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Licensing Engineer

Date: Jan 14, 2019

Location: Columbia, MD, US, 21044

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 1586 

Grace is 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 3,700 people in over 30 countries.

Job Description

Job Description

The successful candidate for this Manufacturing Engineer position will be involved in multiple activities as part of the Licensing Engineering and Manufacturing group. These could include manufacturing support and construction reviews for new plants, training of licensee personnel, on-site manufacturing support during new plant commissioning and startup, and existing licensee support related to troubleshooting or performance improvement activities.

Responsibilities Include: 

  • Assist in the manufacturing support and construction reviews for new plants
    • Respond to inquiries from Licensee concerning operational issues which they face during project execution of their project.
    • Help Licensee plan startup and commission activities
    • Support Engineering Reviews and participate in HAZOP Reviews during Basic Engineering Design or Detailed Design


  • Assist in the training of licensee personnel
    • Provide Operational Training to Licensee’s personnel


  • Assist in new plant commissioning and startup
    • Create punch-list items of needed corrections
    • Review startup and operating procedures
    • Review safety procedures
    • Provide on-site operator training as necessary
    • Perform process control logic checks
    • Provide shift coverage as necessary for the initial operation of the plant
    • Interface with the Licensee Management Staff to coordinate activities between the licensee and Grace’s Start up Team
    • Assist Licensee in carrying out the warranty test runs
  • Assist existing licensee related to troubleshooting or performance improvement activities.
  • Response to inquiries from licensees concern existing plant operational issues
  • Assist during new catalyst trials
  • Provide on-site support for troubleshooting or to improve operational performance
  • Assist in the development of Process Design Packages


Required Skills

  • Problem solving; analytical thinking
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Team player
  • Communicate professionally and effectively with persons of various occupational backgrounds, including operations, maintenance, engineering, marketing, and management.
  • Innovative
  • Ability to explain concepts and teach others important skills needed to operate a petrochemical plant
  • Ability to complete projects with tight deadlines

Required Experience

Required Experience:

  • BS engineering (preferably Chemical Engineering)
  • 10+ years of experience as production or manufacturing engineer
  • Experience in the petrochemical industry
  • Plant startup experience


Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Competencies:

  • Polyolefin experience 

Grace is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. Please, no phone calls or emails. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Grace via email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Grace. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Grace as a result of the referral or through other means.

Nearest Major Market: Baltimore