Job Locations US-AL-Huntsville
Staff Req. #
HSV 18-017
# of Openings
1

Position Summary

Conducts research, analysis, synthesis, and experimentation on substances and processes for such purposes as product and process development, application, design and support of production processes for the manufacturer of firearms and their components by performing the following duties.

Primary Responsibilities

 

Plans and conducts, or directs engineering and operations personnel performing, complex engineering experiments to test, prove, or modify theoretical propositions on basis of research findings and/or experiences of others researching in related technological areas for firearms and firearm component processing. Processes include powder coat, black oxide, passivation, waste treatment, anodizing, mag phos, PVD, and FNC. Ensures all process meet safety and waste requirements, applicable codes and regulations, and that the process falls without the guidelies for waste streams, permits, etc.

Designs chemical processes, equipment and chemical process control systems utilized in the direct and indirect production of firearms and firearms components. Processes include powder coat, black oxide, passivation, waste treatment, anodizing, mag phos, PVD, and FNC.

Directs and coordinates activities involved in application, operation, maintenance and repair of chemical process equipment, automated control systems and instrumentation used in fiream and firearm component material handling and manufacturing for research, development, and production. Processes include poweder coat, black oxide, passivation, and waste treatment.

Works with operations personnel to train them on processes, troubleshoot processes, and develop plans for process improvement, safety improvement and to promote envorinmental stewardship.

Provide technical and engineering support to for firearm and firearm component processing and maintenance areas. Processes include powder coat, black oxide, passivation, waste treatment, anodizing, mag phos, PVD, and FNC.

Coordinate and manage capital projects up to $2MM from concept, engineering design, installation, through start-up.

Devises new equipment, processes, formulas, and methods for solution of technical problems.

Manages development projects to their completion by documenting and transferring manufacturing data and processes to the Production organization.

Describes and expresses observations and conclusions in appropriate mathematical terms. Applies mathematical methods to solution of physical problems.

Coordinates and assists in the transfer of new process procedures for the manufacture and/or handling of energetic materials to a production facility.

Duties include but are not limited to: product conception; process design; control system design; component/assembly design; detailed part modeling; interface with outside vendors; capital project management; contractor oversight; prototype builds, schedule generation; budget responsibilities; interface with all levels of management, waste treatment, waste management, and daily adherence to all details included in permits, guidelines, standards, and regulatory laws.

Special projects may also be assigned.

NOTE: This list presents only the principal duties of the position and is not intended to be comprehensive. Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned as dictated by the business needs and conditions.  As an essential function of the job, good attendance is required.

Skills and Education Required

 

Qualifications, Educational Skills and Experience

QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from a 4-year accredited or nationally recognized college or university program certificate; and a minimum of seven years hands-on experience in the manufacturing and/or processing of firearms and firearms components and a minimum of two years of experience in the design, maintenance, operation, and configuration of control systems.

LANGUAGE SKILLS
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.  Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS
Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts such as exponents, logarithms, quadratic equations, and permutations.  Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory, and factor analysis.

REASONING ABILITY
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.  Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

OTHER SKILLS AND ACTIVITIES
Must be experienced using computers with word processing, spreadsheets, and familiar with data acquisition systems and software.  Programming experience is preferred but not necessary.  Training and practical application of advanced statistical skills, such as design of experiments and/or Black Belt, is preferred.

Physical Demands

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.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear; or smell.  The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, and sit.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work environment is not humidity and temperature controlled .

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works with chemicals such as acids, bases, and salts. The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic, caustic or corrosive chemicals.   The noise level in the work environment is not usually loud.

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