Skilled Laminator Operator

Southampton | Aviation

Hamble Aerostructures, part of the Aernnova group of companies, are a leading aerostructures organisation specialising in the design, manufacturing and services of aerostructures and components such as wings, empennages and fuselage sections.

Job Description

As a Laminator, also known as a Lay Up Operator, you will manufacture various components using a variety of composite, glass and honeycomb core materials. Applying various manual laminating techniques, you will produce high quality composite components for a variety of aircraft. The role will include a range of tasks and you should demonstrate flexibility and work effectively as part of a larger multi-disciplined team within an automated cleanroom environment.

As a Skilled Operator, your role will have an increased level of self-management, empowerment and a disciplined outlook to your everyday working. Skilled status also carries the responsibility for problem solving, team working and a will to succeed with the business.

Role Specific

Will include but is not limited to:

  • Composites lay-up for a variety of types of panels, working to tight tolerances
  • Reporting directly to the section Flow Leader, participate within a team to ensure production requirements are achieved safely, on time and to the customer specifications
  • Participate within a team to ensure production requirements are achieved on time, working with Quality and Engineering as required
  • Hold Approved Operator (AO) stamp for necessary operations / jobs within area. Approve own work when, to the best of your knowledge and belief, the requirements / drawings specification and standards have been fully achieved
  • Read and accurately follow work instructions, specifications and part drawings (accessed via PC)
  • Operate under own initiative and work with minimal supervision
  • Accurately complete work route cards to maintain component traceability
  • Contribute to reducing the scrap levels within the business

Please note that this role will involve physical activity. Therefore, applicants must be capable of undertaking activities with appropriate assistance if required.


  • Previous experience of composite detail manufacture. Current / recent experience in composite
  • laminating
  • Experience using composite carbon fibre and similar materials
  • Time-Served apprenticeship, NVQ Level 3 or equivalent in recognised allied trade
  • Good level of dexterity
  • Competent in numeracy and literacy skills, and able to read and understand technical
  • documentation
  • Good knowledge of health and safety
  • Good communication skills
  • Drive to succeed as an individual and as part of a team
  • Positive approach to problem solving
  • Participating in training programmes and procedures
  • Willing to learn and adapt with a strong focus on flexibility
  • Self-motivated with a positive, can-do attitude
  • Excellent time keeping

Security Clearance

Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) clearance is required

What you will get from Hamble Aerostructures

Code of Ethics expresses who Hamble Aerostructures are: A competitive and profitable company that conducts business in an ethical framework of commitment to employees, customers, suppliers, shareholders, communities and institutions.

Hamble Aerostructures actively promotes environmental protection in their designs, considering the environmental impact throughout the product life cycle and through continuous improvement of its products and processes

Benefits of working for Hamble Aerostructures include:

  • 26-days holiday as standard (plus the ability to buy/sell holiday)
  • 10% employer pension contribution
  • Life cover
  • Private medical health care (after 2-years of service)
  • Discounted Costco membership
  • Onsite parking
  • Onsite gym and restaurant

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24/06/2023 17:30:00
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