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Surface Treatment Technologist

Company: O-I
Location: Perrysburg
Posted on: June 24, 2022

Job Description:

About O-I

Company Description

Remember the last time you opened a bottle of champagne? A cold beer after a hard day's work or a bottle of sparkling mineral water to quench your thirst? Well, it was probably made by us. We are O-I and we love that we make more glass containers than anyone in the world.

O-I has more than a century of experience crafting pure, sustainable, brand-building glass packaging for many of the world's best-known food and beverage brands. We are proud to provide high quality glass packaging for beer, wine, spirits, food, non-alcoholic beverages, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

Job Description

Principle Accountabilities

  • Maintain and improve O-I's specifications of surface treatment materials and processes (hot end, cold end, internal, ceramic label, and similar).
  • Collaborate with R&D scientists and engineers to design experiments, develop pilot and production-scale surface treatment processes.
  • Specify new equipment and upgrades, leveraging external vendors for engineering.
  • Maintain O-I specifications for surface coatings, evaluating new products and solutions.
  • Evaluate coating equipment available on the market.
  • Perform installation and set-up of surface treatment equipment.
  • Trouble-shoot issues related to scuffing, filling line performance, decoration, lubricity, and labeling either in the glass plant or at the customer's site.
  • Work collaboratively with Quality Department, ensuring that containers meet functional specifications.
  • Develop novel decorations and enhancements to container performance.
    Leadership Qualifications
    • Must demonstrate the ability to lead in a positive, collaborative manner. This includes:
    • Technical point-of-contact for a global network of plants.
    • Build and maintain credible relationships with manufacturing plants across the world in many different cultures.
    • Excellent networking ability, establishing technical connections to plant staff responsible for surface treatments.
    • Partner across technical disciplines and business functions.
    • Cultivate positive relationships with external vendors and regional engineering.
    • Carrying influence and holding others accountable without direct authority.
    • Demonstrate a mentality of continuous improvement and an open mind to new ways of doing things.
    • Identify gaps in existing knowledge/processes.
    • Ability to self-start and independently manage a technical space.
    • Establish working partnerships and collaborations, both internal and external to O-I.
      As Such, a Successful Candidate In This Position Is Expected To

      The technologist in this role is a subject matter expert that constantly pursues safe, consistent manufacturing of high quality glass packaging worldwide.

      Serve as O-I's technical expert on surface treatments and coatings.

      Make decisions on equipment specification and coating operations.

      Provide plants and engineering with informed recommendations on the proper equipment for the application.

      Establish a global plant network on surface treatment.

      Represent the company in discussions or negotiations with suppliers.

      Communicate operational realities to management and provide direction on opportunities for investment.


      This position will report to the Glass and Materials Science Discipline Leader in Global Technology. This position will have no direct reports.


      • Bachelors in chemical engineering, chemistry, materials science, mechanical engineering or similar field
      • 7+ years' full time work experience in surface coatings in a manufacturing environment, preferably on glass
      • Experience in manufacturing plants via roles either at the shop-floor level or providing technical support
      • English language - fluent
      • MS Office - advanced
        • 15+ years' full time work experience in surface coatings in a manufacturing environment on glass.
        • Experience in glass container industry surface coatings.
        • An understanding of glass quality parameters related to scuffing, annealing, lubricity, and decoration.
        • Glass container industry experience, specifically in the use of surface coatings.
        • Spanish language proficiency desired.
          Travel Requirements

          Up to 30% travel, both domestic and international, pending COVID restrictions.

          Must be able to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations.

          Additional Information

          All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

          O-I is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please contact O-I at and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

Keywords: O-I, Toledo , Surface Treatment Technologist, Other , Perrysburg, Ohio

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