R&D Materials Lab Manager

Location: Statesville, NC
Job Type: Direct Hire
Salary: $70,000.00 - $95,000.00
Degree: Bachelor;
Date: 3/7/2018
Job ID: 02577884
Job Description
We are looking for an R&D Materials/Mechanical Lab Manager to Manage all material-based testing conducted by the facility. Review technical data and develop appropriate statistical techniques as necessary. Assure current laboratory accreditation is maintained. 

Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Assign resources (personnel and equipment) to meet all test requests for the Material Testing group.
  • Work with appropriate personnel (e.g. management, person(s) requesting testing, etc.) on prioritizing all internal and external tests.
  • Review material technical data generated by internal or external facilities. Develop appropriate statistical techniques to evaluate data. Implement statistical techniques into Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for appropriate test equipment / methods.
  • Recommend or develop new test methods (i.e. search for existing test methods or create a new test method). Coordinate implementation of new test methods.
  • Work with Product Development group to develop Failure Mode Testing for new and/or existing products.
  • Create technical reports, as needed. When necessary, work with Product Development group to draw conclusions based on test method, material properties, etc.
  • Recommend purchase of new laboratory equipment. Develop new equipment justifications for annual capital plan (budget).
  • Review and be knowledgeable of all applicable sections of ISO 17025, “General Requirements for the Competence of Testing & Calibration Laboratories” and any laboratory-specific quality and technical procedures, including all applicable test methods (e.g. from ASTM, SAE, Ford, GM).
  • Handle all aspects of current laboratory accreditation. Assure that accreditation by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) is maintained and all requirements are met. Coordinate yearly reviews / audits by A2LA.
  • Review testing-related electronic tools (e.g. Test Tracker Database) and determine any necessary updates or modifications.

Education, Experience, Skills and Abilities Required:
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering or related field
  • At least 3-5 years previous testing experience required (automotive testing preferred)
  • Strong background in the following disciplines preferred: Statistics, Failure-Mode Testing
  • Familiarity with standard organizations such as ASTM, SAE, ISO, JIS, and DIN and OEM-specific methods for customers such as Ford, General Motors, DaimlerChrysler, Honda, and Nissan
  • Familiarity with lab accreditation organizations such as A2LA or NVLAP