Senior Principal Engineer
Solar Turbines Incorporated - San Diego, CA

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We currently have a career opportunity for a Senior Principal Engineer in our Materials and Processes Engineering Department at the Harbor Drive facility in San Diego.

The principal accountability of this Materials Engineer position is to provide materials and manufacturing processes support to the engineering, manufacturing, supply chain and customer services organizations for high temperature turbine alloys. Responsibilities include developing material solutions in support of existing and new gas turbine products, performing first article qualifications, managing material development programs and conducting failure analysis investigations. Related responsibilities include a technical focus on various materials processing techniques such as forging, investment casting, welding/brazing and component repair.

Bachelors Degree, Masters degree or above desirable, in Material Science, Metallurgy or Engineering related discipline
8-10 yrs experience with manufacturing processes (forging, investment casting, welding, etc.)
Strong background in physical metallurgy with emphasis on ferrous materials and all classes of Superalloys
Experience in failure analysis and in materials characterization techniques, including mechanical testing, optical microscopy and electron microscopy
Effective writing and oral communication skills as well as the ability to work productively in a cross-functional team setting with a multi-cultural staff
Experience in material life prediction techniques, management of material development programs, powder metallurgy, protective coating systems and Six-Sigma methodology is beneficial Applicants must be currently eligible to work in the United States. For information on employment eligibility in the United States, please visit the U.S. Immigration Services website.

Local candidates will be given strong preference.

Solar Turbines offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including medical, dental, life insurance, vacation, 401k, incentive bonus, tuition reimbursement and professional development/advancement opportunities.

This position does qualify for relocation.

Solar Turbines is an equal opportunity employer.

Solar Turbines conducts drug screens and background checks.

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Company Description:
Headquartered in San Diego, California, USA, Solar Turbines Incorporated, a subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., is one of the worlds leading manufacturers of industrial gas turbines, with more than 13,400 units and over 1.4 billion operating hours in 96 countries.

Products from Solar Turbines play an important role in the development of oil, natural gas and power generation projects around the world. Solar Turbines products include gas turbine engines (rated from 1590 to 30,000 horsepower), gas compressors, and gas turbine-powered compressor sets, mechanical-drive packages and generator sets (ranging from 1.1 to 22 megawatts).

Solars customers put the companys products to work in many areas including production, processing and pipeline transmission of natural gas and crude oil and generation of electricity and thermal energy for processing applications, such as manufacturing chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and food products.

Solars foundation is people and Solars culture is one where individual contributions are valued, diversity in the workplace is encouraged, and safety is emphasized in all aspects of the business. Solar Turbines is comprised of a dedicated and multi-talented workforce of more than 6,000 employees with decades of experience working as a global team.

Products and Services
Products include six gas turbine product families, Saturn, Centaur, Mercury, Taurus, Mars, Titan, and 10 centrifugal gas compressor product families including both pipeline and production compressors. Gas Turbine Products range from 1-22 MW (1500-30,000hp). Solar also manufactures Turbotronic microprocessor-based control systems utilizing PLC technology. Services offered by the Company cover gas turbine and gas compressor overhaul, parts replacement, field service, package refurbishment, and asset management.

Solar sells, manufactures, and services its products in more than 96 countries from over 30 worldwide locations. Business is conducted through these offices with sales and service employees plus sales representatives and selected distributors. Although 80% of Solar's employees and 85% of the physical assets are located in the U.S., Solar exports more than 70% of its products. Solar is one of the 50 largest exporters in the United States.

Solar participates in two major market segments:

- Oil and Gas Production and Transmission (O&G),
- Power Generation (PG)

An essential requirement for market success is operating effectively in every global region. Solar is a domestic company competing and winning internationally through a marketing strategy of deploying processes within the culture of the region. By placing people in specific geographic areas and driving decisions down to their locale, Solar is able to operate effectively within the common practices of the region.

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