Fitter (Composites)

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  • Salary:

    £17.45 - £23.55 per hour

  • Contact:

    Mel Trott

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  • Contact phone:

    07880 793337

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  • Published:

    about 1 month ago

  • Duration:

    12 months +

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We are looking to recruit Composite Aerospace Fitters for our prestigious manufacturer based in Yeovil, Somerset. This is a long term temporary position.  The details of the role are:

Operators are expected to work flexibly in any of the following general areas with limited cross area flexibility:

  • Composite manufacturing techniques
  • Fitting techniques
  • Maintaining techniques
  • Process bath techniques
  • Electrical techniques

Main Job Responsibilities:
  • Manufacture of Vital assemblies.
  • Manufacture of components and sub-assemblies in the production of Vital assemblies.
  • The ability to work in one of the following 'work centres' in the composites department:
    • Clean Room composite activity including material cutting, 'laying up' bagging and processing and the operation of various material processing machines including Desitech,X-Y table and automatic tape layers,
    • Autoclave processing,
    • Detail/assembly pre-treatment techniques including operation of Vapormatt machine,
    • Machine tool and roto-peening,
    • Process baths,
    • Final assembly detail fitting and caulking,
    • Press operation and cure cycle monitoring,
    • Test specimen manufacture,Detail assembly de-flashing and trimming (fettling activities),
    • Post survey repair work including strip and rebuild of main and tail rotor blades,
    • Support to other skilled disciplines within the department as workloads and requirements dictate,
    • DIA operation (active on most products and is being introduced on all levels via a shop-led implementation team).

Required Knowledge, Skills & Experience
  • An Apprenticeship and relevant academic qualifications (either an NVQ or C&G).  If you have served in the Navy, Army, Marines or RAF, you may qualify dependant on the rank upon leaving the service.  All certificates will need to be shown.
  • Essential knowledge of, working with and manufacturing process
  • Ability to interpret engineering drawing techniques defining composite lay-up definition (not covered by BS908 drawing as normally taught in Colleges)
  • Knowledge of WHPS specifications and plant control requirements e.g. process baths
  • Knowledge of Company Quality Operating System and Planning Manual contents and interpretation
  • Ability to operate various plant such as bond fixtures, presses, automated lay-up tools, traditional machine tools
  •  Traditional fitting and/or machining skills
  • Ability to adapt to a wide range of manufacturing techniques
  • Ability to apply caulking and sealing agents to the highest standards, understanding the aerodynamic importance of surface finish
  • Cutting and laying up of intricate shapes and detailed ply patterns including the acquired skill of knowing how to drape and press down spar materials prior to tool closure.
  • Clearance of Materials Laboratory to WHPS 644 (use of adhesive systems)
  • Skilled removal/ clean-up of composite items without damage to structural matrix/ reinforcings.
  • Shifts: Earlies: 06:00-14:00 (Mon-Thu); 06:00-12:00 (Fri) and Lates: 14:00-22:00 (Mon-Thu); 12:00-18:00 (Fri)

Pay Rates
  • This role has been deemed inside IR35 so only PAYE or Umbrella contracts are available. 
Days (normally on whilst training):
£17.45 - PAYE
£23.55 - Umbrella
Shift (Earlies/Lates):
£20.24 - PAYE
£27.31 - Umbrella