Malvern, Pennsylvania


Worthington Armstrong Venture (WAVE), a joint venture of Worthington and Armstrong World Industries, has established worldwide leadership in the production of suspended ceiling systems. WAVE produces metal ceiling grids that can be combined with Armstrong ceiling boards as a complete package or sold individually.

Founded in 1992, WAVE operates under a long-standing corporate philosophy rooted in the golden rule. This philosophy serves as an unwavering commitment to the customer, supplier, and shareholder, and it serves as the foundation for one of the strongest employee-employer partnerships in American industry.

The Capital Project Engineering Manager provides project leadership excellence in leading capital projects, innovative technology migrations and new process developments for WAVE. This position manages multiple projects simultaneously, delivering capital projects on-time and on-budget by coordinating resources, timelines, and communicating status to key stakeholders. In addition to directing engineering project teams from initial planning through project closeout, this position also maintains oversight for plant capital activities, helping to define overall project requirements, budgets and alignment with organizational strategies.  
The Capital Project Engineering Manager reports directly to the Director of Engineering and works closely with operations, procurement, engineering technical services, and corporate leadership.     


Critical responsibilities of this role are: 
• Capital management including annual budgeting, project planning, and resource alignment. 
• Defining best practices for project management standard work to achieve critical performance metrics. 
• Executing large or complex capital projects. 
• Evaluate and recommend external equipment suppliers. Coordinate the bid process and equipment acquisition with internal procurement department.  
• Guide team members through project issues and constraints. 
Critical outputs of this role are: 
• Improve operational performance metrics including safety, quality, equipment reliability and productivity. 
• Capital investment proposals to achieve strategic and operating plan commitments. 
• Network of engineering resources to drive skill development and project execution across all of WAVE. 
Capital Management   
• Deliver strong project leadership through project initiation, planning, implementation and closeout phases. 
• Develop project scopes, estimates, schedules and budget documentation. Manage annual capital spend and capital appropriation approvals – track key measures of capital execution. 
• Develop and deliver clear and concise project presentations; such as, business case justifications, project financials and project status summaries that will assist project sponsors with strategic decision-making. 
• Participate in strategic planning sessions to set the direction for future technology platforms & reliability standards. 
• Serve as the point of contact and knowledge resource for internal departments and other team members relating to the planning, design and progress of capital projects. 
• Coordinate with Armstrong and Worthington to leverage best practices in processes, standard work, equipment, vendors, technical support, and training. 
• Define engineering standards for processes, assets, controls, and utility services –including preferred equipment lists, installation specifications, drawing standards, etc.
• Develop simple plant self-assessments to check that post capital completion meets business case and performance expectations.  
Project Execution: Safety, Cost, Schedule, and Performance 
• Lead the execution of more advanced capital projects to safety, cost, schedule, and performance commitments. 
• Manage capital projects using WAVE business process and standard work; while fostering continuous improvement through lean, visual management and reliability principles. Mentor and lead project teams.  
• Apply precision maintenance principles and ITPs (Inspect and Testing Plans) to design, fabricate, and install highly reliable and capable assets.   
Skill Development and Capacity – Engineering & Reliability Competencies: 
• Manage a technical organization consisting of engineers, designers, craftsman, and reliability specialists. 
• Define the engineering, design, reliability, project controls, and project execution competencies and skills required in the plant, engineering, and technical support groups. 
• Define, assess, and map the current state of skills within the organization. Develop plans and training require to upgrade skills and stay current with technology changes. 
• Develop a network of external contractors and engineers to support WAVE needs for project and technical support to drive cost improvements and process efficiencies. 
• Provide leadership through good problem solving and lean methodologies. 

Desired Experience

Leadership in this role is expected to: 
• Demonstrate leadership for a safe working environment. Support the company’s 8-Step Safety Process. 
• Support the Worthington Philosophy and Armstrong Principles. 
• Develop both individual and team skillsets to support changing business needs. 

Measures of Effectiveness 
• Safety Performance: risk mitigation and elimination, compliance to codes, and impact of advanced engineering controls. 
• Capital Management: achieve budget, schedule, and performance commitments. 
• Strategic Management: influence on strategic initiatives through advanced equipment, technology and digitalization, as well as sound capital planning that meets operational vision. 
• Leadership: ability to achieve project acceptance by all project stakeholders, successful communication, and facilitate collaborative processes. 
Minimum Qualifications: 
• 10+ years of manufacturing experience in engineering and project execution. 
• 3+ years of experience managing or mentoring engineers, craftsman, and contractors. 
• BS degree in Engineering or equivalent (Master’s degree preferred). 
• Project management experience with large-scale, cross-functional, and complex project activities. 
• Applied knowledge of lean manufacturing practices. 
• Excellent judgement and creative problem-solving skills. Self-reliant and results-oriented. 
• Management skills; ability to influence, motivate and engage project team member.

Bachelors in Engineering Management
Masters in Engineering General

Worthington Industries (NYSE:WOR) is a leading global industrial manufacturing company delivering innovative solutions to customers that span many industries including transportation, construction, industrial, agriculture, retail and energy. Worthington is North America’s premier value-added steel processor and producer of laser welded products; and a leading global supplier of pressure cylinders and accessories for applications such as fuel storage, water systems, outdoor living, tools and celebrations. The Company’s brands, primarily sold in retail stores, include Coleman®, Bernzomatic®, Balloon Time®, Mag Torch® and Well-X-Trol®. Worthington’s WAVE joint venture with Armstrong is the North American leader in innovative ceiling solutions.


Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, and founded in 1955, the Company follows a people-first philosophy with earning money for its shareholders as its first corporate goal. Relentlessly finding new ways to drive progress and practicing a shared commitment to transformation, Worthington makes better solutions possible for customers, employees, shareholders and communities. 

Alternate Locations:  

Malvern, Pennsylvania

We’re proud of our humble beginnings and continued success.

In 1955, a young steel salesman named John McConnell saw an opportunity for custom-processed steel—and he dove right in. He purchased his first load of steel by borrowing $600 against his 1952 Oldsmobile, and then used that money to start Worthington Industries in Columbus, Ohio.

In his first year of business, McConnell grossed $342,000; his profit was $11,000. Throughout the late 1950s and 1960s, he continued to add processing facilities. In 1966, he started sharing his profits with the people he worked with. At the same time, all production workers were put on a salary rather than an hourly schedule. In 1968, Worthington Industries made its first public stock offering of 150,000 shares at $7.50 per share.

In 1976, after only 21 years in business, we celebrated $100 million in sales. Throughout the 1980s, business continued to expand rapidly.

In 1996, John McConnell’s son, also named John, took over as chairman and CEO. He had worked for the company more than 20 years; he started as a general laborer and later advanced to sales, operations and personnel.

During the 1990s, many of our non-core businesses were sold so we could focus on our core strengths: steel processing and metals-related businesses. In 2000, we moved to the New York Stock Exchange.

We continue to lead the diversified metal manufacturing industry with a focus on the Golden Rule, valued employees, stability and innovation.

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