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Engineer / Tribologist

Location UK-Bracknell


We have an opportunity for an enthusiastic team-player to join our Mechanical Testing team using engineering knowledge and understanding of petroleum additive performance to guide product development in addition to developing fundamental mechanisms for understanding performance.


As a key member of the Mechanical lab, the expectation would be to take a hands-on approach to our testing and problem solving, be an integral part of all solutions and where applicable, lead OEM’s, customers or the industry to solutions that are technically sound while protecting Afton’s interests and capabilities.

The selected individual will be responsible for maintaining and/or upgrading test apparatus as required, processing and validating test data, tracking test severity, ensuring customer needs are being met, communicating with the Mechanical Test team to ensure productive and efficient testing, representing Afton Chemical and always looking for ways to improve our testing and efficiency.


Why Afton?

As an employee, you will join the Afton family and enjoy the benefits of working in a truly friendly and supportive environment. We are a global corporation but consider ourselves as the world’s biggest small company.

We offer a competitive salary and a range of attractive benefits to support you, not least a genuine opportunity to develop your career and the support needed to do that.

We do ask our employees to work in the office, because we value face to face interaction and when you go home, we want you to switch off. That doesn’t mean we’re not flexible, ask one of the many Afton employees who have been here for 20+ years!


Primary Job Functions

  • Design and develop tests that produce performance data to meet the objectives of internal/external customer programs.
  • Develop and maintain up-to-date knowledge of Afton’s technology, customer needs, market trends, and industry direction.
  • Leverage engineering knowledge and tools to meet established project objectives.
  • Evaluate and interpret data, performance, and deliverables. Provide recommendations to R&D and project leaders regarding results, deliverables, progress and challenges. Identify and help eliminate hurdles to successful project completion.
  • Complete complex testing plans, in-depth engineering analysis and interpretation and provide detailed and accurate test reports in a timely manner. Evaluate all test/project data to ensure accuracy, completeness and reasonability of conclusions. 
  • Make oral presentations internally and externally as necessary.
  • Understand, comply with and promote safe laboratory and work practices, including appropriate safety regulations and procedures as well as all ISO and quality system requirements with an emphasis on continuous improvement.
  • Represent Afton in technical conferences, societies and other industry activities. Maintain adequate level of technical expertise and self-development through study, seminars, etc. Stay informed of advanced developments inside and outside of Afton. 
  • Maintain productive relationships with team members, internal and external customers.


Education & Experience Minimums: 

  • BS degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering, or related field.
  • Minimum of two years experience in a testing environment, preferably in automotive, fuels, or lubricant testing.
  • Ability to creatively apply appropriate engineering tools and expertise to new problems.
  • Programming language experience (MATLAB, Visual Basic, C++, etc.).
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple priorities and stakeholders.
  • Excellent administrative and organizational competencies.
  • Excellent analytical and communication skills.


Desirable Skills & Experience: 

  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering or related field.
  • Strong fundamental understanding of Tribology.
  • Experience with design, construction and commissioning of test rigs or other research tools is highly desirable.
  • Experience with programming/coding for data processing & visualisation.
  • Experience with PLC programming/mechanical control.


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