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About Us

HarbisonWalker International Background

With more than 150 years of industry leadership, HarbisonWalker International (HWI) is the largest supplier of refractory products and services in North America. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the company’s international network spans North America, Europe, and Asia, with many manufacturing plants, strategically placed global sourcing centers, and technology facilities in both the United States and China. Serving virtually every major industry that requires refractory solutions to enhance production and protect assets, HWI is consistently recognized for its talented experts, industry firsts, and intensely driven excellence.

Are you looking for a career with opportunities to create, build, and participate in the evolution of an industry that’s vital to American and global manufacturing? A career with a company whose leadership is committed to business success and making HWI a great place to work? A career that is both challenging and rewarding? A career with professional and personal growth, work-life balance, and the chance to work with exceptional coworkers? Think HWI.

Our Vision: We will be the first and only call for industry

Our Mission: Our solutions drive industry performance

Our Values: We are safety first, trustworthy, sustainable, inclusive, innovative, passionate

We’re actively expanding our team of dedicated, enthusiastic people — particularly in research and development, engineering and manufacturing, product management, and sales. As a dynamic, growing global refractory leader, we offer competitive compensation, benefits packages, and wellness programs.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we are committed to a diverse workforce.

HWI is looking for motivated candidates with the following qualifications:

  • BS Degree in Engineering (Electrical, Mechanical, Chemical, Process, Ceramic); Materials Science; or Supply Chain
  • 3.0 Cumulative GPA or better
  • At least one work experience, internship, co-op, or team-related experience during school or college; manufacturing experience is a plus
  • Able and excited to travel (and potentially relocate) to a variety of locations across the US
  • Highly driven to lead others, learn new skills, adapt to new environments, and help drive our culture of innovation


About Our Program:

The Focused Intense Rotational Education Program (FIRE) was created to strengthen our talent by providing opportunities to contribute across HWI business and operations disciplines. You will gain first-hand experience across a broad range of functions and departments. Our program provides promising new technically-oriented graduates with challenging developmental assignments designed to quickly build new skills and contribute to the organization. You will take part in complex projects, receive on-the-job training, learn our business and build your network throughout our organization.

Through this robust rotational program, you will be a crucial member of the organization with the opportunity to make a lasting impact on the business by sharing your innovative ideas with team members and leadership. Developmental assignments will be assigned by interest and business need, and you will receive additional learning and personal development opportunities to supplement your technical growth. Upon successful completion of the Program, you will be assigned to an HWI location/role.

Development Components:

You will obtain first-hand experience to accelerate your cross-functional knowledge within some of the following areas:

  • Operations
  • Research and Development
  • Sales
  • Technical Marketing
  • Customer Service
  • Supply Chain
  • Logistics
  • Procurement

Participate in and lead projects that contribute to the success of the organization

Defined onboarding program including Lean Manufacturing, Business Acumen, and Leadership training

Mentorship and coaching