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Materials Research Engineer

Technetics Group


Materials Research Engineer

  • 493222
  • Columbia, South Carolina, United States
  • Technetics Group
  • Engineering
  • Full-Time/Regular


The Materials Research Engineer position will be responsible for the development and analysis of currently used and new materials for use in current products. This person will also be responsible for innovative development of these new materials and products guided by company growth initiatives.  The Research Engineer will act as a cross-functional team member in pursuing assigned initiatives to a successful and timely conclusion with The Sealing Group across multiple facilities (Columbia, SC DeLand, FL and Chicago, IL) and product lines. This will require experience with metallurgy with needed knowledge of ceramics, surface treatments and polymerics. 



  • Hands-on material testing and performance analysis with regards to material compositions, tribology, and compatibility with other materials. 

  • Understanding of SAE/MIL specifications to adjust industrial processes (heat treatment, forming, purchasing etc.) as needed 

  • Assist the design team in material identification, analysis, and selection for product design use in demanding environments ranging from cryogenic temperatures to beyond 1600 oF. 

  • Will be responsible for developing and executing on strategic research programs as necessary, and based on the direction of the Innovation Steering Committee and Director of R&D 

  • Develop, plan and execute material tests internally and with outside partners to evaluate and analyze current and future materials 

  • Utilize laboratory tools for material characterization such as metallographic preparation tools and various microscopes and thermal analyzing equipment 

  • Perform as project manager/main point of contact for certain instances where outside partnerships are introduced for strategic and innovation related projects 



  • This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities. 



  • Actively participates in Safety Committee Team and continuous improvement initiatives around the Columbia facility. 

  • Performs any other assigned duties as directed by management. 

  • Travel may be required up to 20% of the time 



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering/Material Science or similar discipline from a four-year ABET accredited institution is required; Master’s degree is a plus. 

  • Demonstrable technical problem-solving ability and good quality decision making is required. 

  • Technical knowledge and practical experience in testing and analyzing materials capabilities, tribology and performance characteristics at cryogenic and extremely high temperatures. Strong emphasis on metallurgy with knowledge of ceramics, surface treatments, and polymers 

  • Strong knowledge of thermal effects on materials preferred 

  • Proficiency using SolidWorks or similar 3D solid modeling is preferred. 

  • The desire to strive for continuous improvement and excellence within a fast-paced growth environment. 

  • Proficiency using ANSYS or similar finite element analysis code is desirable but not required. 

  • Product design, development and implementation experience a plus. 

  • Experience in the design and fabrication of metal seals, fittings, or flanges is a plus. 

  • Familiarity with NADCAP, AS9100, ISO9001, Six Sigma, and Lean Manufacturing is a plus. 

  • Desire to improve current processes and methods of working to constantly better the team and self 

  • Understanding of project management skills and have the ability to drive projects to conclusion 

  • Ability to work effectively both independently and in a global team environment 

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills 

  • Committed, dedicated and self-motivated working ethics, with full ownership of projects or assigned tasks 


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Sitting; standing; walking throughout the facility; talking; seeing; hearing; feeling; bending or stooping; squatting or crouching; reaching; kneeling; pushing; pulling; lifting up to 35 lbs.  The candidate must wear appropriate/required Personal Protective Equipment, and must be able to work at a desk or in front of a computer for long periods of time. 

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. 

This specification is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty that will be required of positions that will be given this title and shall not be construed as declaring what the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position shall be. It is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under his/her supervision. The use of a particular expression or illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned. Ability to competently perform all the essential duties of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation, demonstrated commitment to effective customer service delivery, and the ability to work productively as a member of a team or work group are basic requirements of all positions at Technetics Group.  

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