in composite components that offer performance advantages in relation to those currently available.

  • Co-ordinate with Universities and external organisations to define and participate in research projects that advance the state of the art of the materials and processes employed within our composite components.

  • Provide technical leadership and guidance to the Engineering Team and other multi-disciplinary teams across the facility in all material related matters.

  • Lead optimisation initiatives to bring about cost, weight and performance improvements in components designed and manufactured in-house.

  • Lead all mechanical testing trials, ensuring they are conducted in accordance with the relevant standards and all test data is stored in the mechanical test database.

  • Lead shop floor trials investigating material behaviour throughout the manufacturing processes used on-site.

  • Develop and maintain Material Specification Documents, Material Registers, and Manufacturing Process Specifications.

  • Contributing to culture of continuous improvement within the unit.

  • Any other duties as required to support the business needs.


Key Attributes

  • Strong Technical Expertise; ability to provide technical guidance and advice in the area of responsibility.

  • Project Management; ability to initiate, develop and manage the implementation of new materials while meeting project schedules.

  • Results Orientation; consistently delivers against goals and objectives through managing risk and monitoring progress.

  • Strong Data Analysis, Decision Making and Problem Solving Skills; ability to analyse information systematically, make recommendations based on facts and implement corrective & preventative actions which are effective.

  • Excellent Communication Skills; excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to influence at all levels in order to ensure business objectives are met.

  • Team Working; strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work individually or as part of a team and ensure diversity is valued.


  • 3rd level qualification in Materials, Chemistry, Engineering or related.

  • A minimum of 2 years background in composites, chemistry, materials or engineering.


  • Relevant experience within a manufacturing environment.

  • Project management experience from initial research to implementation.

  • Experience of composite materials, manufacturing techniques, testing standards and data analysis.

  • Experience of certification in an aerospace environment.

Closing Date for Online Applications is Sunday 13th May 2018 at Midnight.

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