Torrance, CA
Job Description

The R&D Surface Treatment Engineer Intern works closely with the Materials & Processes Manager and R&D Surface Treatment Engineer. Under general direction on assigned projects, primary function is to provide support the LISI Aerospace US R&D Team regarding all aspects of surface treatment related to aerospace fasteners. This encompasses formulation, evaluations and selection of lubrication, plating and coating products, but also surface preparation and thermal treatments. The R&D Surface Treatment Engineer Intern contributes engineering principles to assuring the finished product meets all end user requirements for the products in development.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to satisfactorily perform each essential requirements represents the knowledge, skill, and/or ability.

This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an "at will" relationship.

Other duties may be assigned. Reasonable accommodation for disabilities may be made for one or more of the following:

  • Assists the Materials & Processes Manager and R&D Surface Treatment Engineer as assigned, with research, development, testing, and proper design of all surface treatments.

  • Assist in pilot plant activities for new product testing.

  • Assists and interfaces with production, testing laboratory and design staff with actions related to evaluation, selection, specification and validation of new or existing products. This includes activities such as coating evaluation studies (health and safety analysis, regulatory compliance), physical, environmental and mechanical testing (Chemical analysis, static or dynamic tests, embrittlement, friction evaluations, electrical properties, adhesion), environmental testing (Temperature, corrosion, fluid resistance..). All these activities to be conducted in a documented manner, based on verified results and analysis and providing clear reporting to team and management at all levels.

  • As a member of a project team, assist with actions related to evaluation, selection, specification and technical validation of surface related processes. This includes surface preparation, cleaning, plating and coating processes, and secondary lubrication selection and specification for prototypes and products in development, industrialization or manufacturing phases.

  • Evaluate advanced surface treatment solutions that would bring best technical or economical performance to company fastener core business.

  • Develops generic test methodic and test plans for surface treatment and processes evaluations / validations in coordination with other LISI AEROSPACE entities so as to build common procedures and data bases. Define and develop dedicated product validation test plan to assess mechanical, physical and functional performances of new products for validation of design and manufacturing processes. Ensure data analysis and proper results and conclusions record in documented test reports.

  • Participate with R&D Laboratory, maintaining and operation of R&D Lab equipment and software.

  • Responsible for complying with the rules and regulations set forth by Federal, Local, and State government, LISI Aerospace, and HSE Procedures.

  • Responsible for attending all training provided and for adhering to all HSE procedures, policies, and plans, conforming to reporting requirements, and safe operating procedures at all times.

  • Required to bring any known or suspected nonconformance for all company procedures or legal requirements to management's attention immediately.

  • Ways of working, Experience, and Behaviors
    To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Analytical - Ability to analyze and understand complex information, product specification, and critical technical information. Able to scrutinize information providing succinct information on risks and proposed actions.

  • Technical Skills - Ability to analyze chemical products composition and their functions, and have an oversight on coating manufacturing processes. Ability to synthesize technical specifications into working applications. Ability to understand customer applications, problems and needs and contribute to working solutions. Ability to work with related Lab equipment in surface treatment projects. Working in problem solving team environment;

  • Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens intently to others and seeks clarification; Provides clear and pleasant responses to inquiries regardless of the situation.

  • Written Communication - Writes technical documents clearly and accurately; Transfers technical data into meaningful written documents that can be understood by all levels of the organization. Results and decisions based on results and documented, focused on objective completion in timely manner, clear and simple reporting.

  • Team Work - Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests. Works in multi-functional teams,

  • Business Acumen - Understands business implications of decisions; Displays orientation to profitability; Aligns work with strategic goals.

  • Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.

  • Planning/Organizing - Contributes towards multiple projects, Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Sets goals and objectives.

  • Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.


    Education and/or Experience
  • Senior status towards Bachelors of Science degree in Chemistry or related disciplines is required

  • Basic knowledge of Metallurgy is required

  • Manufacturing process knowledge related to metal finishing processes such as cleaning, sand blasting, chemical preparation, plating, painting, and lubrication are desired.

  • Knowledge of Aircraft or Fasteners Coatings would be a plus. .

  • Working knowledge of relevant engineering applications, technical reading and writing;

  • Language Skills

    Verbal and written communication skills in English with practical reasoning abilities are a must. Ability to read, analyze and interpret professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from R&D US Team. Competency in French is a plus.

    Mathematical Skills
    Working knowledge of statistics and advance levels of calculus/differentials equations.

    Computer Skills
    To perform this job successfully, an individual should have strong knowledge of Internet software; Spreadsheet, Presentation, Project Planning and Word Processing software.

    Reasoning Ability
    Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

    Certificates, licenses, registrations


    Physical Demands
    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk and sit for extended periods of time. Requires eye-hand coordination, repetitive hand and arm movement and manual dexterity use of hands to finger, handle, or feel. Reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, listen and speak. The employee must frequently bend, reach to shoulder level and lift, carry, push and/or pull up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus. Hearing level is within normal/average range.

    Work Environment
    The noise level in the work environment may be loud. Employee will be required to wear personal safety equipment such as safety glasses, hearing protection, and proper steel toe footwear (PPE) in manufacturing areas.
    Job Type Internship