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Welding Specialist

Job description

We are currently looking for a Welding Specialist

A little about us…

With over a century of engineering expertise and innovation, KNDS UK (formerly WFEL Limited) is a renowned world leader in rapidly deployable military bridging systems and a key partner in the UK MoD’s Boxer armoured vehicle programme.

We are proud of our heritage and our reputation of providing the highest quality engineering solutions for over 100 years. As a trusted partner to military customers around the world, our employees are the very heart of our company. We have a skilled and experienced workforce dedicated to achieving excellence in all areas of the business from Engineering to Project Management, Business Support to Operations.

As our business evolves, we are looking to strengthen our workforce with talented and motivated individuals across a range of disciplines to work from our Northwest Engineering Centre of Excellence and currently have this opportunity available:

About the role…

The core purpose of this job function is to be responsible for supporting the welding engineer forming part of the welding coordination team. enhancing the welding quality management system WQMS, setting standards by helping develop WPS and ensuring welder training requirements/qualifications are maintained. Providing proactive support and guidance to the manufacturing teams to assure the welding standards are adhered to.

Key duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Report to and support the welding engineer with day to day welding activities.
  • Assist with works order planning data (welding) for SAP.
  • Assist with internal welder audits and the audit functions.
  • Identify root causes of weld issues and internal weld audit NCRs.
  • Support and implement changes driven by welder audit NCRs.
  • Develop WPS as required for new product intake (NPI) and legacy programmes.
  • Monitor WPS as instructed by the welding engineer to ensure correct correlation of essential variables.
  • Develop standard operating procedures (SOPs) or work instructions applicable to welding ensuring all required information cascades correctly.
  • Perform ISO 3834 pre-audit analysis and identify any potential NCRs.
  • Assist with the development of welder qualification testing to the required standard.
  • Provide proactive support and guidance to welders.
  • Support production engineering where welding changes are required.
  • Support the business to ensure correct welding plant selection.
  • Support the business to identify latest technology and best in class welding equipment applicable to KNDS UK projects and products.
  • Assist and implement change with legacy programmes to ensure product quality is maintained whilst identifying areas of improvement.
  • Line management responsibilities for welding technicians.

What we’re looking for…

We need you to be IWS/EWS qualified, registered with The Welding Institute (TWI), to have a good knowledge of MIH/MAG(SMAW) and TIG (GTAW) processes, to have a good understanding of mechanised welding systems and technical documents including drawings, and to have a knowledge oof Product Lifecycle Software (PM). Having working knowledge of DIN 2303, being IWT/EWT qualified or being CSWIP 3.1 qualified is desirable but not essential.

What you can expect from us…

We signed the Armed Forces Covenant in 2018 and achieved their Silver Award in 2020 which means that we actively support and encourage service leavers, reservists and cadets to join our team, recognising military skills and qualifications in our recruitment and selection process.

When you become part of the KNDS UK team, you will enjoy employee benefits such as:

  • Competitive salary
  • Attractive pension (4% employee contribution, 7% employer contribution)
  • Flexible working
  • Half day Friday
  • Life assurance scheme
  • Company sick pay scheme which increases with service
  • Free unreserved car parking

If this sounds like the opportunity for you, please apply by clicking the link at the top of the page or email your CV with a cover letter to careers@knds.co.uk.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Please note that we have a Preferred Supplier List in place and we will contact agencies directly should the need arise, however any unsolicited CVs received via an agency will be accepted with thanks but without fee.

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