Staff Engineer in New Kensington, PA at Arconic

Date Posted: 1/2/2020

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Job Description

Arconic is a global leader in manufacturing aluminum sheet, plate, and extrusions, serving primarily the ground transportation, aerospace, building and construction, industrial, and packaging end-markets. We are a leading supplier of aluminum sheet, plate and extrusions to the aerospace market and have a leading position in the growing North American automotive aluminum sheet market. We develop and produce quality materials and technologies for customers of lightweight metals. The Arconic Technology Center (ATC), located in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, serves as the headquarters for our Research and Development efforts.  ATC’s focus on innovation has given us a leading position in the development of proprietary next-generation specialty alloys and manufacturing processes.
Primary Purpose of the Job:
  • This position is a member of the aerospace product development team at the Arconic Technology Center (ATC).
  • Initiate, plan, and execute aluminum product development and/or process improvement projects to deliver growth opportunities and cost reduction for Arconic's aerospace aluminum sheet, plate, and extrusion products.
  • Lead and guide others in lab-scale studies and plant-scale trials to succesful completion by collaborating effectively with various teams across the ATC and plant locations.
  • Apply metallurgical expertise in 2xxx, 5xxx, 6xxx & 7xxx aluminum alloys targeted for structural applications primarily  in aerospace and also automotive markets.
Major Activities / Key Challenges:
  • Serve as key contributor for new alloy/product development projects.
  • Initiate and lead lab-scale trials that are focused on developing new options for alloy processing, microstructure, and property improvements.
  • Identify and develop creative solutions to alloy and processing challenges.
  • Propose, plan, and execute new alloy/product development projects for plant-scale implementation.
  • Act as the ATC metallurgical lead on multi-disciplinary projects between ATC and plant locations to develop solutions for process improvement initiatives.
  • Provide metallurgical expertise for plant process cost reduction efforts and ensure that process changes do not adversely impact material performance.
  • Provide root cause analysis for material quality issues and assist plant engineers in developing and implementing solutions.
  • Ensure completion and documentation of projects through formal reports and presentations.
  • Proactively manage project priorities and balance resources.
  • Travel to plant locations to support product trials and process implementation activities.
  • Represent Arconic at external customers and participating in conference and standards organizations.
  • Engage with aerospace customers to establish product performance requirements.
  • Identify and capture intellectual property for product and process innovations.
Essential Knowledge & Skills / Education:
  • Experience in metallurgy and materials science of aluminum alloys through both fundamental and applied research.
  • Demonstrated ability to relate composition and processing effects on microstructure and properties.
  • Strong technical leadership and collaboration skills.
  • Proficiency in the efficient design of R&D experiments to acquire desired outputs and data analysis to determine impact of variables and predict trends.
  • Demonstrated technical writing and presentation skills.
  • Proven record in R&D project management skills.


  Basic Qualifications:
  • PhD in Metallurgical Engineering or Materials Science
  • PhD dissertation on metallic alloys
  • 3+ years of applied R&D experience with physical and/or mechanical metallurgy
Preferred Qualifications:
  • PhD dissertation relating to physical and/or mechanical metallurgy of aluminum alloys
  • Applied R&D experience in the physical and/or mechanical metallurgy of aluminum alloys
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.