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SENIOR MATERIALS ENGINEER - Research Center

SENIOR MATERIALS ENGINEER - Research Center

locationWhitehall, MI 49461, USA
PublishedPublished: 1/6/2024
Full Time


Howmet Aerospace is a leading global provider of advanced engineered solutions for the aerospace and power generation industries. The Company’s key market areas include hot section jet engine and industrial gas turbine components, aerospace fastening systems and titanium structural parts necessary for mission-critical performance in a diverse range of applications. Howmet Aerospace is taking a central role in producing the next generation of more fuel-efficient, reliable, and advanced turbine engines across commercial flight, defense, and power generation industries. For more information, visit www.howmet.com. Follow @howmet: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

The Senior Materials Engineer role will be based at the Howmet Operhall Research Center, located in Whitehall, MI. The position’s primary responsibilities include;

  • Work as part of a technically diverse team providing materials engineering and characterization support to Howmet facilities globally. 
  • Perform and direct material and anomaly characterization across materials and processes utilized by Howmet Aerospace.
  • Author, review and contribute to technical summaries and reports covering a wide range of metallurgical and materials engineering topics.
  • Regularly communicate with customers, staff and leadership on analysis considerations, progress, and outcomes. 
  • Assist with deployment of laboratory equipment as well as development of new analytical techniques to further support efforts in key areas.
  • Provide technical support for the electron microscopy department.

Job Roles

  • Systems thinker--sees the business and its operation holistically; understands actions and reactions; considers multiple pathways of potential effect before decisions; thinks strategically about interventions with an eye toward scale
  • Optimizer--constantly challenging the organization to work smarter; supports others to ensure they have what they need to do their work successfully
  • Anticipation--looks ahead to minimize potential issues and maximize advantages; prepares others for what comes next
  • Operational accelerator--drives continuous improvement; understands ramifications of automation and other advances; advocates for safety, ergonomics and scalable solutions
  • Organization and structure--works within existing structures while striving to improve and standardize them; provides accurate information; galvanizes others toward common goals
  • Influence--leverages knowledge, relationship, data and perspective to persuade, educate and navigate; gains buy in and adoption of ideas and practices at scale; interacts with a variety of stakeholders
  • Data informed--focused on things that drive quantifiable business outcomes; evaluates based on quantitative feedback; knows and explains the “why” behind actions
  • Prioritized reaction--handles the unexpected without losing sight of important objectives; reacts where greatest leverage points exist
  • Relationship--connects individually and with teams across shifts and practices; builds rapport and commonality; creates a “win together” ethic; serves as liaison between shop floor and engineering; keeps the pulse of the floor; helps people feel heard

Howmet is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. If you need assistance to complete your application due to a disability, please email TalentAcquisitionCoE_Howmet@howmet.com

Basic Qualifications: 
  • B.S. Degree in Materials Science, Materials Engineering, Metallurgy, Ceramic Engineering, or similar field from an accredited institution. 
  • 4+ Years of Materials Engineering or Metallurgy experience. 
  • Ability to perform investigations independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to travel to Howmet, supplier and customer locations, as required.
  • Employees must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
  • This position is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) which requires U.S. person status. ITAR defines U.S. person as an U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e. ‘Green Card Holder’), Political Asylee, or Refugee. 

Preferred Qualifications:
  • B.S. Degree in Materials Science, Materials Engineering, Metallurgy, Ceramic Engineering, or similar field from an accredited institution. 
  • 5+ years of experience in high temperature or light-weight alloy metallurgy.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Familiarity with optical microscopy and metallographic preparation techniques.
  • Proficiency with electron optics operation and analysis techniques including backscatter and secondary imaging, EDS, EBSD and WDS.
  • 1+ Years of experience with investment casting, forging or supporting processes.


About Howmet Aerospace

Howmet Aerospace Inc. (NYSE: HWM), headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a leading global provider of advanced engineered solutions for the aerospace and transportation industries. The Company’s sales for 2022 approximated $5.7 billion. The Company’s primary businesses focus on jet engine components, aerospace fastening systems, titanium structural parts and forged wheels. With nearly 1,150 granted and pending patents, the Company’s differentiated technologies promote more fuel efficiency for aircraft and commercial transportation. For more information, visit www.howmet.com, including content shared during the Company’s May 2022 Technology Day.

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Howmet is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

If you need assistance to complete your application due to a disability, please email TalentAcquisitionCoE_Howmet@howmet.com