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Plant Engineer

Date:  May 24, 2024

Geismar, LA, US

Company Overview


Grounded by a history that is deeply rooted in innovation, Hexion is a global employer committed to building and protecting the future by producing innovative performance materials.  Our materials are the building blocks for critical industries, including construction, agriculture, energy, automotive, and infrastructure protection. Everywhere you look, you will find our materials and people at work to help customers make products that are stronger, safer, and cleaner. When you work for Hexion, you’ll join a team that is committed to operating safely and with integrity to build a more sustainable future for all, our associates, our customers, and the communities where we live and work.  

Position Overview


The Plant Engineer will be an integral part of the engineering and maintenance teams, driving plant activity, continuous improvement, and process optimization. We are looking for a change agent that thrives in dynamic environment with broad scope and is motivated by the opportunity to make a measurable impact.

Job Responsibilities


Operations: Improve performance, reduce waste, and contribute to growth

  • Ownership of engineering aspects in production optimization of site processes.
  • Assist production in troubleshooting efforts, including data gathering and trending.
  • Develop computer-based tools to improve efficiency at the site.
  • Assist with identification, development, and implementation of capital projects to improve safety, environmental compliance, quality, productivity, and cost
  • Responsible for management and reporting of plant maintenance budgets and costs
  • Identify and implement projects to reduce cost and energy usage and to improve productivity
  • Lead process optimization activities in cooperation with other functions
  • Lead continuous activities including root cause analysis, predictive failure analyses, capital spares, etc.

Environmental Health & Safety: The goal is simple – we want everyone to be able to go home the same way they came to work.

  • Actively promotes ownership of EHS throughout the site through actions and participation on EHS Committees
  • Drives OSHA PSM standards compliance, including Management of Change.
  • Actively participates in PHA reviews and facilities improvements as the site MOC Coordinator.
  • Engages in EHS incident investigations and constructs solutions to prevent recurrence
  • Contributes to the development and implementation of environmental programs and regulations; assists with data tracking/trending for permit compliance.
  • Recommends waste reduction methods and formula changes to reduce process waste.


Associate Engagement: Continuously contribute to the growth and development of the team that makes the site run

  • Assist with safety, environmental, and technical training
  • Recognize strong performance and provide corrective feedback/progressive discipline as needed
  • Encourages growth and development through providing strong, actionable feedback in the annual performance review process for unit members
  • Participates in 360 feedback; participates in Leadership Development meetings; serves as a member of the Site Leadership Team; supports and drives continuous improvement activities for the facility
  • Presents key performance indicators to leadership staff Effectively partners with production staff; encourages continuous improvement mindset in others
  • Participates in IMPACT and ensures unit goals align with those of the site & the Corporation

Minimum Qualifications

  • 5 years’ experience in chemical plant or refinery, or equivalent industrial manufacturing
  • Ability to apply daily and lead with safety, environmental and industrial hygiene rules, and regulations at the forefront of your work
  • Ability to engage site associates as well as effectively interact with team members at all levels of the organization
  • Demonstrated ability to critical thinking and analytical skills in all aspects of your work
  • Self-driven with high a level of initiative.
  • Strong leadership qualities and ability to engage associates through every stage of their work
  • Demonstrated ability to drive associate alignment and accountability.
  • Ability acquire and maintain Morganton Lift Truck License
  • Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering
  • 5% Domestic Travel



We are an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, minority status, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, status as a qualified individual with a disability or any characteristic protected by law.


In order to be considered for this position candidates are required to submit an application for employment through our career site, be at least 18 years of age, willing to take a drug test , submit to a background investigation as part of the selection process, as well as additional periodic background checks as required by the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) or regulations adopted by the Department of Homeland Security or other regulatory agencies.


Candidates are required to have unrestricted authorization to work in the United States.


If currently an employee of the Company, you must have current satisfactory work performance and in most cases, have been in your current role 18 months.

Nearest Major Market: Baton Rouge

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