The Materials Engineer uses polymers engineering knowledge and expertise to innovate, design and development new products and technologies and support existing products within the department.
Duties and Responsibilities
Engineering / Design
- Research and help develop new technologies, materials, and coatings for personal protective equipment (PPE) applications for various categories like head protection, hearing protection, respiratory protection, and eye protection.
- Review intellectual property and technical publications to identify areas of interest
- Manage external relationships with University research teams, start-up companies, professional societies & associations and external testing experts
- Work with other Engineers and accountable for technical elements of project execution for New Product Development (NPD) projects.
- Help with design components and materials selection using manufacturing processes such as die castings and plastic injection molded parts
- Review and occasionally make detail drawings and/or CAD models of components and subassemblies.
- Conduct tool and product components teardowns; analyze competitive tool designs.
- Exhibit vision and foresight to design for and test the extremes of a design.
Testing / Quality
- As part of project team, contribute in development of reliability/quality tools such as critical to quality matrix (QFD), process control plans, and work instruction etc.
- Work with reliability engineering, product management and test lab to create and review test procedures and equipment for new to company and existing product categories.
- Work with the rapid prototype team and test lab to create and test prototypes.
- Help design new experiments and test systems.
- Help identify technical risks on projects and come up with risk mitigation plans.
- Schedule, develop agendas for, facilitate and document project meetings (technical meetings).
Manufacturing / Suppliers
- Interacts with manufacturing plants and outside suppliers to achieve project goals.
- Work with suppliers to develop part/product specifications that meet performance requirements.
- Work as a technical resource to troubleshoot problems with manufacturing teams and suppliers.
Education and Experience Requirements
- Bachelor of Science Degree in Materials Science and Engineering or Chemical Engineering with a focus on polymers (foams, rubbers, thermoplastics)
- Lab and testing experience
- Technical writing and communication experience
- MS degree in engineering with focus on polymers/composites (bonus)
- Experience with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) / Safety products (bonus)
- Working knowledge of Unigraphics (NX) or similar 3D CAD package (bonus)
- Tolerance Analysis and GD&T knowledge (bonus)
- Experience with FEA (bonus)
- Ability to travel up to 10-20% (travel includes Domestic and International)