Materials Engineering Specialist

Spokane, WA, US, 99212

Inland Asphalt Co North




Job ID:  496737

CRH's Americas Materials, a division of CRH, is the leading vertically integrated supplier of aggregates, asphalt, ready mixed concrete and paving and construction services in North America.  Our operations span North America with over 28,000 employees at close to 1,600 locations in 43 US States and 2 Canadian provinces.


What You Will Do
This position is responsible for assisting with innovative material engineering design changes (ready-mix concrete, asphalt, and aggregates), and establishing and maintaining sustainability & decarbonization benchmarks across our Northwest Region, covering 11 operating companies across WA, OR, ID, MT & CA. You’ll conduct research to stay informed of industry trends and changing regulations, analyze the information, and provide recommendations for corporate sustainability projects and programs. You will collaborate with our Quality Control leadership, General Managers, Materials & Plant Managers, and Performance & Government Relations leadership across the region to support our decarbonization efforts and development of sustainable work processes. 


If you’re looking for an opportunity to be at the forefront of sustainable changes within the building materials industry, look no further. Apply now and join us as we stand together to reinvent the way our world is built.


This position is an entry-level pipeline for future management roles in key focus areas.


Location: This position can be based out of Salem, OR; Spokane, WA; or WA; Tri-Cities, WA. (Up to 25% travel required.)
Other locations within the Northwest Region may be considered based on location availability and candidate preference.


What You Can Do
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.


Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • A degree in material science, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, or other engineering and related fields.
  • A strong interest in developing sustainable building materials.
  • Proficiency in the use of PC Programs and the Microsoft Office Suite.
  • A strong ability to research, analyze, and present information, as well as the ability to distill complex and ambiguous subjects into clear action plans.
  • Excellent organizational, project management, interpersonal and communication skills, demonstrating the ability to build strong relationships, and influence key stakeholders at all levels.
  • Willingness to travel up to 25% of the time. Travel will mostly be within the Northwest Region but may occasionally be to other locations in the United States.
  • A valid driver’s license, current authorization to work in the United States, and pass pre-employment controlled-substance testing. Per RCW 49.44.240 this position has been identified by the employer as safety sensitive and will be subject to an employer-required pre-employment drug screening that includes testing for nonpsychoactive cannabis metabolites.


Company Benefits:

  • Annual Base Salary $85,000 – $100,000 / year DOE
  • Medical/Dental/Vision/Prescription
  • Generous Vacation Policy
  • 401k with Roth option & 5% Company Match
  • Profit Sharing
  • Annual Bonus Potential
  • Monthly Vehicle Allowance
  • Mileage Reimbursement
  • 9 Paid Holidays (8 Static and 1 Floating)
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Company Paid Life Insurance
  • Short- & Long-Term Disability
  • Paid Family Leave
  • Opportunities for Internal Mobility
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • Training Provided
  • Earn More with our Employee Referral Program
  • Company Discounts on products, goods, services, electronics, automotive, travel & more!
  • Opportunities for Community Engagement


Key Responsibilities (Essential Duties and Functions)

  • Use engineering/science tools and conduct research to understand construction materials product design, innovation, and decarbonization, and assist with material design product changes to meet both internal and external decarbonization requirements.
  • Identify, and facilitate sustainability initiatives and improvements, to align with the strategic planning process, such as the development and monitoring of sustainability KPIs relating to energy usage, natural resource usage, waste generation, and recycling.
  • Communicate sustainability initiatives/directives to all key stakeholders.
  • Assist in developing and maintaining all company Environmental Product Declarations.
  • Proactively understand and stay up to date on relevant related legislation and its application to the business.
  • Identify opportunities for influencing existing and emerging environmental requirements.
  • Help educate applicable employees, customers, vendors, and company business partners on environmental sustainability initiatives.
  • Advocate company environmental sustainability efforts to key government and community stakeholders.
  • Coordinate with sourcing on sustainable product alternatives.
  • Assist in sustainable grant procurement.
  • Actively help develop, maintain, and enhance relationships with environmental sustainability organizations, groups, and leaders.
  • Assist with annual and quarterly related company reporting and planning. 
  • Foster and promote a work environment keen on environmental sustainability.
  • Seek practical cost savings regarding sustainability initiatives and directives.
  • Promote an inclusive and diverse work environment.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Physical Requirements
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to crawl, kneel, bend, and reach with hands and arms above their shoulders. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move anywhere up to 25 lbs. 


Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

  • While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is rarely exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; moving mechanical parts; outside weather conditions; extreme cold and extreme heat. 
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.
  • Up to 25% travel may be required.
  • This position is Monday – Friday typical office hours averaging 40 – 50 hours/week.


The statements included in this job description are not intended to be all-inclusive. They present typical elements and criteria necessary to successfully perform the job. Other duties may be assigned as required. Requirements for this job are subject to modification by the Company and its designees, and reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


What CRH Offers You


  • Highly competitive base pay
  • Comprehensive medical, dental and disability benefits programs
  • Group retirement savings program
  • Health and wellness programs
  • A diverse and inclusive culture that values opportunity for growth, development, and internal promotion



About CRH


CRH has a long and proud heritage. We are a collection of hundreds of family businesses, regional companies and large enterprises that together form the CRH family. CRH operates in a decentralized, diversified structure that allows you to work in a small company environment while having the career opportunities of large international organization.


If you’re up for a rewarding challenge, we invite you to take the first step and apply today! Once you click apply now, you will be brought to our official employment application. Please complete your online profile and it will be sent to the hiring manager. Our system allows you to view and track your status 24 hours a day. Thank you for your interest!


CRH Americas Materials Inc. is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.


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Date:  May 28, 2024

Nearest Major Market: Spokane

Job Segment: Construction, Materials Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Civil Engineer, Engineer, Engineering