Engineering and Metalworking Innovation Specialist

Before You Apply

Peace Corps Response positions are open to returned Volunteers or U.S. citizens with significant professional and technical experience.

Project Description

An Engineering and Metalworking Innovation Specialist with a post-graduate degree in mechanical engineering specializing in metals and at least 3 years of experience conducting skills trainings on metalworking technology is needed to support Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology (NEUST) in the Philippines to develop the capacity of the university’s new Metal Innovation Center to carry out research and development activities. NEUST began its existence as a vocational school that provides skills training like automotive mechanics, welding, and casting, among others, and it has developed into an undergraduate program- the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Realizing the role that the Mechanical Engineering curriculum can play in addressing the need of the metal industry for capacity building, the NEUST is presently establishing a Metal Innovation Center, which will start its operation in April 2019. NEUST needs technical support from a PCRV to improve the capacity of Mental Innovation Center staff in research and development activities, planning, training, and ensuring safety in the workplace.

The Engineering and Metalworking Innovation Specialist will work closely with the Program Head of the Metal Innovation Center to conduct trainings and/or seminar-workshops on the latest technologies and protocols for metalworks innovation and draft recommended policies for the continuous development, maintenance, and sustainability of the Metal Innovation Center. The Response Volunteer will also develop training modules, manuals on Standard Operating Procedure, laboratory protocols, safety and health hazard guidelines, and waste management procedures with the Center’s personnel and develop a Research Program/ Project proposal with the Center’s personnel for possible funding. The main goal of the assignment is to build the capacity of the Metal Innovation Center to train professionals who will eventually be engaged in developing metal innovation products that will address the needs of various industries.

Partner Information

Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology – Sumacab Campus

Required Skills

• Post-graduate degree in mechanical engineering specializing in metals;
• At least two years’ work experience in the conduct of research and proposal writing in metalworks innovation;
• At least two years’ experience conducting skills trainings on metalworking technology; metal casting technology; analysis and testing of metal products; engineering/production planning; productivity improvement
• Demonstrated ability to live and work under challenging emotional and physical conditions;
• Have at least two years of experience in an academic setting particularly those related to mechanical and metallurgical engineering;
• Excellent communication skills with demonstrated flexibility and patience.

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Medical Considerations in Philippines

  • Philippines may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: insulin-dependent diabetes; ongoing counseling.
  • The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: Adderall, Ritalin and Vyvanse.
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: gluten, peanuts, and shellfish.
  • After arrival in Philippines, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot, to take daily or weekly medication to prevent malaria, and to receive mandatory immunizations.

Before you apply, please review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the clearance process and other health conditions that are difficult to accommodate in Peace Corps service.

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