Materials Engineer
in Saint John, NB

Saint John, NB
Full-time - Permanent
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Competition Number: 2940
About Us
Established in 1963, Strescon Limited has grown to become the largest precast, pre-stressed concrete manufacturer in Eastern Canada. Its primary market covers the Atlantic Provinces and the New England region of the United States. Strescon manufactures a wide range of both architectural and structural precast/prestressed concrete products including bridge girders, wall panels, complete parking garages, hollow-core planking, piling and deck slabs. Strescon presently has two facilities: 70,000 sq.ft. in Saint John, New Brunswick and 50,000 sq.ft. In Bedford, Nova Scotia.
In addition to our engineered precast facilities for custom components, Strescon also operates a 32,000 sq. ft. facility in Saint John which manufactures standard concrete products for engineered drainage systems, such as pipe, manholes and catchbasins.
Job Summary
The Materials Engineer will create, optimize and monitor concrete mix designs for a variety of structural and architectural precast concrete products as well as for Ready Mix Concrete projects. This position is responsible for working collaboratively to guide and support various departments including quality control, engineering, production and field operations. The Materials Engineer will be detail oriented with a focus on accuracy and continuous improvement. The ideal candidate must be a problem solver with hands-on leadership skills who thrives in a fast-paced multi-project environment.
  • Design, monitor, troubleshoot and optimize concrete mixes for all Precast, Pipe and Ready-Mix Concrete plants including specialty mixes for structural and architectural precast concrete elements and bridge structures.
  • Design and monitor zero slump mixes for precast extruded & dry cast products
  • Provide leadership and support around the development of a strong collaborative relationship among the Quality Control, Engineering, Production and Field Operations departments
  • Pre-Bid review of project specifications
  • Planning and coordinating field/plant and laboratory testing of construction materials including those produced at our Sand & Gravel operations
  • Oversee all aspects of concrete production and ensure compliance with relevant standards
  • Provide technical understanding of deterioration mechanisms of concrete and methods to mitigate as well as rehabilitate affected concrete structures
  • Develop repair procedures for defective product which permanently restores appearance, durability and structural capacity
  • Modify or implement procedures which maintain high product quality

Technical Requirements
  • Master's degree in civil engineering, with a focus on concrete materials engineering
  • Professional Engineering designation or an Engineer in Training with P. Eng eligibility
  • Supervisory experience in the concrete industry would be considered an asset
  • Knowledge of CSA, ASTM and MTO Standards
  • In-depth knowledge of design and control of concrete mixtures
  • Proficient at proportioning concrete mix designs (Including Self Consolidating Concrete), mitigating deleterious mechanisms/reactions and familiarity with admixture systems and cement interactions

Business Requirements
  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Experience with time management and creating Key Performance Indicators ("KPI's")
  • Desire to work well in a fast-paced, deadline-driven, and customer-focused environment
  • Willingness to travel between plants as well as to project construction sites as required
  • Must be adaptable to overtime where required to meet project / production deadlines

Cultural Requirements
  • Ability to work productively with a unionized, hourly workforce in a plant environment
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills with individuals of diverse backgrounds & disciplines, including various levels of management
  • A team player with the desire to work collaboratively with others to improve existing processes

As a member of the OSCO Construction Group, Strescon Limited offers a comprehensive compensation package including health and dental coverage, life insurance, RRSP and tax-free savings account options. Additionally, we offer educational bursaries to children of employees, health & wellness programming, celebratory events and employee sport team sponsorships.
About OSCO
The origins of the OSCO Construction Group go back to 1955 when Ocean Steel & Construction Ltd. was founded in Saint John, New Brunswick. Since that time, the OSCO Construction Group has grown to encompass four main operating sectors: Steel, Concrete, Construction and Corporate. Within these sectors lie an ever-expanding number of construction-related companies and divisions, serving a growing market area and employing over twelve hundred employees.
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