DuPont Mechanical Engineer Kalrez® Design and Production (Rubber/Elastomer) in Newark, Delaware

Mechanical Engineer Kalrez® Design and Production (Rubber/Elastomer) (Job Number: 192629W-01)


This position is located within DuPont's Tralee Park Manufacturing site in Newark, Delaware.

Tralee Park produces high performance Kalrez® Perfluoroelastomer seals in a discrete part manufacturing environment. The Custom Parts Team is responsible for working with our Application Engineering Team to design and fabricate custom sealing solutions for our customers. This role will perform part design, tool design and work with our Custom Part Manufacturing Team on new parts. This role will also help to augment the Assistance to Operations (ATO) role to help with new part introduction and yield improvement for existing parts.

The Design and Production Support Engineer will be an integral member of the Custom Parts Team, working with Applications Engineering, and the Commercial Team to bring new parts to market. This role will work closest with Applications Engineering, and are responsible for all aspects of new part design including part design, tool design, production scale-up and turn-over to operations, both at Tralee Park and with strategic toll manufacturers. In addition to new part development the Design and Production Support Engineer will provide support to our ATO Engineers to address challenging issues or strategic opportunities at Tralee Park. This also includes providing back-up coverage for the ATO team.

The ATO Engineer develops improved process instrumentation and control strategies, process safety, yields, delivery, capacity and new parts in their product pipelines. They interact with the commercial team to resolve customer complaints/failures and to address new part capability. Further, the ATO Engineer serves as first response to plant technical issues and assists in trouble shooting process or equipment issues.

The manufacturing process includes many sequential, yet standalone equipment sets (mills, extruders, presses, post cure ovens, roll flows, etc.) requiring a robust reliability engineering and equipment maintenance program to satisfy customer service expectations for short and predictable manufacturing lead times.

The accountabilities of the Design and Production Support Engineer include:

  • Part and mold design.

  • Helping technicians solve manufacturing problems with part production and developing operating conditions / final scale up for new parts.

  • Providing process leadership to all areas of the plant

  • Leading improvements in quality, productivity, safety, equipment reliability, and capacity utilizing appropriate tools and technologies. (i.e. Six Sigma, Lean, etc.)

  • Being the area resource in use and application of engineering/technical practices and technologies.

  • Creating technical systems and processes to improve plant capability to meet its cost, quality and production goals.

  • Being responsible for understanding the equipment and its effect on the quality and performance of final parts.

  • Providing engineering assistance to maintenance and operations including: troubleshooting, evaluation of equipment failures, and technical recommendations for repairs and upgrades.

  • Providing basic data for capital investments.

  • Leading and implementing several small (<$500K) capital projects per year.

  • Leading and executing PACE program deliverables


Minimum Qualifications Required:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Rubber Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or equivalent

  • Demonstrated problem solving/analytical ability

  • Demonstrated ability to design test plans and analyze data

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to lead through influence at all levels of organization; able to take a "hands-on" approach with operators and mechanics to drive change and get results.

  • Desire to work in a fast paced, customer focused environment.

  • Ability to positively influence others through high personal standards and operating discipline.

  • Ability to manage and lead both strategic long-term programs/projects, as well as address short-term operational issues.

Preferred :

  • Experience in discrete part manufacturing environment

  • Experience in elastomer processing

  • Experience with CAD preferred

  • Strong leadership capability

  • Experience leading capital projects using corporate best practices

  • Ability to thrive in a Team Environment - work well with non-exempts.

  • Six Sigma/LEAN certified as Black Belt or Green Belt


This is a full-time position. Some off-hours work and limited travel will be required. The plant currently operates on a 7 day, 24-hour schedule.

Primary Location: NA-United States-Delaware-Newark

Organization: Transportation & Advanced Polymers

Schedule: Full-time

Education Level: Bachelor's Degree (±16 years)

Employee Status: Regular

Job Type: Experienced

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