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Mechanical Testing Engineering Lab Leader

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Date: Jan 3, 2018

Location: Midland, Michigan, US, 48642

Company: Lubrizol Corporation

Req ID: 36762


CPI Fluid Engineering, a division of The Lubrizol Corporation, is a world leader in synthetic compressor lubricants. CPI connects the best of both worlds – the production capabilities and technical resources of major equipment and lubricant manufacturers with the flexibility and responsiveness of a service-oriented organization. Lubrizol, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a market-driven global company that combines complex, specialty chemicals to optimize the quality, performance and value of customers’ products while reducing their environmental impact.  Lubrizol produces and supplies technologies to customers in the global transportation, industrial and consumer markets.  These technologies include lubricant additives for engine oils, driveline and other transportation-related fluids, industrial lubricants, and additives for gasoline and diesel fuel.  In addition, Lubrizol makes ingredients and additives for home care and personal care products and pharmaceuticals, and specialty materials, including plastics technology and performance coatings in the form of resins and additives.


Mechanical Testing Engineering Lab Leader - Refrigeration



This position will work closely with the CPI Compressor business segment teams and technical product development team to understand industry and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) product approval and performance differentiation needs and ensure that Mechanical Testing activities and resources are appropriately deployed to support the needs of the business segment.  This includes leading and managing the CPI mechanical testing lab operating team, coordination of work from internal and external service groups. The Engineering Lab Leader will lead the development of novel test methods to demonstrate lubricant performance in refrigeration compressors and systems for application areas ranging from fractional horsepower to large industrial applications, interpretation of test results, and technical presentations to OEMs, industry forums, and internal colleagues. This position will report to the Global Director of Research and Development.



  • Ensure that projects are aligned with business goals and there are agreed-upon milestones, dates, and accountability
  • Develop/deploy in-depth knowledge of refrigeration compressor and system test methods for lubricant product development and new lubricant product differentiation
  • Interact with CPI Compressor business segment technical and commercial teams to develop testing strategies which best support business growth objectives and key OEM objectives
  • Apply engineering skills and knowledge in the development of state-of-the-art test methodology and procedures
  • Review project performance at milestones and ensure accountability to deliver on project commitments
  • Apply financial knowledge and methods to evaluate testing opportunities and strategies to support the business while maximizing utilization of testing assets and return on capital investments
  • Leverage trends in customer industries/marketplaces to shape solutions and approaches for our OEM customers
  • Support processes that ensure operating flexibility in response to customer demands
  • Interact with laboratory operations, data acquisition and control, and other internal and external resources.  Effectively coordinate these resources to ensure optimum test performance (cost, quality and linkage to business objectives)
  • Review project progress, issues, roadblocks and success with product development teams on a regular basis







  • BS Degree in Mechanical engineering
  • General knowledge of refrigeration systems and the OEMs that build these systems
  • Mechanical aptitude for design and fabrication of test equipment
  • Computer skills including: LabView, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, SharePoint, and various engineering programs related to equipment operation
  • Ability to conduct critical data analysis and provide conclusions and/or recommendations for improvement in the testing area 
  • Possess effective written and verbal communication skills for interacting with colleagues and internal/external customers
  • Provide clear, concise and timely reports reviewing the pertinent details, status and results of all test activities
  • Keep stakeholders aware of all information and issues
  • Manage test area in a financially responsible manner by balancing expenses against revenues and by determining return on investments
  • Possess a demonstrated track record of good customer focus, solid communications skills, adaptability and ability to work in a team environment
  • Respond resourcefully and constructively to new demands, priorities and obstacles
  • Benchmark/collaborate with other internal and external technical experts to develop best practices and/or new capabilities
  • Ability to present a compelling case for ideas and initiatives that advance the business strategy
  • Demonstrate high energy level and enthusiasm
  • Possess a strong work ethic and be willing to “go the extra mile”
  • Ability to travel occasionally, both domestically and internationally
  • Ability to use appropriate Personal Protective Equipment to fulfill safety requirements




  • MS Degree in Mechanical engineering
  • Minimum of three years of engineering testing experience in refrigeration compressors, systems or related areas


Midland, Michigan offers a great quality of life with a mix of small-town America character blended with big-city opportunities.  Our residents enjoy artistic, cultural and recreational opportunities fit for communities many times our size – all with the convenience and charm of a county of 83,000 people.  There is so much more to see and experience right here in Midland County and we invite you to experience this great quality of life that Midland has to offer. 


Lubrizol is an equal opportunity employer.  Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

Nearest Major Market: Midland Michigan
Nearest Secondary Market: Saginaw

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