Category: Students

Engineer I

The job is running various physical property materials testing (IE load frame work, impact, thermal analysis (DSC), FTIR, chemical resistance) on plastic piping material (PE, PVC, CPVC, nylon, PP, PERT, PEX, etc) as well as physical testing on actual pipes.

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Collin Snyder
Test Engineer
Phone: 734-769-8010 ext 2389
NSF International
789 N. Dixboro Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
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Job Title
Engineer I

Ann Arbor_MI

Organization Name
Engineering Test Laboratory

Department Description

NSF International is an independent organization that certifies products and writes standards for food, water and consumer goods to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment ( Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.

Basic Purpose

Responsible for the review and interpretation of standards and protocols, development of test methods, design of test equipment, analysis of test data and oversight and direction given to the Engineering technicians in the build and operation of test equipment and conduct of testing

Principal Accountabilities

  • Review and interpret product/material standards and their technical requirements as related to testing, data analysis and pass / fail criteria. Review and develop test methods and test equipment to meet technical requirements of test standards and protocols.
  • Improve existing methods to ensure state-of-the-art testing and evaluation of products and materials
  • Conduct Engineering analysis of failed parts to determine validity of test methodology and conditions
  • Instruct technicians in the proper building, operation and conducting of testing per the required test standard/protocol
  • Conduct statistical analysis of test results and prepares technical reports.
  • Provide technical support to the program office on issues related to standard requirements and bracketing
  • Meet with customers to represent NSF in the technical review of standard requirements, test methods, test results and data analysis
  • Conduct witness testing at manufacturer’s facility, as necessary.
  • Research, design, and oversee building of new test equipment
  • Oversee installation, operation, maintenance, and repair to ensure that test equipment are installed and functioning to specifications
  • Support the Calibration Officer in the design/development of current, accurate methods of calibration for equipment within the test engineering group.
  • Investigate product test issues related to test equipment and/or test processes and make recommendation to manager.
  • Maintain and administer a test information database to ensure efficient storage and retrieval of relevant data. Develop information requirements; assist in the design of information systems (e.g. searchable electronic database) as necessary.
  • Research and analyze proposed testing requirements to evaluate the feasibility, cost, and maintenance/calibration of required equipment.
  • Manage project and testing with subcontract laboratories
  • Assure adherence to all QA/QC programs, safety and health policies and procedures. Perform other duties as requested.


  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, chemical engineering or materials engineering, or other Engineering degree requiring both physical and material analysis work.
  • A minimum of six (6) months experience with working in a mechanical or structural laboratory environment with testing experience.
  • Experience with the design of experiments
  • Demonstrated experience with project coordination, organization and tracking capabilities.
  • Experience with conducting tests to standards, system design, and project management.
  • Knowledgeable and experienced with laboratory QA/QC plans, manuals, and procedures.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to travel internationally and domestically to support clients, attend conferences and/or trade shows.


  • Master’s degree
  • Proven successful NSF Experience
  • Experience with CAD programs (Auto CAD).
  • Understanding of and experience with laboratory information management systems (LIMS).
  • Familiarity and experience with maintenance and repair of testing equipment utilized.
  • Electronics troubleshooting, polyphase electrical system requirements.
  • Basic hydraulics/pneumatic systems, machining/fabricating test jigs.
  • Experience in testing using standard or approved methods.
  • Experience with Lab View.
  • Experience with PLC’s.

Additional Details

  • Heavy physical effort required (ability to move 40-50 lbs. from one area to another).


  • Work performed in a laboratory environment.
  • International and domestic travel is necessary.
  • Smoke free work environment.

Participate in GRC 2013 at Michigan Tech


The upcoming Graduate Research Colloquium (GRC) is on Feb 21-22, 2013. GRC is organized by the Graduate Student Government (GSG). Graduate students from all departments at Michigan Tech present their research and ideas to other students and faculty in the form of oral or poster presentations. A group of judges that consists of faculty (and/or some invited members of industry) evaluates student’s presentations to award prizes to the best 1st, 2nd and 3rd presentations from each session (oral and poster). There are also three honorable mention awards given in both oral and poster presentation sessions.

The objective of the colloquium is to give graduate students an in-house opportunity to share and gain experience presenting their research with peers, professionals, and professors among campus.

Detailed feedback from judges will help students enhance their skills in presenting at conferences, as well as providing insights on research methods and techniques.

GSG is encouraging students to present their work in GRC on February 21 and 22. Students willing to participate should submit a 300 words abstract by December 20, 2012, 5pm.

For more information about GRC and to find instructions about the newly developed on-line submission form please visit

Joshua Pearce on Energy Hires at Tech Talks

Tech Talks Research and Scholarship: Energy

The next Tech Talks session will be at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, East Reading Room of the J. R. Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library. Co-leaders William Worek, dean of College of Engineering, and Joshua Pearce (MSE) will present accomplishments of the Strategic Faculty Hiring Initiative on Energy, followed by faculty presentations and an opportunity to explore new collaborations and new directions for energy research at Michigan Tech.

Read more at Tech Today.

Patrick Bowen Receives American Heart Association Fellowship

Patrick Bowen
Patrick Bowen

The Research Committee of the American Heart Association (AHA) has approved activation of a Midwest Affiliate Summer 2012 Predoctoral Fellowship for MSE graduate student Patrick Bowen for two years. Bowen’s application was ranked in the top 5.5% of 100 applications (20 were funded) by the AHA.

The title of the project is “Development of Novel Zinc-Based Bioabsorbable Stents for the Treatment of Vascular Stenoses.” His advisor is Dr. Jaroslaw Drelich.

The research Award was made possible by the dedicated work of people of all ages and backgrounds who volunteer their time and talents to fight heart disease through advocacy efforts and fundraising activities.


Bowen will receive $52,000 over two years to support his research on the development of bioabsorbable, zinc-based stents.

Professor Jarek Drelich (MSE) is Bowen’s advisor, with Associate Professor Jeremy Goldman (Biomedical Engineering) proving additional direction to his research.

Read more at Tech Today.

Research Coordinator

The University of Minnesota Duluth, Natural Resources Research Institute has an opening for

Research Coordinator

Essential qualifications include:

Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, Mineral Processing, Metallurgical Engineering, or related field from a regionally accredited institution, with a minimum two years demonstrated experience in a mineral processing or metallurgical environment. The University requires that you apply online.

For a complete position description visit
and search for Job Requisition 181095.

The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and

From The Marquette Mining Journal.