Engineering Specialist - Heat Treat

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Engineering Specialist - Heat Treat
Sterling Heights
Ford Motor Company

Job Description
At Ford Motor Company, we are dedicated to designing, manufacturing and selling high quality vehicles that meet the diverse needs of our customers. We believe our employees and the different perspectives that they bring to the business are the driving force behind our success. Come discover a company that is focused on the quality of our vehicles, the environment, the community and the world in which we live.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Monitor carburizing, carbonitriding, and induction hardening processes to ensure compliance specification requirements, WHTX-1, and WHTX-12 procedures.
  • Adjust heat treatment equipment to maintain part quality (metallurgy and distortion) requirements.
  • Responsible for changing-over the furnaces to different part families.
  • Heat Up / Cool Down and Nitrogen Suspend Furnaces for Production needs without jeopardizing safety or part quality.
  • Trained in Combustion Safety for all 400,000 BTU or greater (All equipment below the roof line). Responsible for ensuring that all Safety checks are preformed properly on all equipment and maintain all documentation.
  • Maintain and ensure all Heat Treat Equipment and Gages are properly maintained and calibrated: Dewpoint Analyzers, Hardness Testers, Pyrometer, Monometers, Tegams, etc.
  • Advise and instruct personnel in various heat treating techniques, and direct repair of malfunction equipment.
  • As the Lead Heat Treat Engineer for your shift, you will be the resident expert for Heat Treat and will be expected to lead the production, and skill trades team in all Heat Treat Activities.
  • Guide the Skill Trades Team through troubleshooting of down heat Treat equipment and in some cases “hot furnaces, assisting the team in determining how to safely work on the equipment and how to quickly get it back up and running, minimizing the loss of production stock.
  • Control and disposition of off-standard stock.
  • Statistical correlation of heat treatment data.
  • Complete Understanding of all incoming Gases, Mill Water Lines, City Water Lines, Oil Flow & Distribution, Fresh Air Supply and Exhaust Systems.
  • Complete understanding of Fixture Alloys used in all furnaces with additional knowledge regarding approved designs, nickel costs, alloy types, amount used, amount of fall out and required IM costs/year.


  • Conduct and maintain daily Metallurgical evaluations (microstructure analysis) stock running in all operating furnaces and induction hardeners, which will include cutting, mounting, polishing and etching of samples.
  • Broad knowledge and in-depth expertise in Rockwell surface hardness, micro hardness checks, microstructure evaluation, macro and microphotographs.
  • Metallurgical Properties – Complete knowledge of material properties and need for carburizing to establish the required wear resistance properties.
  • Knowledge of producing ring and pinions with minimal distortion by properly orientating, quenching, and oil use (temp., oil type).
  • CO monitoring – Complete knowledge of what CO sources are formed by Carburizing, Combustion Systems and Generators.
  • Responsibility for maintenance, housekeeping, and ordering of supplies for the metallographic laboratory.

Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor Degree in Engineering
  • 4+ years’ experience in manufacturing engineering environment
  • 4+ years working with heat treat furnaces and or induction power supply
  • 1+ years’ experience Microsoft Office software

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor Degree in in Material Science or Metallurgy
  • Manufacturing Experience with Axle Hypoid Gear Cutting, Heat Treating, Grinding, and Lapping
  • Manufacturing Experience with: Lean Manufacturing (5S, Kanban, Poka-yoke, Visual Factory, and Value Stream Mapping), DCP, PFMEA, PPAP, TQM, Kaizen, Work Instructions, Reaction Plans, Blue Print Reading, Tooling Experience, Statistics (Capability & Correlation Studies, Control Charts, Data Collecting, etc.), 6-Sigma DMAIC Projects, DOE, PJO (Periodic Job Observation) / Process Confirmation, Standardization (creating, improving & following).
  • AutoCad, along with basic computer user knowledge.
  • Strong verbal & written communication, conflict resolution
  • Successful candidate should be able to demonstrate leadership in One FORD (leadership) behaviors combined with outstanding interpersonal, teambuilding, and communication skills
The distance between imagination and … creation. It can be measured in years of innovation, or in moments of brilliance. When you join the Ford team discover all the benefits, rewards and development opportunities you’d expect from a diverse global leader. You’ll become part of a team that is already leading the way, with ingenious solutions and attainable products – and it is always ready to go further.

Candidates for positions with Ford Motor Company must be legally authorized to work in the United States on a permanent basis. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Ford Motor Company is an equal opportunity employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status or protected veteran status