Praxair, Inc. ST R&D Engineer - High Temperature Systems (OTM) in Tonawanda, New York

R&D Engineer - High Temperature Systems (OTM)


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.


In this role you will be a member of the Oxygen Transport Membrane (OTM) team. You will be responsible for component level testing, analysing data and generating Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) to drive cost-reduction activities and improve OTM plant reliability.

As a member of the OTM team, you will have an opportunity to collaborate within a multi-disciplinary group of engineers and researchers and will interface with both suppliers and potential customers of the technology.

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.


  • Design experiments and build prototypes

  • Managing laboratory test campaigns, organizing and analysing data and relating membrane performance to microstructure and physical models

  • Document test results, support root cause failure analysis and drive reliability improvements

  • Safe operation and corrective /preventive maintenance of existing high temperature, high pressure, ceramic membrane test infrastructure

  • Comply with Praxair safety guidelines and standards

  • Participate in HAZOPs, Pre-Start up Safety Review (PSSR) and Management of Change (MOC), writing and maintaining safe operating procedures, Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&ID) for the high temperature reactors


(Salary and Job Level Commensurate with Experience)


  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering (or similar Engineering Technology)

  • Ability to travel up to 10% of the time (domestic and international)


  • 1 or more years’ experience working with high temperature, high pressure process reactors such as Solid Oxide Fuel Cells for power generation or steam Methane Reforming (SMR), Autothermal Reforming (ATR), and/or Partial Oxidation (Pox) technologies for production of syngas

  • Experience with design and engineering drawing software packages such as Solid WorksTM, or other 3D drawing packages

  • Experienced in working with high pressure gas supply systems

  • Working knowledge of high temperature furnaces.

  • Working knowledge of electrical circuitry and design and installation of control systems

  • Knowledge of analytical instruments (e.g. Mass spec, Gas Chromatography, etc.), Lab-view, PLC

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.

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Primary Location New York-Tonawanda

Schedule Full-time

Req ID: 18001286