Process Engineer

Sioux City, IA

Salary: $105,000-135,000 plus bonus 10%

Requirements:

BS in Engineering, preferably Chemical or Mechanical and a minimum of 5-10years of experience 
Proficient in basic computer software such as Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint Excel and Project; Avantis [or other similar work management information systems (WMIS)]. 
Ability to make verbal and written presentations to communicate ideas effectively 
Expected to effectively communicate with and support personnel at other locations 
Expected to effectively communicate with outside vendors and contractors
Become knowledgeable in the plant processes, plant specifications, and materials of construction 

Job Responsibilities:

Insures the process is operated in a safe and environmentally compliant manner and endeavors to enhance and protect the safety of plant employees. 
Recommends any operating adjustments via instrumentation, equipment, or chemical additions required to maintain specifications while optimizing the processes. 
Identifies problems and recommends solutions, especially geared toward reducing costs and increasing production capability. This can involve taking an idea from the concept stage through design and procurement, installation and start up.  Monitors key operating parameters to identify trends and to recommend changes. This includes maintaining Turbine and Compressor Efficiencies, Cooling Water Surveys, Catalyst Surveys, DCS trends, and laboratory results.  The coordination of all assigned Process Safety Management related activities: 
• Initiates and follows up on all Management of Change submittals. 
• Develops and organizes Process Safety Information in a way easily understood by production technicians. 
• Lead all departmental Process Hazard Analyses. 
• Develops Safe Operating Limits and Standard Operating Conditions within published guidelines for process changes. 
• Assists in training operators, especially on process changes. 
Evaluates production technician suggestions and shares that evaluation with the suggestion originator, whether accepting the idea or not. 
Documentation, record keeping, and accurate, thorough communication (written and verbal) with co-workers, supervisors and other crews of technicians. Includes initiating work orders, issuing process trial reports after evaluating test conditions, and summarizing activities in periodic reports. 
Maintain effective communication and working relationships with operations, maintenance, and technical department personnel. Routinely checking e-mails to keep informed. 
Assists in planning and implementation of plant turnarounds. 
Other duties as assigned by the Manager, Production.

Job Summary:

The process engineer is responsible for monitoring the day-to-day operations of the plants and for recommending changes for improvement. This can result in the engineer identifying an opportunity for improvement, recommending a solution, and directing implementation of the change. The process engineer has a direct impact upon organizational success by impacting “On-Stream Factor”, by assisting in process optimization, assuring safety and environmental compliance and by removing bottlenecks to allow better use of resources.

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