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Production Engineer

Date: May 13, 2019

Location: Baltimore, MD, US, 21226

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

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.   The follow are the criteria needed for this position.

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 Operations 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.

Required Skills

  • 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.

Required Experience

  • 2-5 years engineering experience in a manufacturing environment
  • BS Degree in Chemical Engineering.  Alternative engineering degree could be considered based on experience. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in a PSM facility preferred
  • Six Sigma and Lean experience preferred (Green/Black Belt Certification)


Nearest Major Market: Baltimore