will locate its project management and engineering center in Charlotte and create 194 new jobs, Gov. Bev Perdue announced Tuesday.

The Toshiba group, which is based in Virginia, will receive a Job Development Investment Grant from North Carolina that could be worth as much as $4.9 million in tax rebates over nine years. The amount of the JDIG will be based on the number of jobs created.

The company will invest $2.8 million in the center.

North Carolina already is home to General Electric Hitachi Nuclear Energy.

Average wages for employees will be $122,037 plus benefits, according to the governor’s office. The average wage in Mecklenburg County is $49,400.

Toshiba America Nuclear Energy is part of Toshiba America, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba Corp. The Toshiba nuclear group launched in March of 2008. It sells advanced boiling water nuclear reactors, turbines, other equipment and also offers engineering, licensing, construction management, maintenance and other services.

It is the prime contractor for two nuclear plants that are proposed to be built near Houston Texas.

“The quality of the workforce, quality of life and strong support we have received from state and local officials make Charlotte a perfect fit for our new center,” said nuclear group Chief Executive Officer Fuyuki Saito.

In a statement, Perdue credited the “state’s business-friendly policies and unparalleled quality of life continue to attract top global companies and high-paying jobs” as well as work force skills and education.