Manufacturing Engineer – Thermal Processing

Superior Technical Ceramics is a leading materials technology provider specializing in advanced ceramic products for development and production programs.  Our St. Albans, Vermont campus features a state of the art processing equipment, ranging from automated presses to 5-axis machining centers, an advanced materials laboratory and specially designed facilities for industry leading OEMs.
The 165+ highly skilled employees bring together a range of scientific, engineering and manufacturing capabilities to provide leading solutions to the Aerospace, Industrial Process, Semiconductor, and Instrumentation Markets.
Manufacturing Engineer – Thermal Processing
The Manufacturing Engineer drives thermal process development for new and existing product, and supports engineering initiatives to improve product quality, process efficiency, and department productivity.


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  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical, Materials Science, Chemical, or Ceramic Engineering
  • Process engineering and design
  • Experience operating production and laboratory equipment such as furnaces, ovens, programmable controllers, materials characterization equipment, etc.
  • Strong organizational, analytical and troubleshooting skills
  • Clear and effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Ability to work independently


  • Thermal processing/sintering; firing cycle design
  • Experience with PID/PLC controllers
  • Working knowledge of AutoCAD, AutoCAD Electrical, or equivalent software
  • Combustion kiln experience


  • Lead development of ceramic thermal processes, both in new and existing materials/processes, utilizing DOE, profile development, and lab analysis
  • Drive process improvements affecting yields, capacity, cycle times, and cost
  • Develop standardization in kiln department, which may include job instructions, production control boards, noncompliance procedures, etc.
  • Contribute to the identification, justification, and implementation of capital equipment and engineering projects to support manufacturing objectives
  • Optimize machine and material process parameters based on LEAN principles, DOE, statistical analysis and materials science
  • Work closely with technicians/production personnel in process tracking, optimization, and troubleshooting
  • Provide technical support to resolve manufacturing disruptions, then develop and implement permanent, sustainable countermeasures to prevent reoccurrence
  • Develop and deliver training materials in areas identified that require increased organizational awareness and/or functional knowledge
  • Manage the selection, performance monitoring, and ordering of refractory materials
  • Learn and stay current with applicable kiln hardware, including combustion and electric kilns, and their subcomponents
  • Interface with sales and business development team to assist customers in production build programs
  • Other duties as required
  • After hours on-call support as required


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