Technical Support Engineer (Research Scientist)

Scientific Forming Technologies Corp. (SFTC) provides “state of the art” design and analysis technology to the metal forming industry. SFTC develops, markets and supports the DEFORM® system for process simulation. DEFORM is utilized by manufacturers in the aerospace, automotive, defense, medical, power, industrial and materials markets. Designers, engineers, analysts and researchers use DEFORM to simulate cold forming, forging, rolling, extrusion, sheet metal forming, mechanical joining, machining, heat treatment and material modeling. Companies rely on the DEFORM software to replace physical trials, reduce costs, shorten development time and improve product quality.

Scientific Forming Technologies Corp. (SFTC) in Columbus, Ohio is seeking qualified candidates to provide technical support to users and distributors of the DEFORM® system. Daily activities range from technical support, license troubleshooting, product testing, quality assurance, validation, application development, project assignments and software training. Technical support employees regularly interact with customers and international distributors via phone, email and web meetings. Occasional travel would be expected for trade shows, conferences and in-person visits to customers. The position offers a wide range of opportunities and requires the ability to multi-task efficiently in a fast-paced environment. The role is excellent for those who enjoy problem solving across a wide range of topics and applications.  Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills are necessary.


  • Provide technical support assistance to users and distributors of DEFORM.
  • Troubleshoot problematic finite-element simulation models and identify root cause.
  • Engage with the development team to address root cause, if necessary.
  • Develop solutions to issues and transfer that knowledge to the end-user.
  • Evaluate, test and validate new product features, tools and applications.
  • Identify best modeling practices for new simulation applications.
  • Generate basic CAD models for metal forming workpieces and tooling.
  • Provide industrial expertise toward development and support activities.
  • Collaborate with the quality assurance team in bug reporting and resolution validation.
  • Track and report on technical support, customer usage and licensing status.
  • Communicate with users and distributors via phone, email and web meetings.
  • Aid in the development of training content and assist in training of users.
  • Generate case studies and application examples for use in marketing and support.
  • Contribute content to marketing literature, support documentation and publications.
  • Exhibit at select trade shows and conferences, with involvement in booth logistics.
  • Give technical presentations at select SFTC events and industry conferences.
  • Make occasional trips to visit customers at their facility.
  • Handle special project assignments according to business needs.


  • Bachelor’s Degree (B.S.) in Engineering
  • Industrial or finite-element modeling experience
  • Occasional travel
  • Full time position
  • On-site working arrangement in Columbus, Ohio

Preferred qualifications:

  • B.S., M.S. or Ph.D. degree
  • Industrial Engineering, Material Science Engineering or Mechanical Engineering
  • 1+ years of industrial or finite-element modeling experience
  • Experience with DEFORM or other process simulation software
  • CAD modeling skills

This position requires U.S. work authorization and is not eligible for employment visa sponsorship.

Qualified candidates may contact SFTC by email via this link.

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