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Plant Engineer

Date:  Apr 30, 2024

Morganton, NC, 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.  

What We Offer

At Hexion, we prioritize providing progressive, inclusive, and competitive benefits that acknowledge the valuable contributions made by our associates while enhancing their overall well-being and promoting a healthy work-life balance. 


  • Healthcare, Vision, Dental and Parental Leave
  • 3 weeks’ vacation to start
  • 401k Match 
  • 16 hours paid volunteering time
  • & More

Our commitment to investing in our employees goes beyond these exceptional benefits, as we also offer continuous training and certification opportunities that enable you to advance your career with Hexion. 

Position Overview

The Plant Engineer will be an integral part of the engineering and leadership 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 being able 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.
  • Able to support plant maintenance activities.
  • 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 improvement activities including root cause analysis, predictive failure analyses, capital spares, etc.
  • Leads Six Sigma efforts for the maintenance team and actively participates on Site Teams

Project Engineering:  Support activities to keep the plant in optimum operating condition

  • Serves as Project Manager for plant projects 
  • Maintain plant engineering documentation: flowsheets, plot plans, electrical drawings and mechanical integrity files (includes PFDs, P&ID s, Operating Procedures)
  • Direct outside vendors and service providers for project installations
  • Drive the Preventive Maintenance and Inspection programs; leads all EIT activities with support from the maintenance team
  • Ensures SOX and ISO activities as related to engineering are timely completed
  • Supports projects and coordinates installations with site maintenance team
  • Ensures SAP PM system and MI systems are fully implemented and utilized
  • Uses structured problem-solving techniques, analytical tools and teamwork to improve Product quality.


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 facility 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

  • Participate in recruiting and interviewing as needed to identify key talent to contribute to the site. 
  • Assist with safety, environmental, and technical training 
  • Recognize good performance and give corrective feedback/progressive discipline as needed.
  • Encourages growth and development through providing strong, actionable feedback in the annual performance review process team 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 Mechanical Integrity projects and ensures goals align with those of the site and the Corporation.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

  • 5 years’ experience in chemical plant or refinery, or equivalent industrial manufacturing 
  • Ability to apply 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 to acquire and maintain Morganton Lift Truck License.
  • Physical Demands:  Walking, standing, sitting, climbing, balancing, stooping, reaching, talking, hearing and seeing. Ability to enter confined spaces and wear a respirator.
  • Aptitudes: Intelligence, verbal and numerical.
  • Temperaments:  Ability to accept responsibility, adapt to situations involving interpretation of feelings, ideas or facts; to influence people in their opinions, attitudes or judgments; generalize, evaluate and decide; to perform repetitive work; perform duties under stress; adapt to situations requiring preciseness; and to adapt to changing duties and responsibilities.


Education Requirements

  • B.S. in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering or equivalent production experience.


Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering

Travel Requirements

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.

Disclaimer: We are not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms/employment agencies for this employment opportunity. Please, no phone calls or emails to any employee about this position. All resumes submitted by search firms/employment agencies to any employee of the Company via email, the Internet or in any other form and/or method without a valid written search firm agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of the Company; no fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by the Company as a result of the unsolicited referral or through other means.

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