Production Engineer

Date: Jun 5, 2024

Location: Baltimore, MD, US, 21226

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 23059 

Built on talent, technology, and trust, Grace is a leading global supplier of catalysts and engineered materials. The company’s two industry-leading business segments—Catalysts Technologies and Materials Technologies—provide innovative products, technologies, and services that enhance the products and processes of our customers around the world. Grace employs approximately 4,300 people in over 30 countries.

Job Description


W.R. Grace & Co., a leading manufacturer of Specialty Chemicals has an immediate need for a Production Engineer at its Curtis Bay facility.  W.R. Grace Curtis Bay consists of 10 production plants that manufacture hundreds of products from four product lines:  fluid cracking catalysts, hydroprocessing catalysts, polyolefin catalysts, and silicas.  With approximately 500 employees, W.R. Grace is a significant employer in the Curtis Bay area.  More than half of the products manufactured there are exported at a value of approximately $150 million annually.


  • This position is responsible for product quality monitoring, analysis and control (response charts, sampling plans, GLIMS templates, quality release, CAR's ISO, etc).  Prepares standard operating conditions, interprets process results, recommends & implements corrective action for optimum plant operation (stream rate, yield, quality, CPK/Ppk, cost, etc) and applies Six Sigma and Lean methodologies to improve processes.  

  • Determines and implements corrective action, conducts economic studies for optimization of production rates and costs, and for justification of projects concerned with plant changes and/or fixed capital additions, and supports the commissioning/start-up of the projects.  

  • Prepares or assists in preparation of process designs including equipment specifications, PFD's, P&ID's and SOP's for modification of additions to existing plant and provides training for the Operations Team. Ensures that the plant meets PSM and ISO requirements and incorporates these standards into daily work.   

  • This position will also work closely with PT and Quality to ensure the smooth functioning of the process. 

  • Monitors and optimizes raw material yields including waste tracking and minimization (RCRA, SARA, Title V, stack testing, etc).  

  • Updates operating procedures, PFD's and P&ID's to account for process changes and maintains conformance to PSM (PHA, MOC, PSSR, etc).  

  • Is a team member of the Operations Area.  

  • May backfill for Operations Planner/Operations Leader.  

  • Uses Six Sigma tools to drive productivity and performance improvements and other duties/assignments as necessary.

  • Assures regulatory compliance, including environmental, process safety and a safe workplace for all employees.  

  • Addresses hazards, deviations, and injuries in a timely manner.

  • The successful candidate will be able to learn processes quickly, work well with others at all organizational levels, organize and prioritize multiple tasks and changing priorities, lead and/or participate on cross-functional teams and troubleshoot DCS and plant problems.


Physical Requirements and Environment

  • Ability to follow safety protocols and standards working in a laboratory environment with highly hazardous materials
  • Ability to follow safety protocols and standards working in a pilot plant facility with highly hazardous materials
  • Ability to work in a high hazard environment, including adverse weather conditions, elevated spaces, confined spaces, extreme temperatures, and noisy surroundings.
  • Must be able to stand, walk, sit, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and climb stairs and ladders over 100 ft.
  • Must be willing to wear PPE (Personal Protective equipment) including but not limited to hard hat, protective eyewear, steel-toed boots, hearing protection, Level A suit, full face respirator

Required Qualifications

•    2 – 5 years engineering experience

•    BS Degree in Chemical Engineering.  Alternative engineering degree could be considered based on experience

•    Must be able to maintain focus on Safety and Environmental in all activities and wear requisite PPE.

•    Ability to work effectively within a team environment (leading and participating) with excellent interpersonal skills, make data driven decisions and implement recommendations, and learn and use Six Sigma tools to improve plant operations.  

•    Must have excellent communication (verbal and written) and strong ability to influence others.

•    Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot plant equipment and process data.

•    Strong organizational skills, including leading ad hoc teams. 

•    Six Sigma and Lean experience preferred (Green/Black Belt Certification)



Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance
Life Insurance and Disability
Grace Wellness Program
Flexible Workplace
Retirement Plans 
401(k) Company Match – Dollar to dollar up to the first 6%
Paid Vacation and Holidays
Parental Leave 
Tuition Reimbursement
Company Donation Match Program

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Nearest Major Market: Baltimore