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Project Engineer - Blair, NE

The Project Engineer position is responsible for capital project management as well as technical support of plant operations. This role is accountable for execution and coordination of capital projects including communication of status, schedule, budget, and resource needs. The role is also responsible for analysis, interpretation, and utilization of process data, continuous improvement, and optimization of existing processes. Roles and responsibilities will vary according to team needs.
Principal Accountabilities
30% Perform engineering activities to address gaps and execute projects. Develop expertise of department equipment and systems. Work with department leadership to maintain customer relations by ensuring product quality specifications are met. Develop capital budgets, understand key measures including costs, chemical usage, and energy yields and ensure they are addressed during project execution.
20% Responsible for process engineering including Piping and Instrumentation Diagram (P&ID) development, system throughput calculations and equipment selection, mass and material balances, energy and utility calculations.
20% Provide detailed design engineering and bid package development, principally through the use of a consulting engineering firm.
15% Construction management, insuring adherence with safety requirements, schedule, and capital budget.
15% Provide commissioning and start-up support to operations and assist operations with production management and any other duties as assigned.
Required
Bachelor's Degree or higher in Chemical, Mechanical, Biosystems Engineering or other engineering discipline that has a strong foundation in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, mass/material balance and process design with 1 year (or more) of production management or engineering experience.
o OR High School Diploma/GED with 5 years (or more) of technical experience in lieu of a degree.
Demonstrated ability to influence others and work with multifunctional teams and personnel.
Strong prioritization and time management skills.
Demonstrated ability to manage multiple initiatives, projects and communicate goals, objectives and accomplishments to a broad audience.
Demonstrated high levels of organization, communication and documentation skills.
Demonstrated ability to mentor, coach and delegate.
Awareness of project management practices.
Ability to adapt and learn in a changing work environment.
Ability to manage multiple priorities.
Strong attention to detail
Microsoft Office Suite experience.
Ability to work independently.
Ability to work in a team environment.
Demonstrated strong problem-solving and analytical skills.
Excellent communication and presentation skills both verbal and written.
Ability to balance and achieve positive results in the areas of food safety, safety, quality, productivity, cost and employee relations.
Preferred
3 years (or more) of experience in production, reliability, or project management.
2 years (or more) in project engineering and/or operations supervision.
Knowledge of project accounting system and ability to enter requisitions, jobs and work orders.
Demonstrated competencies in several of the key chemical processing unit operations such as evaporation, heat exchange, ion exchange, drying, etc.
Basic competencies in process safety, food safety, good manufacturing processes, basic competencies in piping design and tank design, automation, electrical and instrumentation, management of change, electrical design and fire protection.
Construction project management course, root cause analysis training, reliability centered maintenance course, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 30 hour construction safety training, and food safety training.
Basic working knowledge of standards, codes, and specifications



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