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Staff Engineer - Brazing in Lancaster, PA at Arconic

Date Posted: 1/14/2019

Job Snapshot

Job Description

The Staff Engineer - Brazing will provide technical leadership relative to the development of new clad and brazing sheet products for aluminum heat exchangers, to work collaboratively with internal and external customers on production and application issues, and to assist with day to day lab operations of Arconic’s Heat Exchanger Material’s Technical Center.

Major Activities / Key Challenges:
  • Utilize heat exchanger design and manufacturing knowledge to identify, develop and lead completion of R&D projects for materials development along with leading implementation in collaboration with technology, manufacturing and commercial team members
  • Identify, lead and conduct bench-scale experimental projects which support the development new clad materials for application to heat exchanger and adjacent markets, with focus on automotive, residential and commercial heat exchangers
  • Identify opportunities and implement innovative solutions to improve the evaluation methods for the development of clad materials
  • Identify opportunities for improvements in clad materials processing within manufacturing facilities and at customer locations. 
  • Forms and leads multi-displinary teams, including members from Alcoa Technology, manufacturing and commercial  organizations to accomplish project work and implement solutions.
  • Influence senior technology and business unit leaders in new and emerging technology areas and have input into BU specific roadmaps
  • Assesses and recommends actions regarding competitive threats and emerging technologies
  • Supervise lab technicians, providing functional guidance and supporting the creation of an engaged work environment
  • Organize, prioritize and ensure completion of technical support to operations, sales organization and end customers to understand and resolve quality or performance issues pertaining to clad products.
  • Interface with external vendors and suppliers to get work scopes and timing for R&D work defined
  • Communicate progress and results through written detailed technical reports, patents, oral presentations, and other publications
Essential Knowledge & Skills / Education:
  • Knowledge in aluminum physical metallurgy, engineering properties and applications
  • Experience in metallurgical and mechanical characteriation of materials
  • Strong interpersonal skills and communications skills are required
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment
  • Experience in product development gained through industrial research, product development and/or production environments
  • Demonstrated ability to develop project plans and to execute to complete work within timeline
  • Ability to work with resources within and outside of the program team to accomplish required work
  • Ability to lead and influence at multiple levels in the organization
  • Hands-on work required: Ability to apply fundamentals and technology into practical solutions and applications


Basic Qualifications
  • PhD in Materials Science/Engineering or Metallurgical Engineering from an accredited institution
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in aluminum physical metallurgy and processing
  • 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
  • Demonstrated knowledge of aluminum sheet fabrication process
  • Demonstrated knowledge of aluminum brazing materials and brazing manufacturing processes
  • Understanding of aluminum corrosion, evaluation and related areas
  • Project management 
  • SEM/EDS and analysis techniques