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Application Engineer (precision components)

Title: PrC Application Engineer - CSC PrC

Location: Elgin, IL

The PrC Application Engineer will focus primarily on new coating application, coating modification, process development, customer’s project management, superior technical solutions and advanced analysis. This position is accountable for accomplishing technical initiatives aligned with the Precision Components coating business. The PrC Application Engineer converts strategic customer needs into safe, commercially viable, high quality solutions that meet cost and timing targets. He reports to PrC ASC Assistant MGR.


  • Create and execute plans in collaboration with Sales and Operations to increase the introduction of new coating technologies and processes that help profitably expand the company’s geographic and industrial footprint.
  • Provide technical review and support to Sales during quotation process.

  • Lead the implementation of PrC projects from the prototype level to production.

  • Responsible for the technical realization of all process steps including coating, testing, fixturing, cleaning and other pre- and post-treatments.

  • Interacts with Sales, Operation and Quality to provide technical solutions and make sure the requirements of successfully applying coating to customers’ parts.

  • Follows the Oerlikon Balzers POM processes and documentations.

  • Implement CRM sample handling.

  • Provide leadership in sync with the ASC’s Core Function.

We expect

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related discipline required.
  • Minimum of 5 years of overall business experience in a science & engineering company.
  • Ability and experience in building capital and project plans to support products and customers’ needs.
  • Broad experience in research and development for developing products and solutions from idea generation and new product launch to commercial success.
  • Work experience in PVD, PACVD, PPD and/or surface treatments industry is required (e.g., General Engineering, Medical and Aerospace, etc.).
  • Travel Requirement: 40-50 %

About us

Oerlikon is a leading global technology Group, with a clear strategy of becoming a global powerhouse in Surface Solutions, advanced materials and materials processing. The Group is committed to investing in value-bringing technologies that provide customers with lighter, more durable materials that are able to increase performance, improve efficiency and reduce the use of scarce resources. A Swiss company with over 100 years of tradition, Oerlikon has a global footprint of over 15 000 employees at 186 locations in 37 countries and sales of CHF 2.85 billion. Sustaining growth and improving profitability in 2018: order intake to increase up to CHF 3.4 billion, sales to around CHF 3.2 billion, and the EBITDA margin to improve to around 15 % (after investments).

Oerlikon Balzers develops processes and systems for the coating of tools, components and decorative plastic elements. Comprising 106 locations in 34 countries, Balzers global network of coating centers is daily dedicated to further improving component performance and tooling productivity through coating technology. Join us and become a part of our future oriented, international team! We have a great benefits package including medical insurance, dental and vision, tuition reimbursement, health and wellness benefits, and 401(K).

Statement of Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action: Oerlikon Balzers is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. It is the policy of Oerlikon Balzers to provide for and promote equal employment opportunity in employment compensation and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination based on age, race, creed, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, Vietnam Era Veteran status, genetic predisposition, or carrier status. Oerlikon Balzers is committed to assuring equal employment opportunity and equal access to services, programs and activities for individuals with disabilities. It is the policy of our company to provide reasonable accommodation to a qualified individual with a disability to enable such individual to perform the essential functions of the position for which he/she is applying or in which he/she is employed. Further, it is our policy to provide reasonable accommodation for religious observers.

The policy applies to all employment practices and actions. It includes, but is not limited to, recruitment, job application process, examination and testing, hiring, training, disciplinary actions, rate of pay or other compensation, advancement, classification, transfer, reassignment and promotions. If you require an accommodation during the application process or for issues concerning Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity please contact Human Resources.