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Development Engineer


This is a Full-time position in Huntington, WV posted September 9, 2021.

Company Profile  

The Special Metals Corporation group of companies was created in the latter part of 1998 when Special Metals Corporation of New Hartford, New York, acquired Inco Alloys International, including its Huntington Alloys and Wiggin Alloys divisions. In 2006, Special Metals Corporation became a part of Precision Castparts Corp., a worldwide manufacturer of complex metal components and products. With a history of alloy technology now going back some 100 years, our company continues to provide solutions to difficult materials problems through such time-tested products as our world-recognized INCONEL, INCOLOY, NIMONIC, UDIMET, MONEL and NILO alloys.


Today’s Special Metals is a world leader in the invention, production and supply of the high-nickel, high-performance alloys used for the difficult jobs in engineering. These alloys are highly engineered to offer a superior combination of heat resistance, high-temperature corrosion resistance, toughness and strength and are used in the world’s most technically demanding industries and applications. Special Metals offers the largest range of nickel alloys and product forms, as well cobalt alloys, to more than ten worldwide markets. We produce nickel alloys in all standard mill forms, from large ingots and billets to plate, sheet, strip, tubing, bar and wire, the latter of which includes core and filler wires for welding products. The company has manufacturing and research facilities in the USA and Europe, sales offices in North America, Europe and Asia, and a distribution network including most of the industrialized countries of the world.


Special Metals Corporation is the world’s premier inventor, developer and producer of nickel alloy and cobalt alloys—with a portfolio of more than 100 alloy compositions, wrought products and welding consumables, over 80 percent of which were invented in our own laboratories. All created to help redefine what’s possible in the world of energy and industry.

Business Profile  

Our time-tested nickel alloys are highly engineered to offer a superior combination of heat resistance, high temperature and corrosion resistance, toughness and strength for the most demanding applications. No other single manufacturer offers such a comprehensive range of game-changing alloy compositions and product forms.

Location Profile  

Special Metals Corporation (HBE) biggest plant is located in Huntington, WV, United States and is part of the Steel Service Centers & Other Metal Wholesalers Industry. Special Metals Corporation (HBE) has 750 total employees across all of its locations.

Position Summary  

The position of Development Engineer uses technical knowledge, computational tools, and industry expertise to define and develop new alloys, new products, and/or new applications for existing products within the Metals Group.  They provide technical support to manufacturing across multiple PCC facilities and to current or prospective customers in the form of data analysis, modeling, alloy/process recommendations, root cause analyses, and more.  

Primary Duties & Responsibilities  

•    Use computational tools to drive process optimization, rapid development through neural networks, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.
•    In conjunction with Technical Sales & Marketing, define new alloy and/or new product development opportunities and develop business cases.
•    Manage alloy/product development projects, ensuring adherence to timelines and budgets.
•    Keep appropriate technical notes and data to enable and execute timely patent applications with assistance from counsel. 
•    Work with Operations personnel to develop production processes and procedures for new alloy/product during mill scale-up.
•    Lead technical and operations teams through the initial production phase of the new alloy/product, including recording and tracking of yield and cost data. Make relevant changes to production procedures to reflect best practices.
•    Develop and promote new alloy/products in the marketplace and with targeted customers.
•    Work with relevant industry technical committees and organizations to ensure new alloy/product gains appropriate approvals. 
•    Assist all outside sales representatives with technical information and data analysis.
•    Manage and interpret customer requirements.
•    Represent company at trade shows.
•    Write and publish technical papers and provide technical presentations.
•    Manage and direct Co-Ops, Interns and technicians. 
•    Provide technical assistance to sales and customers.
•    Provide technical expertise to operations across PCC Metals Group. 
•    Lead or assist in yield and process control and cost reduction initiatives.

Experience & Education  

•    A Bachelor or MS in a field such as Chemical, Corrosion, Mechanical, Materials, Metallurgical, or Computer Science Engineering.
•    One to three years of experience in engineering or R&D roles in a manufacturing environment.

Required Skills  

•    Excellent computer skills is a must, with a preference for experience in coding and coding/modeling based software programs, including Matlab, MathCad, Excel Visual Basic, etc.
•    Knowledge and experience with building neural networks, machine learning, analyzing big data, and/or artificial intelligence.
•    Excellent Communication skills is required (VERBAL for effective liaison and teamwork, PRESENTATION SKILLS to present findings to colleagues and customers, WRITTEN SKILLS for formal and informal communication of concise results in a public or internal forum).
•    Problem-solving and analytical skills. Knowledge of statistics and certification in six sigma and/or lean manufacturing is a plus.
•    Excellent organizational skills and the ability to work on several tasks or projects concurrently.
•    Commercial acumen and an awareness of the business value of work undertaken.
•    Receives guidance and directions from a more senior level colleagues.
•    Excellent team player with an open attitude.


•    Excellent computer skills 
•    Attention to detail
•    Relentless initiative and drive
•    Great organizational skills 
•    Knowledge of theories, processes and procedures
•    Excellent communication skills 
•    The ability to work within budgets and to deadlines 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.


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