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Employee Testimonial

I joined Southern’s Houston operation in May 2009. I started as a temporary employee but was soon offered a full-time position in August 2009. By starting out as a laborer, I was able to gain knowledge and experience in different workshop areas, which included welding and boilermaker skills. I’ve also worked in the field doing on-site repair work with shell and tube heat exchangers.

It’s great to be working for Southern. Every day is a challenge that allows me to learn and perfect my skills. I’m happy to be on board with such a great team!

Employee Testimonial

Tim Emmons

I began my career as a CNC Programmer at Southern in June 2013.  As the CNC programmer, I help to achieve maximum utilization of our equipment and assist in design for fabrication improvements.  I started with CNC programming as a career mostly out of necessity to provide for my family.  My interest in the field grew as I became accustomed to the work, and I now enjoy it on a personal level.  I grew up in Kentucky, but I am enjoying my new life in Alabama with my wife and two daughters.  Even so, I still remain a loyal fan of the sports teams at The University of Kentucky.
I love it. This is one of the best jobs I have ever had. Everyone has been great to work with and the community is welcoming as well. This seems like a perfect fit, and it didn’t take long to get acclimated.

Design Engineer



Southern Heat Exchanger Corporation, a leader in the Shell and Tube Heat Exchanger Industry for over 50 years, is currently looking for a qualified Design Engineer.  Southern Heat Exchanger is a part of the NDA Group based in Hamilton, New Zealand and has plants in Tuscaloosa, Houston, Skiatook, New Zealand, and Australia.


The selected candidate will join a growing organization as a member of the Engineering Team in Tuscaloosa, AL.

Primary responsibilities will include but not limited to:


  • Mechanical design of heat exchangers, boilers or pressure vessels to meet customer supplied performance criteria and ASME code requirements.
  • Professional interaction and coordination with other departments including operations management and fabrication personnel relating to fabrication concerns/clarification, change requests, and project status as needed.
  • Serve as a customer contact person regarding design, approval/comments for drawings, pre-fab meetings, change requests, and project status as well as cross training between departments as needed.


The successful candidate must possess a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.  Experience in a process equipment manufacturing or process engineering related position is a plus but not required.  Experience with design software such as Inventor or SolidWorks, Compress, CodeCalc and RCS is a plus.  Any experience with model-based software, VBA, or AutoDesk APIs should be noted. The candidate should be highly motivated, results oriented and a self-starter to perform in a team environment that ensures customer commitments are met and intradepartmental coordination is maintained.   The candidate should be thorough and detail-oriented with strong follow-through skills and abilities.  An ability to correctly choose between competing priorities and to successfully manage multiple projects is also necessary.  The candidate should possess strong interpersonal and communication skills and be comfortable interacting with customers both in person and over the phone.  This position will report to the Engineering Manager and compensation will be commensurate with experience.  Extensive background checks will be conducted.


Southern Heat Exchanger Corporation offers a competitive benefit package including paid holidays, paid vacation, family Blue Cross and Blue Shield health insurance, Southland dental, Superior vision insurance, and 401(k) with company paid contribution.  Qualified candidates who are interested in being part of the team at Southern Heat should submit a resume to or mail to: 


Southern Heat Exchanger Corporation

Attention:  Human Resources

P.O. Box 1850

Tuscaloosa, AL  35403