Job Description

Job Summary:

Work with the Materials Development Group, suppliers and consultants to develop compound formulations for improved processing, properties and reduced density, scrap, cost, etc.  Analyze existing processes and define needs for formulation changes, new raw materials, new/modified processing equipment and tooling improvements. Provide day-to-day technical support to Manufacturing, Sales and R&D.

*Must be currently residing in or near Elkland, PA or willing to relocate closer.*

*Must be willing to travel up to 25% to support other Westlake sites.*

Job Responsibilities:

  • Help develop, trial and implement new material compounds to meet productivity and business objectives.
  • Continuous improvement of formulations to improve rates, properties, densities, reduce scrap, etc. by utilizing lab equipment and coordinating trials on production extrusion equipment.
  • Assist in capital equipment budget planning and specifying to improve on existing production techniques and to develop new products and production methods.
  • Assist R&D and Manufacturing in getting new products, concepts and ideas into production.
  • Visit and/ or bring in various suppliers when necessary to evaluate machinery and/or raw materials.
  • Interface with customers to plan and develop new products and solve quality issues.
  • Retain samples and controls for production and sales as requested.
  • Continually update stakeholders on status of projects through email, phone and meeting participation.
  • Maintain electronic records of compound formulations and physical/thermal properties of profiles.
  • Analyze data using statistical software and communicate results into easy to understand formats. 
  • Assist in development and testing of projects not directly related to extrusion, i.e. print rolls, heat transfer rolls, injection molding, etc.
  • Calculate formulation costs and costs of material in extruded parts for management’s evaluation in new and existing parts.
  • Attend trade shows, classes and training seminars to keep skills up to date and learn about new equipment, chemicals, new processes related to our industry.
  • May serve as technical representative in trade association meetings, i.e. SPE, PIA, AAMA and NFRC, etc.
  • Ensure compliance with federal and state safety and environmental regulations.
  • Maintain constructive working relationship with all employees and supervisors/managers.
  • Will be key technical resource for blending and compounding processes.
  • Perform other duties as assigned to satisfaction of your reporting manager.

Job Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Education:

Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) in Engineering, Chemical, Polymer or Plastics Engineering preferred

  • Experience:

Minimum 3 to 5 years of functional and HANDS-ON process engineering experience within polymer injection molding & extrusion processes such as building products applications (shutter, trim, cladding).

  • Skills:

Must be able to organize data, people and tasks; possess leadership skills; have a strong working knowledge of our products and possess problem-solving skills and conflict resolution skills. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.

Knowledge of the manufacture, testing, analysis and application of Polymer chemistry.

Six sigma green/black belt and knowledge of DOE, DMAIC, Fishbone, 5-Why, etc. is preferred.

  • Communication:

Effectively communicate with all levels of employment both verbally and in writing.  Interpersonal skills    

      are also required.

Mental/Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls, reach with hands and arms, talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to walk, sit, stoop, kneel, crouch and crawl.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job includes close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those and employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts and is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles.  The employee occasionally works with flammable materials and is occasionally exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme heat and risk of electrical shock.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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