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Plant Engineer

New Berlin, WI

The Plant Engineer will oversee the maintenance and lifecycle management of all building and facility systems and lead all Capital Projects from the approval process through closure. The Plant Engineer will work on projects related to site, facility, production assets, safety, quality, and productivity initiatives to achieve cost reductions, yield optimization, reliability improvements and customer solutions. 


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Duties will include, but not limited to:


 Essential Functions

1. Lead Capital Project execution:

   a. Prepare requests for capital funding including budgeting, timelines, and financial      justification

   b. Negotiate equipment and contracted service purchases

   c. Manage vendors and contractors through receipt of deliverables

   d. Lead the Change Management process per project

   e. Manage day to day project execution

   f. See projects to closure

2. With support from the maintenance department, oversee all aspects of building, grounds, and facilities to include:

   a. Plant lighting

   b. Process and building HVAC systems

   c. Process heating and cooling systems

   d. Fire protection

   e. Wastewater/Environmental Compliance

   f. Exterior landscaping and snow removal

   g. Roofing systems

   h. Utility systems and usage

3. Participate in Safety Teams to lead continuous improvement initiatives throughout the organization.

4. Collaborate with Maintenance, Quality and Operations teams to lead process upgrades including integration of automation and technology.

5. Develop manufacturing methods, labor utilization standards, and cost analysis systems to promote efficient crew and facility utilization. Optimize use of floor space, materials, personnel, and equipment. Analyze workstation designs for ergonomic compliance.

6. Manage multiple projects simultaneously, including tracking project costs and gathering data from internal and external sources.

7. Analyze existing operations and propose cost-justified improvements. Develop work simplification methods and job aids. May perform design on special projects as needed.

8. Identifies and qualifies vendors, suppliers, contractors, service providers. Obtains competitive bids when warranted and negotiates contract amounts. Monitor vendor and contractor performance for safety, quality, productivity, and value.  Monitor and approve invoices and other payments once goods and services are delivered and completed based on agreed-upon requirements.

9. Develop scopes of work and prepare project budgets and cost estimates according to the project requirements for safety, quality, mechanical and electrical integrity, schedule, timing, and budget. 

10. Responsible for completion of projects as assigned. Ensure that coordination and regular communication of overall project occurs between all involved in the planning and execution of company projects. Advises management of any project delays or budget challenges and identifies alternate actions to maintain schedules and budgets.

11. Perform factory acceptance tests, induced failure tests, commissioning and decommissioning activities, and new process start-up leadership.

12. Plan, organize, and direct activities concerned with the construction and maintenance of structures, facilities, and systems.

13. Perform other duties as required.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Additionally, they must fulfill essential job function in a consistent state of alertness and safe manner. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Education and/or Experience

  •  Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial, Mechanical, Manufacturing, Chemical, or other engineering/technology discipline
  • Three (3) years of engineering or project management experience in a manufacturing environment.
  • Communication Skills: Good listener, able to present complicated topics in a clear way both written and verbally, engaging in discussions, basic negotiation skills,      interaction with internal maintenance staff, operators, supervisors,      management, contractors, and outside engineering resources
  • Interpersonal skills: team player, respectful, request and offer assistance as necessary
  • Technical skills: good understanding of project management and engineering methodologies
  • Optimistic, positive attitude in recognizing challenges and finding solutions


  •  Strong foundation in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, mass/material balance and process design
  • Five (5) years’ experience in a food manufacturing environment
  • Basic financial knowledge
  • Good understanding of LEAN concepts, maintenance and reliability of assets, practical use and understanding of AutoCAD and MS Project
  • Sanitary design experience 

Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Will have a thorough knowledge of technical project engineering/management methods, associated with manufacturing facilities
  • Understands and ensures regulatory compliance and works collaboratively with: OSHA, EPA, USDA, FDA, local fire/police/health/utility departments, Weights and      Measures, and other regulatory/governmental agencies
  • Must possess solid analytical skills in developing continuous improvement initiatives, cost reductions, waste elimination methods, improvements, and safety practices. 
  • Familiar with Lean manufacturing principles.
  • This position requires that the person be a highly organized, self-motivated individual who can work independently
  • Must have strong leadership skills, with excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills requiring the ability to resolve conflicting interests and obtain collaboration.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of changing situations in a fast-paced environment.
  • Computer literacy regarding MS Suite of products, AutoCAD, etc.

Language Skills

 Ability to speak, read, and comprehend English. Analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, and governmental regulations. Ability to write reports and correspondence. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from management, customers, vendors and other employees of the organization.


Mathematical Skills

Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.


Reasoning Ability

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or touch objects, tools, or controls; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move physical products, reports, files, etc. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


In our Work Environment, employees demonstrate their skills, teamwork, and leadership by the example they set for the people they serve. Employees are concerned not just with their own duties but additionally, how they can assist those on their left and those on their right.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles and toxic or caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Safety Equipment: Requires the use of steel toed shoes and safety glasses.


The above statements reflect the general details necessary to describe the principle functions of the occupation described and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the occupation.

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