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Southern Company Research Engineer in Wilsonville, Alabama

Research Engineer


This position will be located at the NCCC in Wilsonville, AL

Southern Company is a leading producer of clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy, and we approach each day as a vital step in building the future of energy. At Southern Company we are always looking ahead, and our innovations in the industry—from new nuclear to deployment of electric transportation and renewables —help brighten the lives and businesses of millions of customers nationwide.


This position is responsible for providing process engineering support for the development and demonstration of cost-effective CO2 capture technologies required for successful integration into commercial coal-fired and natural gas-fired power plants. Other supported technology demonstrations include direct air capture (DAC), CO2 utilization, and energy storage systems that may play a role in the carbon reduction nexus.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide process engineering support for testing, commissioning, operating, and maintaining process systems during test runs and outages while maintaining safety as the highest priority. Troubleshoot new system components and processes.

  • Develop process packages for assigned projects including written project scope, process flow diagrams, process and control narratives and identification of sampling or analytical needs.

  • Support development of test plans and detailed test matrices. Write operating procedures and train operations personnel.

  • Work with Project Management, Operations, Maintenance, Design, Controls and E&I groups to conduct testing. This includes project and test specific items on a technical level that includes, but is not limited to, run guidelines, capture media technical and environmental considerations, process configurations, best practices, data monitoring, and troubleshooting philosophies.

  • Conduct data analysis to evaluate plant operations and system performance. Identify, propose, and design modifications to improve system operability, efficiency, and reliability.

  • Write technical reports and present test results to internal and external parties.

  • Provide timely review of engineered/controlled documents in a project review cycle and update project database accordingly.

  • Support on site visits of personnel from academia, industry, and government by providing site review presentations, technical updates, and tour guide facilitation as needed



  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited college or university is required

  • Chemical or Mechanical Engineering degree strongly preferred

  • Advanced degree(s), certifications, licenses, and/or training in a relevant technical field/discipline would be a plus


  • More than one (1) year of process plant experience including startup and troubleshooting experience is required

  • Experience with control system troubleshooting is desired

  • Experience with gas/liquid contacting systems is desired

Job Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of fossil fueled-combustion systems, gas/liquid contacting systems, and/or pollutant emission control is desired.

  • Candidate should have a strong analytical ability, easily grasp advanced technical concepts and ideas, and be able to conduct problem solving and troubleshooting

  • Strong oral and written communication skills are required

  • Must be proficient in MS Office applications and possess excellent computer skills for data analysis and documentation described under position duties

  • Experience using Visual Basic and PI data trending applications is desired

Other Requirements:

  • Limited off-site travel required, up to 25%

  • After hours on-call support on nights and weekends will be required for plant operational activities


  • Limited relocation assistance is available if the selected candidate currently resides outside the area

  • Please submit an updated resume with your application

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law. #LI

Job Field: Engineering

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: United States

Operating Company: Southern Company Services

Other Locations: Alabama-Metro Birmingham/Eastern AL-Wilsonville

Job Type: Standard

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

Work Location(s):

National Carbon Capture Center (31800Wilsonville)

31800 Highway 25

Wilsonville, 35185

Req ID: SCS2010639