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Praxair, Inc. R&D Mechanical Engineer - Systems Integration in Tonawanda, New York

R&D Mechanical Engineer - Systems Integration


Praxair, Inc. is a leading industrial gas company in North and South America and one of the largest worldwide. With market capitalization of approximately $40 billion and 2017 sales of $11 billion, the company employs over 26,000 people globally and has been named to the Dow Jones World Sustainability Index for 15 consecutive years. Praxair produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and specialty gases, and high-performance surface coatings.

Our products, services and technologies are making our planet more productive by bringing efficiency and environmental benefits to a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, chemicals, food and beverage, electronics, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, primary metals and many others.


Reporting to the Associate Director of OTM (Oxygen Transport Membrane) Systems Engineering and Integration, you will support commercial as well as pilot scale equipment design and development through materials selection, strength analysis, and design to ensure successful definition, engineering, and construction of high temperature OTM reactors, air pre-heater and other peripheral systems. The position will require strong mechanical engineering aptitude. Familiarity of relevant ASME, API, ASTM, and NFPA codes as well as experience with high temperature materials and equipment design is a plus.

This role requires close coordination with internal and external project stakeholders, and external technology development (R&D) teams. Successful candidates should demonstrate a focus on safety, strong verbal and written communication skills, a team-oriented focus, and an ability to find innovative technical solutions that best meet the needs of the customer.


  • Conceive innovative conceptual solutions for OTM reactors, components and systems, transform concepts into functional designs and follow the designs through construction working with external fabricators as well as material manufacturers/ suppliers.

  • Gather required inputs from project stakeholders and R&D technology teams

  • Work with materials analysis team to ensure previous learnings are implemented in the designs

  • Summarize design and fabrication requirements and inform other designers and stakeholders as required

  • Achieve and deliver project cost targets, value propositions, and business cases

  • Lead reliability initiatives with respect to material selection and strength/life analysis to ensure Praxair standard and applicable code requirements are met

  • Ensure that the designs meet Praxair’s safety and quality standards


(Salary and Job Level Commensurate with Experience)


  • Bachelor’s with 3 years' experience OR Master’s with 2 years’ experience, degree in Mechanical Engineering

  • Skilled in 3D modelling (SolidWorks), part and assembly designs

  • Proven experience performing strength calculations and FEA (finite element analysis) of components and assemblies (SolidWorks or Ansys)


  • Experience with pipe stress analysis (Autopipe or equivalent)

  • Experience working with fabricators and inspection requirements for industrial equipment

  • Experience specifying pipe and metal joints

  • Knowledge of high temperature resistant alloys and their fabrication requirements

  • Familiarity with ASME, API, ASTM, and NFPA code requirements

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.

Job Engineering

Primary Location New York-Tonawanda

Schedule Full-time

Req ID: 18001765