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POST DATE 8/26/2016
END DATE 10/29/2016

GAF Baltimore, MD

Baltimore, MD
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Looking for a new challenge where your hard work and entrepreneurial spirit will gain you recognition and reward? Then look no further than GAF, a $3 billion company and the largest roofing manufacturer in North America.

At GAF, we've built one of the most dynamic, cutting-edge, and successful employee teams in the building products industry (and we've got the financial results to prove it!). Whether it's in our Parsippany, NJ, world headquarters, or at one of our more than 24 manufacturing plants, our standards are high and the opportunities for career advancement are limited only by your desire to succeed.

If you're turned on by the idea of working for a market-leading company, in a fast-paced environment where you can truly make a difference, then GAF may be the place for you.

Co-Opportunity is a chance for you to learn about your chosen field in a real work environment with experienced GAF professionals. You'll be involved in high-profile projects as an integral member of our working teams.

* We offer full-time assignments to those students who are working toward undergraduate or graduate degrees in chemical, electrical and mechanical engineering.

* Each assignment lasts a school term, and you may be invited to return to GAF Corporation for additional terms while you continue your education.

* During your assignment, you will have a mentor - someone who will act as a coach to help you better understands both our company and your work responsibilities.

* You will receive a competitive salary and - depending on location - a temporary living allowance or relocation allowance.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


Support on-going initiative to improve overall plant manufacturing safety through corrective actions with the maintenance department.


Participate in daily process monitoring activities through live data tracking by utilizing Wonderware, WinSPC, Qualtrend and other statistical process control computer softwares.Create, distribute, & review daily report of key process improvement variables to plant staff.Assist production when instability occurs in the process to bring the process back into control.


Help lead the execution of Quality and Process Improvement projects and activities, using standard process improvement tools such as Qualpro, MVT/DOE, Kepner Tregoe PSMD. Uses Hierarchy of values (Safety, Quality, Service, Cost) in prioritizing. Plans and executes capital improvements resulting from these projects.


Support quality improvement initiatives directly or indirectly with suppliers. Participates in process design reviews, raw material qualification and product and process qualification and capability studies. Assist in all major process and raw material changes. Assist internal compliance audits of production tests, process specifications, plant change notices, and other in-plant processes.


Co-ordinates Plant Trials with plant personnel where needed. Ensures trials are accurately conducted, statistically analyzed, and reported.


Monitor plant raw material utilization and performance as directed by bill of material specifications.


Conducting problem solving investigations and troubleshooting to assure root cause is identified, counter measures and recurrence prevention are fully implemented.


Partner with the maintenance and production teams to identify operational or maintenance problems. Once the problem is recognized, conduct the engineering analysis and follow through with major and minor project recommendations.


Focus on identifying improvements to current mechanical and/or electrical systems that manage, protect, and improve production equipment and processes in terms of overall machine speed and equipment efficiency.


Take ownership of identified improvement capital projects from conception to completion, applying all areas of engineering expertise to obtain a workable solution. Uses Hierarchy of values (Safety, Quality, Service, Cost) in prioritizing.


Coordinate with contractors and internal maintenance team to seamlessly complete engineering projects as efficiently as possible without causing production delays.


Develop detailed justifications for all capital expenditures and communicate them both verbally and in writing at multiple levels within the organization.


Develop technical drawings and flow diagrams for current areas needed and all future projects conducted using AutoCAD.


Conducting problem solving investigations and troubleshooting to assure root cause is identified, and counter measures and recurrence prevention are fully implemented.


Interface with programs of automated equipment in Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and human machine interfaces (HMI) to control machinery.


Candidates must be pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering. All candidates must have a minimum 2.8 GPA, at least sophomore standing.

Candidates must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents.

Problem solving, project management and communication skills are all necessary as is the ability to operate in a team environment. In addition, candidates must have ability to generate accurate and concise technical reports.

Candidates should also have computer skills in MS Excel, MS Word. Basic knowledge of MS Visio and Auto CAD.

We offer a competitive salary and holidays. At GAF, we believe our employees are our greatest resource.

GAF is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to workplace diversity. M/F/D/V.

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