Mechanical Engineer - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Morgantown, WV 
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Job Description

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources with West Virginia University Research Corporation is seeking applications for a Mechanical Engineer. This position plans and coordinates research activities of the Locomotive Emissions Research Laboratory to accomplish the goals and obligations of externally funded research projects conducted both in Morgantown, WV and in the field. The incumbent will travel to the Locomotive Emissions Research Laboratory located at the Norfolk Southern Locomotive Shops in Altoona PA to conduct emissions testing and research on railroad locomotives.

In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate:

  • Assures the integrity and quality of the data and results collected by the laboratories and research staff. Performs audits of results to assure and document Quality Control and Quality Assurance.
  • Designs and reviews technical designs of experimental equipment and apparatus necessary to perform research and experiments in the field of vehicles, engines, emissions, and fuels. Assists faculty and staff in the creation and maintenance of software related to the laboratory data acquisition, control, reduction, and storage of data.
  • Assists faculty with preparation of project reports, conference papers, journal papers and presentations.
  • Assists the faculty to identify new research opportunities and assists in writing proposals that seek new research funding. Serves as Co-Principal Investigator on certain contracts.
  • Plans and oversees that projects are completed in a timely and efficient manner. Ensures cost, quality and delivery commitments are met. Makes decisions regarding project schedules, travel arrangements; interacts with representatives of the participating agencies to coordinate logistics and schedules and develops detailed written test plans to be followed by engineering and technical staff during the project. Develops program budgets, monitors, and occasionally approves expenditures and technical decisions in the absence of the Principal Investigator.
  • Supervises the daily activities of technicians, graduate students, and undergraduate students working on research projects.
  • Assists in the training of technical staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students to perform emissions testing and analytical analysis according to procedures and protocols published by the EPA, CARB, TCEQ, SAE and other regulatory agencies and WVU Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Monitors and assures workplace safety including ensuring that hazardous chemicals, fuels and gases are properly labeled, stored and inventoried according to guidelines established by the University division of Environmental Health and Safety; monitoring the condition of facilities and equipment to ensure that they are in safe operating condition; monitoring the activities of staff and students working in the laboratory facilities to make sure they are following safety procedures.
  • A Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering or related discipline or Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field.
  • Two (2) years of experience in internal combustion engines, emissions measurement, and testing.
  • One (1) year of experience in writing scientific reports and technical papers.
  • One (1) year of experience in data acquisition, data processing and data quality control and assurance.
  • One (1) year of experience in development and implementation of laboratory test plans.
  • One (1) year of experience in project management, budgeting and proposal development.
  • Detailed knowledge and specific experience in techniques, procedures and equipment for measurement and control of emissions from internal combustion engines.
  • Knowledge of the basic principles, of operation, calibration, maintenance and repair of analytical equipment and instrumentation such as gaseous emissions analyzers, flow meters, microbalances, pressure transducers and temperature sensors, etc.
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret scientific reports, procedures and technical articles and regulatory documents related to fuels, engines, emissions, and related fields, and to deduce trends, advance theories, and verify causes based on published and new results.
  • Ability to write technical reports, procedures, papers, presentations and to communicate results and scientific information to clients, sponsors, and members of the scientific community.
  • Ability to apply advanced mathematics to compute emissions results, determine test reliability, validity, and variability.
  • Ability to apply accepted quality control practices in both acquiring and reviewing data.
  • Ability to conceptualize, design and engineer experimental equipment and apparatus.
  • A strong commitment to repeatability of testing for quality control purposes.
  • Ability to exercise freedom of action in coordinating and carrying out research projects and tasks that he/she had been assigned to manage and will demonstrate leadership in technical and scientific matters.
  • Ability to effectively manage and supervise the activities of others, including technicians, graduate, and undergraduate students.
  • Knowledge base in Microsoft Windows, Python, MATLAB MS Excel, MS Word, data acquisition systems.
  • Valid Driver's License.
  • eRailSafe System Safety Identification - Required to enter Norfolk Southern Railroad property where locomotive emissions testing and research is performed. Requires background check and rail safety training. This is renewed every two years.
About Research Corporation

West Virginia University Research Corporation is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer. West Virginia University Research Corporation values diversity among its employees and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.

Job Posting: Jun 11, 2021
Posting Classification: Research Corporation
Exemption Status: Exempt
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Schedule: Full-time


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
2 years
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