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General Electric Research Engineer - Advanced Machining - Aviation Research in Niskayuna, New York

Job Description Summary

As an Advanced Machining Research Engineer, you will work with a group of researchers and scientists in cutting edge manufacturing process development. The goals of this position include conducting research, development, optimization, and deployment of innovative machining processes that extend the range of producibility of novel product designs. Expertise in materials, mechanical design, and instrumentation is key to success in delivering robust, capable, and economically viable industrial processes to GE businesses and customers.

Aviation Research will continue to play a vital role in supporting the industry through a historic recovery while shaping the future of flight. We invent the future of flight, lift people up and bring them home safely. Our commitment to lead the industry, to keep safe the flying public and the armed forces, and to lift up one another and our communities, remains our north star. Our purpose is what ties us to one another and gives meaning to our work.

Job Description


  • Apply computational and experimental skills to design, optimize, and test next generation manufacturing processes, including, conventional (turning, milling) and non-conventional (ECM, EDM, Chem Milling, Laser processing) machining processes for shaping, machining, and finishing metals, ceramics, and composite materials.

  • Work with GE Research and GE business teams to identify customer requirements and define manufacturing process specifications.

  • Work with GE Research team to build hardware and software system prototypes to meet customer requirements.

  • Follow a manufacturing readiness level scorecard to drive the manufacturing process development from benchtop testing through factory pilot implementation.

  • Develop tools and methods to enhance machining process capabilities, considering cost, schedule, and quality trade-offs.

  • Help develop diagnostics and monitoring strategies to enhance process robustness.

  • Participate in the development of technology strategy and implementation of actionable multi-generational technology plans for manufacturing.

  • Formulate plans for assigned projects and work with leadership and customers to track progress toward project deliverables.

  • Effectively document and communicate results by preparing written reports and delivering oral presentations.


  • MS degree in Engineering, Physics, or related fields with at least 2 years of industrial experience in manufacturing process development.

  • Experience in materials removal process development and implementation with hands-on experience in 2 or more conventional or non-conventional machining processes (milling, turning, ECM, EDM, laser processes).

  • Expertise in numerical control and tool path development.

  • Knowledge of solid modeling and exposure to one or more commercial CAD/CAM systems, e.g., NX, Solidworks.

  • Demonstrated experience in software development using languages, such as C#, C++, Python, LabVIEW, and/or MATLAB

  • Demonstrated ability to independently perform analytical and laboratory research work.

  • Must be willing to work out of an office located in Niskayuna, NY.

  • Must be willing to take a drug test and submit to a background investigation as part of the selection process.

  • Legal authorization to work in the U.S. is required. We will not sponsor individuals at the Masters level for employment visas, now or in the future, for this job opening.

  • Must be 18 years or older.

  • You must submit your application for employment on the careers page at to be considered.


  • PhD degree in Engineering, Physics, or related fields is a plus.

  • Proficiency in wet chemical process development.

  • Familiarity with a range of manufacturing processes and operations outside of machining, e.g., inspection, welding.

  • Exposure to emerging manufacturing trends, such as Industry 4.0, digital manufacturing, additive manufacturing.

  • Experience in hardware-software system integration and digital and analogue electronics development.

  • A working knowledge in the development of factory automation and robotic tools.

  • Experience in writing compelling proposals and executing government-funded programs.

  • A record of publications in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings.

  • Excellent team working ability, communication skills, and flexibility.

  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment and develop cross-organization partnerships.

  • Highly innovative, self-motivated, and able to conduct research independently.

  • Strong influencing skills with customers, senior leadership, and project teams.


  • Because of the specific categories of data handled by GE Research and the structure of our work environment, we are unable to accommodate employment of persons while they are considered nationals of embargoed countries subject to restriction under the US Export Administration Regulations (EAR), 15 CFR Section 746 et seq. (currently North Korea, Syria, Iran, Cuba, and Sudan).

  • Please note that citizens of embargoed countries who have either “U.S. person” status under U.S. export control laws or subsequent citizenship from a non-embargoed country can be considered

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: Yes