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Engineer II - Production PE&O - 2829 in Lake Charles, LA at Westlake Chemical

Date Posted: 1/23/2018

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Job Description

Westlake Chemical is offering an opportunity to apply your experience and skills as a Production Engineer II. This position is based in Sulphur, LA at our Poly, Ethylene and Olefins (PE&O) site.  The FLSA status for this position is Exempt and will report directly to the Unit Manager. The following is a general list of routine job duties, responsibilities, and requirements which are intended as a guide to enable the Production - Engineer II to better understand the various situations particular to the assigned job. 


Assist with the analyses and trouble-shooting of Process operations and collection of technical information.  Assist in taking corrective action needed to maintain consistent quality and efficient operation.

Assist Group Leader with the analyses and trouble-shooting of Process operations and collection of technical information. Take corrective action needed to maintain consistent quality and efficient operation.

  • Attend monthly safety meetings.

  • Provide general support forthe Production department including performing environmental release calculations and root cause analyses on HSE events.

  • Monitor day-to-day operation of unit  and provide recommendations in order to minimize costs, maintain quality, and maximize production.

  • Trouble-shoot process problems, determine and communicate corrective actions to appropriate personnel, oversee implementation of solutions.

  • Initiate projects through the development of 'Engineering Service Request' packages consisting of a process scope, equipment and instrumentation data sheets, red-line drawings (PFD's, P&ID's, plot plans, etc.) process hazards, and preliminary environmental questionnaire.

  • Prepare, lead, and/or participate in Process Hazard Analysis / Layer of Protection Analysis (PHA / LOPA).  Share in PHA / LOPA recommendations assignments.  Follow up on recommendations.

  • Review design and implementation of process changes to make sure goals and objectives are achieved.

  • Initiate and manage 'Management of Change' (MOC) for assigned projects.

  • Create, update, review and/or support development of process safety information as needed. (P&ID's, procedures, chemical interaction matrix, operator training, etc.)

  • Communicate technical information regarding proper operation of equipment as necessary to train operations personnel.

  • Lead and/or participate in Pre-Startup Safety Reviews.  Follow up on PSSR action items to ensure completion in a timely manner. 

  • Perform studies to improve operating efficiency, profitability, quality, and safety.  Keep the Production department updated on new technology and process techniques.  Report unit performance to management.

  • Provide support during plant upsets, shutdowns, turnarounds, and startups.  Must be available for call out.

  • Optimize unit operations as assigned.

  • Support Westlake Continuous Improvement (WCI) efforts.

  • Perform the primary thinking encompassed by this job description.

  • Comply with all Company policies and procedures.

  • Fully supports 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.

  • Any additional responsibilities or tasks as assigned.

  • Perform duties in a manner that protects personal safety as well as the safety of others.

  • Promptly report Safety, Health or Environmental issues or incidents to management.


  • A current, valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card is required.
  • B.S Degree in Chemical Engineering and three years of full time work in a chemical plant.
  • Engineering and operational experience in an Olefins facility with progressive technical knowledge is preferred.
  • Computer programming and application skills.