Lead Production Engineer

at DuPont in Joliet, Illinois, United States

Job Description

At DuPont, we are working on things that matter; whether it’s providing clean water to more than a billion people on the planet, producing materials that are essential in everyday technology devices from smartphones to electric vehicles, or protecting workers around the world.

If you would like to be a part of a premier multi-industrial company that is delivering sustainable solutions that bring real purpose and value, of a company with collaborative spirit because it believes that we work best when we work together as a team and values the diversity of thought, then DuPont is the company for you!


Our purpose is to empower the world with essential innovations to thrive. We work on things that matter!

Have the Opportunity to chart your own course, challenge yourself, and acquire new capabilities to build a rewarding and fulfilling career. We reward employees with competitive pay and incentives to recognize skills, competencies, and contributions to business results.

Get to Experience a collaborative environment where teamwork is celebrated with flexibility that enhances balance and an inclusive atmosphere that is welcoming to all!

Get to know our Purpose and make it yours by bringing innovations to market that improve the world, share a commitment to sustainability that makes our planet better and give back to communities in which we work and live.

Styrofoam Operations Manager/Production Engineer

This job includes the primary role of Production Engineer for the Joliet extruded polystyrene (XPS) facility. The facility consists of a single 48" foam production line with the highest capacity globally and a loading and shipping department, all located at the Joliet site in Channahon, Illinois.

Under the general direction of the Site Leader, the Operations Manager/production engineer (OMPE) is the technical resource for all aspects of plant operation. Key responsibilities include:

+ Maintains an understanding of applicable process, equipment and control technology. Is very knowledgeable of mechanical and electrical equipment as well as process cooling and extrusion

+ Site Process Safety Focal Point

+ Works with and coaches shift teams to troubleshoot and optimize plant operations in order to meet goals related to TEEP, OEE, P2P (produce to plan), costs and KPI’s.

+ Collects and analyzes plant performance data

+ Utilizes and implements Most Effective Technology (MET) and uses MOC to communicate changes

+ Utilizes and develops plant operating discipline

+ Maintains compliance with process safety requirements such as Loss Prevention Principles, and Process Hazard Analysis (PHA)

+ Utilizes Operate Plant work process and plant management system

+ Acts as focal point for engineering documents (P&IDs, etc.)

+ People Leader for the operator staff


+ Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering or similar Engineering discipline

+ Minimum of 5 years of manufacturing experience preferred

+ Demonstrated strong technical and interpersonal skills

+ Background in process control using PLCs a plus

+ Black Belt or Green Belt Project certification preferred

This role participates in the plant’s call duty schedule. Minimal travel required.

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Job Posting: JC259504762

Posted On: May 15, 2024

Updated On: Jun 13, 2024

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