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 140+ 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
Job Summary:
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.  
 

Position Type: 
Full-Time
Requirements: 

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:

  • 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 and in small groups

DESIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

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

 

Responsibilities: 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • 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
  • Advise, train and support maintenance teams on best known methods, stocking levels, and components required for quick repairs and preventative maintenance
  • Interface with vendors and contracted support expertise to ensure kilns are maintained and meet thermal deliverables
  • Learn and stay current with applicable kiln hardware, including combustion and electric kilns, and their subcomponents
  • Identify and address areas where additional process controls and/or detection methods of hardware failures are necessary
  • 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

 

Position Highlights: 

New Hire Relocation Assistance Bonus (If applicable)
STC offers a competitive salary & benefits package which includes:
Medical/Dental/Vision/Paid Time Off/401(k)/Profit Sharing/Tuition Assistance
Interested applicants should apply online at: www.ceramics.net
or send your resume via email:  hr@ceramics.net
Employment with STC may require or otherwise provide access to data and technology controlled by the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). To ensure applicants will be able to carry out duties associated with employment, STC may offer employment only to applicants who qualify as a “U.S. person,” including U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and other “protected individuals,” as defined by applicable law. No sponsorship is available for this position.
 
Employment with STC may require or otherwise provide access to data and technology controlled by the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). To ensure applicants will be able to carry out duties associated with employment, STC may offer employment only to applicants who qualify as a “U.S. person,” including U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and other “protected individuals,” as defined by applicable law. No sponsorship is available for this position.
 

Job Category: 
Engineering

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