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Niron Magnetics

Niron Magnetics

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Minneapolis, MN, USA
Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Niron Magnetics is a venture-backed start-up developing the only known magnetic material with the potential to displace widely used rare earth permanent magnets. These rare earth permanent magnets are found in electric motors, generators, sensors, actuators, and a variety of everyday machines. Unfortunately, the mining and refining of these materials incur harsh social and environmental costs.

Niron Magnetics has developed a magnetic material that is free of critical materials (including rare earth elements), which eliminates the environmental damage caused by their use. Niron is comprised of a team of engineers and scientists with a desire to make a positive impact in our community.

About the Position

Niron is seeking a Production Technician for its Pilot Production facility, located in Minneapolis, MN. This individual will operate hardware/equipment responsible for processing magnetic powders and fabricating magnets at Pilot Production scale.

Primary Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Operate equipment to process magnetic nano-powders and magnet samples according to experimental plans and SOPs
  • Gather, analyze, and present data to bring conclusions to R&D/Production Engineering team
  • Help to install new equipment and troubleshoot current equipment and instruments
  • Assist Production Engineering/R&D team in analyzing product and process limitations and problems, facilitating root cause analysis, then implementing solutions
  • Support process documentation creation and maintenance, including SOPs, work instructions, and preventative maintenance procedures
  • Collect and report accurate scientific & engineering data obtained from equipment and tools
  • Follow common chemistry lab and chemical hygiene protocols as the role requires using hazardous materials, lab equipment and pilot machinery
  • Maintain a clean work environment and equipment, and participate in plant 6S activities
  • Work with a high degree of attention to workplace safety

Basic Qualifications:

  • Technical 2-year degree or greater in a technical or scientific field (i.e. engineering, vacuum technology, chemistry, or similar)
  • 5+ years’ experience in a laboratory or production environment
  • Hands on experience operating lab, pilot and/or production equipment
  • Ability to lift and carry heavy equipment, up to 50 lb.
  • Ability to self-direct and meet deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal, prioritization, and organizational skills
  • Experience with Microsoft Office suite, including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering field or chemistry
  • Experience with powder processing methods
  • Experience with ISO in manufacturing environment with understanding of the importance of following standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • Experience working with nanoparticles, nanomaterials, or advanced materials
  • Experience or familiarity with wet milling or dry milling equipment and techniques
  • Mechatronics or automation experience
  • Solid modeling / 2D take-offs to support continuous improvement tasks
  • Factory of the Future, IoT experience

Compensation:

  • Competitive salary
  • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Equity position in Niron via stock option grant
  • 401k plan with company match
  • Paid vacation, sick time, and holidays
  • Mental healthcare
  • Short- and long-term disability and life insurance
  • Experience in a fun, high-performing, venture-backed startup