Available Title(s): 1468-NN_ADMINPRO - Research Project Engineer
Business Title: Process and Development Engineer
Employee Type: Admin. Professional (+) (Fixed Term)
Time Type: Full time
Position Term: 12 Month
Summary of Duties:
Supports advanced materials research with a primary focus on processing and manufacturing novel alloys and composites utilizing specialized equipment, such as an induction skull melting furnace. Primary responsibilities include assisting in the hands-on design and execution of a broad range of experimental projects including processing, fabrication, and characterization of metallic alloys. Ensuring high quality, thoroughness, and efficiency in all professional activities, while following environmental, health and safety policies/procedures are essential responsibilities.
Representative Responsibilities Include:
Maintain process documentation, process flow diagrams, and detailed drawings for complex equipment and proprietary hardware/equipment.
Construction and maintenance of process equipment and testing systems.
Support the installation of equipment, tooling, and advanced technologies related to processing novel alloys and composites.
Participate in the operation of process equipment for vacuum melting and casting of metallic alloys.
Analyze data, identify, and solve key issues, and optimize processes using Design of Experiment (DOE) and related statistical tools.
Conduct scientific analysis related to the experimental process and production defects.
Maintenance, troubleshooting, and calibration of the experimental facilities; ordering components, equipment, and supplies; interacting with machine shops and suppliers; working effectively in a team setting.
Participate in cross-functional teams to integrate the activities of multiple engineering disciplines.
Prepare reports and presentations in a professional manner.
Bachelor's degree in an appropriate related scientific or engineering discipline and three (3) years of progressively responsible related professional research experience. A Master's degree in a relevant scientific or engineering discipline may be substituted for up to one (1) year of the required work experience. Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis.
A B.S. Degree in Engineering or related field.
4-8 years of experience in process engineering and/or manufacturing metallic alloys or related industrial experience.
Knowledge of process controls, experience with industrial control systems and programmable logic controllers (PLCs).
Academic background relevant to mechanical engineering, with expertise in topics such as heat transfer and mechanics. Strong quantitative and analytical skills, including the ability to perform statistical analyses and apply statistical calculations.
Scientific/technical knowledge in heat transfer, fluid flow, metal casting, or die-casting processes.
Hands-on experience with laboratory equipment (vacuum systems, furnaces, and temperature controls).
Proficiency in CAD software (e.g., SolidWorks, AutoCAD) and laboratory software (e.g., LabVIEW, MatLab)
Personal attributes should include critical thinking, good judgment, attention to detail, ability to work effectively in a team, and excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
Ability to lift > 50 lbs. because of the need to move and assemble various experimental components and equipment. Must have good motor skills, ability to maneuver stairs and move equipment as necessary. Must have ability to stand or sit for long hours.
Must be able to obtain a badge at U.S. Department of Energy and/or Department of Defense National Laboratories to gain access to restricted areas.
A master's degree in engineering is preferred.
Experience in data mining, machine learning using systems such as Python/Minitab.
Effective or functional knowledge of MoldFlow, Flow 3D, CFD, or similar simulation software.
Demonstrated knowledge of foundry processes and ability to apply casting concepts in a manufacturing environment.
Effective and functional knowledge of titanium chemistry, heat treatments, and metallurgical processes.
Hands-on experience with high vacuum systems; electro-mechanical systems and controls; optical microscopy and metallographic sample preparation; or mechanical testing and related equipment.
College of Arts and Sciences
Institute for Shock Physics / Applied Sciences Laboratory (ASL)
$6,250 - $7,917 | Commensurate with experience and qualifications.
In accordance with RCW 49.58.110, the above salary reflects the full salary range for this position. Individual placement within the range is based on the candidate's current experience, education, skills, and abilities related to the position. Successful candidates typically begin up to mid-point of the salary range. For more information regarding Administrative Professional (AP) Compensation at Washington State University (WSU), please visit the following website: https://hrs.wsu.edu/managers/classification-compensation/ap-compensation-structure/.
WSU offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes paid sick and vacation leave; paid holidays; medical, dental, life and disability insurance package for employees and dependents; retirement; deferred compensation and optional supplemental retirement accounts.
This is a temporary position with an annual appointment. Subsequent renewals are based on the need for extension and the availability of additional funding. Multiyear research funding is anticipated.
Posting Close Date: This recruitment has been extended to close on Sunday, October 1, 2023 at 11:59 P.M. Screening has begun and will remain ongoing until the vacancy has been filled.
This position has been designated by the department to require a background check because it requires access to children or vulnerable adults as defined by RCW 74.34, engages in law enforcement, requires security clearance, interacts with WSU students in a counseling or advising capacity, has access to personal identifying and/or financial information, unsupervised access to university buildings/property, or other business-related need. A background check will not be completed until an initial determination of qualification for employment has been made.
All applicants must upload a cover letter and resume/cv to their online application. Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications.
External candidates, please upload all documents in the 'Resume/CV' section of your application. Internal candidates, please upload all documents in the 'Resume/Cover Letter' section of your application.
Documents may be submitted in one file or separate files.
Applicants are encouraged to upload as a PDF if possible.
Applicants will be requested to provide contact information for professional references within the online application.
Contact information for three professional references
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