Senior Engineer - Adhesive Bonding in New Kensington, PA at Arconic

Date Posted: 8/9/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

The Senior Engineer - Adhesive Bonding, reports administratively to the Sr. Leader, Polymers, Adhesives, and Bonding, in the Materials Interfaces & Surface Engineering Division. This position will lead projects with limited supervision to create value from designing, developing, and assessing new technology in the area of adhesive bonding and fiber metal laminates in Arconic's processes and products. The incumbent will bring expertise in bonding materials, bonding processes, component testing and design to support current and future projects aimed at creating, deploying, and improving our products and processes including process documentation, specifications, and quality standards to support the technology transfer and implementation to internal and external customers.

Major Activities / Key Challenges:
  • Develops project proposals aligned with business needs and technology roadmaps
  • Identifies emerging technologies with relevance to Arconic's processes and products, and opportunities to prototype/benchmark
  • Leads projects from conception and experimental design to successful completion and implementation
  • Identifies opportunities that create value and new Arconic intellectual property
  • Solves bonding, material and surface related problems, seeks and identifies new opportunities, and looks to implement innovative solutions for internal and external customers
  • Fosters collaborative relationships with internal and external resources to support and advance projects
  • Acts as a representative for the Material Interfaces and Surface Engineering Division with BU partners and external customers
  • Requires only limited supervision, and provides functional guidance to junior engineers and technicians
Essential Knowledge & Skills / Education:
  • Fundamental and working knowledge of bonding technology including state-of-the-art materials, practices and standards, with particular focus in the areas of aerospace and automotive concepts
  • Strong background knowledge of material science and chemistry of adhesives and fiber-metal laminates, and their interaction with metal surfaces as applied to product and process design and performance
  • Strong hands-on experience in fabricating bonded specimens and testing performance
  • Appreciable knowledge in technologies used to prepare surfaces for bonding and lamination
  • Appreciable knowledge in material and design levers to improve the performance of bonded joints in bond-strength, durability, environmental/chemical resistance, crack growth, etc.
  • Appreciable knowledge of bonding failure modes and mechanisms and how to test
  • Demonstrated ability to develop depth in unfamiliar technical areas to develop product and process solutions
  • Understanding of how to translate specifications and designs into products and testing procedures
  • Ability to connect projects to potential value
  • Excellent technical writing, documenting, and presentation skills
  • Ability to influence others both above and below job function
  • Willingness and ability to network and collaborate across a broad spectrum of internal and external partners and customers


Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace/Automotive/Chemical/Mechanical/Polymer Engineering, Materials Science/Engineering, or Chemistry from an accredited institution
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in adhesive bonding process development or R&D.
  • 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

  • MS / PhD in Aerospace Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science or Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Chemistry from an accredited institution