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Project Engineer; Ethanol

Project Engineer; Ethanol; Claypool, IN


This position has responsibility for assisting in the development and implementation of Capital Improvement Projects and Operational Improvement projects, following construction completion criteria and construction requirements with the Plant Manager, assisting plant startup, analysis of existing operations and/or future facilities for the Plant, meeting quality and cost standards.



Along with the below listed responsibilities, the employee should conduct any other business related to the function as required by her or his supervisor.

  • Works with the SH&E staff to assure regulatory certifications and compliance on capital and process improvements, normal operating practices regarding all Safety and Environmental.
  • Meeting with production managers to assess existing processes.
  • Drafting process ideas to reduce costs and improve production rates.
  • Performing risk assessments.
  • Designing and testing process upgrades and new process systems.
  • Ensuring processes comply with safety and quality standards.
  • Performing process simulations and troubleshooting issues.
  • Performing optimization tests and monitoring upgrades systems.
  • Developing routines and best practices to ensure product quality.
  • Developing standardized operating instructions for the upgrades process.
  • Providing the Product Manager with process documents and standard operating procedures.
  • Participates in the development and administration of project policies and programs.
  • Supervises Company and Contractor work force for all assigned capital improvement projects to insure that project goals are met while meeting company quality and cost standards
  • Participate in the project development budgeting process to establish accurate costing for management. Manage assigned projects to ensure monetary budgets and scheduled timelines are accomplished.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Follows construction completion criteria and construction requirements with the project / plant manager.
  • Assists in the project start-up with local management.
  • Operates in a fully responsible manner and comply with the law and Company policy.

Prepare commitments/estimates for approval:

  • Mass balance and process preparation, Layout proposal, Risk Analysis, Preliminary P&ID’s for automation and process control purposes
  • Budget estimation and project schedule
  • Project Scope of Work
  • Work Breakdown Structure
  • Manage a project after approval – Stay within the authorized budget and schedule; Organize basic and detail engineering; Prepare and specify ordering Materials and Labor contracts; Co-ordinate construction activities; Ensure the proper implementation of engineering best practices and SHE regulations; Commissioning for new projects:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering; Chemical, Mechanical or Electrical
  • 3 years of experience as a process engineer in project management or as an onsite plant engineer in an agricultural / food / chemical plant; Experience with oilseeds extraction, Biodiesel process is a plus.
  • Proven work experience as a process engineer.
  • Experience with process simulations and standard operating procedures.
  • High-level knowledge of process engineering software systems.
  • Experience working with CAD and AutoCAD.
  • Advanced technical skills.
  • Experience and direct involvement in the construction and start-up of plant improvement projects.
  • Knowledge of applicable government regulations and personnel policies to ensure compliance and accomplish the safe and timely completion of capital projects and / or process changes.

Preferred qualification:

  • Performed a critical role in start-up planning, construction monitoring and commissioning of an agricultural / food / chemical processing plant or major upgrade to a similar type plant.

Salary: $95K-$102K; strong benefits; relocation package; EOE; No Sponsorship

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