Senior Engineer - Forming
PA-Alcoa Center
October 14, 2016
Position Type:
Full Time
Primary Purpose of the Function
This position strengthens ATC’s ability to help rapidly commercialize new materials and manufacturing technologies for sheet forming. The scope of this role includes:
  1. Strengthening the parental Arconic Technology Advantage (ATA) between the Arconic Technical Center and the Arconic business engaged in the Ground Transportation / Aerospace markets by translating business and customer forming needs into objectives for the research organization,
  2. Filling a gap in the Technical Partners group within the fields of forming and thermo-mechanical simulator for end product applications.
Major activities/Key challenges
  • Initiate and lead technology and product development projects with an emphasis on guiding the development of technology within the forming and Gleeble thermo-mechanical simulation space.
  • Develop and refine Arconic's technical competency in: 1) Various forming processes, including conventional stamping, warm/hot forming, leveling & blanking, and; 2) Formability testing methodology, including forming limits, hemming & bending tests, friction measurement, and elevated temperature tests; 3) FEA based forming simulation, including the science and engineering of forming processes and 4) Thermo-mechanical physical simulation, as it applies to warm and hot forming of sheet material; and 5) Development and understanding of forming and manufacturing methods to enable prototyping and production applications.
  • Support forming trials at die shops, tier 1 suppliers and OEM stamping operations with Argus strain measurement and expert consultation.
  • Leverage the manufacturing and product technology to plan and execute projects that lead to the commercialization of technologies within the ground transportation and aerospace markets.
  • Build collaborative working relationships with the Arconic business units.
  • Work collaboratively with ATC project teams and provide expert technical consultation in the field of formability evaluation and thermo-mechanical simulation.
  • Act as a mentor to expand knowledge and capabilities of sheet forming and thermo-mechanical simulation.
  • Identify and assess new and emerging technologies that present opportunities for or threats to Arconic’s business interests and execute projects to positively position Arconic.
  • Provide support and consultation to customers in identifying appropriate forming methods, formability tests, forming simulations, friction measurements, and thermo-mechanical simulations.
  • Lead the operation of the Product Manufacturing Technology forming laboratory.

Essential Knowledge & Skills / Education
  • In depth knowledge of various forming processes and formability tests, including hot/warm forming, forming limit diagrams, hemming and friction testing.
  • Fundamental understanding of stress and strain, applied mechanics, plasticity theory, and thermodynamics.
  • Experience with simulating manufacturing processes with the finite element method.
  • Familiarity with materials and product forms used within the ground transportation and aerospace markets.
  • Practical experience with product manufacturing gained at industrial plant level.
  • Strong skills in using Microsoft Office products Excel, Outlook, Power Point, and Word.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Good time management and program management skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Sound business acumen.
A little about us:
Alcoa is a global leader in lightweight metals technology, engineering and manufacturing, innovating multi-material solutions that advance our world.

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