Process Technology Engineer

Date: Dec 6, 2023

Location: Lake Charles, LA, US, 70665

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 22503 

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

We’re hiring a Process Technology (PT) Engineer to join the Refining Technologies Process Technology team. As a PT Engineer, you will be dedicated to support our Lake Charles, LA catalyst plant and report to the Senior Principal Process Technology Engineer. Relocation assistance is available. 



The primary functions of this position are to develop and improve new and existing manufacturing processes, and to scale up new products to support the growth and productivity objectives of the Refining Technologies product line.


  • Project planning and execution to drive projects from concept to implementation, including startup and successful transfer to manufacturing. 
  • Ensure safe, environmentally responsible processes are transferred to production.
  • Solve chemical and process engineering problems related to new product and new manufacturing process concepts.
  • Identify critical process parameters and develop functional FMEA, Cause and Effect Relationships and Critical to Quality Process Control Plan
  • Carry out experiments to determine the effect of processing variables on product properties and performance.
  • Lead productivity projects in the manufacturing environment to improve quality, lower cost and increase rates.
  • Troubleshoot new and existing plant processes.
  • Provide necessary technical support for Process Design
  • Identify applicable state of the art instrumentation, equipment, and alternate process technology to upgrade the capability of manufacturing processes.
  • Collaborate effectively with Research, Manufacturing, and Engineering for the introduction of new products and new plant capabilities.
  • Communicate projects updates, progress, risks, options, barriers, and recommendations, effectively to technical and non-technical audience.

Physical Requirements

Ability to work in a high hazard environment, including adverse weather conditions, elevated spaces, confined spaces, extreme temperatures, and noisy surroundings.
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

  • BS, in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry or Material Science, along with minimum of 5 years of manufacturing or process development in a chemical industry. In lieu of degree, will consider candidates with 15+ years of relevant experience. 
  • Experience with commercial scale manufacturing processes.
  • Demonstrated abilities with development, scale-up, improvements, troubleshooting, and/or technology transfer of new processes to manufacturing.
  • Proven ability to successfully handle multiple projects using self-directed work management style.
  • Ability to work in cross functional team (R&D, Manufacturing, Process Design, Pilot Plant) to drive project results.
  • Proven ability to work safely in laboratory, pilot plant and/or manufacturing environment.
  • Strong bias for action with a natural curiosity and ability to learn.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Lean Six sigma trained with demonstrated ability to utilize statistical techniques.
  • Direct experience with alumina, zeolite, refining catalyst, or related inorganic materials.
  • Candidate must be able to apply fundamental engineering concepts to develop robust technical solutions for implementation in commercial manufacturing operation.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply Statistical techniques (DOE, Regression, Anova, SPC, Hypothesis Test, Process Capability Studies) for process development and process improvement.


  • 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 (salaried only)
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Company Donation Match Program
  • U.S. Employee Benefits Summary ( 

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: Lake Charles