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Senior Polymer Composite & Nanocomposite Engineer

Eaton Technologies Private Limited
5-8 years
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Job Description


Eaton Research Labs (ERL) is currently seeking a Senior Polymer Composite & Nanocomposite Engineer to join our team. This position is based in Southfield MI. Relocation assistance will be provided if needed.
Position Overview:
Eaton Research Labs (ERL) focuses on the front end of innovation by conducting research to advance the state of the art, emphasizing cross-business impact technologies, and innovating to provide Eaton's customers with safe, efficient, and reliable power management solutions. The Polymer and Nanocomposite team has the principal goal of identifying, developing, and facilitating commercialization of significant growth opportunities for diverse Eaton businesses in the area of high temperature polymer composites/nanocomposites, additive manufacturing, smart materials, multifunctional & conducting polymers.
The Senior Engineer is expected to serve as a technical and/or project lead to develop solutions for Aerospace, Electrical and Vehicle applications. The individual should have strong innovation management skills, and would be responsible to develop strategy, initiate new programs/technology platforms, develop project plan, schedule, scope, cost and technical targets. The Specialist Engineer will be participating in brainstorming and design bursts events contributing to the technology strategy of the business units. Interacting with different business units and building relationships by presenting project and technology platform ideas, contributing to the development of compelling value propositions for technology work and acquiring resources and funding needed to ensure success. The individual will also be working with external partners to secure Department of Energy (DOE) and Department of Defense (DoD) funded programs. They are expected to contribute to technical papers and presentations as well as IP generation through authoring (or co-authoring) disclosures and patents
As a key member of the Polymer and Nanocomposite team, the Specialist Engineer is expected to develop themselves as a subject matter expert both internally and externally to Eaton. This includes attending conferences, seminars and/or consortium meetings in relevant industry to network with technical peers and stay updated in their fields.
Making what matters work at Eaton takes the passion of every employee around the world. We create an environment where creativity, invention and discovery become reality, each and every day. It's where bold, bright professionals like you can reach your full potential-and where you can help us reach ours.
In this role you will:
  • Develop the strategy, roadmap and execution plan for progressing the polymer projects from ideas to products.
  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively with R&D team, product engineering, manufacturing, marketing and business units, globally and cross functional team to deliver on technical concepts and capabilities to drive business growth.
  • Demonstrate technical leadership around polymer composite processing, material selection and analysis.
  • Identify, evaluate, and recommend combined material, design, and manufacturing processes that best meet the application requirements.
  • Coordinate with toll compounders, injection molders and polymer manufacturers to ensure high part quality and reliability.
  • Specify, plan, and oversee analytical and experimental work qualifying the proposed materials and process options.
  • Perform hands-on design, analysis, and experimental work as needed to demonstrate technical feasibility.
  • Identify and work with external technology sources including academic institutions, consultants, test labs, material suppliers, and material processors to qualify or develop the proposed technologies.
  • Compile and interpret analysis and test results providing conclusions, recommendations, and inputs for other engineers and management to act upon.
  • Write and present project funding proposals including government contract and/or grants.
  • Use Value Proposition Design/Business Model Canvas and Design for Six Sigma tools as appropriate.
  • Direct work with laboratory technicians as necessary

When we embrace the different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds that make each of us unique, we - as individuals and as a company - are stronger. Qualifications
Required (Basic) Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in Materials Engineering, Material Science, Polymer Science, Polymer Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering from an accredited institution.
  • Master's Degree in Engineering or Science from an accredited institution with 5+ years of experience practicing materials science or engineering OR a PhD Degree in Engineering or Science from an accredited institution with 3 years tangible research or industrial experience practicing materials
  • Must be able to work in the United States without corporate sponsorship now and within the future.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated proficiency in application appropriate tools & processes such as AgileStartTM Methodology, Lean Innovation, DFSS, Prelaunch, etc.
  • Experienced with injection molding part and design development. Knowledge of product design best practices and guidelines.
  • Experienced with large scale extrusion of polymer nanocomposites and highly filled polymers.
  • Project management experience is highly desired.

Position Criteria
  • Possess strong business acumen and the ability to understand and formulate compelling technical and business value propositions.
  • Familiar with process maturity, process scale up and work along with production team to take new products from lab scale to production scale
  • Proven track record for IP generation or publications in reputable peer-reviewed journals is a must.
  • Demonstrated ability to think innovatively and strategically and communicate complex technical ideas effectively in both technical and commercial environment.
  • Ability to be self-directed. Driving and delivering on multiple project tasks with prioritization while maintaining focus on key milestones and goals

We make what matters work. Everywhere you look-from the technology and machinery that surrounds us, to the critical services and infrastructure that we depend on every day-you'll find one thing in common. It all relies on power. That's why Eaton is dedicated to improving people's lives and the environment with power management technologies that are more reliable, efficient, safe and sustainable. Because this is what matters. We are confident we can deliver on this promise because of the attributes that our employees embody. We're ethical, passionate, accountable, efficient, transparent and we're committed to learning. These values enable us to tackle some of the toughest challenges on the planet, never losing sight of what matters.

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