Research Engineer

Fontana, CA, US, 92337

James Hardie Building Products Inc. is the North American leader in fiber cement home siding and exterior design solutions. Hardie® products offer long lasting beauty and endless design possibilities with trusted protection and low maintenance. The company pioneered modern fiber cement building products and continues to invest in innovation to transform the industry. James Hardie is a high-performance organization, with an unwavering commitment to Zero Harm. The company proudly employs a diverse workforce of over 3,000 employees across operations in North America.


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Onsite from the Fontana, CA Research & Development Facility


As th Research Engineer, you will be involved in technology development projects that focus on creating solutions using high-volume machining and system design. You will work closely with different teams within the Global R&D community and may also have some interactions with teams outside of R&D. You will involve contribute to the execution of R&D technology strategies under the guidance of the R&D Leadership Team. 

What You’ll Do:

  • Engage closely with product development and other technology teams to thoroughly comprehend the challenges associated with existing solutions and strategize innovative approaches to address gaps effectively.
  • Play a pivotal role in the development of new systems, features, and accessories, emphasizing increased installation efficiency and effectiveness. Actively generate, assess, and experiment with new concepts to ensure optimal performance.
  • Transform conceptual ideas and designs into functional prototypes by employing rapid prototyping techniques, mock-ups, and other relevant methodologies. Continuously refine prototypes to ensure a seamless transition from concept to implementation.
  • Take a lead role in guiding the integration of technical solutions into James Hardie's manufacturing process. Collaborate closely with cross-functional teams to facilitate a smooth transition from concept to practical implementation within JH manufacturing facilities.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to develop comprehensive SOPs and quality documentation tailored to the specific needs of the project. Ensure that all processes adhere to the highest quality standards and industry regulations.
  • Assist the Product Development and Application Engineering teams in evaluating and rapidly iterating solutions. Actively participate in the development and refinement process to ensure swift and effective problem-solving.
  • Work closely with key technical personnel and manufacturing plants to thoroughly assess and validate the practicality and viability of proposed solutions. Ensure that all solutions align with manufacturing capabilities and standards.
  • Actively participate in innovation sessions and workshops focused around fine tuning your innovation skills.
  • Foster and maintain a culture of ZeroHarm:
  • Ensure that James Hardie’s operations are always in line with Work Health and Safety Requirements.
  • Report any incidents, hazards, near misses or “at-risk” behaviors in a timely fashion.
  • Comply with any reasonable request related to health and safety including attending health and safety related training, participating in health and safety initiatives / activities, and ensuring that either your acts or omissions do not place any person at risk.
  • Responding to any hazard or incident that is raised by another James Hardie team member and provide or seek the support required to allow them to work safely and respond to the identified workplace issue.

The position responsibilities outlined above are in no way to be construed as all encompassing.  Other duties, responsibilities, and qualifications may be required and/or assigned as necessary.


What You’ll Bring:  

  • Bachelors degree required (degree must be from an accredited institution); Master’s degree in Engineering, with preference for Civil/Structural or Mechanical Engineering preferred.
  • Previous experience in the fields of R&D, innovation, and/or product development.
  • Proficient in using 2D drafting and sketching tools to create detailed product assemblies, concept sketches, stack-up tolerances, and geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T).
  • Familiar with utilizing various technical risk assessment and problem-solving tools, such as Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA), KT-Analysis, KJ Analysis, Design of Experiments (DOE), and similar methodologies.
  • Ability to communicate concepts and ideas effectively to individuals at all levels within the organization, fostering clear understanding and collaboration.
  • Enthusiastic, hands-on, self-driven, resourceful, adaptable and capable of working efficiently under tight deadlines with a high sense of urgency.
  • Ability to identify and solve complex problems.
  • Ability to travel  up to 25%, depending on project phase.


  • Experience in precision machining, moulding, or the forming industry
  • Familiarity with construction, building science, and/or building codes
  • Background in high-volume manufacturing and building products

What You’ll Receive:

At James Hardie, we recognize that our success depends on our people. We've worked hard to build a generous and competitive benefits program that demonstrates our commitment to our employees.

  • Comprehensive low-cost co-pay Health Insurance; medical, dental, prescription, and vision insurance benefits for every 30+ hour full-time employee. Insurance starts on day one!
  • 401(k) Retirement plan that will match 100% of employees saved dollars up to the first 6% of your salary
  • Paid holidays, paid vacation including Jury Duty and bereavement leave
  • Wellness Program
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Parental Leave
  • Community Involvement & Sustainable Solutions - Fire Resistant Siding to Help Rebuild the Grizzly Flats Community | James Hardie
  • And more

The expected compensation range for this position is between $80K and $95K. Actual pay will be adjusted based on experience, market conditions, and other job-related factors permitted by law. This position qualifies for benefits which may also include a discretionary bonus.

Apply now and come “home” to Hardie!

Apply now and come “home” to Hardie!







James Hardie Building Products Inc. is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information, veteran's status, marital status, pregnancy, disability, or any other basis protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Fontana
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles

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