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Project Engineer - Mechanical

Hydro  Extrusions is a world-leading aluminium extrusion business counting around 100 production sites in 40 countries and employing 20,000 people. Through our unique combination of local expertise, global network, and unmatched R&D capabilities, we can offer everything from standards profiles, to advanced development and manufacturing for most industries.  Since 1905, Hydro has turned natural resources into valuable products for people and businesses with focus on a safe and good workplace for our 30,000 employees in more than 140 locations.

Hydro is committed to leading the way in shaping a sustainable future and in doing so, creating more viable societies by developing natural resources into products and solutions in innovative and efficient ways to industries that matter.

Job Summary:


The mechanical engineer performs a variety of engineering project assignments in the largest aluminum extrusion mill in North America.  Provide hydraulic and machine design expertise and general mechanical engineering knowledge of assigned projects.  Involves the upgrade and design of equipment, specification of materials and services, supervision of installation, start-up, and troubleshooting of new and existing equipment. Must be able to lead projects from the definition of project scope through final execution while working with diverse plant project teams.  Must be able to lead contractors and support the plant maintenance team to ensure equipment functionality and reliability. Provides recommendations to increase equipment efficiency and overall production system efficiency and reliability. 


Job Responsibilities:

  • Manage a variety of projects simultaneously: Provide alternate solutions. Provide cost estimates. Develop the scope of work for the project. Provide / Design drawings and specifications for the project. Verify project design meets all regulatory codes and regulations, including Hydro standards. Provide requisitions and work orders for the completion of the project. Provide direction to the labor force to complete projects.
  • Work with internal and external engineering resources, equipment suppliers, and construction contractors to complete assigned projects safely, on time, and on budget.
  • Perform a variety of engineering tasks such as analytical problem solving, design calculations, review of proposals from equipment suppliers and contractors, selection of equipment and contractors, and review and approval of vendor drawings, scheduling, and cost control.
  • Provide engineering assistance to maintenance and manufacturing departments: Develop solutions for ongoing maintenance/reliability problems, evaluate equipment upgrades, update drawings to reflect changes made by maintenance, troubleshoot existing systems, and coordinate/provide training and equipment documentation.
  • Communicate schedules and project status within the department, with other departments within the plant, and with equipment suppliers and construction contractors.


Job Requirements:

  • With a minimum of 3 years of project engineering experience in a manufacturing environment, heavy industrial preferred.
  • Must have a working knowledge of hydraulic design, troubleshooting, and start-up.
  • Must have a working knowledge of machine design, heavy machine installation, and troubleshooting.
  • Ability to direct controls engineers in building machine control software to perform proper machine operations
  • Work experience in relatively high-speed manufacturing and robotics is a plus
  • Basic proficiency with AutoCAD software.
  • Solid Project Management skills


Education and Work Requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree (BS or BA) in Engineering is preferred, and non-degree candidates will be considered for the mechanical engineering technician job classification.
  • PE License or (EIT/EI) preferred


Hydro employees can enjoy several benefits including:

  • $3000 Retention Bonus (for external hires)
  • Medical, Rx, Dental, Disability, Life Insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Retirement Savings Plans with Company Match/Contributions
  • Education Assistance
  • Bonus Plan Eligibility
  • Referral Bonuses
  • Parental Leave
  • On-site Gym & Café





Hydro is heading in a new and exciting direction, and we depend on different perspectives to solve our tasks and meet customer needs. Building on our three core values – Care, Courage and Collaboration – we target a high performing and sustainable work environment based on inclusion of our differences.  Hydro in North America is an Equal Opportunity Employer where all phases of employment are based strictly upon the qualifications of the individual as related to the work requirements of the position. This policy is applied without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, veteran status, marital status or any other category protected by law.   


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Posted on:  Feb 2, 2024

Cressona, PA, US, 17929

Department:  Engineering Lead
Business Area:  Hydro Extrusions(EXSO)
Legal Entity:  Hydro Extrusion USA LLC
Job Type:  Permanent

Nearest Major Market: Allentown

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