Metallurgy Research Intern / Co-op - Huntington WV

United States of America
West Virginia
SMC Division


Special Metals


With more than 120 operations and approximately 20,000 employees worldwide, Precision Castparts Corp. is the market leader in manufacturing large, complex structural investment castings, airfoil castings, forged components, aerostructures and highly engineered, critical fasteners for aerospace applications. In addition, we are the leading producer of airfoil castings for the industrial gas turbine market. We also manufacture extruded seamless pipe, fittings, and forgings for power generation and oil & gas applications; commercial and military airframe aerostructures; and metal alloys and other materials for the casting and forging industries. With such critical applications, we insist on quality and dependability – not just in the materials and products we make, but in the people we recruit.

PCC is relentless in its dedication to being a high-quality, low-cost and on-time producer; delivering the highest value to its customers while continually pursuing strategic, profitable growth.

In 2016, Berkshire Hathaway, led by Chairman and CEO Warren E. Buffett, acquired Precision Castparts Corp.

Spring and Summer 2023 Engineering Co-op Positions

  • Metallurgy Research Intern (or Co-op)

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

Assist metallurgical staff in Special Metals’ Research and Technology department in the development of new nickel alloys and production practices to meet increasingly demanding customer requirements in energy and aerospace markets. 

Consults with: 

  • Immediate supervisor
  • Process Engineers
  • Plant Operators
  • Development Engineers, Research and Technology 
  • Director, Process & Product Development 
  • Chief Metallurgist 
  • Vice President, Research and Technology 

Term of Employment: 
3-month minimum (to begin in January) – longer is desired (up to 8-month co-op) 

Examples of job tasks: 

  • Assist development engineers in laboratory tasks, including but not limited to cutting, heat treating, performing electrolytic extractions, designing and building new test setups, performing corrosion tests, and performing annealing/aging studies. 
  • Perform microstructural analyses of various as-cast and wrought materials and present meaning of findings with guidance from engineering supervisor. 
  • Submit and manage test requests and work orders for equipment maintenance. 
  • Monitor key processes in the mill and report deviations from process plans for development alloys. 
  • Learn and utilize statistical analysis tools and DOEs to problem solve production issues. 
  • Write technical engineering reports to upper management on results obtained from laboratory studies. 
  • Upon conclusion of internship or co-op term, prepare and present a formal presentation to senior management on contributions and accomplishments. 


  • Actively pursuing or completion of a degree in Metallurgy, Materials Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering, preferably in third year or higher. 
  • Ability to communicate technical information to both technical and nontechnical audiences. 
  • Self motivated and self sufficient to accomplish overall project goals ethically, on time, and with professionalism. 
  • Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. 
  • Ability to write formal technical reports. 
  • Background/knowledge in microstructural analysis preferred. 
  • Experience in lean manufacturing and six sigma problem solving methodology preferred. 

Competitive pay, relocation, and housing stipends offered

These co-op opportunities are located at our Special Metals site in Huntington, WV

This requisition is closed to applications.