Career Opportunities: Project Engineer (4621)

Req Id 4621 - Posted 10/28/2013 - Lakewood - Operations

GrafTech International is a global company with 125 years in the graphite materials industry, offering innovative solutions for the most challenging applications.  Our customers are located in more than 65 countries and represent a wide range of industries and end markets, including steel manufacturing, advanced energy and latest generation electronics. GrafTech operates 19 principal manufacturing facilities on four continents and employs more than 3,200 people.

We have an immediate opening at our Lakewood, OH facility for a Project Engineer, reporting to the Technical Manager.  The primary function of this position is to be responsible for the development and execution of projects, programs, or systems that will support the safety productivity and profitability of GrafTech.

See below for a summary of responsibilities:

  • Maintains budget control on capital expenditures.
  • Prepares and presents project/cost summaries for management.
  • Applies new technology to older equipment, as needed, to improve equipment performance, reliability, and throughput.
  • Sets up and conducts experiments for projects, programs, or systems using known methods. Projects require understanding of scientific and engineering principles.
  • Participates in planning technical details of programs, projects or systems within clear defined objectives and standards.
  • Interfaces with sales, marketing and R&D to implement new products and or processes.
  • Maintains awareness of related technologies, programs, projects, problems, plant processes and marketing.
  • Is responsible for organizing the available technical resources and controlling the day- to-day operations of the programs or projects. 
  • Reviews milestones with leadership.
  • Consults internal and external resources and directs the work of hourly employees who are assigned to the project as well as other engineers and outside consultants/contractors.
  • Is able to adapt existing technology in novel ways to solve problems and to complete projects.
  • Writes periodic reports and gives oral presentations to management and customers on specific projects.
  • Insures that HS&EP policies affecting projects are followed.
  • Applies quality standards to projects to insure compliance with certification requirements in plant applications.
  • Provides engineering support for other plant departments as needed to sustain safe, efficient and reliable plant operations.
  • Ensures that ongoing maintenance plans are in place prior to projects being turned over to operations.
  • Provides required engineering to recommend and implement modifications to existing equipment including scope, estimate, procurement, construction/installation and startup troubleshooting.
  • Complies with and facilitates all change management processes.
  • Manages multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Project scopes can require larger teams and may include support from additional project managers.
  • Monitors equipment repairs as to technical specifications methodology, condition, testing, inspection, and acceptance of quality.



  • Engineering degree, BS in Mechanical Engineering required.
  • Minimum five years’ experience in an engineering role in a heavy manufacturing environment.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills.
  • Experience with managing capital budgets.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Strong Computer skills.
  • Flexibility for occasional travel.  (0-10%)
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Ability to establish and maintain strong vendor relationships.
  • Knowledgeable in Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma principles.
  • Strong track record in the area of project management.
  • Knowledgeable of SPC principles, control charts, statistics.
  • Ability to function in a self-directed work team.
  • Motivated self-starter, hands on approach, and detail oriented.
  • Skilled in multiple areas including combustion systems, complex mechanical equipment,  high temperature material, rolling equipment,  laminating equipment and coating processes.
  • Knowledgeable of HS&EP policies as it affects area of responsibility.
  • Able to successfully manage and troubleshoot unforeseen problems related to external vendors as well as internal team members.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to handle project of medium to major importance in a cost effective manner.
  • Understands project management.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and solve technical problems.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle project of medium to major importance in a cost effective manner.
  • Demonstrated use of applying novel solutions to solve problems and complete projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise personnel in a team environment.
  • Knowledgeable of applications of various quality principles and has applied to projects.
  • Proficient in a wide variety of software programs including ACAD, Solid works and project management scheduling tools.


We offer a competitive salary (including incentive program) and benefits package commensurate with experience and the opportunity to join a well-established organization. If you thrive in a fast-paced, challenging environment and have a proven track record in achieving results, come join our worldwide organization.

For immediate consideration, please apply via our Careers website or use the Careers Center page of Graftech.com to create a profile on our Careers website and apply!

For additional information about GrafTech, please visit our website at www.graftech.com. 

Must be legally qualified to work under the Immigration Reform & Control Act.

Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/H/V