Production Engineer

Date: Jun 26, 2024

Location: Norco, LA, US, 70057

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 23144 

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 hiring a Production Engineer to join our Norco, LA manufacturing team. The Production Engineer will report to the Engineering Manager and be responsible for monitoring the production processes and ensuring safe and efficient operations to achieve the desired quality and production targets. The successful candidate needs to possess strong communication skills to effectively collaborate with other functional groups. 


The ability to participate in a rotating on-call schedule that may include nights and weekends is required.


  • 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 (i.e. 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

  • 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
  • Ability to follow safety protocols and standards working in a pilot plant facility with highly hazardous materials

Required Qualifications

  • B.S. degree in an Engineering discipline (Chemical Engineering preferred)
  • 1-5+ years of experience in process, production and/or manufacturing engineering within the petrochemical industrial manufacturing environment
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Team player
  • Strong initiative skills
  • Ability to obtain a TWIC card

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. 
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Excel (VBA)


  • 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 Match Donation Program
  • U.S. Employee Benefits Summary (

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