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Research Engineer, CAE Modeling

Are you looking to make a real impact? For over a century, our people have been the driving force in solving some of the world’s most pressing issues – and we hope you’ll join us in solving the next century’s. Whether you're working to close the loop at one of our recycling facilities or ensuring efficient renewable energy processes to decarbonize aluminium production, your contributions make an impact in our shared purpose of propelling our industries and the world into a greener future.  

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 Location: Troy, MI


Hydro employees can enjoy several benefits including:

  • Medical, Rx, Dental, Disability, Life Insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Retirement Savings Plans with Company Match/Contributions
  • Education Assistance
  • Bonus Plan Eligibility
  • Parental Leave


Job Summary: The Research Engineer – CAE Modelling is a key member of the Innovation & Technology (I&T) Downstream team.  This position primarily executes CAE modeling and simulations to support Hydro or customer design goals.  The ability to develop a model for a given set of conditions and evaluate the results in relation to the performance targets is a core competence.  Other tasks involve supporting or leading various projects, correlating models to physical tests, and communicating the results in a clear and concise manner.  The Research Engineer – CAE Modeling reports to the Downstream R&D Manager and will join a team mainly focused on modeling, simulation, surface treatment, advanced fabrication methods, and component testing and inspection.


Required Education/Experience:

  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent or Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum three (3) years’ previous work experience
  • Minimum one (1) year experience with LS-DYNA


Preferred Skills/Qualifications: 

  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills to both internal and external customers
  • Mechanical test development, execution and analysis.
  • Ability to correlate FEA analysis with lab testing results.
  • Competence is materials performance and analysis.
  • Functional experience with Digital Image Correlation (DIC) a plus.
  • Extrusion process modeling and die performance simulation a plus.
  • Functional knowledge of fabrication methods (welding, machining, bending/forming) a plus.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Support the business area with simulation activities on structural and mechanical calculations typically within loading, bending, forming or crash evaluations.
  • Support the development of simulation material cards for nonlinear structural modeling.
  • Successfully deliver Finite Element Analysis (FEA) R&D projects that support the business area, incorporating material properties and profile design for predictive component behavior.
  • Collaborate with global FEA resources to maintain and evaluate technologies.
  • Develop, execute and analyze mechanical tests towards improving modeling accuracy.
  • Project planning and reporting, including A3 organization, progress communication, milestones and budget.
  • Coordinate local project team towards delivering on customer expectations.
  • Collaborate with Commercial team to offer customers solutions utilizing extruded profiles.
  • Proactively takes corrective actions when non-conformances arise.
  • Supports transfer and implementation of results when applicable.
  • Builds professional networks in-line with and adjacent to role and responsibilities.
  • Up to 20% travel required.



Care, Courage, & Collaboration

At Hydro We care about our People!

We care about Safety!

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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A job where you make a difference.
A key part of succeeding in this mission involves encouraging a collegial environment where our differences are acknowledged as our greatest competitive advantage. Your diverse perspective makes us stronger.  Our global diversity, inclusion and belonging program enables us to cultivate a high-performing and inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued.

Your career journey is unique. We strive to provide you with the support needed to achieve your full potential. With our global reach, inclusive culture, and cutting-edge technology you'll have the opportunity to build a career that aligns with your strengths and passions. 

Join our global community of over 30,000 people with a presence in 40 countries and united by the values of Care, Courage and Collaboration. At Hydro, you have the chance to make a difference in the industries that matter.

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Posted on:  Apr 2, 2024

Troy, MI, US, 48084

Department:  Downstream R and D - Troy
Business Area:  Hydro Extrusions(EXSO)
Legal Entity:  Hydro Extrusion USA LLC
Job Type:  Permanent

Nearest Major Market: Troy
Nearest Secondary Market: Detroit

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