Job Purpose Statement: The purpose of this position is to support material development and production by applying chemical, organic, and thermal analysis techniques, as well as optical and electron microscopy, to prototype and production friction materials. Primary Responsibilities: * Prepare cross-sectional metallographic samples of brake and friction materials. Perform metallographic and microscopic analyses to determine materials properties of both internally manufactured and customer-returned brake and friction materials, including porosity, material adhesion, and degree of sintering. Use microscopic digital imaging program to measure and/or photograph areas of interest as noted by R&D Engineers. * Conduct scanning electron microscope (SEM) energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS) analyses of brake and friction materials originating from the manufacturing plant as well as customer-retuned materials. * Perform Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) analyses in accordance with prescribed internal laboratory procedures. Use FTIR software to identify spectra of various friction material components and unknown contaminants. * Perform differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and thermal conductivity (flash diffusivity) analyses in accordance with prescribed internal laboratory procedures. Interpret DSC and TGA curves and thermal conductivity results for requesting internal customers. * Perform additional materials tests as needed, such as hardness, micro hardness, moisture content measurement, acetone extraction, and ash tests in accordance with ASTM standards and prescribed laboratory procedures. * Characterize unknown friction and brake materials using all of the above-described techniques. * Write clear, comprehensive reports of laboratory analyses for internal and external customers. Excellent oral and written communication skills are required. Honesty and integrity in reporting laboratory results is essential to this position. Ability to adhere to prescribe laboratory procedures is necessary. Summary: This position performs chemical and physical analysis on incoming raw materials, prototype, production, and field return friction materials, including paper, metallic, carbon, elastomeric, and resin-bonded composites. Analysis for material engineers is used to improve the performance of friction materials. Perform analysis for production to trouble-shoot problems, improve existing processes, and ensure quality standards are being met.
Education: Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in Metallurgy, Materials Science, Engineering, Chemistry, or Chemical Engineering.
Work Experience and
Requirements: Minimum of 5 years' experience in a manufacturing or R&D analytical lab environment. Experience in DSC, TGA, FTIR, GC mass spec, elemental and phase identification, particle size, optical and electron microscopy, and organic compound identification desired.
Working knowledge of metallic and semi-metallic compounds as well as carbon-carbon composites is preferred.
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