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Sr. Production Engineer - 2516 in Geismar, LA at Westlake Chemical

Date Posted: 9/16/2017

Job Snapshot

Job Description

The Sr. Production Engineer will be responsible for a variety of tasks related to production and operation in the PVC Unit.

Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  • Technical operational advisor to Production Supervision and Process Operations.  Monitors and does analyses of utility and raw material consumption for cost estimation and reduction project.
  • Support to maintain and ensure continuous operation. Includes assistance as needed during unit operational upsets or unit turnarounds.
  • Participate in commissioning of new process equipment installations.
  • Coordinate and assist in implementation of minor plant system changes. Including small equipment additions, modifications and/or deletions and minor process design.
  • Coordinates and follows up the improvement project of production efficiency.
  • Maintain data on plant operation and key performance indicators.
  • Provide operational and technical support to project coordinator(s) for large, extensive plant system changes. Includes operational review, assistance with cost/benefit analysis, and participating in Process Hazard Reviews.
  • Assist in writing and reviewing Unit Operating Procedures in assigned areas of the Plant.
  • Support Process Engineering with plant material balances, yields, closures, project design scope, etc. as deemed necessary to maintain operations.  Completes process engineering study and design for new projects and coordinate with Engineering Department to complete projects.
  • Assist Unit Manager with annual expense budget preparation.
  • Participate in committees as assigned.
  • Performs special projects and studies as assigned.  Carry out cost/benefit analysis for special projects.
  • Perform internal technical training sessions for operating personnel.
  • Share weekend call duty with other unit staff personnel.
  • Fill in for Unit Manager and Superintendent as needed and assigned.
  • Coordinate and/or conduct plant audit monthly reports in areas that affect your site.
  • Perform duties in a manner that protects personal safety as well as the safety of all personnel on site.  Whenever appropriate; promptly report Safety, Health or Environmental incidents or issues to management so the situation can be corrected.  Attend Monthly Safety meetings to help prevent off-site and job accidents.
  • Perform the primary thinking encompassed by this job description.
  • Comply with all Company policies and procedures.
  • Fully support Company goals of continuous improvement and operational excellence at strategic and tactical levels including reviewing area of responsibility for improvement opportunities to initiate projects or communicate ideas to management as well as active participation on project teams.  


  • A minimum of five years of experience in a chemical or petrochemical plant or related industry in the engineering field and five years of project engineering experience is required.
  • Experience in Suspension PVC industrial setting is preferred, batch plant experience is required.
  • DCS experience is required.


  • B.S. Degree in Engineering, Preferably Chemical Engineering