Process Design Engineering:
Ascend Performance Materials is expanding our capacity to produce Nylon resins and associated monomers and intermediates. Process design engineers develop the best engineering solutions for new capital projects and process improvement ideas.
The Process Design Engineer will be responsible for scoping, designing and following the execution, and commissioning phases for projects that add capabilities, improve quality, or increase production capacity. The role is focused on finding creative solutions to challenges, providing rapid implementation timetables while achieving the best alignment with customer and business needs at lowest cost.
The role will focus on:
Integration as part of a project team with project leaders, manufacturing staff and Technology engineers.
Develop flow schemes to determine mass and energy balances, control logic, and equipment specifications.
Model processes as part of the overall sizing/design processes.
Continued involvement in project execution and start up beyond the design phase.
Interacting with leading internal and external experts, vendors, and other outside consultants to develop and implement improvements
Providing technical guidance on areas of expertise to plant manufacturing and engineering organizations.
Performing process HAZOP’s, RCA’s, FMEA’s, and PSR’s
Manage and maintain key capacity of conventional nylon polymerization or chemical intermediates manufacturing processes by:
Developing projects for low cost routes to debottleneck capacity
Maximizing throughput rate at equivalent quality
Optimizing operation for conversion costs
Proactively manage project milestone delivery, identify potential obstacles and issues, devise contingency plans, and engage stakeholders at necessary decision points
Oversee development of process flow diagrams, heat & mass balances, piping & instrument diagrams, and economic estimates from initial concept to final design
Manage the project stage gate process with Six Sigma rigor and statistical methodology and use tools to drive efficiency across all programs
Manage internal resources, vendors, consultants, and contract resources to accomplish project goals
Maintain product and company reputation by complying with federal and state regulations
Maintain safe and clean working environment by enforcing procedures, rules, and regulations
Monitor work for compliance to applicable codes and accepted engineering practices and standards
Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. Advanced degree considered a plus.
3 + years Process Design experience
Ability to interface, orally and in writing, with many levels of employees of various disciplines within various departments and all other internal and external contacts.
Strong analytical and technical skills, ability to solve complex problems, ability to innovate, and a strategic business perspective.
Ability to work with interdisciplinary and cross-functional teams to take a concept to plant implementation.
Broad knowledge of chemical unit operations including reactions, separations, environmental controls and so forth. Knowledge of computer systems and software related to process control, optimization and simulation.
Experience with Aspen, HYSYS, Fathom, HTRI, AFT Arrow, Process Explorer, Provox, AIM Station, DMACS, or similar packages is needed.
This job may require occasional travel for vendor visits and internal meetings. Travel may be domestic or foreign.
Why work at Ascend?
If you are looking for a career with one of the plastics industry’s most enlightened employers, Ascend Performance Materials offers an opportunity to develop a true sense of fulfillment and pride in your achievements.
Ascend provides an exciting platform from which you, your family and your community will benefit. You’ll become a trusted member of an interdependent and safe working environment where your opinions and ideas will be encouraged and respected, regardless of your position. Working alongside a diverse range of renowned technical experts on a continuous stream of industry-leading products and technologies, you’ll find a wide variety of opportunities within our growing business for both learning and career development.
Our culture is built on a strong set of core values that foster innovation and collaboration across every level of the organization. It is a culture grounded in open relationships between every member of the Ascend team. All of this is driven by an inspirational leadership team, intently focused on maximizing the new investment in the business.
The essence of our organization is embodied in the words “inspiring everyday,” and we have built a strong and confident business with performance at its core. It will be challenging but holistically rewarding and will enable you to achieve your personal and professional aspirations.
Ascend is an organization that genuinely seeks to inspire our people to inspire others. We believe this gives Ascend a higher purpose, making it a unique work environment for you to consider when choosing career options