Principal Engineer - Reciprocating Compression

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Date: 24 Nov 2023

Location: Pearland, TX, US

Company: Dover Corporation

Dover Precision Components (DPC) is a global leader in performance-critical solutions for rotating and reciprocating machinery across the oil & gas, power generation, marine, industrial, chemical, and general processing markets. We are hiring a Principal Engineer for our reciprocating gas compression business to lead research and development for packing case and sealing product lines.


This role designs, tests and develops new products for packing and sealing in our reciprocating gas compression business and provides technical leadership in the development of an evolving product technology roadmap.


We offer competitive pay and benefits, career advancement opportunities, and the ability to be a key contributor on the reciprocating gas compression Engineering Team. Also, this role could allow for some hybrid in office/ remote flexibility.  The preferred worksite/ employee location is at our South Houston facility, near Pearland, address 11951 N Spectrum Blvd, Houston, TX.


What You’ll Do

  • Create innovative new product ideas to address the needs of the reciprocating gas compression market.
  • Lead highly complex technical development projects related to packing and sealing systems and design new product prototypes and test set-ups, executing experiments, analyzing data and results, and reporting outcomes out to a cross-functional team.
  • Maintain conformance to Stage & Gate Process at all stages of development projects.
  • Provide technical support to manufacturing, quality, applications engineering and sales teams.
  • Ensure protection of newly generated intellectual property (IP).
  • Participate in joint development projects with external partners, providing technical expertise, including key customer visits, team meetings, and activities related to engineering/technical elements of various programs.
  • Assure conformance of new products to requirements, including but not limited to, customer, regulatory, and safety requirements.
  • Attend and present at technical conferences. Track trends and developments in industry.
  • Participate in and contribute to process improvement and design for manufacturability activities.
  • Provide support to Innovation Lab personnel, including hands-on activities on complex test equipment, such as compressors or bearing test rigs.


What You’ll Bring

  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or related degree required. Master’s degree preferred.
  • 7+ years' experience in the design, development, and testing of packing and sealing systems used in reciprocating gas compression.
  • Strong skills in advanced engineering analysis and tools to solve complex problems.
  • Previous hands-on experience and willingness to work with compressors and other complex test equipment.
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency with specialized design and simulation software.
  • High level of attention to detail and skills/discipline to resolve complex technical problems systematically.
  • Demonstrated ability to create new product ideas and develop solutions and utilize a systematic approach in all stages between concept generation and product launch.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Must be familiar with the impact of the manufacturing processes and materials on the key factors that control the form, fit, and function of a compressor and its components.
  • Previous experience in a lead role for highly technical teams highly preferred.



About the Company

Dover Precision Components delivers performance-critical solutions for rotating and reciprocating machinery across the oil & gas, power generation, marine, industrial, chemical, and general processing markets. Comprising the Waukesha Bearings, Bearings Plus, Inpro/Seal and Cook Compression brands, our portfolio includes hydrodynamic bearings, active magnetic bearings, system and bearing protection, and reciprocating compressor valves, sealing technologies, pistons, rods and more. Each solution is custom engineered to provide optimum efficiency, reliability, and productivity, and backed by comprehensive aftermarket services. Dover Precision Components serves its global customer base through facilities in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, as well as technical sales representatives around the world. Dover Precision Components is part of Dover Corporation.


Dover Corporation is a diversified global manufacturer and solutions provider with annual revenue of approximately $8 billion. We deliver innovative equipment and components, consumable supplies, aftermarket parts, software and digital solutions, and support services through five operating segments: Engineered Products, Fueling Solutions, Imaging and Identification, Pumps and Process Solutions, and Refrigeration and Food Equipment. Dover combines global scale with operational agility to lead the markets we serve. Recognized for our entrepreneurial approach for over 60 years, our team of over 23,000 employees takes an ownership mindset, collaborating with customers to redefine what's possible. Headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois, Dover trades on the New York Stock Exchange under "DOV." Additional information is available at

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