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Elastomeric Materials Engineer



Elastomeric Materials Engineer

  • 492522
  • Palmyra, New York, United States
  • Garlock
  • Engineering
  • Full-Time/Regular

Are you a Materials' engineer with background in Rubber, Rubber Compounding, Rubber Composites, Elastomers, or Polymers? We might have an excellent opportunity for you to join Garlock Sealing Technologies! The Garlock family of companies is a subdivision of EnPro, a global company. We manufacture industrial sealing and pipeline protection products. We are industry leaders focused on  safety, longevity, and productivity.

What do we offer?

Friendly culture

- Dual Bottom Line where Profitability and Human Development are equal priorities

- Competitive Compensation

- Medical/Dental/Vision & Prescriptions Insurances 

- Generous Paid Time Off + 10 Holidays a year! 

- 401k with up to 6% match

- Tuition Assistance up to 10k a year

Click here to learn WHY to work for Garlock?


Performs R&D functions, tests, and experiments for the control and maintenance of assigned formulations and for the development of new materials for specific applications. May process inquiries requesting the development of new materials. Tests and evaluates new chemicals, fibers, fillers, polymers, and processes. Plans and leads product development projects and support manufacturing process improvement projects. 


  • Performs research and development on new materials and products. 
  • Performs necessary tests, investigations, and analyses necessary for effective maintenance of existing material formulations. 
  • Changes existing formulations to achieve better processing or physical characteristics and properties. 
  • Reviews with manufacturing personnel the effects of changes in formulations on processing operations and acts necessary to overcome problems. 
  • Conducts tests, experiments, and analyses with new materials introduced on the market.  Make recommendations for the application of new materials to company products. 
  • Processes inquiries where non-standard materials are required to achieve essential properties. Prepares experimental formulations and test batches and makes required analyses. Outlines recommended materials requirements. 
  • Establishes process specifications for new and revised materials including running and overseeing manufacturing. 
  • Gives technical assistance to engineering groups, marketing, sales, and manufacturing.
  • Keeps abreast of the latest developments in areas of Polymers, fibers, fillers and other materials and processes through study of technical literature and membership in technical societies. 
  • Uses statistical analysis methods to collect and analyze data. 
  • Works with sales & marketing teams to collect customer requirements. Incorporate requirements into project specifications and deliver results to agreed milestones.
  • Works with Purchasing and suppliers for the approval of raw materials and mixed compounds.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering or Polymer/Materials Science
  • Minimum 3-5 years of hands-on elastomer development/formulation and processing experience with elastomers and fluorinated elastomers
  • Ability to mix, mill, extrude and mold elastomeric compounds in laboratory.
  • Ability to interpret the polymer chemistry/engineering and apply towards end-product properties/applications. 
  • 1 year plus Industrial/Manufacturing experience in elastomeric processes including mixing, milling, calendering, autoclave, compression, and injection molding.
  • 1 year plus knowledge of polymer rheology, dynamic mechanical analysis, polymer structure-property relationships.
  • Organizing and analyzing design of experiments, polymer characterization and testing. 
  • Self-starter, highly motivated toward achievements, results oriented. 
  • Solid communication and project management skills. 
  • Ability to travel as required. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering, Polymers/Materials Science, or related scientific field from an accredited college/university with min. of 3-5 years of related work experience. 
  • Experience with 6 sigma tools and design for lean manufacturing.


  • Action oriented:  Taking on new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy, and enthusiasm. 
  • Communicates effectively:  Developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences 
  • Decision quality:  Making good and timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward. 
  • Cultivates innovation:  Creating new and better ways for the organization to be successful.  
  • Nimble learning:  Actively learning through experimentation when tackling new problems, using both successes and failures as learning fodder. 
  • Resourcefulness:  Securing and deploying resources effectively and efficiently. 

 WORKING CONDITIONS: Laboratory; Manufacturing Floor; Office

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Garlock is a subsidiary of EnPro, a leading industrial technology company using material science to push boundaries in semiconductor, life sciences, and other technology-enabled sectors. We are a leader in sealing technologies, advanced surface technologies, and highly engineered materials. Our products and services are sold into more than 40 distinct end-markets that touch our lives every day – from food and pharmaceutical facilities to semiconductor clean rooms, from agricultural robots that help grow your food to last-mile technologies that deliver it to your doorstep, from commercial aviation to space exploration, and much more in between. Our commitment to innovation, quality, and value has propelled our brands to wide recognition and leading positions in their markets.

EnPro is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

Closing date: Aug 31, 2021

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