DuPont Process Safety Engineer - Improvement in Orange, Texas

Process Safety Engineer - Improvement (Job Number: 194257W-01)


Improvement Engineers serve as a vital resource for Operations by applying technical and organizational skills to drive the plant level continuous improvement program targeted at delivering maximum value from the assets, while continuously improving process safety and production efficiency.

Primary Responsibilities of the Improvement Engineer:

  • Build respect and trust of the operations team because of their great process technology knowledge and continuous improvement skill set (i.e. Six Sigma, LEAN, IPS, Advanced Process Control & Optimization programs).

  • Drive knowledge exchange with technology experts (plant resources, Technology Center, Engineering Solutions, internal consultant groups, sister plants, local external experts) to increase awareness of potential improvement opportunities for the technology.

  • Partner with the experts to develop and implement a Plant Specific Technology Plan that delivers positive year-over-year ROC (return on capital) and non-capital continuous improvement while meeting the plant level EH&S improvement goals.

  • Champion process safety activities and act as a resource for relevant process safety concerns (Cardinal Rules, SIS/LOPA, Safety System Impairment, Reactive Chemicals, etc.)

  • Partner with plant operation and maintenance personnel to identify and track performance indicators to be used in identification of technology gaps and continuous improvement opportunities.

  • Support the facility root cause investigation process by serving as a team member or facilitator for incidents related to process technology.

  • Lead and support plant continuous improvement activities aligned to the PSTP and also support the capital plan for the facility. This includes leading continuous improvement activities for the facility and may include serving in specific GPM related roles of project manager or manufacturing representative.

  • Champions the “next unplanned event” exercise for the plant and ensures potential solutions are captured in the appropriate prioritization system.

  • Serves as the implementation arm of the technology center. This includes serving as the local focal point for Most Effective Technology (MET) implementation, and LOPA / LPP follow-up. Accountable to the Technology Improvement Leaders for delivery of improvements.

  • Participate in the “on call” program for plant immediate response and advising similar to other day support roles.

Process Safety Focal Points serve as the Plant Resource on Process Safety related issues. This role operates as a focal point for everyone in the plant on key issues relating to Process Safety requirements and guidelines. This includes providing a general knowledge of the Dow Loss Prevention Principles, Process Safety Guidelines and Standards. Works closely with the Process Safety Technology Leader assigned to the technology to provide proper interpretation and guidance of the process safety mandatory requirements and recommended actions. Works closely with the Process Safety and Product Tech Centers, the Reactive Chemicals Technical Resource, and the Reactive Chemicals Coordinator to assure compliance and leveraged implementation of the MET as defined by the Tech Centers.

Primary Responsibilities as the Process Safety Focal point:

  • Working with the Process Safety and Tech Center focal points, utilizes a generalized knowledge of Dow’s Loss Prevention Principles and Process Safety Guidelines and Standards to define and document any plant gaps in the plant design and operating practices versus Dow Process Safety mandatory requirements.

  • Works closely with the plant and Technology Process Safety Contact to make sure the generalized knowledge of the Loss Prevention Principles is properly understood and applied. This may require the utilization of detailed Process Safety consultation and expertise in certain areas.

  • Works with the Production and TICA Leaders to gain resources and support for making changes that will close any identified gaps.

  • Develops a detailed plan and schedule for closure of each identified gap.

  • Provides overall management of the gap closure efforts in such a way as to achieve long term compliance with the Dow Process Safety Requirements.

  • Enters the gap and closure plan in the Dow Event and Action Tool and periodically updates and issues progress reports.

  • Works with the Technology Center to make sure the Process Safety MET is implemented in a leveraged and standardized manner within the facility.

  • Provides Process Safety advice on plant changes and projects and brings in the in-depth consulting advice from the Process Safety and Product Technology Centers as appropriate.

  • Participates in and helps prepare for the Process Safety reviews and projects.

  • Supports the development and leveraging from the Tech Center training on Process Safety for the plant.

  • Assists in developing and achieving area or plant Process Safety goals.

  • As required participates in investigations of Process Safety incidents.

  • Coordinates the review of Process Safety related MOCs.

  • Serves as the communication focal point for the Process Safety Technology Center at the small or single plant sites.


Required Qualifications:

  • A minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Engineering is required.

  • At least 5 years of chemical industry experience, is required.

Primary Location: NA-United States-Texas-Orange

Organization: Transportation & Advanced Polymers

Schedule: Full-time

Education Level: Bachelor's Degree (±16 years)

Employee Status: Regular

Job Type: Experienced

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