Director, Materials Technology in Whitehall, MI at Arconic

Date Posted: 9/1/2019

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Job Description

This opening is with Arconic – Whitehall Research and Development, a division of Arconic Engines – a world leader in the investment casting of superalloys, performance coatings, and forging and ring rolling for high performance parts primarily for jet aircraft and industrial gas turbine markets.
This position will lead efforts to develop and implement the next generation of technolgies used in equiax/directionally solidified and single crystal invesment casting, turbine engine coating systems, and nickel based superalloy and titanium alloy forging and ring rolling processes.  This includes leading efforts in ceramic core and investment casting shell development, wax material and injection development, casting process development, forging process development, ring rolling process development, tooling, and inspection technology and data science.  The candidate will lead a group of engineers and technicians to apply ceramics and materials science, injection molding and materials processing and property experience to solve ceramic material, solidification, forging and ring rolling issues by identifying root causes and implementing innovative solutions.  The candidate must have a demonstrated track record of leading cross-functional teams of R&D engineers and technicians to develop materials processing solutions, and working with manufacturing personnel to implement material and process improvements.
The candidate must have good interpersonal skills, communication skills and be able to interact effectively with all levels of the organization and our customer base.   The candidate must be able to listen to customer and manufacturing needs and develop and execute research and development programs to meet those needs.


  • MS in Ceramics, Materials Science, Metallurgy or Materials Engineering from an accredited institution.
  • A minimum of 10 years work or post-graduate research experience related to ceramics, solidification, forging or ring rolling processes or engineering of materials used in gas turbines such as nickel-base superalloys or titanium alloys.
  • A minimum of 5 years of leadership experience (people and financial responsibility).
  • Employees must be legally authorized to work in the United States.  Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire.  Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
  • This position is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) which requires U.S. person status. ITAR defines U.S. person as a U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e. %22Green Card Holder%22), Political Asylee, or Refugee.
  • PhD in Ceramics or Materials Science/Engineering.
  • Strong communication, analytical and data processing skills.
  • Experience leading a group of diverse engineering disciplines to develop and implement new technologies.
  • Experience with ceramic and metals processing, and proven understanding of gas turbine materials, their processing and inspection.
  • Experience in people leadership and management both at the central R&D facility and positioned within production facilities, and project development and management from idea creation to implementation with limited supervision.