Kymera International
  • 23-Jan-2023 to Until Filled (EST)
  • Durham, NC, USA
  • Hourly
  • Full Time


The New Product Development team is focused on commercializing metal powders for industrialized technologies, including Powder Metallurgy, Additive Manufacturing, and Spray Coatings. The incumbent will be responsible for performing laboratory-scale processes and raw material analysis to support new product development and partner programs. They will be additionally responsible for material performance testing, metallurgical lab activities, atomization trials, customer support activities, manufacturing trouble shooting projects, laboratory equipment setup, and minor maintenance. The Powder Metallurgy Technician will be required to complete tasks as assigned.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  • Take initiative to follow safe work practices and to report and correct unsafe conditions.
  • Execute R&D activities utilizing a variety of metal powders and processes.
  • Conduct necessary scientific tests in a rigorous and detailed fashion, following accepted standards.
  • Report findings to the team while adhering to a high standard of quality.
  • Assists with routine technical service problems and reports findings and solutions to the team.
  • Responsible for smooth operation of assigned laboratory equipment including minor equipment repairs.


  • Experience with powder metal technologies is highly valued.
  • A curious and adaptive attitude, willing to take on new and rapidly changing challenges.
  • An understanding of powder metal manufacturing processes, products and their applications.
  • Creativity in product and process improvement and problem solving.
  • Ability to interpret, implement, and complete experimental plans and drive projects through to completion.
  • Ability to conduct tests properly and ensure reproducible and accurate data.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:

A high school diploma or equivalent OR an Associate degree (A.A.) or equivalent from a college or technical school OR a Bachelor's degree in Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or similar major. Experience with any or all of the following is highly valued, which may have been gained through prior work experience in an industrial setting, internships or co-ops, or laboratory research: metal or ceramic powder synthesis and characterization; powder processing such as sintering, forging, MIM, HIP, or extrusion; high temperature and controlled atmosphere furnace operation for sintering or heat treating; electric arc, laser beam, or electron beam melting or welding; metal additive manufacturing such as laser or electron beam powder bed fusion, bound metal deposition, or similar; conventional cast or wrought metal processing; equipment maintenance; systems controls; machine shop tools, such as mills or lathes; and/or prior chemical or industrial laboratory experience.

Communication Skills:

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to clearly and succinctly communicate with scientists, engineers, and tradespeople by utilizing mathematical formulae, drawings, schematics, or figures. Ability to verbally present complex ideas with visual aids to audiences which may have varied technical understanding of the subject.

Other Skills and Abilities:

Planning, time management, organization of work, record keeping, mechanical aptitude, and safety awareness.

Other Qualifications:

Must be willing and capable of wearing and operating required protective equipment and devices.

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 regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear and taste or smell. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include color vision.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing 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 regularly works with moving equipment, chemicals, electrical equipment, furnaces operating at high temperatures, and mobile equipment such as forklifts. The noise and vibration level in the work environment is usually moderate. The ability to work with engineered safety equipment and personal protective equipment is essential.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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