Arconic Surface Characterization Specialist in Davenport, Iowa



Surface Characterization Specialist

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Business Unit Group:

Global Rolled Products

Position Description:

Arconic is currently is search of a Surface Characterization Specialist to join their team in Davenport, IA and support our Global Rolled Products, Aerospace and Automotive Business Unit.

Since it opened in 1948, Arconic’s Davenport aluminum facility has been at the forefront of American manufacturing. Nestled on the banks of the Mississippi River in Iowa, the plant employs over 2,500 people and is a focal point of the global aluminum industry, with 20 percent of revenues coming from exports. Through continued modernization, including a $300 million investment to increase automotive sheet production, Davenport has maintained its position as the world’s premier aerospace supply plant and is today a hub of Arconic’s $4 billion aerospace business.

The Surface Characterization Specialist will provide technical support needed to provide a quality product at a competitive cost in a safe manner. Emphasis of this role is on technologies that evaluate and display the surface characteristics of Arconic’s premium products to evaluate how well they conform to customer requirements.

Responsibilities :

  • Work with other technical personnel to develop, refine and maintain various surface imaging technologies on the processes assigned. This may also include some relevant marking technologies

  • Train and coach production and maintenance employees on the daily use and routine maintenance of these surface imaging technologies.

  • Work with operating personnel to define reaction plans and incorporating these technologies into daily management and problem solving.

  • Assist in multi-disciplined problem solving on system and quality issues.

  • Incorporate Arconic Business System (ABS) tools such as kaizens, problem solving A3s, and so on towards continuous improvement in the use of the surface imaging tools and the continuous improvement of the products.

  • Incorporating Human Performance tools and coaching towards producing a quality product in a safe manner.

  • Support system reliability by maintaining an adequate spare part inventory and advising on maintenance schedules.

  • Assist in trouble shooting and repairs to the systems in conjunction with other technical resources within the corporation and the system supplier(s).

  • Assist in problem solving customer issues by serving as help chain for Field Service personnel and in some cases interacting directly with customers.

  • Establish and follow relevant report and data storage procedures to ensure all corporate and customer specifications are met.

  • Use of APQP quality systems tools (FMEA, control plans, reactions plans), corrective action tools, and auditing processes to ensure the quality of the products produced and adherence to established procedures and relevant industrial specifications (TS16949, AS9100, etc.)


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Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution

  • Quality systems, Rolling, Sheet fabricating or technical support experience

  • Inspection or Automotive, Aerospace or Industrial customer experience

  • Experience with Surface Quality Monitoring (SQM) systems

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Minimum Education Required:

High School or GED

Minimum Travel Required:


Basic Qualifications:

  • High School diploma or equivalent (GED) from an accredited institution

  • Minimum of 5 years’ manufacturing experience

  • Employees must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

  • This position is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) which requires U.S. person status. ITAR defines U.S. person as an U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder'), Political Asylee, or Refugee.

Business Unit:

Aerospace and Automotive Products

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