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Technical Leader - Major Component Reliability

Electric Power Research Institute

Charlotte, North Carolina 28262
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Technical Leader -  MCR

Charlotte, NC

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is looking for a technical leader with technical experience to develop and manage major research projects in its Boiler Reliability and Improvement (P63) and HRSG (Heat Recovery Steam Generator) Dependability (P88) programs of EPRI's Major Component Reliability (MCR) department of the Generation Sector. In this role, you will provide support in the area of conventional boiler and combined cycle HRSG technology to EPRI staff and customers.

Job Summary

  • Leads research efforts in particular scientific disciplines or technologies and participates the development and application of products and services in those areas through contractors and departmental or cross-functional teams.Applies technical expertise, and has full knowledge of other related disciplines.Develops technical solutions to complex problems which require the regular use of ingenuity and creativity. Organizes the external and interdepartmental activities ensuring completion of the project/product on schedule and within budget.May conduct research directly in complex, high impact technical or scientific fields.

  • Ability to apply technical knowledge to industry issues and gain input on needs from members/stakeholders and identify current and emerging technical issues.

  • Develops research or services opportunities of value to EPRI members that fit EPRI’s mission and capabilities.This will include solving customer problems, producing insights and information vital to the members, and delivering information in a manner that members and customers can and will apply.

  • May provide oversight of a project team to assure technical and financial milestones are met.

  • Provides assistance to the EPRI sales staff in Member Services and EPRI International.

  • Broaden technical expertise and interface with national and international technical networks with manufacturers, consultants, and academia and research organizations.

  • Communicates strategies and results, written and verbal, to program members, potential members and external stakeholders through guidelines, reports, meetings, webcasts, workshops and conferences.

  • Manages small or medium (less complex) projects including budgets and resources

Job Functions:

Working at EPRI is truly a unique experience and EPRI project managers perform tasks outside of the “traditional” project management role. Along with your typical project management duties, you will:

  • Plan, develop, and manage technical R&D related to fossil boiler and HRSG issues that are of primary concern to EPRI’s Generation Sector.

  • Provide a technical service to EPRI customers, develop funding and tailored collaboration opportunities. This will include solving boiler and HRSG tube failures; high energy piping damage evaluation; assessing remaining life of tubing, headers and piping in boiler and HRSG applications; and conducting material degradation studies.

  • Design and monitor laboratory experiments relating to material degradation and component life prediction.

  • Develop and plan projects related to Flow Accelerated Corrosion of feed water heaters, boilers, HRSG’s, and piping components.

  • Provide assistance to the EPRI sales staff related to national and international members pertaining to the Boiler Life and Availability Improvement (P63) and HRSG Dependability(P88) programs.

  • Create and/or maintain good national and international technical networks with utilities, boiler and HRSG manufacturers, materials manufacturers, consultants, academia, and research organizations.

  • Manage and track the financial aspects of projects and contracts


Education and Years of Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a technical field or equivalent experience required. Degree in mechanical, materials, or chemical engineering desired.

  • 5 -7 or more years of research and development project and promotional experience, including development of advanced concepts for internal research or equivalent experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Shows technical expertise and assumes responsibility for highly specialized technical objectives using creative imaginative solutions.

  • Experience in performing and/or managing research activities.

  • Incumbents must be able to exercise judgment, diligence, and attention to detail and demonstrate an aptitude for carrying out responsible technical assignments.

  • Good verbal and written communication skills.

  • Manages projects and may work in conjunction with a technical specialist.

  • Developing technical depth in 1-2 areas

  • Understand how work fits across EPRI programs

  • Typically individual contributor, may begin supervising R&D students.

The Ideal Candidate:

  • Has 5-7 years of technical experience in a utility, equipment manufacturer, or engineering firm relating to Boiler and/or HRSG design, reliability, and life assessment.

  • Possesses a working knowledge of damage mechanisms, root cause analysis, and corrective action for major boiler damaging mechanisms.

  • Ability to develop statements of work, request for proposals, and contract paperwork.

  • Have excellent communication, writing and presentation skills.

  • Understands supercritical fluid hydraulics and thermodynamics.

  • Able to develop required areas of research through close working relationship with utility peers.

  • Demonstrates project management skills, including the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and takes initiative.

EPRI participates in E-Verify, an online system operated jointly by the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration (SSA). EPRI uses the system to check the work status of new hires by comparing information from the employee's I-9 form against SSA and Department of Homeland Security databases.

Note: To ensure compliance with U.S. export controls, please indicate your U.S. citizenship or (for foreign citizens) your U.S. visa/immigration status in your resume or cover letter.

EPRI is an equal opportunity employer.


Together . . . Shaping the Future of Electricity.


EPRI is at the center of a quickly evolving energy landscape. With significant challenges facing the electric industry and the world, we are always seeking top talent with hands-on experience to address issues as they relate to the generation, delivery, use, management and environmental responsibility of global electricity.

Industry expertise, thought leadership and innovative solutions guide the work of EPRI’s employees. Our commitment to fact-based, objective research allows individuals to harness the power of focused collaborations with the electric industry, academia and numerous stakeholders. As an employee of EPRI, you may grow professionally and build a rewarding career in a setting where people leverage their skills, talents, experiences and interests.

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