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Production Engineer

Location US-IL-Sauget


Identify and implement improvements to processes and procedures that will increase capacity, reduce cost; improve safety and quality of Afton’s global supply chain manufacturing processes. Troubleshoot existing processes to improve on stream time and operating efficiency.  Work in a team environment with operations and other members of the Unit Operating Teams.  Identify opportunities to improve mechanical and instrumentation reliability.  Utilize process improvement methodologies including Lean Six Sigma to increase Afton’s profits.     


  • Track operating performance of production units. Identify causes of departure from operational excellence and initiate corrective action.
  • Troubles shoot existing processes and initiate corrective action to improve on stream time and operating efficiency. 
  • Identify and implement improvements to processes and procedures that will increase capacity, reduce cost, improve safety and quality of chemical manufacturing processes.                                               
  • Write and train chemical operators on operating procedures for revised processes and equipment.
  • Develop in depth expertise on process equipment used at the plant such as reactors, agitators, heat exchangers, pumps and filters.
  • Write issue and obtain approvals for MCRs and PCFs in support of process improvements.
  • Develop safety procedures to be employed by workers operating equipment. Lead or be a member of PPA (potential problem analysis), JSA (job safety analysis) and PHAs (process hazard analysis) teams. 
  • Develop PFDs, P&IDs, mass and energy balances for modified processes.
  • Develop project scopes and write project papers for small and large capital projects.
  • Specify new process equipment including updating/revising equipment specification sheets. Work with equipment vendors and operations to aide in selection.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering
  • Ten to 15 years related experience
  • Accurate - Ability to perform work accurately and thoroughly.
  • Enthusiastic - Ability to bring energy to the performance of a task.
  • Project Management - Ability to organize and direct a project to completion.
  • Time Management - Ability to utilize the available time to organize and complete work within given deadlines.


Competency Statement(s)

  • Accuracy - Ability to perform work accurately and thoroughly.
  • Decision Making - Ability to make critical decisions while following company procedures
  • Energetic - Ability to work at a sustained pace and produce quality work.
  • Ethical - Ability to demonstrate conduct conforming to a set of values and accepted standards.
  • Honesty / Integrity - Ability to be truthful and be seen as credible in the workplace.
  • Leadership - Ability to influence others to perform their jobs effectively and to be responsible for making decisions.
  • Self-Confident - The trait of being comfortable in making decisions for oneself.
  • Communication, Oral - Ability to communicate effectively with others using the spoken word.
  • Communication, Written - Ability to communicate in writing clearly and concisely.
  • Accountability - Ability to accept responsibility and account for his/her actions.
  • Organized - Possessing the trait of being organized or following a systematic method of performing a task.
  • Negotiation Skills - Ability to reach outcomes that gain the support and acceptance of all parties.
  • Detail Oriented - Ability to pay attention to the minute details of a project or task.
  • Responsible Care; EHS Management-Employ equipment, practices, and procedures which promote a healthy, safe, and secure work environment. Regulatory/Legal compliance.
  • Process Safety Management-Working knowledge of OSHA 1910 standard for Process Safety Management.
  • Emergency Response-Includes both internal and external response to plant.

Afton Chemical Corporation develops and manufactures petroleum additives that help fuels burn cleaner and more efficiently, engines run smoother, and machines last longer. Afton Chemical supports global operations through its corporate headquarters in Richmond, Virginia, and operates globally through local offices, research facilities and manufacturing plants strategically located throughout the world.


 We offer competitive pay, excellent benefits including medical, dental, vision, 401(k) matching contributions, pension, life insurance, short-term and long-term disability, and a casual working environment.



Equal Opportunity Employer


An Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to the individual’s race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, age, disability, genetic information, status as a military veteran or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. 


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