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Sr. Ceramics Process Engineer

Company: Knowles Capacitors
Location: syracuse
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

As a division of Knowles Corporation, Knowles Precision Devices (KPD) focuses on production of a wide variety of highly engineered Capacitors and Microwave to Millimeter Wave components for use in critical applications in military, medical, aerospace, industrial, electric vehicle, and 5G market segments. Radar, pacemakers, MRI equipment, satellites, airplanes, electric vehicles, and mobile phone base stations are just a few of the places you will find our products. Our products can be found in every corner of the world, from 8000ft below the earths surface to orbiting 254 miles above us on the ISS.

We are a Specialty Components manufacturer, which means we choose to take on the complex challenges that come with High Reliability, High Temperature, High Performance, and High Frequency solutions. This is built on our commitment to innovation, whether it be our ongoing creativity in manufacturing high performance multi-layer ceramic capacitors, or our unique ceramic formulations that allow us to provide the highest performance-for-footprint mmWave filters available.

We aim to be a leader in every market we serve, to the benefit of our customers and our mutual long-term success. We achieve this by:

  • Understanding our customers real needs and providing products and services to meet and exceed them.
  • Providing better products and services than competitors.
  • Investing in product development, manufacturing processes, and people.
  • Insisting on the highest ethical standards and a business culture of trust, respect, and open communication.

Overview: The Ceramics / Materials Science Process Engineer is responsible for supporting front-end ceramic processing and thin film manufacturing. This includes not only keeping manufacturing processes fully functional and efficient, but also managing and implementing paths to higher part quality, increasing throughput, and providing higher yields. This position would focus mainly on the firing of our various dielectric materials.

Reporting Structure: This position reports to the Ceramics Value Stream Manager.

Location: This position is based out of the Cazenovia, NY facility.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee firing of all dielectric materials
  • Adjust bake out and firing profiles as needed
  • Review standard and flat fire processes and improve quality / efficiency / yield
  • Look into alternate firing techniques and setter material
  • Provide and execute qualification plans for new equipment
  • Update operators (and technicians) on procedure changes, production and quality issues
  • Direct, train, and transfer skills/knowledge to operators and engineering technicians
  • Investigate new suppliers, technologies for improving production, quality, end cost and throughput.
  • Evaluate impact of Preventative Maintenance on yield/quality and co-ordinate execution of P.M. schedules; evaluate all maintenance and its possible indicators of problems.
  • Assist Purchasing, Maintenance, and Operations to determine proper purchase/supply of spare parts, maintenance equipment, and manufacturing equipment.
  • Update procedures based on changes in manufacturing or engineering improvements as well as environmental issues (ISO9001, ISO14001).
  • Execute FMEA, SPC, MSA processes

Qualifications and Skills:

  • BS degree in engineering with an emphasis in industrial engineering, materials science, ceramic, or process engineering
  • 3-5 years process engineering experience and/ or application of materials for electrical products highly desired
  • Experience with firing dielectric materials (specifically in Nabertherm kilns)
  • Self-directed, highly professional and collaborative
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail and propensity for accuracy of work product
  • Accountability to the timelines of task completion
  • Able to manage multiple tasks and priorities within a fast-paced workplace
  • Experience in total quality, six sigma or other similar environments preferred
  • All applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. without restriction to ITAR documentation and materials.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen. Security clearance application required upon hire.

Equal Opportunity Statement: Knowles Precision Devices prohibits discrimination based on race, color, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, or other legally protected status.

Notice to Staffing Agencies, Search Firms and Recruitment Agencies:
The recruitment process at Knowles is managed through the Human Resources department. Knowles does not accept resumes submitted from 3rd party agencies outside of our system. To submit resumes, 3rd party agencies will need to be a pre-approved vendor with a valid contract in place, be actively engaged by Knowles to recruit for a specific position and have agency log in credentials to submit candidates to our careers portal. Please do not submit resumes via e-mail, through our external website or directly to our employees. Any resumes submitted in this way become the property of Knowles and will not be eligible for any placement fee.

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