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PRINCIPAL ENGINEER - SR. RESEARCH ENGINEER - MACHINERY

Southwest Research Institute San Antonio, TX Full-Time
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Develop, analyze, or test designs for machinery and machinery components, including radial/axial stages, shafts, casings, seals, piping, etc. for a wide variety of machinery and test rig applications. Utilize analysis tools such as finite element analysis and computational fluid dynamics analysis to verify and improve machine designs. Prepare and/or run models of fluid handling machinery and piping/ancillary systems to identify behaviors, responses to inputs, performance values, and changes with operating conditions. Assist in the development of software and diagnostic tools to enhance data collection and analysis, machinery system modeling, machinery problem solving, and the design of improved fluid handling machinery and systems. Lead laboratory research tasks required by clients and directed at finding solutions and advancements for fluid handling machinery or components. Independently write technical reports, proposals, and technical presentations. Travel to client sites and other locations. Regularly participate in and publish at conferences and other events to actively promote SwRI business. Manage multi-person project teams to accomplish large project design/analysis/testing tasks. Provide technical leadership and mentoring to junior engineering staff. Develop and cultivate opportunities for funding in existing and new turbomachinery applications.

Requires a BS, MS, or PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering. Must have at least a 3.2 GPA. BS requires 9, MS requires 8, and PhD requires 7 years of a combination of design, analysis, and test experience with turbomachinery, reciprocating machinery, and associated systems is required, including experience with aerodynamic and/or mechanical design methods, analysis tools (finite element analysis, computational fluid dynamics analysis, etc.), and test standards and procedures. A detailed theoretical and practical understanding of machinery systems and various component technologies, ideally for applications that may include oil & gas, power generation, propulsion, or others is required. Familiarity with machinery product development approach including relevant materials and manufacturing methods is strongly preferred. Experience with evaluation and analysis of problems in turbomachinery and associated ancillary/plant systems is required. Familiarity with turbomachinery research in the laboratory/field to perform instrumentation and testing required by clients is preferred. Experience functioning as an individual contributor with expert knowledge and skills regarding a technical discipline (aerodynamics, rotordynamics, mechanical design, combustion, heat transfer, etc.) as well as experience with team environment and project management is required. Writing and presentation skills for technical reports, papers, proposals and technical presentations for client meetings and conferences are required. Ability to manage large projects, including budget/schedule management and supervision of technicians and junior engineers is required. Capability to interact with clients and develop business opportunities is required. A valid/clear driver's license is required.


Must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident due to ITAR work in section.

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