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Principal Materials Engineer

Date: Nov 29, 2018

Location: Solon, OH, US, 44139

Company: Swagelok Company

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 7 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.

Nearest Major Market: Cleveland