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Engineer II, Process Technology

Company: WESTLAKE CHEMICAL
Location: Longview
Posted on: January 15, 2020

Job Description:

Westlake Chemical offers you the potential to enrich your work life and career experience in an entrepreneurial environment. We work together to enhance peoples' lives through our products and presence in the communities in which we operate. Westlake Chemical is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to any characteristics protected by applicable legislation.

If you are an active Westlake Chemical employee (or an employee of any Westlake Chemical affiliates), please do not apply here. Please go to your Workday homepage and click on the "Careers" worklet and view "Westlake Career Opportunities".

Provide Targeted Manufacturing Assistance


  • Maintain ongoing assistance to Westlakes Longview and Lake Charles high pressure polyethylene operations, including troubleshooting of chronic and acute manufacturing problems.
  • Work with Technology and Manufacturing to identify, develop, and organize plant trials, special tests, and fundamental studies to improve product quality, support product development, as well as optimize equipment or procedures.
  • Assist in engineering evaluations for safety and technology issues associated with process modification, improvements, or additions.
  • Support Westlakes Longview, TX and Lake Charles, LA high pressure technology/operations utilizing telecommunication and travel as needed.
  • Assist Operations with temporary resource assignments created by urgent needs or high priority projects.

    Support Technology Objectives

    • Represent Technology in matters of processes and engineering for high pressure polyethylene technology and operations.
    • Develop proposals for optimizing equipment performance or developing new products according to the Technology goals for Research & Support.
    • Coordinate cross-functional project activities with Research & Support, other areas of Technology, Operations, and Site Engineering personnel.
    • Participate in the Technology Groups Leadership Team meeting.

      Support Westlakes Technology Base

      • Contribute to Westlakes technical knowledge of high pressure polyethylene process technology and resins.
      • Assist the Polyethylene Commercial Team in the evaluation and understanding of competitive resins and technology.
      • Assist in the development and implementation of plans to acquire new expertise or knowledge in key technology areas.
      • Capture and document technical learning in an appropriate manner.
      • Assist in ensuring that Westlake discoveries are identified and properly protected in support of Westlake intellectual property strategies.

        Support Evaluation of Prospective Process Technologies

        • Assist in the selection, evaluation of feasibility, and valuation of prospective process modifications or new process technology.
        • Assist in estimating capital projects or operating costs associated with implementation of new technology.
        • Interact with potential equipment and technology vendors to keep current on their latest offerings.
        • Utilize AspenTech software, IP21, Aspen Plus, Aspen Dynamics, Aspen Polymer Plus to evaluate the process and product improvements.

          Coordinate with Technology Partners

          • Establish and maintaining relationships with select technology partners.


            • Assist in identifying and assessing high pressure polyethylene technology that may be available for license.

              Qualifications:

              • B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering (or related degree) desired with a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in process improvement or a polymer research role. PhD in Chemical Engineering or Chemistry with relevant experience may be considered.
              • Experience working in process engineering and/or plant operations for high pressure polyethylene is highly desired.

                Westlake Chemical is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to any characteristics protected by applicable legislation.

                If you are an active Westlake Chemical employee (or an employee of any Westlake Chemical affiliates), please do not apply here. Please go to your Workday homepage and click on the "Careers" worklet and view "Westlake Career Opportunities".

Keywords: WESTLAKE CHEMICAL, Longview , Engineer II, Process Technology, IT / Software / Systems , Longview, Texas

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