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Bushing Design Engineer

Owens Corning
United States, Ohio, Granville
May 27, 2024

Bushing Design Engineer

Granville, OH, US, 43023-1200


Research and Development

Experienced Professional
Work Arrangement:

On Site
Requisition ID:


OC Business Title: Alloy Sr. Engineer II R&D

Job Title: Bushing Design Engineer

Job Code(s): REU504

Revision Date: April 24, 2024


At the heart of a continuous-strand fiberglass manufacturing operation is the fiberizing bushing, a precious metal alloy component similar to an extrusion die. The design, manufacture and operation of the bushing and supporting components are critical to the financial success of the Owens Corning Glass Reinforcements (GR) business. The primary responsibility of the Bushing Design Engineer is to design fiber forming bushings, supporting components, the fiberizing process and provide operational support to our global glass manufacturing facilities.

This position requires a deep understanding of the physics and engineering challenges involved in fiberizing at such high temperatures, as well as proficiency in mechanical engineering, heat transfer and fluid flow. The engineer will utilize advanced Computer Aided Engineering (CAE), Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), and structural Fine Element Analysis (FEA) tools for designing and analyzing bushing components, glass delivery systems, and their operation including the overall fiberizing environment. The goal is to enhance fiberizing performance and reduce waste. The engineer is also responsible for translating physical understanding into practical designs for fiberizing components, developing manufacturing documentation, and then installing and evaluating them in a laboratory environment or glass manufacturing plants.

A significant part of the role involves developing design solutions to optimize the use of platinum/rhodium alloys to provide the most effective and capital efficient fiberizing operations. The fiberizing process spans a very broad spectrum of engineering physics subjects and allows the opportunity to grow the corporate knowledge base. Ultimately, the engineer's innovations and research contribute to a deeper understanding of fiberizing physics and more efficient production processes through directly applied industrial research and development.

Reports to: Alloy Engineering Leader

Span of Control: No direct reports


Environment, Health & Safety

  • Live the OC Safety stand and adhere to the safety responsibilities
  • Demonstrate a commitment to employee health and safety, particularly through a commitment to zero injuries, awareness of hazards, and a strong understanding of legislative requirements in all aspects of the operation

Glass Fiberizing and Bushing Design Engineering

  • Develop and design fiberizing bushing and ancillary hardware for the glass reinforcement plants

    • Use computational and analytical tools to deliver bushing solutions that:

      • Meet product quality/performance standards, operational performance targets, and life standards
      • Minimize the use of Pt/Rh alloys

    • Develop and specify the mechanical drawing packages for all components with appropriate standards and tolerancing

  • Maintain standard work documents for design and operations
  • Maintain standards and qualify new sources for materials
  • Support design and material innovation projects
  • Design and perform experiments to validate and test new materials or glass types
  • Memorialize relevant work in journal-quality internal technical reports and trip reports and other documentation

Glass Reinforcement Operations Support

  • Provide on-site and remote support to global Glass Reinforcements Plants to troubleshoot operational issues and support production startups.
  • Optimize bushing operational performance
  • Conduct audits of the fiberizing component operational work standards
  • Mentor and develop Glass Reinforcements staff

Bushing Fabrication Support

  • Conduct post-mortem analysis on failed bushing components to determine root cause
  • Provide fabrication/tooling support for internal bushing fabrication shops



  • MS or PhD in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in thermal/fluid sciences (Aeronautical/Chemical Engineering degree with applicable experience)
  • Experience in mechanical design, mechanical drawings, and standards
  • 0-5 years' industrial design/operations experience


  • Field experience either working in or directly supporting manufacturing operations
  • Experience in metalworking, machining, and welding
  • Experience with commercial CAD, CFD codes, and FEA codes
  • Project leadership including scope, schedule, risk and change management


  • Self-motivated, engaged, and organized. Driven to continue to learn and grow to become an expert in a very specified, niche field.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Proven problem solver, able to lead a team to define problem, root cause and corrective actions.
  • Ability and desire to be hands on in a lab to build and execute experimental programs.
  • Willing to travel up to 25%, some international
  • Experienced with common office software and able to quickly learn other software tools.
  • Manage multiple projects independently


About Owens Corning

Owens Corning is a global building and construction materials leader committed to building a sustainable future through material innovation. Our three integrated businesses - Composites, Insulation, and Roofing - provide durable, sustainable, energy-efficient solutions that leverage our unique material science, manufacturing, and market knowledge to help our customers win and grow. We are global in scope, human in scale with approximately 18,000 employees in 30 countries dedicated to generating value for our customers and shareholders, and making a difference in the communities where we work and live. Founded in 1938 and based in Toledo, Ohio, USA, Owens Corning posted 2023 sales of $9.7 billion. For more information, visitwww.owenscorning.com.

Owens Corning is an equal opportunity employer.

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