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Technical Services Engineer - 3014 in Bristol, TN at Westlake Chemical

Date Posted: 2/8/2018

Job Snapshot

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  • Location:
    Bristol, TN
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  • Experience:
    At least 2 year(s)
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Job Description

Job Summary:

Work with the Materials Development Group, suppliers and consultants to develop compound formulations for improved processing, properties and reduced density, scrap, cost, etc.  Analyze existing processes and define needs for formulation changes, new raw materials, new/modified processing equipment and tooling improvements. Provide day-to-day technical support to Manufacturing, Sales and R&D.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Help develop, trial and implement new material compounds to meet productivity and business objectives.

  • Continuous improvement of compound formulations to improve rates, properties, densities, reduce scrap, etc. by utilizing lab equipment and coordinating trials on production extrusion equipment / pilot lines.

  • Assist in capital equipment budget planning and specifying to improve on existing production techniques and to develop new products and production methods.

  • Assist R&D and Manufacturing in getting new products, concepts and ideas into production.

  • Visit and/ or bring in various suppliers when necessary to evaluate machinery and/or raw materials.

  • Interface with customers to plan and develop new products and solve quality issues.

  • Retain samples and controls for production and sales as requested.

  • Continually update stakeholders on status of projects through email, phone and meeting participation.

  • Maintain electronic records of compound formulations and physical/thermal properties of profiles.

  • Analyze data using statistical software and communicate results into easy to understand formats.

  • Assist in development and testing of projects not directly related to extrusion, i.e. print rolls, heat transfer rolls, injection molding, etc.

  • Calculate formulation costs and costs of material in extruded parts for management’s evaluation in new and existing parts.

  • Attend trade shows, classes and training seminars to keep skills up to date and learn about new equipment, chemicals, new processes related to our industry.

  • May serve as technical representative in trade association meetings, i.e. SPE, PIA, AAMA and NFRC, etc.

  • Ensure compliance with federal and state safety and environmental regulations.

  • Maintain constructive working relationship with all employees and supervisors/managers.

  • Will be key technical resource for blending and compounding processes.

  • Perform other duties as assigned to satisfaction of your reporting manager.

Job Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) in Engineering, Chemical, Polymer or Plastics Engineering preferred.


Minimum 5 years of functional and HANDS-ON process engineering experience within polymer extrusion processes such as sheet, cast film, profile, pipe, decking, fence, etc.

2 years of rigid PVC compounding and formulation experience preferably for construction industry products. Cellular PVC experience and color matching a plus.


Must be able to organize data, people and tasks; possess leadership skills; have a strong working knowledge of our products and possess problem-solving skills and conflict resolution skills. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.

Knowledge of the manufacture, testing, analysis and application of PVC Resins.

Six sigma green/black belt and knowledge of DOE, DMAIC, Fishbone, 5-Why, etc. is preferred.