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Southern Company Materials Engineer in Glen Ellyn, Illinois

Materials Engineer


The Materials Engineer is responsible for executing material quality management programs and evaluating material and tooling performance. This is done through testing, trials, and data collection. The position includes writing specifications for new materials and tools to be used in the system and planning implementation for new equipment roll out. The Materials Engineer is also responsible for material quality assurance, which is accomplished through on-site manufacturing inspections, incoming material sampling inspections and material analysis and reporting of in-service material failures. This position will also evaluate new technologies and assist in the implementation, tracking and reporting on status of the technology being introduced.

Functional Expertise:

  • Evaluates new materials to be introduced into the system to verify material characteristics and that factory settings/testing are in compliance with applicable industry standards (e.g. ASTM and API) and Code requirements.

  • Ensures material quality by overseeing statistical sampling of incoming materials and comparing the results against the product requirements specified in the purchase order.

  • Develops material specifications of products approved for use in the system. Specifications are attached to material purchase orders.

  • Oversight and project management of required material analysis programs (e.g. Mechanical Fitting Failure Analysis/Forms/DOT reporting, Plastic Pipeline Data Collection samples/forms)

  • Administers the Defective Item Program and conducts root-cause analysis of materials deemed defective or to have failed and writes report of findings.

Business Acumen:

  • Identifies and evaluates new technologies and materials in an effort to improve system integrity and achieve greater efficiency in the field activities being conducted. Prepares cost-benefit analysis on the impact of new technology on field operations.


  • Coordinates field trials of new products or materials.

  • Prepares communication plan in regards to the introduction of new products, changes to existing products and material failure analysis response.

  • Responds to internal requests for support as it relates to materials and system components.

  • Interacts with supplier’s technical staff on product performance.

  • Interacts with third party labs for specialized testing.

  • Demonstrates safe and efficient work practices in an office environment.

Driving Results:

  • Makes recommendations, in conjunction with Supply Chain, regarding alternate vendors or products based on findings from failure analysis testing and assists in establishing material recall plans as necessary.

  • Monitors utilization rates of new technologies to validate cost impact.

  • Conducts on-site manufacturing inspections to ensure vendor compliance with specified requirements of the material being purchased

Education, Certifications/Licenses:


  • BA/BS in recognized engineering discipline


  • EIT or Professional Engineering License

Related Work Experience:


Engineer, Intermediate

  • 2 plus years of engineering or operations experience in a gas utility, pipeline transmission, or other energy related field including gas industry equipment manufacturing.


  • 5 plus years of engineering or operations experience in a gas utility, pipeline transmission, or other energy related field including gas industry equipment manufacturing.


  • Experience in materials testing

  • Project management experience

Applicant may possess a combination of equivalent education and work experience.

Specific Skills & Knowledge:


  • Thorough understanding of ASTM standards, API standards, ANSI standards and other standards as referenced in 49CFR192.7.

  • Excellent project management skills

  • Innovation

  • Flexibility/Adaptability

  • Results-Oriented

  • Problem Solving and Analysis

  • Planning and Organizing

  • Exceptional written, verbal and presentation skills

  • Thorough knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)


  • Thorough knowledge of material testing equipment

  • Experience with gas chromatography

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

  • Occasional Traveler (5-20% travel): The incumbent will be required to travel on occasion. Trips may require air travel and/or overnight stay away from home for one or more nights.

  • The incumbent works in an office environment.

  • The incumbent may/will work near or with moving mechanical parts.

  • The incumbent may/will be exposed to fumes, airborne particles, or chemicals.

  • The incumbent may/will be exposed to varying outdoor weather conditions.

  • The incumbent may/will be exposed to excessive noise.

Disclaimer: This information describes the general nature and level of work performed by employees in this job. The description is not designed to be a comprehensive inventory of duties, responsibilities and qualifications required in the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to qualified disabled individuals for performance of essential duties and responsibilities.

Southern Company Gas provides for the energy needs of millions of U.S. households and businesses. As the largest natural gas-only distribution company in the United States, with more than 150 years of history behind us, we're working to ensure that Americans have access to an abundant, safely delivered supply of natural gas for decades to come. We offer our customers a wide range of energy services under one umbrella: seven regulated utilities as well as non-regulated businesses that offer retail, wholesale and storage services.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America's premier energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries . The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distribution companies in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications . Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top energy companies in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at

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Job Field: Engineering

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Illinois-Metro Chicago-Glen Ellyn

Operating Company: Southern Company Gas

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 25 % of the Time

Work Location(s):

Glen Ellyn - 90 N Finley Rd. (90GlenEllynCODE)

90 N Finley Rd.

Glen Ellyn, 60137

Req ID: GAS2002011

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