NewMarket Services

Test Engineer - Mechanical

Location US-VA-Richmond
Research and Development


About Us

Afton Chemical Corporation is part of the NewMarket Corporation (NYSE: NEU) family of companies, and is one of the largest global suppliers of lubricant additives and offers a broad line of fuel additives worldwide. 


The selected individual will be responsible for designing and/or upgrading test apparatus (rigs/lanes/cells) as required, reducing and validating test data, ensuring customer needs are being met, communicating with the Operations group to ensure productive and efficient testing, and always looking for ways to improve our testing and efficiency.  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.


  • Design and develop tests and/or machines 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
  • Maintain safe work practices and adhere to all safety regulations.
  • Comply with all ISO and quality system requirements with an emphasis on continuous improvement
  • Maintain productive relationships with team members, internal and external customers.
  • Prepare written technical reports and make oral presentations internally and externally as necessary.



  • BS degree in Mechanical Engineering
  • Minimum of five years’ experience in a testing environment, preferably in automotive, fuels, emissions or lubricant testing
  • Experience with design, construction, and commissioning of machines, test cells, rigs or other research tools is highly desirable.
  • Intimate knowledge of vehicles, engines and/or transmissions and associated electronics
  • Solid understanding of PID control 


  • Working knowledge of SI and CI engines, fuel management systems, transmissions, electronic engine control, CAN communication and basic instrumentation and test cell hardware.
  • Proficient in Solidworks and associated simulations, Excel and Visual Basic
  • Excellent project management skills (MS Project) with the ability to run projects with minimal supervision
  • Demonstrates effective oral and written communications skills
  • Demonstrates the ability to work productively in cross functional team situations
  • Demonstrates effective presentation development and delivery skills
  • Demonstrates a “customer service” orientation to assignments
  • Demonstrates initiative and assertiveness
  • Able to tolerate multiple work interruptions and to maintain focus on details
  • Demonstrates adequate literacy in routine computer applications not mentioned above
  • Understanding of basic statistics is desirable
  • Able to interact effectively with employees at any level, from technician to VP
  • Able to prioritize and organize work effectively


Working at Afton

Who We Are - We're a diverse, global family of individuals, who share a passion for developing innovative solutions. We build our professional relationships on respect, integrity and a commitment to safety and quality. Just as these values apply to our professional relationships, they also apply to the way we feel about our neighbors and communities.

Our Work - At Afton, our innovative R&D programs lead to global growth. Our lubricant and fuel additives are among the most highly developed and widely used in the petroleum industry. Afton is a recognized and trusted supplier of driveline lubricant additives, engine oil additives, fuel additives and industrial lubricant additives.

Benefits / Compensation - We offer competitive compensation and benefit packages that reflect our commitment to our employees. Our employees are our most treasured asset and we have dedicated resources that allow us to reward our employees for their commitment on an ongoing basis - ensuring our compensation packages are competitive in the industry.


An Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to the individual’s race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, age, disability, genetic information, status as a military veteran or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.




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