Production Engineer

Date: Apr 10, 2024

Location: Baton Rouge, LA, US, 70805

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 22864 

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

Grace is seeking a Production Engineer to join our Specialty Chemical Manufacturing team at our Baton Rouge, LA site. This role reports to Operations Engineer Leader. 



The Production Engineer’s main responsibility is to monitor the process and ensure it is operating safely and efficiently to achieve the desired quality and production targets. This position requires the ability to work nights, weekends, and holidays as needed should issue arise that require your intervention.  


  • Track and manage production rates, yield, and quality performance data and troubleshoot any process issues outside of target range.
  • Identify and lead Continuous Improvement Projects with emphasis on manufacturing cost reduction, capacity improvements/cycle time reductions, energy and waste reduction, and process reliability.
  • Work with different work groups (Maintenance, I&E, Safety, Logistics, and Vendors) to ensure process is compliant and meets targets. 
  • Create, maintain, and manage process PSM information like operating procedures, block flow diagrams, process and instrumentation diagrams, and mass/energy balances.
  • Proved process engineering expertise for Management of Change, Process Hazard Analysis, and Root Cause Investigations. 
  • Create and manage Management of Change for processing area and complete all required tasks, including pre-startup safety review. 
  • Conduct Root Cause Investigations.
  • Participate in plant shut down, startup, and turnaround activities, as well as project commissioning and plant trials. 
  • Perform permit audits, safety observations, management walk arounds, and other safety initiatives. 
  • Knowledge in batch reactors, distillation columns, heat exchangers, pumps, filters, DCS programming, PSM documentation, and environmental regulations.  

Physical Requirements and Environment

  • 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

  • B.S. Degree in an Engineering discipline with Chemical Engineering highly desired
  • 1-5+ years of experience in process, production and/or manufacturing engineering within the petrochemical industrial manufacturing environment
  • Strong verbal communication skills 
  • Team player
  • Ability to work independently with strong initiative skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Work experience at a PSM site.
  • Work experience handling highly hazardous chemicals.
  • Work experience with batch reactors, distillation columns, steam boilers, solid filtration, DCS programming, PSM documentation, and environmental regulations.
  • Work experience with solid and slurry processes. 


  • 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: Baton Rouge