• Process Innovation Research Engineer -- Glass Technology

    Location US-MI-Carleton
  • Overview

    Company Overview

    Guardian Industries, a global company headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, employs around 17,000 people and operates facilities throughout North America, Europe, South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Guardian’s diverse group of companies are involved in the manufacture of high-performance float, coated and fabricated glass products; the manufacture of high-quality chrome-plated and painted plastic components for the automotive and commercial truck industries; and the distribution of specialty building products. Guardian’s vision is to create value for customers and society through constant innovation using fewer resources. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, Guardian is an innovation driven company offering tremendous career growth opportunities through our signature culture of Market Based Management (MBM). For more information, visit



    Process Innovation – Research Engineer: Glass Technology


    The Process Innovation – Research Engineer: Glass Technology will be responsible for new and existing process development and improvements. The candidate will be able to work in the research and development setting as well as communicate with Guardian manufacturing facilities throughout the world.




    • We are currently seeking a Research Engineer: Glass Technology to join our Science and Technology team. The desired candidate will provide technical glass knowledge to support complex, multi-disciplinary technology advancement projects. The candidate must interact with research, regional operations and local plant personnel to develop a point of view on current and future process improvements and drive long-term value creation for Guardian Glass.



    (All other duties as assigned)

    • Investigating glass and material processes fit for use in Guardian businesses and R&D. 
    • Activities may include: new technology evaluation; experimentation; laboratory simulations; data analysis; materials property measurements; microscopic analyses – all geared towards fundamental understanding of glass process innovation and applications to Guardian businesses
    • Perform troubleshooting and data analysis for process problems and improvement in existing operations
    • Perform laboratory testing for initial development and/or in-plant data generation and analysis




    Perform a broad range of work with minimal supervision while receiving guidance on more complex testing and evaluation issues from management. Provide technical expertise to a project team responsible for current and new process development and analytical techniques.


    Desired Skills and Experience



    • B.S. or M.S. degree in Materials, Chemical, Mechanical Engineering, or in Materials / Ceramic Science or Associates Degree and 5 to 10 years of work experience working in a laboratory and / or glass manufacturing industry.




    • Process knowledge and experience in full scale manufacturing and development using production scale equipment.
    • Scale up of projects from initial development to manufacturing.
    • Strong problem-solving skills
    • Solid technical writing and presentation skills
    • General personal computer knowledge and proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, and Power Point
    • Strong communication skills are required to project information in a professional manner to both technical and non-technical groups
    • Open minded with a strong desire to work with and contribute to an innovative team Desirable:
    • Solid educational or work experience and experimental foundation with a working knowledge of glass process development and manufacturing.
    • Project management and executing of projects that require multi-functional involvement for implementation
    • Experience with statistical software packages such as Minitab or JMP
    • Experience with Advanced Analytics tools
    • Lean/Six Sigma Experience
    • Familiarity with testing methods for glass composition and physical properties and raw material characterization and testing. Such as: XRF, ICP, DSC, Thermal Expansion, Glass Melting, Glass Preparation Techniques, Glass Fractography, Defect Identification (Microscopic), SEM / EDX The position will require travel in the range of 20%. This position will be based in Southeastern Michigan at Guardian’s Science and Technology Center (Carleton, MI). 
    • LOCATION:  This position will be based in Southeastern Michigan at Guardian’s Science and Technology Center (Carleton, MI).



    What do we have to offer?

    What We Offer:

    If you have been looking for an environment where people are valued, entrepreneurial spirit is boundless and opportunities for success are based on merit, and if you want to add value to your company, then Guardian Industries Corp. may be the place for you.


    Guardian offers competitive compensation and a wide variety of benefits including health/dental/life insurance, prescription coverage, paid vacation and holidays, and a 401 (k) with a $1 for $1 match up to 7%. For more information about Guardian Industries LLC., visit us at


    For information on the expansion of Guardian's Science and Technology Center, please visit:


    For information on our foundational MBM Leadership philosophy, visit:   



    Guardian Industries LLC. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  





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