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Senior Materials Engineer

Position Title: Senior Materials Engineer

Location: Houston, TX

The Senior Materials Engineer will play a key role in continuously improving the technical capabilities and product, process and system offerings of OM for increased customer satisfaction, business growth and profitability. The Senior Materials Engineer will perform all the necessary laboratory activities needed for successful completion of his (her) own projects as well as assist in other projects as instructed by the R & D Manager.

 Primary focus will be materials used in downhole earth engaging tools, these include; metal powders and alloys, metal matrix composites, hardfacings and coatings.


  • Conceive new product, process and test method development projects, write project proposals, plan, execute and successfully complete the projects in accordance with OM protocol. It is expected that multiple-projects and activities will need to be managed from concept-to-commercialization
  • Support product and customers
  • Interface cooperatively with technical internal and external interfaces, not limited to Universities and professional bodies
  • Perform patent searches and actively participate in Intellectual Property
  • Write technical reports and make technical presentations as required both internally and at conferences
  • Be aware and manage activities relative to commercial business needs
  • Perform routine powder characterization tests such as density (true, bulk and tap), particle size distribution by laser diffraction, sieve analysis or Fisher sub sieve analyzer
  • Perform sample preparation, sectioning, mounting, grinding, polishing and etching of samples for microstructural examination
  • Use stereo and optical microscopes to examine and record the microstructure of samples
  • Perform SEM/EDS analysis on samples as required
  • Conduct wear tests such as ASTM G65, B611, record and analyze the data
  • Keep accurate records of all the data and observations and report as needed
  • Document the various test procedures as needed
  • Suggest improvements to test methods and procedures
  • Make recommendations for changes to the existing equipment or for acquisition of new equipment for increased efficiency and productivity in the laboratory
  • Make customer and vendor contacts and visits as needed
  • Assists with the maintenance of SAP to ensure data integrity.
  • Supports 5S and lean manufacturing initiatives.

We expect

  • Minimum: Master of Science in Materials Science and/or Engineering from an accredited university
  • Preferred: Doctorate of Science in Materials Science and/or Engineering from an accredited university
  • Welding, hardfacing materials and applications; Laser-Deposition, Oxy-Acetylene, PTA, HVOF
  • Composites manufactured via; liquid metal infiltration, sintering, Additive Manufacturing
  • Minimum five year experience in a manufacturing and testing environment.
  • Proficient in using MS Office programs such as Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.
  • Knowledge of SAP preferred.
  • Excellent verbal, written, team building and presentation skills required.
  • Available to travel up to 25% to other Oerlikon Sites.

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 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 locations worldwide Oerlikon Metco serves industries such as aviation, energy, oil & gas, automotive, 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, and 401(K).

Statement of Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action: Oerlikon Metco is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. It is the policy of Oerlikon Metco 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 Metco 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.