Sr. R&D Engineer - Composite Process/Application Development
Location: Granville, Ohio – United States
The Sr. Engineer for glass fiber reinforced composites will work with the Granville Prototyping and Applications team and will be accountable for transferring customer processing requirements to product development projects, in the field of Owens Corning (OC) Composites Solutions Business. Applicants should have significant composites experience with reinforcing fibers in industrial settings, particularly in thermoset systems including pultrusion, filament winding, and open and closed mold applications. Experience can be thermoset and thermoplastic but should include continuous strand processing.
The job responsibility is assisting in developing reinforcement solutions by understanding and articulating customer needs for new product development, industrialization and application development in the field of transportation (Sheet Molding Compound or SMC), industrial goods (FW, Pipe, Spray Up), and building application (Panel, Open Mold). The role’s accountability extends over technical scope definition, product development, through product industrialization and commercialization with customers. The primary tasks will be translating customer critical to use criteria by application into product specifications for product developers, literature and vendor investigation for fiber handling and processing best practices, and working with plants and customers to implement new fiber handling and processing strategies. Future projects could include guidance for product optimization when poor processing exists or designing or industrializing new fiber handling or fabrication processes.
Responsibilities, Scope and Contributions
- Demonstrates a commitment to safety
- Implement a personal safety action plan and review with leadership.
- Ensure rigorous compliance to standard safety procedures and OC corporate policies.
- Lead key product development and application projects:
- Understand glass fiber reinforcement processes and customer critical to use criteria
- Understand use of continuous strand and chopped strands and their applications
- Articulate composite materials design requirements to product developers or inputs based on customer criteria and translating to composite properties
- Lead and coordinate, with the support of the team resources, a product development industrialization and commercialization approved by the Project Review Board or guided by the product leadership team members
- Characterize fibers, resins and composite parts to optimize processibility and determine process influencers on reinforcement product characteristics
- Support New Product Industrialization process and Process-Engineering-Team until the hand-over to the manufacturing teams
- Initiate & implement new testing methodology (applications mimics) enabling faster development, and value qualification that our new solutions provide to our customers
- Support product engineer and commercial team in commercialization at customer qualification trials
- Leverage lab support (Analytical, Mechanical, and Modeling) to accelerate development and decision making
- Play an active role with the Innovation teams in Chambery, France (CI) through international project participation
- Highly organized and communicative when working with team members and peers
- Inspire and energize technicians to engage and foster team work to shared goals despite no direct people leadership responsibilities
- Utilize RPM project management tools for well structured project execution
- Document customer visits and product/process model relationships established
4. Bring strong project management capabilities with experience in coordinating multiple workstreams and balancing time.
5. Develop strong technical interaction with customer’s key technical representatives
6. Understand well the composite manufacturing processes and parameters that effect the usability and performance of reinforcement fibers
7. Monitor technology in his/her area of expertise – share technical recommendations on process technology advances with product developers and manufacturing. Develop a good knowledge of technology related to the use of roving and chop
solutions (SMC, Panel Lamination, Filament Winding, Spray up)
8. Be a liaison to the processing group and share/gain knowledge/expertise through peers. Be part of the Technology Transmittal at OC by writing Technical, Memo reports and Invention records and file Trade Secret or Patents
Who I work with:
CSB Product leadership innovation team
Manufacturing platform technology, CTSO, Operations including Continuous Improvement team, Marketing, Sales, Sourcing.
Technical representative of Customers, External laboratories and Universities, Supplier Technical representative.
Committees, teams, councils, boards, etc. that I participate in:
Sizing competency group
- The minimum educational background is a Master in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering or related field with a minimum of 2-4 years of experience in an industrial research and development environment working with composites processes
- Experience with a proven track record of success in composite process development or process optimization from conception to industrialization & commercialization in composite industry is desired with demonstrated project management skills.
- Customers technical interaction experiences, technical joined development projects or technical supported activities experiences are appreciated.
Knowledge and Skills
- Experience in composites fiber process best practices is required, thermoplastic or thermoset
- Strong statistical analysis and project management capabilities for decision-making is required
- Good communication & technical documentation skills are required
- Six Sigma Certifications (green or black belt) is preferred
- Experience working with and improving equipment is preferred.
- Strong interpersonal skills & ability to work effectively as a member of a global team is a must.
Abilities and Personal Characteristics
- CUSTOMER DRIVEN: ALWAYS HONORS PROMISES AND TREATS CUSTOMERS THE WAY THEY DESERVE TO BE TREATED REGARDLESS OF MARKET CONDITIONS; AND CAUSE A BRAND EXPERIENCE THAT EMOTIONALLY CONNECTS CUSTOMERS TO OUR COMPANY.
- TEAMWORK ORIENTED: SELF-STARTED WHO WORKS WITH MINIMAL SUPERVISION THAT BALANCES MULTIPLE ASSIGNMENTS; WORKS EFFECTIVELY ACROSS TECHNOLOGY, MARKETING AND MANUFACTURING GROUPS TO ENSURE PROJECT SUCCESS.
- ACCOUNTABILITY: KNOWS WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE AND GET IT DONE. WILLINGLY TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR PROJECT OUTCOMES AS A WHOLE; UNAFRAID OF OWNING THE RESULTS, ACTIONS AND DECISIONS OF SELF OR ORGANIZATION. COMMITTED TO FOLLOW THROUGH TO COMPLETION.
- JUDGMENT & DECISION MAKING: RECOGNIZES ISSUES, PROBLEMS, OR OPPORTUNITIES AND DETERMINE WHETHER ACTION IS NEEDED. CHOOSES APPROPRIATE ACTION BY FORMULATING CLEAR DECISION CRITERIA AND EVALUATES OPTIONS BY CONSIDERING IMPLICATIONS AND CONSEQUENCES. IMPLEMENTS DECISIONS OR INITIATE ACTION WITHIN REASONABLE TIME.
- PEOPLE LEADERSHIP CAPABILITIES: LEADS, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, PERSONNEL RESOURCES TO SUPPORT TRIALS AND EXPERIMENTS
- TRAVEL: CAPABLE OF UP TO 40% TRAVEL AND ABLE TO SUPPORT PRODUCT DEVELOPERS FOR PLANT OR CUSTOMER TRIAL SHARE DEVELOPMENT RESPONSIBILITIES
About Owens Corning
Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) develops, manufactures and markets insulation, roofing, and fiberglass composites. Global in scope and human in scale, the company’s market-leading businesses use their deep expertise in materials, manufacturing and building science to develop products and systems that save energy and improve comfort in commercial and residential buildings. Through its glass reinforcements business, the company makes thousands of products lighter, stronger and more durable. Ultimately, Owens Corning people and products make the world a better place. Based in Toledo, Ohio, Owens Corning posted 2015 sales of $5.4 billion and employs about 16,000 people in 25 countries. It has been a Fortune 500® company for 62 consecutive years. For more information, please visit www.owenscorning.com.
A career at Owens Corning offers the ability to enhance your expertise and achieve your personal and professional aspirations. Through it all, we’ll empower you with an environment that encourages open communication and big ideas, competitive pay for your performance, comprehensive benefits, and more opportunities to make your impact.
Must be eligible to work in the U.S. on a permanent basis.
Owens Corning is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status or status as an individual with a disability.
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