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Position Summary:


The Principal Materials Engineer will be responsible for developing, processing and testing a wide range of products and raw materials.  Will work with metals, ceramics, plastics, composites, and other substances to analyze and perform problem-solving, when needed.  Independently studies structures and chemical properties of various materials to develop new products or to enhance existing ones.  Acts as a technical resource for materials-related selection/issues relevant to Swagelok products.  Trains and develops other engineers and technicians in use of engineering practices.  May utilize project management methods to complete assignments, plan, direct or coordinate activities of functional area as part of a corporate cross-functional project. 



Essential Duties & Responsibilities:


  • Demonstrates and conveys valuable knowledge based on previously acquired work experience and training.
  • Prepares/writes technical reports to document solutions and recommendations.
  • Advises others in company how to solve materials-related problems.
  • Demonstrates familiarity with properties for a wide range of materials (metals and non-metals).
  • Demonstrates an awareness of current developments in areas of expertise.
  • Uses appropriate tools to establish relationship between microstructure-property-performance for materials and products.
  • Can lead larger team efforts to solve problems that involve multi-departmental or interdisciplinary effort.
  • Coordinates the work of technicians, engineers and others who assist on specific assignments.
  • Exhibits a working knowledge of industry standards and organizations (e.g., ASTM, ASME, ISO/EN) that will be used to create/revise internal material specifications and procedures.
  • Identifies and recommends new laboratory equipment and software needs; initiates activities leading to purchase (i.e., conducts cost-benefit studies, creates/submits P.O. requests, etc.)
  • Assures designed products meet project objectives, are safe and maintain engineering and design practices meeting the appropriate internal and industry standards.
  • Technically develops others including engineers and technicians.
  • Supports assessment and definition phases of Technology Development projects working with Marketing and end-users.



Education and/or Work Experience Requirements:



  • Ph.d. with 5 years of relevant industry experience, or MS with 10 years of relevant industry experience. (Academic training in Metallurgical Engineering, Materials Science, or Materials Engineering). 
  • Some formal exposure to areas outside of own department/areas of expertise.
  • Recognized as a resource in areas of expertise.
  • Advanced knowledge of mathematics, physics, chemistry, materials science, and other common engineering disciplines. 
  • Ability to solve complex problems.
  • Ability to effectively work on and complete multiple/simultaneous projects.
  • Uses advanced problem solving techniques/methods and proven technology to make decisions, both within groups and independently.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong computer and office software skills.
  • Ability to organize data and files for rapid access.
  • Demonstrates broad understanding of a wide variety of material properties, including metals and polymers, and efficiently applies such knowledge to problem solving tasks.
    *Suggested knowledge:  It is a benefit if the candidate has acquired a good understanding of the functionality and performance of Swagelok products, and has a good grasp of the manufacturing processes that are used to produce and assemble Swagelok products.



Critical Competencies:


  • Organizational Awareness
  • Influence
  • Adaptability
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Ethics/Integrity



Working Conditions and/or Physical Requirements:



  • Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA, FMLA and other federal, state and local standards, including meeting qualitative and/or quantitative productivity standards.
  • Ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with the ADA, FMLA and other federal, state and local standards.



Swagelok is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.  Applicants are selected without regard to race, ethnicity, creed, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, national origin or ancestry, disability, genetic information, veteran/military status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other protected characteristic under federal, state or local law


Swagelok will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008.


This job summary is intended to be brief and does not list all the duties for this position. Nothing in this job description should be construed as an express or implied contract of employment. Swagelok is an at-will employer, which means that either party is free to terminate the employment relationship at any time, without any advanced notice, for any reason or no reason.

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