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Chemical Engineer in Ames, IA at REG

Date Posted: 9/18/2018

Job Snapshot

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  • Location:
    Ames, IA
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    Not Specified
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Job Description


This position is responsible for a variety of engineering duties, including design of new plants and upgrades, continuous improvement of current production processes, management of small to medium size capital projects and evaluation of new technologies. This position will be a technical expert in the process chemistry and production processes at REG facilities.



 Key Accountabilities:

Plant Assistance

  • Look for ways to optimize plant processes and implement changes to enhance plant profitability
  • Assist plants with debottlenecking, troubleshooting and investigating quality excursions
  • Support efforts of plant start-up crews and support teams as needed, providing on-going technical support with an emphasis on minimizing down time and maximizing plant efficiency
  • Train personnel on proper techniques in operations, equipment operations, equipment maintenance, testing, and other areas as necessary
  • Provide technical support and perform audits of safety, quality and operations management systems
  • Become proficient in utilization of plant data historian programs such as Plant Information (PI)


  • Represent REG at technical conferences and events as well as training on different equipment or processes
  • Travel to potential plant acquisition targets or technology provider facilities to perform technical due diligence

Support Function

  • Conduct analyses to identify potential opportunities for improving operations with upgrades that enhance throughput or efficiency
  • Prepare budget capital cost and justification for use in project planning
  • Provide technical expertise as required in support of Research &Development department

Development and Evaluation Functions

  • Review installation of process piping and equipment to ensure all items are installed per the technical drawings
  • Specify equipment and obtain price quotations for new or replacement projects
  • Assist in the development and evaluation of operational manuals as necessary
  • Use computers and computer systems to set up functions, enter data, design models to simulate physical processes, and process information
  • Design bid packages and evaluate and review project costs and budgets with the contractor
  • Assist in design review phase for construction of new biodiesel plants and technology upgrades, evaluating contractor drawings such as P&ID’s, mechanical, electrical, structural, civil, architectural, and general layout
  • Monitor contractor progress throughout the construction process including a final review of contractor work before the contractor leaves the site
  • Coordinate with contractors to accommodate design changes made during construction
  • Evaluate and ensure safety procedures are being followed in plant operations and encourage others to do the same

Other frequent duties:

  • Evaluate and ensure safety procedures are being followed in plant operations and encourage others to do the same
Perform other duties as assigned


Education Required: 4 year bachelor’s degree – Chemical Engineering, or related degree

Experience Required:  0-5 years in a process-related industry, preferably in biodiesel, edible oils, petroleum, petrochemical, ethanol, or other renewable fuels industries preferred

Skills Required

Advanced Excel skills

Strong verbal and written communication skills

Extensive math and basic financial analysis abilities

Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Project, Visio)

Strong organization skills

Strong technical background

Aspen Plus


Special skills or knowledge preferred:

Aspen Suite (EDR, HYSYS, etc.)

Knowledge of biodiesel production and related processes

Experience with various software programs

Experience with process simulations

Process data historians

3-D modeling