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Biofuels - Process Engineer

Location: KS, KS
Date Posted: 05-24-2017
POSITION PURPOSE
Develop new process engineering designs for company projects and simulate process designs.  Develop mass and energy balances, PFD’s, and P&ID’s.  Assist with troubleshooting issues at operating plants and develop solutions that are timely and cost effective.   Provide solutions that may include design packages with equipment specifications and P&ID updates to reflect changes.  Manage projects to completion including tracking project time.
 
 
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND BASIC DUTIES
 
  1. Conduct research to develop new and improved ethanol manufacturing processes, including P&ID and equipment specification development.
 
  1. Develop material and energy balances for new and developing processes.
 
  1. Design, plan plant layout, and assist customer engaged in constructing, controlling, and improving equipment to carry out ethanol processes on an industrial scale.
 
  1. Analyze operating procedures and equipment and machinery function to reduce processing time and cost; and, assist with the development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).
 
  1. Design processes to control movement and storage of solids, liquids, and gases.
 
  1. Design and plan measurement and control systems for ethanol plants based on data collected in laboratory experiments, pilot plant operations, and industrial scale operations; and, develop process control narratives.
 
  1. Determine most effective arrangement of unit operations exercising judgment to compromise between process requirements, economic evaluation, operator effectiveness, and physical and health hazards.
 
  1. Lead activities of workers who operate and control such equipment as condensers, evaporators, pumps, columns, heat exchangers, valves, tanks, boilers, compressors, pipelines, and centrifuges to affect required chemical or physical change.
 
  1. Perform tests and take measurements throughout stages of production to determine degree of control over variables such as temperature, density, specific gravity, and pressure.
 
  1. Apply principles of chemical engineering to solve environmental problems.
  2. Lead the process engineering designs on assigned projects.
  3. Lead small process engineering projects.
  4. Supervise assigned drafting resources for drafting accuracy and guidance.
  5. Supervise assigned Specification Team resources for equipment specifications and vendor document reviews.
  6. Assist customers with the development of their Process Hazard Analysis (PHA).
  7. Provide engineering recommendations and support for engineering related warranty claims.
  8. Assist with the development of Customer Bulletins that require engineering support.
  9. Develop process engineering hours and cost estimates for assigned projects
  10. Provide engineering support to internal and external customers for troubleshooting process related problems using scientific theories and principles.
  11. Mentor junior engineers.
  12. Review process engineering designs for good engineering practices and PE stamp drawings as required
QUALIFICATIONS
 
Education/Certification:  Bachelor degree in chemical engineering or related technical discipline required PE License required
                                                                 
 
Required Knowledge
& Experience:                       5-7 years process engineering experience required
                                                           
Skills/Abilities:                  Possess excellent computer skills utilizing MS Office products, Adobe, AutoCAD, and ChemCAD software
                                                Demonstrates attention to detail
                                                Possess excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills to convey information to internal and external customers
                                                Ability to manage work and projects with minimal supervision     
                                                Acts with honesty and integrity
                                                Possess fluent verbal and written skills in the English language
 
                                                           
PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES AND REQUIREMENTS OF THIS POSITION
Frequent site visits required, 10% travel required or as needed.  Ability to sit for long periods of time.  Able to view computer screen for lengths at a time.  Must be able to speak and listen clearly.  Fine visual acuity to read for accuracy. May be exposed to loud noises, wet and humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic chemicals, extreme hot and cold depending on weather conditions.  May be required to work in high, precarious places.  
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