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Coatings Engineer III

Date: Nov 23, 2017

Location: Peru, IL, US

Company: James Hardie




Are you ready to make an impact for a growing, dynamic organization? The Coatings Engineer develops new processes and improves existing processes for handling, coating and packaging fiber cement products. 

You might evaluate a new coating application technology and implement it while optimizing the existing coating processes (example: 1 vs 2 DRC’s in C+ or reduce color change paint loss). The most important aspect of the Coatings Engineer’s role is to design and/or improve processes for reliability and ease of manufacturability while producing products that meet or exceed customer expectations.

The role begins with pre-autoclave coatings application and ends with packaged finished goods.  It is the application of coatings and related preheating, curing and cooling requirements.  It includes substrate preparation: sanding, pretreating, machining and WIP and Finished Goods packaging.



  • Main focus on fiber cement.
  • Delivers manufacturing support and development.  For example:  Custom color line - product sequencing, paint yield, product packaging, and coating consistency.
  • Is operations centric, influences day to day operations and is comfortable on a plant floor.
  • Delivers consistent 5 and 6 sided coatings coverage with no coatings applied where not intended.
  • Develops test methods for online and offline use.  For example, DFT measurement using paper shim method.
  • Is a deep technical expert and stays in the role for an extended period.
  • Is a proven leader with previous supervisory experience.
  • Has an understanding of paint batching and paint yield, reduces color change paint loss, and reduces the amount of paint required to charge a line.
  • Determines how to make zero hit paint batches - understands the process and variation in the process.
  • Software proficient – above average, D4. Minitab, color measurement and batching software.
  • Is an optimizer of equipment and processes – improves edge/end coverage, eliminates paint craters (air bubbles) in a curtain coater and optimizes work off for leftover paint.
  • Is a trainer.  For example, educates operators, department managers and supervisors, other engineers on the fundamentals of paint yield.
  • Improves EP sealer application capability.


Education & Experience Requirements:


  • Bachelors’ Degree required, Masters’ Degree preferred.
    •  Focus on  Polymer Science, Polymer Chemistry, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, and Manufacturing Engineering.
  • 5 or more years of direct coatings application experience in a manufacturing environment – flat goods and profile shapes preferred.
  • Must be able to travel up to 50%.
  • Statistical analysis training and experience.
  • Familiarity with paint chemistry and formulations.
  • Familiarity with color theory and color measurement.
  • Project management training and experience.

James Hardie is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, among other things, or as a qualified individual with a disability. Equal Employment Opportunity is the law.

Nearest Major Market: Ottawa

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