Plant Engineer
Rich's - Niles, IL

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Rich Products Corporation is known around the world as the founder of the non-dairy segment of the frozen food industry and the leading supporter and solutions provider to the Food Service, In-Store Bakery and Retail marketplaces. We are one of the world's premier family-owned food companies with more than 7,300 associates worldwide.

We currently have a great opportunity as Plant Engineer. Please visit our website at www.richs.com/careers to apply for this position or view other exciting opportunities.

The Plant Engineer is responsible for performing diverse engineering analysis, managing engineering projects and implementing process changes for operations. This includes machine capability evaluations, modifications of equipment and developing solutions to production issues relating to materials, processes, and procedures to maximize efficiency and yields. Responsible for Capital Project management including equipment evaluation, justifications, project accounting management, start-up and validation of the operation. All annual reporting and leads EPA compliance programs are coordinated through this individual.
Manages engineering projects from inception through completion. Initiates concepts, develops designs, estimates costs, formulates justifications, coordinates installations, troubleshoots start-ups, writes operational and maintenance manuals, trains required personnel and validates justification.
Initiates the investigation and analysis of new materials, equipment, processes and engineering practices for improved performance. * Prepares engineering computations, estimates, surveys, statistics and analysis.
Coordinates drawing files, CAD file management, process documentation and technical literature for library use.
Demonstrates thorough knowledge of capital project procedures and follows RPC directives and guidelines.
Assists in developing the annual capital plan.
Writes procedures (SOPs) for the operation of new equipment or changes to current equipment.
Participates on Project Teams as the plant engineering resource.
Evaluates environmental conditions and practices and develops procedures, programs and projects. Researches, justifies and implements solutions as required.
Acts as a company representative in dealing with government agencies on environmental situations affecting the company. Guides and assists plant associates and coordinates departmental responsibilities for proper process control and disposal requirements (Waste oil, Landfill solids, drum labeling, sludge).
Ensures HAZCOM and PSM procedures and policies are documented and followed. Coordinates training and evaluates changes in systems to maintain compliance.
Assists with wastewater pre-treatment procedure and equipment modifications
Annually reports hazardous chemical storage (Tier II) and emissions for compliance.
Assists in site development pertaining to testing, groundwater, soil compaction and various civil and environmental prerequisites.
Demonstrates a thorough understanding of the Niles SCADA and PLC systems through troubleshooting and programming work.
Responsible for analyzing the operational integrity of these systems, recommending routine checks and calibrations.
Assists other department's efforts to provide technical training and guidance for better operations.
Communicates effectively and informs operational leaders of related work through scheduling, plant and NWT meetings.
Ensure Rich's site safety, environmental and GMP standards are designed to, met and maintained.
Preparation of reports and summaries as required (timely monthly reports). * Can assist with minor PC troubleshooting.
Assists in follow-up of prototype construction with outside vendors.
Participates in the development of policies and procedures related to engineering, safety, etc.
Must be highly proficient in statistics and data analysis.
Design, install, and commission new production processes working in cooperation with Corporate Engineer and R&D developers and engineers.

What do I need to be considered a candidate?
A degree in engineering with 3 to 6 years experience in the food industry

Functional computer, SCADA & PLC programming experience

Strong analytical and communication skills. Ability to write a concise report of findings

Capital project management experience

Understand the interrelationships of factors affecting a given situation and be attentive to detail

Capable of efficiently integrating existing methods with new innovations to economically solve production problems in a timely manner

Able to arrange schedule for immediate corrective actions or support

Demonstrated knowledge of efficient and safe manufacturing operations to include product and Associate safety, OSHA standards, product quality (success rates), and cost control (minimizing downtime and waste, optimizing yield)

Lean Manufacturing experience perferred

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and invite qualified candidates to apply. As part of our efforts to provide a safe and productive environment and hire talented and qualified associates, we maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing and background investigations.

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