12 Apr, 2022

Experienced Process Engineer - Manufacturing Technology

  • Dupont
  • Orange, TX, USA
Process Engineer Biochemicals / Pharmaceuticals Chemicals

Job Description

The Experienced (Lead I/II) Process Engineer role provides technical expertise and support to drive process stability and safety in tandem with optimized product quality and yield for the polymer autoclave asset at the Sabine River Works Site (Orange, TX). The G Unit autoclave asset produces a broad range of specialized high-value polymers for molding, compounding, films and lamination. These ethylene-based specialty products are used in a diverse array of application market spaces that include automotive and transportation, food and materials packaging, building and construction, and wire and cable. With more than 2,000 customers in 70 countries, our business is dedicated to growth through product innovation and customer partnership, executed with a strong focus on our core values of safety, sustainability, respect for people, and business ethics.

The successful candidate will join an integrated team including process, mechanical/reliability, and control systems engineers. Role responsibilities include solving process problems, identifying and implementing manufacturing improvements, and leading teams and/or projects towards longer-term gains and the increased performance and safety of the unit.  This role also entails understanding and driving continuous improvement in product quality by applying technical troubleshooting skills towards process/product variance resolution, both in-process and per end-use customer concerns.  The role serves as a Technology Guardian for the VAMAC® product line and its processes, and therefore networks strategically across not only Operations but also multiple facets of the business platform, from raw materials and Sourcing to R&D / Marketing to Sales and Supply Chain.   


The Senior Process Engineer will:

  • Provide technical expertise for all polymer processes on the G Unit autoclave.
  • Own / maintain / update the process technology specific to the end-to-end manufacture of VAMAC® materials, from raw material to base resin product.
  • Provide expertise in collaboration with other technical peers towards new base material development and commercialization; support of secondary VAMAC® extrusion processes; and improvements to end-product critical properties, quality and yield per the needs for business growth, operations stability, and customer satisfaction.
  • Lead / participate in Process Safety Management (PSM) & Process Hazards Analysis (PHA) teams.
  • Mentor and assist in operations and technology training.
  • Assessment and validation of process flow diagrams, shop-floor control strategies, logic or algorithms, standard operating procedures, production specifications (including product quality and safety data) for process / product consistency and assurance.
  • Execute Change Management processes towards Equipment and Process improvements (Engineering Change of Design, raw material qualifications, operational procedures, etc.).
  • Understand key process variables and the technology behind them to positively impact production, troubleshoot and resolve manufacturing issues, and continuously drive improvement in product quality and performance for the customer.
  • Lead / serve on teams to identify, prioritize, and drive projects ranging from incremental improvements to major technology changes that generate realized improvements to the process / products in such areas as safety, yield, uptime, fixed and variable cost, and working capital reductions.
  • Network with other senior technical expertise across product lines / internal businesses to leverage experience, ensure process technology and PSM foundations, and drive continuous growth and sustainability for the benefit of the company.


Required Attributes:

  • B.S. or higher in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering from ABET-accredited university, with 3.0 minimum overall GPA or higher
  • Demonstrated ability to work safety and effectively as a process engineer in a manufacturing environment (> 7 years industrial experience)
  • Higher education / experience levels are also encouraged to apply; job level / work scope and compensation can be scaled commensurate with experience and capabilities of the successful candidate.


Functional Skills

  • Broad-based knowledge of polymer process engineering, such as raw materials handling, chemical reactors, distillation, heat / mass transfer, reaction kinetics, thermodynamics, filtration, casting, extrusion, cutting, drying/bulk solids handling, mixing & packaging
  • Knowledge of batch and continuous processes, potentially including recycle loops
  • Ability to assimilate unit operation information into actions that positively impact important criteria such as process safety, product yield and quality, cycle time, asset uptime and capacity.
  • Knowledge of process modeling software (Aspen)
  • Experience with Process Safety Management systems, including Management of Change, safety design (i.e., pressure), RAGAGEP, root cause failure analysis, etc.
  • Familiarity with PHA (Process Hazards Analysis) and/or Layers of Protection Analysis (LOPA), especially as a leader or contributing team member
  • Demonstrated experience in developing a design basis and technology requirements for major and minor capital project process improvements. 
  • Multivariate testing / Six Sigma certification and/or other data-based decision process experience is a plus


General Skills

  • Good written, oral communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Self-motivated, with steadfast attention to details.
  • Strong trouble-shooting / problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to learn and work independently
  • Ability to identify needs/opportunities, translate them into strategic actions, and communicate direction and progress effectively across all functions / levels of the business
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize between immediate needs and longer-range goals
  • Works collaboratively across a broad spectrum of operational knowledge levels and disciplines (i.e., Operations, Business, Technology).


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