High Temperature Composites Engineer

Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. Miamisburg , OH 45342

Posted 2 weeks ago

Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. (CRG) is an aerospace and defense company located in Dayton, Ohio. Our multidisciplinary team has successfully tackled our customers most challenging problems with discipline, creativity and flexibility. This has resulted in CRG being recognized as a leader in innovation, in technology commercialization, and in providing a work environment that is deeply rewarding. Our technology portfolio covers a broad range of need with primary emphasis in aerospace, advanced materials, power and energy, medical technology, and sensors. We are seeking scientists and engineers to join our research team. To learn more about us, please visit: www.crgrp.com

CRG is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Because of the nature of our work, exclusive U.S. citizenship is required for employment, and employees may be required to obtain and maintain a security clearance.

SUMMARY

The candidate will work closely with a team of mechanical, aerospace, electrical, chemical, and materials research engineers and technical project leaders in state-of-the-art research and development (R&D) at CRGs High Temperature Composites Center in Dayton, Ohio. This will involve understanding customer requirements, developing research plans, executing to meet program objectives, and measuring progress against cost, schedule and performance requirements. Problem solving is inherently multi-disciplinary and the ability to work within multiple teams simultaneously while pursuing multiple technical objectives is a daily requirement. Strong communication skills are needed for report and proposal writing, internal and external presentations, and daily coordination within the team. The environment is fast-paced, but highly flexible with many exciting problem-solving opportunities and room to define future areas of technical growth for the organization.

  • Staff (Service) - No supervisory responsibilities are anticipated.
  • Budget Expenditures - This will vary depending on active contracts.
  • Complexity (knowledge / technological) - Programs are focused on the design, development, testing, and transition to manufacturing of high temperature composite materials to include polyimide, phenolic, Carbon/Carbon (C/C), ceramic matrix composites (CMC), and others. Experience with jet engine components, rocket motors, nozzles, and thermal protection systems (TPS) for hypersonic vehicles, entry and descent systems, and/or missile technologies are desired.
  • Complexity (product diversity) - Full spectrum R&D: concept development, design, fabrication, and testing of materials, components, and systems
  • Area of Responsibility - Program execution, program management, proposal writing, customer management

Requirements

  • Exclusive US citizenship is required.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance is required.
  • BS Degree in Science or Engineering discipline from an accredited university with 10 years experience post-graduation.

OR

  • MS Degree in Science or Engineering discipline from an accredited university with 5 years experience post-graduation.
OR
  • Ph.D. Degree in Science or Engineering discipline from an accredited university.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Qualified Candidates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competence in basic computer usage including typing, MS Office, and web-based forms and applications
  • Work in a team-oriented environment
  • Communicate well verbally and in writing (English)
  • Apply proactive and reactive problem-solving skills
  • Think analytically and communicate complex ideas to peers having different technical backgrounds
  • Perform in the fast-paced environment of a rapidly growing small business
  • Quickly understand new technology areas and manage and adapt to rapidly changing customer needs
  • Coordinate research and develop spanning design, prototype, and test activities
  • Participate in multiple technical programs at once (typically 3 or 4 programs simultaneously)
  • Execute work, summarize results, and prepare reports as required
  • Give technical presentations to staff and customers as required
  • Participate in critical design reviews
  • Prepare estimates and technical input for bids and proposals

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE / SKILLS / EXPERIENCE

To perform the job successfully an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Analysis: Understand drawings, technical literature, manufacturing processes, system specifications, and other customer requirements. Convert complex problems to discreet solvable action items. Use innovation & creativity to resolve difficult issues. Handle large data sets and accurately summarize results for rapid dissemination.

Design: Implement new technology from concept through detailed design. Refine concepts based on experiments and resulting data analysis. Document specifications enabling others to execute a detailed plan. Communicate concepts effectively to others from technicians through program managers. Demonstrate proficiency in graphical communication. Use advanced computer software as needed and ability to rapidly learn new software tools.

Lab experience: Use hand tools, power tools, personal protection equipment (PPE), and work in a common, mixed-use space with other users. Learn new hands-on fabrication and testing skills as needed. Provide technicians with specific tasks, in support of big picture research and production objectives. Pay careful attention to detail and maintain creativity. Work independently with little supervision. Specific experience in an R&D or production environment with the following is desired: composite part, mold, and process design; aerospace composites manufacturing (autoclave operation, layup design, vacuum bagging, resin infusion); C/C or CMC processing (carbonization, densification, graphitization, coatings); operation of medium to high vacuum systems and vacuum furnaces; material analysis techniques (SEM, TEM, XRD, Raman spectroscopy, FTIR); and thermomechanical characterization of polymers and ceramics (DSC, TGA, DMA, TMA, Rheology).

Project management: Demonstrate responsibility for quality, cost management, and on-time delivery. At a minimum, applicants will need to manage tasks or specific statements of work within a program. Past experience in the following areas is preferred: government contract management, customer interface, and proposal and grant writing.

Benefits

  • Health Care Plan (HSA, Medical, Dental, & Vision)
  • Retirement Plan (401k)
  • Paid Time Off (Vacation & Public Holidays)
  • Casual and Flexible work environment
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