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General Electric Lead Engineer – Coating Development in Evendale, Ohio

Job Description Summary

Activities aimed at proving a concept to be valid or technically feasible by the application of scientific and engineering methodologies. Work in this family typically has the objective of demonstrating through test or analyses the performance and implementation potential of a concept

Responsible for departmental operations planning/execution or is focused on execution of professional activities within a technical discipline. Functions with some autonomy but guided by established policies or review of end results.

The job allows modification of procedures and practices covering work as long as the end results meet standards of acceptability (quality, volume, timeliness etc.).

Job Description

Role Purpose Summary

The Coating Development Engineer in GE Aviation’s Engineering Materials Systems organization will provide materials expertise and technical programmatic leadership for key technologies under development in conjunction with our military customers. The candidate for this position will partner and work with personnel from various engineering disciplines, management, and technicians every day in an office and laboratory environment.

Essential Functions / Responsibilities

  • Execute technical coating development programs with an aim to burn down technical risk associated with maturing these materials, leveraging domain expertise in the field.

  • Lead horizontal teams (materials, design, manufacturing) to advance the technical maturity of coating technologies using the TRL/MRL process while meeting programmatic milestones.

  • Apply principles of chemistry, physics, and materials science to develop new coating systems with desired performance for metallic and composite materials.

  • Provide technical documentation to support peer and customer reviews.

  • Present data to program and customer personnel at technical interchange meetings and design reviews.

  • Recommend approaches to solve materials and manufacturing process-related issues utilizing current best practices to influence high-risk items and improve designs.

  • Proactively identify lessons learned and best practices and ensure appropriate documentation.

  • Communicate significant developments with leadership and consult on technical roadmap development to inform the future direction of technology development.

  • Partner with measurement teams to develop new test methods for coating performance.

  • Partner with raw material suppliers to ensure incoming products meet existing requirements, and in some cases, work to develop new products for future technology applications.

  • Provide materials application engineering support for coated parts as needed.

  • Contribute to coating technology roadmap development exercises as a domain expert.

  • Collaborate to write proposals for future programs that advance technology in military applications.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Materials Science or related Engineering field from an accredited college or university

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in a materials science engineering position

  • Ability to obtain and maintain DoD clearance.


  • 5+ years experience with coating formulation and process development

  • Experience with material selection, material testing, and material testing processes

  • Existing DoD Security Secret Clearance

  • Experience leading a technical development program, managing budgets, and communicating milestone commitments

  • Experience proposing new technical programs including budget and timing estimates

  • Advanced degree in Materials Science or related Engineering field from an accredited college or university

  • Strong oral and written communication skills

  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Ability to guide and influence others, especially those not in a direct reporting position.

This role is restricted to U.S. persons (i.e., U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and other protected individuals under the Immigration and Naturalization Act, 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)) due to access to export-controlled technology. GE will require proof of status prior to employment.

Additional Information

GE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation. GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer ( . Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a drug screen (as applicable).

Relocation Assistance Provided: No