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Research Center Designer / Drafting Technician

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, the insurance industry’s property protection advocate based in Tampa Florida, is searching for Research Center Designer / Drafting Technician for our Richburg, South Carolina Research Center.

Summary:  Creates and modifies 2D and 3D models of structures, equipment, and systems (mechanical, electrical and other specialties) to assist the research team in analyzing and fabricating items for laboratory testing needs at the IBHS Research Center.  Produces drawing packages that will be used for contractor bids.  Produces 3D renderings to illustrate expected test conditions to the communications team.  Provides on-site assistance to assist information technology staff and consultants during troubleshooting as well as routine maintenance activities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following: 

Under supervision of the Production & Testing Manager, performs basic carpentry tasks including, but not limited to:

  • Calculate material estimates from drawings and sketches
  • Measure and cut wood and other building materials
  • Frame test structures and displays
  • Install asphalt shingles and other roofing materials
  • Install trim and accessories (fascia, soffit, gutters, downspouts)

Assists with moving test buildings into and out of test laboratory as well as setup and removal of equipment and instrumentation used in tests.  Under supervision of the Production & Testing Manager, assembles, operates, and disassembles specialty house moving equipment.

Assists with the construction of instrumentation support structures and equipment needed for building testing as required.

Assists as needed with the conducting of tests in the laboratory.

Conducts inventory of tools, materials, and supplies and reports any discrepancies to Production & Testing Manager

Willingness to learn to operate heavy equipment, including, but not limited to: forklift, shooting boom forklift, and manlift.

Assist in special projects as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:  This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

Qualifications:

Education:   Associate Degree in Applied Science-Engineering Graphics Technology. (Diploma in Applied Science-Engineering Graphics with significant experience will be considered.) Training in Computer Science is highly desired. Course work in Civil Drafting, Engineering materials a plus.

Experience:  Intern experience as a Designer or Drafting Technician a plus, familiarity with SolidWorks a plus

Skills:   

  • Familiarity with SolidWorks, AutoCAD, or similar software, with a desire to become proficient in SolidWorks and AutoCAD
  • Versatility, adaptability, and a particular aptitude for math.
  • Ability to think on own and solve open ended problems
  • Familiarity with use of measuring tools (laser meters, rulers, levels)
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office
  • Solid communicator, able to take and understand directives from research engineers and coordinate efforts with engineering team.
  • Able to complete work consistently, with flexibility to accommodate changing priorities.
  • Ability to understand specific details needed to complete the project yet must have a good understanding of the “big picture” to be successful.
  • Must maintain a level of precision and accuracy appropriate to the project demands.

Qualities:                                   

  • Detail-oriented
  • Organizational skills
  • Self-starting
  • Teamwork skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

IBHS Mission  The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety’s mission is to reduce the social and economic effects of natural disasters and other property losses by conducting research and advocating improved construction, maintenance and preparation practices.

 

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer
Military Veterans Welcome!
www.DisasterSafety.org
 
 

 For more information, interested candidates should contact Debbie Perricone, IBHS Director, Human Resources, at dperricone@ibhs.org or (813) 675-1048, fax (813) 286-9960

 

 

 

Roofing Materials Research Scientist

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, the insurance industry’s property protection advocate based in Tampa, Florida is searching for a Research Scientist for our Richburg, South Carolina Research Center.

IBHS Mission – The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety’s mission is to reduce the social and economic effects of natural disasters and other property losses by conducting research and advocating improved construction, maintenance and preparation practices.

 

Summary:  IBHS is seeking a Researcher with a background in roofing materials science to provide engineering leadership on research projects related to the performance of asphalt shingles and other roofing materials during wind, wind-driven rain, hail, and wildfire events as well as the effect of aging on roofing performance during these events.  The primary role will be to work closely with research colleagues to plan and manage laboratory research projects at the IBHS Research Center in South Carolina related to the strategic goals identified by the Research Advisory Council (RAC).  Other duties include publishing results; presenting results and information internally to IBHS team members; and externally to the RAC, member companies, roofing industry associations, and roofing manufacturer organizations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following: 

  • Collaborate with research colleagues and interact with roofing manufacturer groups and IBHS member company representatives to identify research needs and deliverable outcomes related to the performance of asphalt shingles and other roofing materials during wind, wind-driven rain, hail, and wildfire events as well as the effect of aging on roofing performance during these events.

 

  • Assist senior staff in the planning of studies that will support the strategic goals identified by the Research Advisory Council, including a robust program of developing and documenting cost effective approaches to strengthening roofing related manufacturing standards, building codes, and test standards.

 

  • Work with senior staff to prepare research plans, developing scope of project, schedule, equipment and test needs, budgeting, and coordinate with outside vendors providing technical resources used in the testing and evaluation of products.

 

  • Prepare specific detailed plans for assigned testing programs and works collaboratively with the Director – Construction, Equipment, & Lab Facilities and the production team on specimen design and quantity; instrumentation / measurement needs; data collection methods; expected video and photographic opportunities; and data analysis and reporting.

 

  • Conduct investigative research aimed at enhancing roof performance and durability when subjected to extreme events, analyze results and prepare reports and presentations that document the research, conclusions, and recommendations, including the basis for proposed changes to building codes and other manufacturing or construction standards.

 

  • Act as a team member as required during major field studies to assess the performance of residential and commercial building roofs that have been subjected to a major natural or man-made hazard event.

 

  • Assist in development of resource materials for IBHS training and educational products.

 

Supervisory Responsibilities:        This job has no current supervisory responsibilities.  There is a potential for future supervisory responsibilities as the institute grows.

Qualifications:

Education:            Bachelor of Science Degree required, and an advanced degree is highly desired. Degrees in Material or Polymer Science, Materials Engineering or Chemistry preferred, alternate fields will be considered if coupled with extensive experience in asphalt shingle testing and/or manufacturing. 

Experience:         Minimum 5 years of experience in roofing materials science from manufacturing, testing, and/or research & development

 

Skills:   

  • Working knowledge of roofing material properties, characterization of properties, manufacture and testing standards, especially for asphalt shingles.
  • Self-directed, with strong problem solving and project management skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Capable of distilling scientific concepts into practical, useful information.

Qualities:                                   

  • Detail-oriented
  • Organized
  • Self-starting
  • Team-focused

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer

Military Veterans Welcome!

www.DisasterSafety.org

 

For more information, interested candidates should contact Debbie Perricone, IBHS Director, Human Resources, at dperricone@ibhs.org or (813) 675-1048, fax (813) 286-9960