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Southern Company Materials Testing Analyst/Engineer in Glen Ellyn, Illinois

Materials Testing Analyst/Engineer


The Materials Testing Analyst/Engineer is responsible for maintaining the material quality assurance program, which is accomplished though on-site manufacturing inspections, incoming material sampling inspections and material analysis and reporting of in-service material failures. The Materials Testing Analyst/Engineer is also responsible for lab activities in support of testing and evaluating new materials to be used in the gas system. This position will also evaluate new technologies and assist in the implementation, tracking and reporting on status of the technology being introduced. Analyst responds to corporate wide, material based requests for technical support.

Functional Expertise:

  • Establishes testing protocols for tools and materials with guidance from industry standards such as ASTM, ANSI and API. Conducts testing and ensures all laboratory equipment is maintained to the appropriate standards.

  • Develops and implements statistical sampling of incoming materials to ensure material quality. Compares sampling results against the product requirements specified in the purchase order.

  • Sets criteria and operates equipment and tools in order to evaluate their performance.

  • Conducts root-cause analysis of in-use materials/tools deemed defective or to have failed.

  • Writes formal, analytical communications including approval reports, corrective action reports, material standards, procedures, and operating manuals.

  • Performs gas analysis utilizing Gas Chromatography

  • Supervises tool shop activities including time approval, employee performance reviews, and budget management.

Business Acumen:

  • Collects and organizes data on material and tool performance. Compares actual performance to published expectations and enterprise needs.


  • Collaborates with Materials Engineer(s) in the preparation of laboratory & field tests, data analysis, and reporting required for evaluation of new products, materials, and technologies.

  • Prepares communication plan in regards to the introduction of new products, changes to existing products and material failure analysis response.

  • Responds to internal requests enterprise-wide for technical support as it relates to materials, system components, purging requirements, and gas composition.

  • Interacts with third party labs for specialized testing.

Driving Results:

  • Monitors material performance to service level and listed standards

  • Ensures tests are conducted to meet customers’ scope and project deadlines

  • Conducts on-site manufacturing inspections to ensure vendor compliance with specified requirements of the material being purchased.

Education, Certifications/Licenses:


Analyst / Senior Analyst

  • Associate’s Degree in a Technical discipline or equivalent experience in manufacturing, laboratory, or industrial testing environment

Engineer / Engineer, Intermediate

  • BA/BS in recognized engineering discipline


  • Training in product testing procedures

  • Project management experience

  • EIT or Professional Engineering License

Related Work Experience:



  • 2 years’ experience in a gas utility, pipeline transmission, or other energy related field

  • Experience in a laboratory or other controlled testing environment.

Senior Analyst

  • 10 years’ experience in a gas utility, pipeline transmission, or other energy related field

  • Experience in a laboratory or other controlled testing environment.

Engineer, Intermediate

  • 2 years of engineering or operations experience in a gas utility, pipeline transmission, or other energy related field including gas industry equipment manufacturing.

  • Experience in a laboratory or other controlled testing environment.


  • 5 years of engineering or operations experience in a gas utility, pipeline transmission, or other energy related field including gas industry equipment manufacturing.

  • Experience in a laboratory or other controlled testing environment.


  • Experience with material specifications

  • Materials Quality Assurance background

Applicant may possess a combination of equivalent education and work experience.

Specific Skills & Knowledge:


  • Use of hand tools and power tools

  • Thorough knowledge of material testing protocols

  • Thorough understanding of ASTM standards, API standards, ANSI standards and other standards as referenced in 49CFR192.7.

  • Excellent project management skills

  • Innovation

  • Flexibility/Adaptability

  • Results-Orientation

  • Problem Solving and Analysis

  • Planning and Organizing

  • Basic knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)


  • Exceptional written, verbal and presentation skills

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

  • Occasional Traveler (5-20% travel): The incumbent will be required to travel on occasion. Trips may require air travel and/or overnight stay away from home for one or more nights.

  • This position requires constant standing or walking.

  • This position occasionally requires the incumbent to reach above shoulder-level

  • This position frequently requires the incumbent to bend, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

  • This position requires the ability to lift 10-25 pounds.

  • The incumbent works in an office and laboratory environment.

  • The incumbent may/will work near or with moving mechanical parts.

  • The incumbent may/will be exposed to fumes, airborne particles, or chemicals.

  • The incumbent may/will be exposed to varying outdoor weather conditions.

  • The incumbent may/will be exposed to excessive noise.

Disclaimer: This information describes the general nature and level of work performed by employees in this job. The description is not designed to be a comprehensive inventory of duties, responsibilities and qualifications required in the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to qualified disabled individuals for performance of essential duties and responsibilities.

Southern Company Gas provides for the energy needs of millions of U.S. households and businesses. As the largest natural gas-only distribution company in the United States, with more than 150 years of history behind us, we're working to ensure that Americans have access to an abundant, safely delivered supply of natural gas for decades to come. We offer our customers a wide range of energy services under one umbrella: seven regulated utilities as well as non-regulated businesses that offer retail, wholesale and storage services.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America's premier energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries . The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distribution companies in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications . Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top energy companies in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at

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Job Field: Engineering

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Illinois-Metro Chicago-Glen Ellyn

Operating Company: Southern Company Gas

Job Type: Standard

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

Work Location(s):

Glen Ellyn - 90 N Finley Rd. (90GlenEllynCODE)

90 N Finley Rd.

Glen Ellyn, 60137

Req ID: GAS2002019

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