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Sr. Production Engineer - VCM - 2997 in Plaquemine, LA at Westlake Chemical

Date Posted: 2/1/2018

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Sr. Production Engineer - VCM

Westlake Chemical is offering an opportunity to apply your experience and skills as a Sr. Production Engineer based in Plaquemine, LA.  This position will be responsible for for optimizing plant operations to ensure efficient production of quality products while maintaining safety and environmental compliance.  As a fully competent engineer in all conventional aspects of the subject matter of the functional area of the assignments, plans and conducts work requiring judgment in the independent evaluation, selection, and substantial adaptation and modification of standard techniques, procedures, and criteria.  Devises new approaches to problems encountered.  Requires sufficient professional experience to assure competence as a fully trained worker.


The essential duties of this position include but are not limited to:

  • Promote and support Westlake’s Continuous Improvement Process (CIP) activities as part of the department team.
  • Assist daily plant operations in the production of quality products at specified rates and in compliance with environmental and OSHA regulations.
  • Gain working knowledge of the plant in order to identify improvement opportunities.
  • Use Statistical Process Control in the continuous improvement effort.
  • Assists plant maintenance in achieving reliable equipment operation at minimum cost.
  • Prepares monthly and other reports required to keep management informed on performance of operation, improvements made and other items as necessary.
  • Assist in the preparation of capital requests necessary to improve plant operations.
  • Manage small to mid-sized capital projects as appropriate.
  • Participate on cross-functional teams as necessary.
  • Maintain information (files and documentation) for plant process, equipment and technology.
  • Knowledge of complete process or technology.
  • Assist in troubleshooting and solve problems of large systems and processes.
  • Successfully manages small teams to achieve objectives.
  • Develops basic data, including P & ID’s; heat and material balances; and basic control strategies, for moderate projects.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering required; minimum of 8 years of experience required, preferably in steady-state process design or production; ability to lead groups of people; excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, proficient computer skills