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Supervisor, R&D Powder Lab

Postion: R&D Lab Supervisor

Location: Plymouth, MI

Type: Full-time (40 hrs/wk)

Direct a team of R&D technologists to manage and execute plans for pilot scale operation of metal alloy powder development by gas/vacuum atomization.  The ideal candidate will be a focal point for customer contact for non-production pilot scale orders.


  • Support R&D Project Engineers in creating test plans for the development of metal alloy powders and/or to test or optimize Lab equipment or pieces thereof.
  • Manage and seek external partners/consultants to improve atomization and sieving techniques.
  • Document all results and process steps related to metallic powder prototype- manufacturing.
  • Organize or support the creation of shipping and analytical documentation for processing shipping of experimental powder to customers (both domestic and overseas).
  • Manage capital and expense budget as required.
  • Responsible for following EHS and 5S standards in his/her work area and helps to develop & improve safety procedures from technical, hand-on standpoint (gives regular near-miss input to assure safest possible work environment).
  • Inventory control of development powder samplers.

We expect


  • Bachelor's degree in Materials Science/Engineering or Metallurgical Engineering or related field or foreign equivalent.
  • 2 years of experience in process or manufacturing engineering.

Specific Skills or other Requirements:

  • 2 years of hands on experience in manufacturing of metallic powders.
  • Knowledge of process integration, lean methodologies (5S), heat transfer, metal chemistry, foundry practices, DOE, and Phase diagrams.

About us

Oerlikon is a leading global technology Group, with a clear strategy to become a global powerhouse in surface solutions, advanced materials and materials processing. Backed by the key ability to intelligently engineer and process surface solutions and advanced materials, the Group is committed to invest in value-bringing technologies that provide customers with lighter, more durable, more efficient and environmentally sustainable products. A Swiss company with over 100 years of tradition, Oerlikon has a global footprint of over 13 500 employees at more than 180 locations in 37 countries and sales of CHF 2.3 billion in 2016. The company invested CHF 94 million in R&D in 2016 and has over 1 000 specialists developing innovative and customer-oriented products and services.

The Surface Solutions Segment of the Oerlikon Group includes the two brands Oerlikon Balzers and Oerlikon Metco. The Segment operates more than 145 facilities with over 140 coating centres in 37 countries in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australia, employing more than 6 000 people.
Oerlikon Metco enhances surfaces that bring benefits to customers through a uniquely broad range of surface technologies, equipment, materials, services, specialized machining services and components. Operating a dynamically growing network of more than 40 sites in EMEA, Americas and Asia Pacific, 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.