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Project Engineer in Ames, IA at REG

Date Posted: 11/30/2017

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Full-Time
  • Location:
    Ames, IA
  • Job Type:
    Engineering
  • Experience:
    Not Specified
  • Date Posted:
    11/30/2017

Job Description

POSITION PURPOSE:

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.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 

Operating Procedures

  • Produce process simulations and special process studies
  • Analyze output, operating costs, and process costs for various plant configurations to support feasibility and screening studies
  • Produce process design packages including utility summaries, equipment and instrument data sheets, PFDs and P&IDs for commercial and pilot plant applications
  • Analyze alternative process Aspen designs to determine cost effective alternatives to existing processes
  • Review engineering designs by outside contractors for conformance to specifications and technology
  • Prepare presentation materials and makes presentation on design elements of the process
  • Design plant modifications to existing facilities and complete management of change (MOC) forms to initiate installation
  • Conduct reviews in response to engineering questions relating to the process technology
  • Monitor performance of plant and coordinate with operations to correct any deviation from desired performance
  • Create and update operating procedures

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


JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

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

Experience Required:  1-4 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 Hysys
PI

Special skills or knowledge preferred:
Aspen Plus
ChemCAD
AutoCAD
Knowledge of biodiesel production and related processes
Experience with various software programs
Experience with process simulations
Process data historians
3-D modeling