The role of the R&D Engineer is to support the R&D department’s goals of improving Ply Gem’s technology for material manufacture. This position primarily involves optimization of Ply Gem’s material compounds, colorants, paint and coatings and testing procedures. By evaluation and improvement of these and other aspects of processes, the R&D Engineer will seek to improve the quality, performance, and cost of existing products as well as assist in development of new products for construction applications. Specific projects will be assigned by the Director who will provide guidance in the design of experiments and interpretation of results.
Minimum of three years in plastics research, product development, technical service, or related position required. Rigid PVC extrusion, PP Injection Molding, plastic color or paint and coating experience preferred.
Effective verbal and written communications skills required.
Effective computer skills including databases, spreadsheets, and word processing preferred.
Familiar with plastics testing (rheology, thermal and physical properties, etc.) and extrusion preferred.
Familiar with PVC formulation technology and compounding preferred.
Safety and quality minded. Organized, detail-oriented, and self-motivated. Team oriented individual who will establish excellent working relationships with coworkers. Not satisfied to just meet the minimum requirements, but rather seeks continuous improvement.
Position requires light travel (probably not more than 30%), mostly to Ply Gem’s plants.