The Staff Engineer or Scientist, under the direction of the management, is responsible for executing the projects assigned. Such projects include the drafting of engineered wood standards, their test methods and associated criteria, and evaluating products produced by member companies, through testing and product evaluation. Duties can also include performing engineering advisory services for the public, member manufacturers and the APA staff. The Staff Engineer may also assist in or take the lead in performing the necessary research on proposed new or modified application of engineered wood products for construction and industrial markets. The goal is to provide the best technical service to the clients of the Technical Services Division.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Provides advisory service to engineers, architects, builders, building officials, homeowners and others in the construction field, upon request, with reference to specific problems facing them in the use of engineered wood products.
Develops presentation of technical information in APA publications as assigned. Provides such technical data as required for new publications and for updating old ones.
Edits test reports and writes technical bulletins covering items of special interest or need. Reviews and updates assigned publications at intervals dictated by size of literature stock and by technical developments.
Reviews assigned Association promotional publications to assure technical accuracy.
Acts as a project leader in the development of standards, engineering design methods, design properties and fabrication specifications.
Acts as a project leader in the formulation of research programs leading to the development of performance-based standards, criteria and associated test methods.
Responsible for undertaking research projects to gain acceptance of APA members' non-proprietary products by various building code authorities and government agencies. Assists APA members in obtaining regulatory acceptance of their proprietary products when requested. Represents the engineered wood products industry at hearings and proposes code changes when indicated.
Acts as a project leader or participates in the inspection of buildings following natural disasters or as part of complaint resolution. Develops damage analysis of failures and mitigation recommendations.
Contributes to research programs on new or improved engineered wood product uses.
Conducts the testing of member mill companies' engineered wood products under association and industry performance standards, and reports the results.
Develops reports based on research on new or modified applications of engineered wood in construction applications to assist in gaining regulatory agency approval.
Devises and formulates research programs aimed at improving the appearance, serviceability and performance of member company products.
Assists users and specifiers of products in specific applications and situations.
Provides the theoretical basis for design procedures and/or recommendations for construction and industrial markets.
Participates in and maintains liaison with appropriate professional societies within the individual’s area of expertise.
Undertakes special research assignments as may be required at the request of the management.
Undertakes and reviews proprietary testing from member companies with concern for the performance of engineered wood products in their particular end uses.
May be responsible for the design of test methods to evaluate finishing materials, both old and new, on engineered wood products and on maintaining an outdoor exposure fence.
May be responsible for conducting work relating to the physical properties, the effects of chemicals and other materials on engineered wood, and the effects of heat, light, water, and electricity on both the physical and mechanical properties of panel products.
The individual in this position may occasionally be asked to fill in for the management in his or her absence, or to perform other team leadership tasks.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
Must hold a Master’s degree (M.S.) or higher in engineering or wood science from an accredited four-year college or university or a combination of a degree in a related technical field plus industry experience. Must possess a broad knowledge of engineered wood products, wood science or engineering. A professional registration is a plus.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to effectively present complex ideas to technical and non-technical audiences and to top management, public groups and/or board of directors.
Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts such as exponents, logarithms, quadratic equations, and permutations. Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory, and factor analysis.
SPECIAL SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS:
Must be able to travel (internationally and domestically) 5 - 10% of the time.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts and fumes or airborne particles. The noise level in the environment is usually moderate.
About APA - The Engineered Wood Association
APA is a nonprofit trade association that has grown and evolved with the engineered wood industry. APA was founded in 1933 as the Douglas Fir Plywood Association and was later recognized as the American Plywood Association. In 1994, APA changed its name to APA – The Engineered Wood Association to better reflect the range of products manufactured by APA members and the international scope of the Association.
APA members are comprised of well-known industry leaders, whose mills produce the majority of the structural wood panel products manufactured in North America, plus a host of engineered wood products that include glued laminated timber (glulam), cross-laminated timber (CLT), wood I-joists and structural composite lumber.
APA represents approximately 175 member mills in 23 states and seven provinces. APA income is based on member dues and other client fees. APA is governed by its members through a Board of Trustees and several member advisory committees that set policy, review strategy and oversee implementation of strategic plans and programs.