Vacancies R&D Technician
Surface Solutions Segment | Plymouth

Position: R and D Technician

Location: Plymouth


Supports the project goals and objectives of the R&D Project Engineers by performing engineering technician duties and giving input based on practical knowledge and experience. Supports R&D Project Engineers in creating test plans for the development of powders and/or to test or optimize Lab equipment (e.g., improving R&D Vacuum Atomizer throughput and its daily operation). Manufactures developmental (test and prototype) atomized powders based on requirements (e.g., information received as test plan or specifications) and documents results.



Perform the duties identified for this job description to the best of your abilities at all times, taking sole responsibility for your actions and the results thereof.

Meet individual safety, quality, and production goals. Contribute to departmental safety, quality, and production goals.

Interact with managers, supervisors, co-workers, and customers in a positive-friendly manner.

Operates lab equipment (hands-on) for test powder manufacturing, such as Vacuum  Atomizer (Vacuum Melting and Atomization), screening & blending equipment, Rotap sieve system, air classifier, Tap Density.

Caries out analytical tests for powder characterization (e.g., Microtrac, Hall Flow, Rotap sieve analysis).

Performs preventative maintenance on vacuum atomizer, lab equipment and is involved in organizing or carrying out repairs or maintenance activities.

Documents all results and process steps related to powder prototype-manufacturing.

Organizes or supports creation of shipping or analytical documentation for processing and shipping experimental powders to customers (both domestic and overseas).

Inventory control of developed powder samples.

Be willing to cross-train in other areas and departments to broaden your capabilities and assist with the overall performance of the company.

Supports (if needed hands-on) the scale-up of new powders in production.


We expect

Must read, understand, and comply with all Environmental, Safety, and Health, and Quality procedures and policies – both - corporate and regulatory, and ensure Oerlikon Five Golden Rules of safety are followed at all times.

Must implement principles and practices of safe behavior in all activities. Implement Oerlikon Mission and Core Values: Integrity, Team Spirit, Excellence, and Innovation.

Must be a U.S. Citizen.

Must have an associate degree at a minimum in Science Related Field (STEM). Must have 4 to 6 years of experience in manufacturing metallic powders, preferably atomized powders.

Experience in R&D work environment is a plus. Must pass a physical exam and drug screening.

Must be able to read, write, speak and understand plain English with good communication skills.

Must be able to work with easy mathematical formulas (mathematical skills required) Must be able to read and understand Risk Assessment (RA) and Job Hazards Analysis (JHA). Must use safe behavior at all times. Must wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when required.

Must be able to read and understand standard operating procedures, material specifications, and instruction manuals.

Must not operate or energize equipment, for which you have not been properly trained. Must have knowledge of ISO and AS quality requirements for work activities.

Must keep working areas neat, tidy and organized at all times. Must actively participate in continual improvement activities.

Must be able to safely operate a forklift or powered industrial vehicle. Must be able to safely operate overhead cranes.

Must be able to use and operate manufacturing equipment, machines, and small tools Must be able to work well within a team.

Must have basic computer skills (Windows, SAP, Internet Explorer, Office, label software) Opportunity to volunteer as a First responder (First aid, CPR, AED training required)

Be able to provide positive mentoring, coaching and training.


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 13,500 employees at more than 170 locations in 37 countries and sales of CHF 2.7 billion in 2015. The company invested CHF 103 million in R&D in 2015 and has over 1,350 specialists developing innovative and customer-oriented products and services.

Oerlikon Metco enhances surfaces that bring benefits to customers through a uniquely broad range of surface technologies, equipment, materials and services. With a dynamically growing network of over 30 locations worldwide Oerlikon Metco serves industries such as aviation, power generation, automotive, oil & gas, industrial and other specialized markets. 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, retirement security contribution and 401(K). If you want to operate in a business environment that gives you the freedom to imagine what is possible - then you should send us your application!

Statement of Equal Opportunity: Oerlikon Metco is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran or marital status, or based on any individual's status in any group or class protected by applicable federal, state or local law. The company also provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and applicable state and local laws. If you require an accommodation during the application process, please notify a Human Resources Representative.




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Eloina Miranda
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