Plant Engineer jdd

$120k area
New Berlin, WI

Plant Engineer jdd

Essential Functions

Lead Capital Project execution:

Prepare requests for capital funding including budgeting, timelines, and financial justification

Negotiate equipment and contracted service purchases

Manage vendors and contractors through receipt of deliverables

Lead the Change Management process per project

Manage day to day project execution

See projects to closure

With support from the maintenance department, oversee all aspects of building, grounds, and facilities to include:

Plant lighting

Process and building HVAC systems

Process heating and cooling systems

Fire protection

Wastewater/Environmental Compliance

Exterior landscaping and snow removal

Roofing systems

Utility systems and usage

Participate in Safety Teams to lead continuous improvement initiatives throughout the organization.

Collaborate with Maintenance, Quality and Operations teams to lead process upgrades including integration of automation and technology.

Develop manufacturing methods, labor utilization standards, and cost analysis systems to promote efficient crew and facility utilization. Optimize use of floor space, materials, personnel, and equipment. Analyze workstation designs for ergonomic compliance.

Manage multiple projects simultaneously, including tracking project costs and gathering data from internal and external sources.

Analyze existing operations and propose cost-justified improvements. Develop work simplification methods and job aids. May perform design on special projects as needed.

Identifies and qualifies vendors, suppliers, contractors, service providers. Obtains competitive bids when warranted and negotiates contract amounts. Monitor vendor and contractor performance for safety, quality, productivity, and value. Monitor and approve invoices and other payments once goods and services are delivered and completed based on agreed-upon requirements.

Develop scopes of work and prepare project budgets and cost estimates according to the project requirements for safety, quality, mechanical and electrical integrity, schedule, timing, and budget.

Responsible for completion of projects as assigned. Ensure that coordination and regular communication of overall project occurs between all involved in the planning and execution of company projects. Advises management of any project delays or budget challenges and identifies alternate actions to maintain schedules and budgets.

Perform factory acceptance tests, induced failure tests, commissioning and decommissioning activities, and new process start-up leadership.

Plan, organize, and direct activities concerned with the construction and maintenance of structures, facilities, and systems.

Perform other duties as required.

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial, Mechanical, Manufacturing, Chemical, or other engineering/technology discipline

Three (3) years of engineering or project management experience in a manufacturing environment.

Communication Skills: Good listener, able to present complicated topics in a clear way both written and verbally, engaging in discussions, basic negotiation skills, interaction with internal maintenance staff, operators, supervisors, management, contractors, and outside engineering resources

Interpersonal skills: team player, respectful, request and offer assistance as necessary

Technical skills: good understanding of project management and engineering methodologies

Optimistic, positive attitude in recognizing challenges and finding solutions


Strong foundation in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, mass/material balance and process design

Five (5) years’ experience in a food manufacturing environment

Basic financial knowledge

Good understanding of LEAN concepts, maintenance and reliability of assets, practical use and understanding of AutoCAD and MS Project

Sanitary design experience

Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Will have a thorough knowledge of technical project engineering/management methods, associated with manufacturing facilities

Understands and ensures regulatory compliance and works collaboratively with: OSHA, EPA, USDA, FDA, local fire/police/health/utility departments, Weights and Measures, and other regulatory/governmental agencies

Must possess solid analytical skills in developing continuous improvement initiatives, cost reductions, waste elimination methods, improvements, and safety practices.

Familiar with Lean manufacturing principles.

This position requires that the person be a highly organized, self-motivated individual who can work independently

Must have strong leadership skills, with excellent oral and written communication skills.

Strong interpersonal skills requiring the ability to resolve conflicting interests and obtain collaboration.

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of changing situations in a fast-paced environment.

Computer literacy regarding MS Suite of products, AutoCAD, etc.


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