Lead Systems Engineer


Employment Type: Full-time

Location: Cortland, New York

This position is within the Mining And Metals Industry

Job Summary

Who is Pyrotek? Pyrotek is the most successful global industrial company you’ve never heard of (until now). Pyrotek is a global leader in high temperature materials and our products impact virtually everyone in the developed world. Our global team has worked for decades to deliver new technologies, advanced engineered systems and innovative materials to customers in industries all over the world. The last car, train and plane you rode in were all safer and more energy efficient because of Pyrotek. The beverage cans in your refrigerator are lighter, stronger and infinitely recyclable because of Pyrotek. Join our team and create, improve and innovate the everyday!

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Solve customer problems by providing services in thermal, thermal fluids and mechanical engineering to support capital equipment projects and oversee entire project cycle, including quoting, design, development, and project completion.  Provide customer service to include installation and start-up support and supervision of repairs or rebuilds at customer sites.


Core People Skills. Ability to positively interact and work collaboratively with a diverse group of people at all levels of the organization.  Genuine with high ethical standards and values and personal integrity and honesty.  Ability to apply a large measure of common sense to a variety of situations. Treats people with respect and inspires the trust of others.

Communication Skills.  Strong communication skills required. Must be an effective communicator with skills that demonstrate collaboration and cooperation. Ability to speak persuasively in positive or negative situations, listen and obtain clarification, and respond well to questions and challenging comments.  Ability to influence and negotiate for mutual benefit. Must be able to successfully communicate in English and with people for whom English is a second language.

Computer/Applications Skills. Proficient computer skills using a variety of software applications systems, including Microsoft Office Products, Visio, and CADD. Ability to learn and use Autodesk Inventor.   

Engineering. Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services. Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.  Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principals involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

Analytical Skills.  Ability to use information/data and various metrics to develop an informed and factual business case.  Strong financial analytical capabilities for developing profitable product strategies. Ability to define problems, collect objective data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.

Core Business Skills. Ability to exercise sound judgement and discretion in handling of proprietary and confidential information. Ability to identify and solve practical problems while dealing with complexity and ambiguity. Gathers and analyzes information carefully and develops alternative solutions. Understands business implications of decisions and actions. Is cost consciousness and conserves organizational resources. Able to set short-term and long-term goals even when conflicting priorities exist. Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness with a strong attention to detail. Proactive to find ways to improve. 

Professional Investment.  Demonstrated commitment to own personal professional development and learning.


Must Haves: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) from an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) program with a minimum of 7 years of experience in capital equipment engineering and design. Experience in primary metals, foundries or other high temperature processing industries preferred.

Preference may be given to candidates with a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME) and senior-level engineers with experience leading projects developing solutions for furnace control and combustion equipment. Project Management Professional (PMP) and Professional Engineer (PE) designations and/or finite element analysis (FEA) and computation fluid dynamic (CFD) work experience a plus.

Essential Functions/Responsibilities

1.       Lead custom capital equipment projects and design to solve problems for customers.

a.       Develop project schedule and identify project scope changes, complete required documentation and communicate changes as needed.

b.       Lead designers and engineers on projects to meet project goals.

c.       Manage project costs through standardized designs, production cost innovations, and designing for the manufacturing process.

d.       Review detailed drawings for accuracy and completeness to describe intended applications, specifications and build techniques for use on the production floor (design for manufacturability).

e.       Troubleshoot design/manufacturing issues internally or externally for projects that may arise.

f.        Write equipment manuals for all projects.

2.       Understand and support the plant Safety and Quality Policies and plant objectives.

3.       Research and analyze data for innovative design advances and technical solutions to customer problems.

4.       Work closely with Supply Chain & Planning departments to define long lead items, project schedules & supply pertinent information required for a successful project.

5.       Develop furnace refractory, insulation and heating designs to minimize heat loss in systems and maximizing efficiencies.  

6.       Supervise installations and provide technical support at customer sites. Up to 25% global travel may be required.

7.       Analyze thermal and thermal flow requirements through FEA or CFD for capital equipment.

8.       Collaborate and work with various internal and external Pyrotek stakeholders to identify new technologies to solve industrial furnace or equipment problems.

9.       Conduct FMEA’s and develop validation tests to mitigate Pyrotek risk, improve business performance and increase project success rate.

10.   Assist Pyrotek sales engineers in preparing and presenting technical solutions to customer’s problems.

11.   Create formal quote proposals for the sales team.

12.   Interface with the electrical controls department to ensure electro-mechanical interfaces are accurate.

Physical/Sensory Requirements
The following physical activities described here are representative of those required by an employee to perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodation, if feasible, will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions of position.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and see.   Must be able to sit for long periods of time, bend and reach, use stairs and lift up to 25 pounds occasionally.  Communicate effectively in English by telephone, in person, and in writing.  Effectively use a personal computer, telephone, and office equipment.   This position is moderately active and requires standing, walking, and bending. Employees performing this job must be able to wear protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, and hearing protection.

Working Environment
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles, moving mechanical parts such as overhead cranes, vibration and moving vehicles. The noise level in the work environment and job sites can be loud.

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