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Performance Engineer - 2894 in Longview, WA at Westlake Chemical

Date Posted: 2/3/2018

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Job Description

We are looking for world-class talent to join our team as a Performance Engineer at our Longview Chemicals Plant.  Axiall represents a new kind of chemistry company; one that works to responsibly harness applied chemistry to solve common problems, improve everyday life and drive human progress. Blending a strong, downstream building products business with core materials capabilities, Axiall delivers life-enhancing benefits. Axiall's chemical products can be found in high performance plastics, pulp and paper production, packaging, chemical intermediates, pharmaceuticals, medical and agricultural applications and paints, acrylics and varnishes. With its scale and resources, Axiall is committed to being a leader in sustainable practices, a responsible environmental steward, and a force for progress.

Job Summary: The Performance Engineer is an individual contributor role that will report directly to the Production Superintendent. Supervises day to day operation of all or part of the chemical facility while maintaining EHS&S standards by performing the following duties (other duties may be assigned):

  • Conducts research to develop new and/or improve current chemical manufacturing processes

  • Designs, plans layout, and oversees constructing, controlling, and improving equipment to carry out chemical processes on commercial scale

  • Analyzes operating procedures and equipment and promptly implements improvements to reduce processing time and cost

  • Designs and plans measurement and control systems for chemical plants based on data collected in laboratory experiments and pilot plant operations

  • Determines most effective arrangement of unit operations exercising judgment to compromise between process requirements, economic evaluation, operator effectiveness, and physical and health hazards

  • Performs tests and takes measurements throughout stages of production to determine degree of control over variables such as temperature, density, specific gravity, and pressure.

  • Applies principles of chemical engineering to solve problems

  • Reviews and analyzes production, quality control, maintenance, and operational reports to determine causes of nonconformity with product specifications, and operating or production problems.

  • Monitors day to day equipment performance and reliability of all operational equipment

  • Reviews lab sample results to ensure conforming product is being produced

  • Works to identify safety, technical and efficiency improvements within the facility

  • Reviews critical raw material parameters daily

  • Communicates with Shift Supervisors and operators about activities scheduled during their shift, including maintenance activities, unit performance, and safe work requirements

  • Works with Maintenance to ensure that all required equipment inspections are completed on time, including vessel inspections, SRV inspections, etc.

  • Writes maintenance work orders to repair equipment when needed.

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • BS degree in Chemical Engineering

  • 5+ years of experience in similar position strongly preferred

  • Authorization to work permanently in the US

Essential Skills and Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will possess the following essential skills and qualifications:

  • Minimum 5 years of industry experience desired, preferably in a PSM covered, continuous chemical manufacturing process facility

  • Works successfully under moderate supervision

  • Has the ability to apply and interpret statistical tools and applications for the optimization of large systems and processes

  • Ability to successfully manage small to mid-size projects, processes, or work groups

  • Demonstrates leadership skills and has ability to lead small teams

  • PSM experience desired

  • Strong communication skills; both verbal and written

  • SAP experience preferred

Chlor-alkali experience a plus