Programs Engineer (Engines)

    The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), a Washington D.C. based non-profit organization, has an excellent opportunity for a Program Engineer in their DC office. This position reports directly to the Chief Business Development Officer. The Program Engineer is ultimately responsible for all matters related to engine fuel technology for the propane industry including:  project development, project management, supporting the Research and Technology Development Working Group (WG), and building relationships through outreach and communication.  Further responsibilities include managing propane engine fuel programs to increase presence of propane fueled engines in new and existing markets, as well as interacting in a team approach with fellow staff members to leverage strategies and contact opportunities.  Responsibilities include:

    Project Development

    council bulletCorrespond with government agencies, national research labs, and OEM’s to seek research ideas and to monitor policy and engine fuel developments.
    council bulletMonitor worldwide engine fuel product development and research.
    council bulletAssess technical feasibility of engine projects, identify risks, and work with technology partners to develop preferred technical solutions.
    council bulletPrepare PROPEL documents and funding requests for consideration.

    Project Management

    council bulletTechnical management of all new product development (NPD) projects for on- and off-road engines.
    council bulletCollaborate with Market Outreach and Training for engine technical matters.
    council bulletReview and approve testing and validation protocols and methods for engine projects, monitor and serve as PERC sign-off for testing validation.
    council bulletIdentify technical training needs for engine fuel NPD projects.
    council bulletMonitor technical performance of launched engine projects.
    council bulletManage engine fuel grants.
    council bulletWork with grantees and consultants to ensure grants are on or under budget, work is completed in a timely manner, and the scope of work is completed.
    council bulletCollect and update data on engine projects related to PERC’s broad initiatives.
    council bulletEnsure projects follow the PROPEL Stage-Gate process.
    council bulletContinuously monitor program effectiveness, help develop and design effective program strategies.
    council bulletReview quarterly or monthly project status reports and invoices.

    Research Training & Development Industry Working Group (WG) Management

    council bulletProvide directional leadership to the team concerning engine fuel matters.
    council bulletWork with task force and WG Chairman on setting agenda for meetings, writing reports, and reporting Working Group actions to the Council.
    council bulletAnalyze and summarize requests for funding and project concept papers to prepare chairman for meetings/conference calls.

    Building Relationships

    council bulletWork with manufacturers, consultants, and research laboratories in support of the Director of Autogas Business Development to promote the idea of commercializing propane products.
    council bulletWork with Society of Automotive Engineers and other relevant technical societies to promote and inform about propane technologies.
    council bulletOversee market research to establish needs and voice of customer.
    council bulletServe as trouble-shooter and communication facilitator throughout projects to ensure expectations are appropriate and are met by grantee.


    council bulletProvide written and verbal summaries of project work to the WG and the Council.
    council bulletDocument project results and provide information and directional leadership on the development of communications materials to support the Engine Fuel mission (fact sheets, press releases, articles, publications, and website).
    council bulletPrepare and give presentations to propane industry and technical groups.



    Education and Experience

    council bulletDegree in technical discipline.
    council bulletKnowledge of codes and standards, and participation in the making of codes and standards, such as NFPA 58, Fuel Quality Standards, etc.
    council bulletMinimum of five years of experience in innovation, product development, offer development, development and deployment of new products and technologies, research and/or technology transfer.
    council bulletEstablished track record in successful development and commercialization of products and technologies. Demonstrated ability in delivering responsiveness to market needs.

    Personal Attributes

    council bulletProven leadership ability.
    council bulletAbility to set and manage priorities judiciously.
    council bulletExcellent written and oral communication skills.
    council bulletExcellent interpersonal skills.
    council bulletAbility to articulate ideas to both technical and non-technical audiences.
    council bulletExceptionally self-motivated and directed.
    council bulletKeen attention to detail.
    council bulletSuperior analytical, evaluative, and problem-solving abilities.
    council bulletAbility to motivate in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.

    PERC offers excellent benefits including: competitive salary, two weeks’ vacation, 401(k) retirement plan, healthcare (including prescription, eye care, and dental), LTD and life insurance policies.

    For confidential consideration, please send resume, cover letter, salary expectations and references by email to Theresa Ryan at  Only candidates who meet the above criteria will be considered.

    The Propane Education & Research Council is an equal opportunity employer.