DuPont Materials Engineering Consultant-Corrosion Evaluation and Failure Analysis Emphasis in Wilmington, Delaware

Materials Engineering Consultant-Corrosion Evaluation and Failure Analysis Emphasis (Job Number: 192026W-01)


The Process Technology and Solutions (PT&S) group in the Engineering Technology Center of the Specialty Products Division of DowDuPont located in Wilmington, Delaware is a global corporate engineering consulting group that provides engineering services to DuPont businesses worldwide. The group provides innovative solutions to support process development, design of process equipment, evaluation of technical alternatives, capital project work, process trouble-shooting, process improvement, engineering judgment, and determining root cause of process and equipment problems.

We have an exciting opportunity in the Process Technologies and Solutions Group in the Center, in Wilmington DE, for an experienced Materials Consultant with a strong background in Corrosion Consulting, Failure Analysis and Materials Selection and Specification.

The Consultant will have broad responsibilities for network leadership, direct consulting, and laboratory and field corrosion testing efforts and Failure Analysis and Materials Characterization Investigations. The candidate will support R&D, Front End Loading, and Plant efforts while working seamlessly with Materials Engineers and Technical resources within The Center and the Businesses, to design and maintain robust and cost effective facilities. Technical and Administrative management of the Center’s Corrosion and Failure Analysis and Materials Characterization Lab, will be key responsibilities.

An ideal candidate’s responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing expertise on the use of alloys in various process environments based on fundamental understanding of alloys corrosion performance in various media.

  • Utilizing corrosion testing only when experience, open source, and internal corrosion data is insufficient.

  • Providing materials selection guidance based on physical and mechanical property expertise of alloys and ceramics.

  • Assessing mechanical failures of components, identifying fundamental basis for failure, and working with mechanical resources to translate the data to loading profiles and the interaction with fundamental strength and toughness parameters of the materials

  • Developing detailed failure analysis plans for components under investigation and personally utilize and guide technician resources in the use of component dissection, macro-photography, metallographic mounting, polishing and etching, use of conventional and digital microscopes, hardness testing and ESEM and EDS evaluation.

  • Interface with other company and outside lab resources for mechanical property measurement, metrology, XRD, ICP and other analysis techniques required for Corrosion, Failure Analysis and Materials Characterization efforts.

  • Ability to develop safe, cost effective, and timely testing protocols for challenging corrosive and/or flammable process chemistries utilizing the full spectrum of techniques from simple dunk tests to state of the art electrochemical testing, both in the field and laboratory environments.

  • Direct metallurgical investigations of materials that are subject to environmentally induced degradation. The candidate will be required to lead assessment of a broad range of attack from general and localized corrosion mechanisms, environmental cracking and other low and high temperature degradation mechanisms.

  • Provide detailed reports and actionable and clear recommendations based on lab investigations to our business clients.

  • Ownership of the Corporate Corrosion Database, including assurance of compatibility with future software platform migrations, training of users, and quality control of background test information and results.

  • Provide training to Center and Business resources on various aspects of Corrosion and Materials Performance while co-leading the Community of Practice for Materials within the Division.

  • Provide expert interpretation of ASME, ASTM, NACE and other organizations standards/best practices on Materials Related Subject Areas.

  • Administrative oversight for both labs with emphasis on lab safety requirements, and safe handling and disposal of chemicals used in testing.

  • Development and cross training of the Failure Analysis and Corrosion Lab Technologists to allow for personal technical growth and self-management by these key resources.

  • Provide selection and installation guidance for field corrosion probes and interface with plant monitoring/control systems.

  • Evaluate and champion emerging materials related technologies that are applicable to the Division.



  • MS or PHD in Corrosion Science or Engineering or related field, with Graduate Work focused on Corrosion and/or Materials Characterization

  • A minimum 10 years’ experience in the Process Industries acting in a materials consulting capacity with demonstrated emphasis on corrosion, failure analysis and materials characterization.

  • Strong background in electrochemical techniques for Corrosion evaluation.

  • Demonstrated capability for lab and people management.

  • Background in equipment design, standards and practices for process equipment used in polymer, chemical and film manufacturing.

  • Strong time management and multitasking capabilities to execute a range of program and consulting efforts simultaneously.

  • Strong Networking skills to effectively leverage other corporate and external resources to provide timely cost effective solutions.

  • Experience with Corrosion Related Failure Mechanisms and the lab evaluation techniques to assess and document them.

  • Fundamental understanding of alloys and their Failure /Degradation behavior under various loadings and environmental exposures.

  • Must Be self-motivated and able to work independently without technical supervision to address business needs.

  • Computer and PC literate-Working knowledge of using Email, the internet and Microsoft Office Products (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Occasional travel (up to 20%) to assess issues at Plant sites. Some travel can be of short notice depending on the business/safety impact of plant related problems. Some travel outside the US is possible. Demonstrated leadership skills through involvement in technical societies, and multi-lingual capability are a definite plus.

This position will be a full-time assignment. Flexible work schedules, adjustable work hours, and other accepted work practices could be utilized to accommodate special needs or circumstances.


Primary Location: NA-United States-Delaware-Wilmington

Organization: Corporate

Schedule: Full-time

Education Level: Master's Degree (±18 years)

Employee Status: Regular

Job Type: Experienced

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