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Production Optimization Engineer | DRT America | R


The Production Optimization Engineer will work within the Production Department to provide leadership and coordination in the design, installation, operation and automation of manufacturing process equipment.  He/she will provide technical assistance and will identify and implement chemical process improvements to improve safety & environmental compliance, quality, productivity, and cost. 



  • Provides daily plant technical support to Production Staff to meet the day-to-day manufacturing demand.
  • Assists in developing long-term strategy in continuous improvements around safety & environmental compliance, quality, productivity, and capacity and capital planning.
  • Investigates non-conformance quality, safety, and environmental events.
  • Provides coaching and feedback to production personnel.
  • Provides training assistance to production employees.
  • Provides technical direction and quality focus on meeting customer satisfaction.
  • Providing design to support engineering projects, including using PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) to facilitate equipment automation. Daily responsibilities include: Requirements documentation, detailed design generation, implementation, system integration, testing and on-site startup.
  • Supporting installation and upgrades of hardware and software, including PLC automation system program for and process control systems.
  • Supporting installation, start-up and commissioning.  Assisting with validation of the qualified equipment and systems.
  • Identifying and researching advancements in processes, equipment, software and hardware to support cost reductions and improve quality and efficiency.
  • Determining capabilities and limitations of process equipment in order to improve rating and efficiency
  • Improving product cost through productivity and efficiency improvements: yield, rate and uptime
  • Defining and implementing cost savings and improvement initiatives.
  • Participating in continuous improvement efforts, corrective action formulation, and root-cause investigations.
  • Working with equipment vendors and suppliers to recommend equipment improvements.
  • Preparing flow diagrams, P&ID's, equipment & instrumentation specifications, and mass & energy balances.
  • Working closely with Plant Management to diagnose, troubleshoot and improve processes
  • Act as backup for plant critical positions during PTO usage and for on-call response coverage
  • Domestic and foreign travel <10%
  • Good receipts, production and quality entry, and other duties as assigned


  • BS in Chemical Engineering plus 6+ year’s relevant technical experience in a chemical manufacturing environment; OR 10+ year’s extensive broad-based technical experience in a Chemical Manufacturing Operation.
  • Process Safety Management (PSM), PHA and RCA experience.
  • Must be self-motivated and comfortable working independently as well as within a team environment.
  • Must be proficient in computer operation and basic programs (Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access, and SAP).
  • Communicate effectively and professionally (verbal, written). 
  • 5 years’ experience designing, modeling, operating and troubleshooting both batch and continuous process systems.
  • OSI PI and Chemcad modeling software knowledge
  • Knowledge of DCS Controls, Allen Bradley PLC’s, and SPC Statistical Process Control knowledge a plus
  • Ability to multi-task, work in a fast paced environment and set priorities


  • Strong working knowledge of engineering and manufacturing related practices applied to improve operation.
  • High degree of personal responsibility and initiative is required.  Must possess a high level of integrity as well as excellent organizational and analytical skills.
  • Communicate effectively (verbal, listening, written) and work with various departments. Self-motivated, team-player with good interpersonal skills; ability to maintain positive customer relations & act courteous/respectful of others.
  • Must be able to maintain quality work performance with frequent distraction.
  • Must be 18 years or age with a valid driver’s license.
  • Must be able to successfully complete a post-offer pre-employment physical, drug screen and background check.


The Production Optimization Engineer will report to the Plant Manager. He/she will work with various departments outside the Production and Engineering departments to set goals and action plans to achieve the departmental and corporate goals. 



  • Frequent walking, standing, climbing, reaching at and above shoulders, pushing/pulling, twisting at waist, upward and downward flexion of neck, side-to-side turning of neck; grasp and hand and arm strength to lift equipment;
  • Temperature swings from air conditioning to plant or outdoors;
  • Standard office environment in a temperature controlled office, with normal air contaminants, such as dust, typically found in an office setting. 
  • Exposure to fumes and odors of chemicals, gasses, dust and plant process, equipment noise, heights up to 130’, noise, extreme weather conditions, and areas where hazardous chemicals are present.
  • Position requires occasional, prolonged periods of standing and walking distances inside the plant. 
  • All employees are required to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to include FR clothing, gas detection equipment, noise/hearing protection, and safety glasses with side shields while in the manufacturing facilities. 
  • Type and read on a computer; communicate in person, on telephone, through written correspondence. May require standing, stooping, reaching, pushing and pulling.
  • Some travel required.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position.  DRT Management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet business and organizational needs as necessary.

Nearest Major Market: Savannah

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