Senior Designer - Major Projects Group in Harrisonburg, VA at Arconic

Date Posted: 1/8/2020

Job Snapshot

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  • Location:
    2031 Deyerle Avenue
    Harrisonburg, VA
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  • Experience:
    At least 3 year(s)
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Job Description

Arconic (NYSE: ARNC) creates breakthrough products that shape industries. Working in close partnership with our customers, we solve complex engineering challenges to transform the way we fly, drive, build and power. Through the ingenuity of our people and cutting-edge advanced manufacturing techniques, we deliver these products at a quality and efficiency that ensure customer success and shareholder value. 
Building and Construction Systems, a business unit of Arconic, is the leading manufacturer of architectural aluminum products and systems for the commercial construction industry. Kawneer is part of Arconic’s global Building and Construction Systems (BCS) business unit, which manufactures and markets architectural systems and products in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
We have an immediate opening with our Arconic/Kawneer business for a Senior Designer that is driven by creating design solutions for our commercial development customers! This position is based at our offices in Harrisonburg, VA.
The successful candidate will have the ability to conceptualize building enclosures, drawing technical façade construction details, and assisting with the specifications of writing and reviewing architectural/ shop drawings, testing, and construction.  In addition, the candidate must have experience in the design and/or engineering of a variety of facades including unitized curtain walls.
Our major projects are diverse in scale, detail, and complexity, may require some minor travel throughout North America (mostly United States, Canada, and Mexico) and some international travel, and the ability to work on multiple projects at a time is essential.
Duties & Responsibilities include:
  • Create proposal details in support of sales pursuit efforts, using depth of Kawneer drafting experience for standardization of detailing and components maintained within MPG custom libraries. 
  • Understanding architectural and structural documents is crucial to this function. 
  • Custom extrusion die drawings and glazing component part drawings are often created for assuring accurate quotes. 
  • Secondary role is to generate thermal models and simulations to evaluate custom system performance with full thermal report output. 
  • Special circumstances have required developing unusual project condition details or mock-up drawings and/or assembly and installation instructions in support of execution of contracts.
  • Working from architectural documents and using input from sales and design manager, create proposal drawings supporting bid.
  • Run extrusion profile properties and create custom component drawings for pricing
  • Develop thermal models and simulation reports
  • Maintains MPG custom and standard library in conjunction with Vault and stays current with Kawneer drafting practices and templates
  • Creating custom component drawings
  • Modifying standard product detailing
The ideal candidate will possess:
  • Experience with SEF, curtainwall, and unitized curtainwall
  • Knowledge of Kawneer products and its application
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to take initiative and manage projects from beginning to the end
  • AutoCAD, Revit, Inventor
  • Thermal Modeling
  • Blue Beam
  • MS Office Suite
  • Vault
Major customers:
  • Internal Customers: Project Management, Engineering, Drafting, Design, Estimating, Sales, Corporate Lead Team, Production Control, Tooling and Manufacturing Departments. 
  • External Customers:  Kawneer Customers, Architects, Vendors and General Contractors.


Basic Qualifications:
  • An Associate degree related to architecture, mechanical engineering or Drafting Certificate from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in the construction industry to include facades and building design. 
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in CAD related software 
  • 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.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • 3+ years of experience as an architectural or structural designer for projects of $25 million or more in value
  • Experience in 3D modeling including thermal modeling
  • Experience with unitized curtain wall design