Sr. R&D Engineer
Posted on Feb 14, 2019 by Wabash National
The Research & Development Engineer is a technical lead responsible for innovation, technology and product development to support initiatives in lightweight composite panels, and composite panel solutions, and other key initiatives identified by the business. This role is responsible in leading the next generation technologies in lightweight laminated composite panels and advanced development of building blocks and platforms that can be utilized or applied to new products and product engineering. Also, the role is responsible for leading group projects to identify, evaluate test and concept/develop new solutions, leveraging thermoplastic, thermoset, and new technologies and new processes where appropriate. R&D will also include research/investigation and development of new continuous lamination automation to support introduction of honeycomb and composite panel manufacturing lines. This role will lead prototype development activities and work with a prototype team. Additionally, the candidate will support as necessary, operations & manufacturing to support initiatives of continuous improvement in quality, reliability, cost and performance where applicable. The role will be required to work cross-functionally with other business areas including Sales, Marketing and Operations as necessary.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Manages R&D projects and prototype developmentLeads concept and innovation brainstorming sessionsDevelops or leverages new technologies for use in new designsDevelops or leverages new processes for use in new manufacturing lines and processesProduct Development on key strategic projects and initiativesInvestigates new technologies and processes that can be leveraged into new productsPerforms other job-related duties as assigned
Education Requirements: Master's DegreeCollege Degree Major Desired: Masters in Materials Science/Plastics Engineering or Materials Science/Plastics Engineering Technology; Doctorate degree is a plus; Concentration in thermoplastics & thermoset technology desired. Composite panel lamination experience preferred.
Knowledge, Training, Skills and/or Experience: Knowledge and/or training courses specific for this position:Engineering concentration - plastics/materials engineeringNew product development processResearch & Development processComposites panel lamination process
Skills specific for this position: Project management (technical project management experience preferred)Analytical skillsProblem solving method (Scientific method minimum)Product Development
Experience specific for this position: 5 plus years' of relevant research and development experienceLaminated Composite Panel product developmentComposites process developmentThermoplastics & Thermoset process experience
Behavioral Competencies: Strong written/verbal communication skillsCollaboration and TeamingAccountability and Ownership
WORKING CONDITIONS/ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This job operates in a professional office environment in which presentism is required. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines. An employee in this position works in an environment in which safety, environmental and health concerns may demand constant attention. Strict adherence to Corporate and/or Plant policies, rules, and regulations in these areas is required. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, moving mechanical parts and vibration. The employee is occasionally exposed to a variety of extreme conditions at job sites. The noise level in the work environment and job sites can be loud.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee regularly is required to stand, walk, sit, bend, kneel, stoop, use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently lifts and/or moves objects up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus. Category: Engineering , Keywords: Research Engineer