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Principal Engineer - Leadership Development in Tucson, AZ at Arconic

Date Posted: 12/8/2018

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
  • Location:
    3724 East Columbia Street
    Tucson, AZ
  • Job Type:
  • Experience:
    At least 8 year(s)
  • Date Posted:

Job Description

Are you an empowered Technical Team Partner with the drive to transform ideas into sustainable value?  Arconic is seeking a Principal Engineer who has a demonstrated ability to achieve results in a manufacturing environment, as well as the passion to put that experience to work to lead activities and support a plant team to achieve excellence.  Our organization is dedicated to rapid, profitable growth through continuous capital investment, operational excellence and career development. 
The Principal Engineer works on complex projects necessitating the origination and application of new and unique approaches; mentors less experienced engineers; conducts and directs research and development in manufacturing/process design and product development as a plant-wide technical resource.  As part of the Arconic Acquiring Talent Program (ATP), this accelerated leadership development role will start at our aerospace fastener plant in Tucson, AZ and will include a rotation assignment at our New Product Development Center in Carson, CA to learn NPD processes.  The Principal Engineer will fully integrate into engineering processes at the Tucson plant, especially around our new products.  After the rotational assignments, there will be discussions about full time placement, taking into consideration personal location preference and business needs.
Arconic Fastening Systems (AFS) holds the number one global position in aerospace fastening systems, and we’re the North American leader in commercial transportation fasteners. Our high-tech, multi-material fastening systems are found nose to tail on aircraft and aero engines. Our products are also critical components of industrial gas turbines, automobiles, commercial transportation vehicles, and construction and industrial equipment.  AFS is a business unit of Arconic (NYSE: ARNC).

Key Responsibilities
  • Leads the development of creative and innovative solutions to technical problems by using state-of-the-art technical development in the area of systems, process or product design.
  • Provides on-call consultation as needed within or outside the company, participating in technical audits and technical decision making.
  • Briefs management on the latest state-of-the-art developments.
  • Mentors and develops technical skills of less experienced engineers.
  • Supplies technical inspiration, leadership and consultation to professional co-workers.
  • Improves the technical base and the communication within assigned facilities.
  • Identifies improvement opportunities and contributes to improvement of processes and products.
  • Documents new ideas and current technical information in design guides and memos.
  • Represents the organization in outside discussions and technical forums.
  • Participates in technical societies.
  • Evaluates findings to develop new concepts, products, equipment, or processes.
  • Develops applications of findings to new uses.
  • Prepares technical reports for use by engineering or management personnel for long- and short-range planning, or for use by sales engineering personnel in sales or technical services activities.
Note: candidates must be willing to accept a domestic relocation rotation assignment

  • Analytical - Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Designs work flows and procedures.
  • Design - Generates creative solutions; Translates concepts and information into images; Uses feedback to modify designs; Applies design principles; Demonstrates attention to detail.
  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
  • Project Management - Develops project plans; Coordinates projects; Communicates changes and progress; Completes projects on time and budget; Manages project team activities.
  • Verbal Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings.
  • Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.
  • Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.
  • Quality Management - Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Strategic Thinking - Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals; Understands organization's strengths & weaknesses; Analyzes market and competition; Identifies external threats and opportunities; Adapts strategy to changing conditions.
  • Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.


Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from an accredited institution;
  • Minimum of 8 years of Engineering experience in manufacturing;
  • 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 an U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder'), Political Asylee, or Refugee.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Prefer advanced degree (MS, PhD) in Engineering from an accredited institution;
  • Prefer that the Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering is in Mechanical Engineering or Metallurgical Engineering, from an accredited institution;
  • Engineering experience with high volume, precision metal components;
  • Engineering experience in the aerospace or other regulated industry;
  • Project management experience
  • Deep knowledge of aerospace materials such as titanium, stainless steels and nickel based alloys
  • Solid Engineering management experience