The Mechanical Engineer is responsible for designing and deploying new processes and equipment and developing and implementing improvements to existing manufacturing systems largely for blending, storage, and handling of liquid componentry and products.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function.
- Collaborate with the engineering team to design fluid blending, storage, and handling systems that satisfy specific requirements of safety, quality, efficiency, and new business development.
- Participate in and manage projects that support company expansion and cost reduction initiatives.
- Identify and develop opportunities to reduce costs and increase productivity while maintaining quality.
- Design and implement improvements to plant equipment and instrumentation.
- Select components to handle fluids, and to measure and control flow, including hoses, valves, strainers, pressure gauges, filters, flow meters, heat exchangers, and fittings.
- Configure liquid storage tanks, and select related equipment, including heating, insulation, level measurement, and temperature measurement systems.
- Select pumps and design piping for liquids of various viscosities and densities.
- Collaborate with operations to develop layouts for stationary production equipment, including tanks, pumps, piping, conveyors, high-speed packaging equipment, and polymer processing equipment.
- Manage capital projects to successful conclusions, controlling scope, schedule, and budget.
- Accurately estimate engineering time, material and labor costs, and implementation schedules for proposed projects.
- Participate in project implementation, including Factory Acceptance Tests, assembly, installation, and commissioning to ensure systems conform to project specifications and engineering design standards.
- Provide expert engineering advice to internal operations and management personnel.
- Maintain engineering documentation in compliance with company and department standards.
- Develop and maintain engineering standards and procedures.
- Identify and contribute to continuous improvement efforts to reduce costs or increase productivity without reducing effectiveness.
- Maintain an open and candid working relationship with immediate supervisor/manager in discussing matters of importance.
- Adhere to established company values, practices, policies and procedures at all times. Follow and support compliance with all applicable rules, laws, regulations, and standards.
- Demonstrate regular and punctual attendance at the assigned work location. Travel up to 30% of the time.
Although not essential to the position, the individual may be asked to perform other duties.
Required knowledge, skills, and abilities
An individual qualified for this job must be able to:
- Demonstrate solid understanding of mechanical engineering concepts including fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and machine design.
- Apply engineering principles and creativity to develop multiple practical solutions to technical challenges.
- Effectively collect data and apply mathematics to the analysis and improvement of manufacturing systems.
- Understand mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, and pneumatic systems, and interpret related engineering drawings.
- Solicit and objectively consider alternative solutions to challenges encountered in assigned work.
- Apply logic and reasoning to weigh alternatives and identify the most favorable option.
- Develop engineering projects from concept to practical reality.
- Communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
- Impart technical knowledge in a clear and understandable manner to technical and non-technical personnel.
- Effectively use computers for the documentation, analysis, and communication of information.
- Make efficient use of current 2D and 3D CAD applications to develop and modify schematic and spatial engineering graphics.
- Utilize statistics to guide improvement efforts to successful conclusions.
- Honestly and professionally interact with co-workers, vendors, and internal and external customers.
- Take direction, and work with equal effectiveness on teams and individually.
- Manage time effectively, and make efficient use of company resources.
- Observe details, and deliver high quality work in a timely fashion.
- Independently develop skills, abilities, and job knowledge.
- Read, analyze, and interpret common technical publications.
- Demonstrate good decision-making.
- Demonstrate trustworthiness.
- Pay strong attention to details and pursue quality in accomplishing work duties and tasks.
- Independently take advantage of opportunities to improve or increase skills, abilities and job knowledge.
- Make sure that work is delivered on time and of high quality.
- Perform work in a safe manner at all times.
- Do the right thing, even when it is difficult.
Minimum Experience, Education, and Certifications
An individual qualified for this job must have and maintain the following qualifications:
- Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or related field.
- Minimum of two (2) years related experience in a process industry (chemical or petroleum preferred), or any satisfactory combination of education and experience that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the above duties.
- Experience managing capital projects.
- Experience working with equipment vendors and contractors (e.g. pipefitters, electricians, etc.).
- Experience with 3D CAD applications such as AutoCAD Plant 3D or Revit.
- Experience working in a plant environment.
- Ability to collect and analyze data in order to make informed decisions on process improvements.
- Engineer Intern (EI) certification or Profession Engineer (PE) licensure.
Physical Demands OF Essential Functions
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the Essential Functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Move about the manufacturing facility to access equipment.
- Transport products and materials weighing up to 85 pounds.
- Use ladders, stairs, and catwalks to traverse and work atop lines.
- Reach forward when accessing equipment and while working on a computer.
- Reach overhead when accessing items on high shelves or when grasping handrails while climbing ladders.
- Operate, position, and use a wide variety of hand tools and equipment.
- Observe and interact with associates and equipment in a plant setting.
- Perceive the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels and have the ability to exchange detailed information; in designated areas where hearing protection is required, must be able to communicative effectively while wearing hearing protection.
The environmental conditions described here are representative of those the associate encounters while performing the Essential Functions of the job.
- The individual will be expected to work in a manufacturing plant environment, which may include being exposed to work in high, precarious places, outdoor weather conditions, work near moving mechanical parts, and extreme heat. Typical noise level is loud.
The Company will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Amendments.