$1,000 Sign-On Bonus! Entry/Early/Mid Career Level Materials Research Technician

Alcoa   New Kensington, PA   Full-time     Mechanic/Technician
Posted on November 4, 2021
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Alcoa's Technology Center (ATC)

New Kensington, PA

$1,000 Sign-On Bonus!


About the location

Alcoa’s U.S. portfolio includes Alcoa's corporate headquarters (ACC), Alcoa's Technology Center (ATC), four smelters, hydroelectric power and a calcined coke plant.

Every day is a new and exciting challenge at the Alcoa Technical Center in New Kensington, PA, just north of Pittsburgh; whether working virtually, on-site, or a hybrid of the two, we develop new technologies with our Breakthrough Technologies team that has the potential to impact the life of millions of people, and foster the sustainable footprint from Alcoa to the world. It was here where we developed the technology recently announced in partnership with Rio Tinto, called ELYSIS™, where we will produce aluminum with ZERO emission of greenhouse gases. In fact, we will actually be generating oxygen to our atmosphere during the aluminum production process– a revolution to the aluminum industry!



About the job

Does the prospect of playing a key part in innovative and breakthrough technology interest you? You will be an integral member of the production team responsible for equipment operation, maintenance and repair, and recording and documenting results and observations systematically and completely in laboratory notebooks and computer databases. The incumbent will be part of a pilot-scale production team focusing on manufacturing and testing advanced proprietary materials for the development of innovative technology. 


Responsibilities include:

  • Operation of production equipment including, but not limited to, powder batching and mixing equipment, powder process equipment (milling and spray drying), forming equipment (die presses), furnaces, kilns, and machining equipment.
  • Manufacture powders and components and prepare and test samples using laboratory analytical equipment consisting of LECO chemical analysis, viscometers, pH measurements, density measurements, powder particle size and surface area analysis, sample polishing, microscopy.
  • Operation of overhead cranes, forklifts, and other mobile equipment as needed.
  • Ensure the safety of employees and equipment. Become knowledgeable about Alcoa EHS standards, protocols and tools.
  • Ability to learn.


About you:

Our values – act with integrity, operate with excellence, care for people – are at the foundation of everything we do. To be successful in this role and to play a part in our ongoing success we desire the following background:

  • 0-3 years experience.

  • Minimum High school diploma, GED, trade school degree in mechanical/electrical trades.

  • Associate's or Bachelor's degree in a science related discipline preferred.

  • Mechanical aptitude.

  • Strong communication (both oral and written) and interpersonal skills.

  • Basic computer skills: MS Outlook (email), MS Excel (data entry), MS Access or other database (data entry).


Special Instructions:

  • Must have the ability to work in relatively noisy conditions with appropriate hearing PPE.

  • Capability to work processes involving dust generation with the wearing of appropriate dust masks or power air purifying respirators (PAPR).

  • Able to work a 12 hour rotating day and evening shift schedule.

  • 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 may be subject to U.S. export control requirements under the U.S. Department of Commerce Export Administration Regulations (EAR).


To support our teams and their families beyond the workplace, Alcoa provides an outstanding benefits package effective day one of employment! In addition to medical benefits, we offer structured work-from-home programs, employee resource group opportunities, 401K options and a first-rate vacation plan for valuable work-life balance.


Alcoa encourages applications from women, people of diverse backgrounds and those with different skills and life experiences. Alcoa is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer.




New Kensington , PA