Manufacturing Technician

Horstman Defence Systems Limited, Bath, UK

We are looking for a Manufacturing Technician to work as part of a team of manufacturing engineers to develop and affect manufacturing solutions for Horstman Defence Systems products.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Understand the requirements of AS9100 quality system and the effect on manufacturing solutions.
  • Provide manufacturing solutions to a cost and time effective plan.
  • Support the creation of process method operations sheet to include inspection, machining, heat treatment and finishes for manufacturing solutions using Syteline.
  • To check the availability of all standard tooling and gauges and inspection equipment and provide accordingly either from a made in or bought out source in conjunction with Quality engineering.
  • Provide working stage drawings (SKP) using Solid Works System to support shop-floor Manufacturing.
  • Provide CNC programs for CNC Machines, (Milling, Lathes, Mill-Turns & Wire cutting EDM), using SolidCam system.
  • Supports prove out manufacturing methods on CNC Machines and hand over to the operations function.
  • Design jigs & fixtures to enable cost effective and efficient manufacturing processes.
  • Provide working drawings using Solid works System to support fixture design.
  • Prepare Bills of Materials (for make to print components) for Syteline system using customer drawing data.
  • Provide a service to the operations function to offer help in overcoming manufacturing challenges.
  • Understand the requirements and workings with health and safety legislation.
  • Strive to improve current manufacturing processes, fixtures, and tooling under continuous improvement through traditional and innovative methods.
  • To cover a rota of Manufacturing Engineers and Technicians offering out of hours support to the production team
  • Undertake other additional duties that may be required from time to time as determined by the company and/or your Line Manager.


Knowledge & Ability Required

  • NVQ Level 3 in relevant engineering discipline.
  • Knowledge of machining processes.
  • Knowledge and experience in the practical application of Lean Manufacturing, Continuous Improvement techniques, including 5’s, 7 Wastes, 7 Quality tools, TPM and Statistical Process Capability.
  • A team player with the ability to work on own initiative, and able to influence others by demonstrating a positive “can do” attitude.
  • Ability to work at pace in a multi-project environment.
  • Computer literate with an understanding of MS Excel, MS Word and MS Project.
  • Good communicator at all levels.
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Able to obtain a UK SC clearance.

The post holder will desirably have, or will be able to develop:


  • Knowledge and understanding of the challenges of technology development, new product development and new product introduction projects.
  • Familiarity with multinational projects subject to US ITAR and UK export legislation
  • Experience in the use of industrial MRP, MRP-II or ERP tools; ideally Syteline
  • Knowledge and understanding of CAD CAM software; ideally SolidWorks & SolidCAM.

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