Autoclave Operator (Aerospace/ Manufacturing)

Job Title: Autoclave Operator

Location: India Mill, Darwen

Salary: £11.00 raising to £12.00 depending on experience

Job Type: Permanent, full time

Hours: 37 hours per week over a 4-day week, Monday to Thursday

Application Deadline: Thursday 15th June 2023

Brookhouse Aerospace is a well-known and respected name in the Aerospace Industry currently in its 71st year, and during this time, the business has seen many positive changes following an MBO in 2021 from Kaman UK.

We offer a range of capabilities, including manufacturing composite components, metallics, sheet metalwork, fabrication, machining and treatments.

We are approved and certified for JOSCAR, AS 9100 and NADCAP certificated and are approved Tier 1 and 2 suppliers to the Aerospace and Defence manufacturers in the UK and internationally, such as Airbus, BAE, MBDA, Rolls Royce, Safran and Spirit.

The Role:

We are looking for an experienced Autoclave Operator with at least three years of working experience within metallics in an aerospace/manufacturing environment.

Operating the Autoclave/s in an efficient & safe manner whilst ensuring all products are processed in line with MPS & Customer requirementsPrincipal responsibilities

  • Frequent communication (several times throughout each day) with the Department’s Team Leader to understand clear production plans so that objectives can be met
  • Undertake manual loading, unloading, and curing of all parts/components in accordance with specifications
  • Watch keeping of industrial machinery to ensure operations are carried out correctly
  • Carry out the inspection of completed cure cycles and confirm that parts have passed or failed in accordance with specifications
  • TPM (General Maintenance) of all Autoclaves
  • Maintenance and testing of all vacuum pipes and thermocouples
  • Maintain compliance to all master processes and associated documents therefore ensuring industry standards are upheld in the production of components
  • Ensuring performance within the team remains a high standard
  • Monitoring and maintaining health and safety standards
  • To adhere to procedures which include Safety, Quality, Cost, Delivery and People (SQCDP)
  • Regular upkeep of records and documentation

The Candidate:

  • Grade C and/or above in GCSE (or equivalent) Maths and English. (Desirable)
  • NVQ Level 2 in a manufacturing and or engineering discipline. (Desirable)
  • Demonstrable continuous professional development (Essential)
  • Machinery operation and/or engineering experience, or a willingness to obtain experience within this environment
  • Has a flexible attitude towards the role. Willingness to work in accordance to shift pattern and overtime when required
  • Ability to work as part of the team whilst using their own initiative to make autonomous decisions to ensure project deadline compliance
  • The ability to maintain attention to detail by providing high levels of accuracy
  • Highly motivated, driven and disciplined with a “can do” attitude
  • Ability to work under pressure with tight deadlines

Working pattern:

  • 4-day week Monday to Thursday 07:15 am to 5:00 pm totaling 37 hours weekly
  • Overtime is available after basic hours @ 1.5 and then 2.0 for Sunday


  • Holidays start at 33 days per year (including Bank Holidays) pro rata for 4 days
  • Overtime rates after basic hours are 1.5 of your basic hourly rates, and Fridays and Saturdays
  • Overtime rates for Sundays are 2.0 of your basic hourly rates
  • Shift Allowances: Nights 33%, Double day 18% and Blended Rota 22%
  • On-site – Occupational Health
  • Employee Referral Scheme
  • Corporate Simplyhealth Cash Plan (Benefit in Kind)
  • Life Insurance x 2
  • Currently sourcing a subsidised onsite canteen

Brookhouse-Aerospace is an Equal Opportunities and Age Positive Employer. Candidates must be eligible to live and work in the UK under ITAR restrictions

Candidates with the relevant experience or job titles of: Quality Development Coordinator, Quality Coordinator, Quality Engineer, Quality Inspector, Junior Product Quality Inspector, Quality Assurance, Junior Quality Assurance Inspector, QA Inspector, Continuous Improvement, Improvement Inspector, Quality Overseer may also be considered for this role.

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