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Project Engineer Metallurgist


Elk Grove Village, IL, United States

Job ID:  37460
Estimated Travel:  0-25%
Contract Type: 
Talent Area:  Operations & Manufacturing - Engineering/OSG

Who We Are:

Trivium Packaging is a global leader in metal packaging with 60 locations worldwide, nearly 8,000 employees, and an annual revenue of approximately $2.8 billion. Trivium serves a diverse range of customers in a variety of end markets such as food, seafood, pet food, nutrition, beauty and personal care, household care, and premium beverages.

Trivium wants to shape the industry and has embarked on an ambitious transformation journey. In the near term, focus is on building & upskilling the team, deciding where to play & how to win, and increasing financial performance by executing the Trivium Business System (commercial, operational, and supply chain excellence). In addition, Trivium has ambitious sustainability targets and focuses exclusively on products that are infinitely recyclable.

We realize that there are no easy answers. Real sustainability is a complex challenge after all, but we know science-based innovation and circular-economy thinking will drive progress. We also know we are not alone in this. That’s why we partner with our customers, scientists and sustainability thought leaders to innovate faster, better, and more holistically.

Job Summary:

The Project Engineer/Metallurgist will perform metallurgical evaluations and failure analyses of metal food, beverage, and aerosol packaging. The position will also investigate manufacturing issues/customer complaints to determine the root cause.  The intent is to provide the business with an objective analysis that will emphasize the effects of design and material changes or to determine the driving force for customer issues in the field.


Job Duties:

  • Champion metal (aluminum, steel, other) supplier partnerships for long-term benefit of Trivium Packaging (innovation, quality improvements, service improvements, product standardization).
  • Evaluate the impact of package parameters on package shelf life, for both food and beverage.
  • Evaluate new engineering and development designs for down gauging projects or new package development programs.
  • Conduct routine metallurgical analyses on can, ends, and other metal packaging as needed.
  • Perform optical and scanning electron microscopic analysis in support of product shelf-life determination and failure analyses.
  • Perform root cause analysis of can/end manufacturing defects or process issues to aid manufacturing personnel in diagnosing and correcting process issues.
  • Objective qualitative and quantitative analysis of customer complaints related to cans, ends, or double seaming processes to determine what caused the incident and how to facilitate a resolution between Trivium Packaging and the customer.
  • Compare performance of design/material changes and make recommendations for further development or improvement based on observations conducted during performance testing.
  • Maintain testing equipment and develop new testing methods as needed.
  • Perform all other job duties as assigned.



Qualifications and Experience Requirements:


  • Bachelor's Degree in Materials Science or Metallury
  • 0-5 years of work experience in metallurgy, preferably in the packaging industry
  • Metallographic preparation and evaluations are essential.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software.
  • Knowledge of ferrous and non-ferrous metallurgy
  • Corrosion testing experience is a plus
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Experience generating technical reports and documentation.
  • Able to work in fast-paced environment and able to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills. 
  • Excellent verbal-written, interpersonal and communication skills to interact effectively with internal and external customers and team.
  • High degree of flexibility and ability to multitask. As well as a positive attitude, strong work ethic, integrity



Work Environment:

This position will primarily work in a plant-like environment where the noise level is usually very loud outside of the office area. Temperature can range from extreme cold (<40 degrees) to extreme heat (>90 degrees). The atmosphere contains fumes, dust, and odors. Employees must wear hearing protection, gloves, and all other assigned Personal Protective Equipment. The position will also need to lift and carry up to 15 pounds on occasion.  


Trivium Packaging is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.