Metallurgical Engineer 1

Date: Feb 24, 2024

Location: Barberton, OH, US

Company: BWX Technologies

Headquartered in Lynchburg, Va., BWX Technologies, Inc. (BWXT) is a leading supplier of nuclear components and fuel to the U.S. government; provides technical, management and site services to support governments in the operation of complex facilities and environmental remediation activities; and supplies precision manufactured components and services for the commercial nuclear power industry. BWXT has more than 5,200 employees and significant operations in Lynchburg, Va.; Erwin, Tenn.; Mount Vernon, Ind.; Euclid, Ohio; Barberton, Ohio; and Cambridge, Ontario, as well as more than a dozen U.S. Department of Energy sites around the country. Follow us on Twitter @BWXTech and learn more at


Metallurgical Engineer  -  BWX Technologies, Inc.  -  Barberton, Ohio


Provide technical leadership and utilize a background in materials for broad metallurgical support in a project team environment. Candidate will operate metallographic equipment for investigative purposes and communicate closely with others.  Prepare, analyze and generate reports for the acceptance of metallographic specimens, primarily welded assemblies, but also includes determination of intergranular attack (IGA), plating thickness, EDM/laser recast layers, grain size, and general microstructural characterization to other specifications and in support of investigations.  The candidate will be expected to have the ability to support or lead material-related investigations, develop laboratory best practices/standard procedures and manage metallurgical supply inventories.  The ability to lead technical projects/investigations, manage documentation and time management skills are crucial.  Familiarity with materials processing (i.e. melting, forging, heat treating, casting, welding, etc.), mechanical testing, metallography, EDM, plating, corrosion, and nuclear-grade materials is strongly desired.


Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

Utilization of automated (primarily) and manual metallographic equipment to section, mount, polish and etch samples for optical analysis.

Metallographic evaluation of nickel alloy, stainless steel, and carbon/alloy steel weld assemblies to NAVSEA 250-1500-1 and ASTM E3.

Metallographic evaluation of other samples for IGA, plating thickness, EDM/laser recast layers, grain size, and general microstructural characterization per ASTM E3.

Composition of metallographic reports for internal and customer review.

Composition and maintenance of heat treatment, acid etching and cleaning, and metallographic preparation and inspection procedures.

Management of metallographic consumable inventory and equipment.

Train, qualify, and maintain certifications of metallographers and metallographic inspectors.

Support investigations into surface corrosion, contamination, and weld failures and defects.

Support or lead investigations relating material properties to chemistry, processing parameters and microstructural characteristics.

Support of internal operations such as heat treating, EDM and other special processes, as time permits, heat treating operations at supplier and other NOG sites.

Interpret and implement military and commercial material and processing specification requirements.

Interpret and implement product drawings and customer technical document requirements.

Interface with customers, vendors, hourly and internal departments.

Support technical review of specifications, procedures, certifications, and vendor procedures to ensure proper material/component processing.


Job Qualifications:


Bachelor or Master of Science Degree in Metallurgical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering or Welding Engineering, or alternately 5 years’ work experience in a similar role will be considered.

Minimum of one (1) year of experience with metallographic preparation, optical microscopy and report composition.

Strong verbal and technical writing skills.

Theoretical understanding of the gas tungsten arc, gas metal arc, shielded metal arc, submerged arc, and other alternative welding processes (ex. laser).

Theoretical understanding of welding ferrous and non-ferrous base metals, which includes but is not limited to; the bulk base metal microstructure, and bulk phase transformations of the base metals and weld metal that can occur during welding.

Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance.





As a federal government contractor, BWX Technologies, Inc. and any subsidiaries, affiliates and related entities (“BWXT” or the “Company”) complies with all federal, state, and local laws and customer requirements regarding COVID-19 and other health and safety protocols.  As such, all BWXT new hires will be required to adhere to applicable Company COVID-19 requirements within the workplace as a condition of employment.


Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. Position requires U.S. Citizenship (with no dual citizenship) and ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance which involves an extensive criminal and financial background investigation and previous employment reference verifications.


BWXT supports diversity and is committed to the concept of Equal Employment Opportunity. We have established procedures to ensure that all personnel actions such as recruitment, compensation, career development, benefits, company-sponsored training and social recreational programs are administered without regard to race, color religion, gender, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or veteran status

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