Chemical Plant Engineer
California - Los Angeles
Reports To
​Plant Manager
FLSA Classification

Job Function

AMVAC is looking for a Plant Engineer with Specialty Chemicals manufacturing experience for their Los Angeles manufacturing plant. The role combines process and field engineering for an operating plant that operates 24 x 7 safely and efficiently.  The ideal candidate has Delta V and continuous manufacturing experience with a desire to assist and improve process development.

AMVAC, an American Vanguard Company, is a diversified specialty and agricultural products company that develops, manufactures, and markets solutions for crop protection and nutrition, turf and ornamentals management, commercial, and consumer pest control globally. 

Job Duties & Responsibilities

  • The Plant Engineer will troubleshoot the plant’s unit operations (batch and continuous operations)
  • Define, collect, and analyze operating data for troubleshooting and design
  • Design and/or specify equipment to meet all applicable environmental and safety regulations (EPA, AQMD, Cal OSHA, etc.)
  • Utilize field engineering ability to set up sequences, sketches, and requirements for equipment installation
  • Prepare start-up manuals/checklists and provide operator training
  • Select appropriate instrumentation
  • Specify materials of construction
  • Perform equilibrium calculations on existing and proposed processes for debottlenecking and evaluation studies
  • Evaluate, select, and supervise contractor services for maintenance and plant improvements
  • Participate in HAZOP studies
  • Prepare process flow sheet and P & I drawings
  • Travel to other locations to provide operations assistance
  • Other duties as required

Skills & Qualifications

  • 5+ years’ experience as a Plant Engineer in a specialty chemical manufacturing plant with direct production responsibilities
  • Able to perform vapor-liquid equilibrium calculations with or without software
  • PLC / DCS experience; DeltaV a plus
  • Proven experience specifying mechanical design of new equipment; modifying existing equipment and analyzing operating data for troubleshooting
  • Experience writing and presenting technical reports that are clear, concise, and informative
  • Spreadsheet ability essential (EXCEL worksheets)
  • A mindset that desires to conserve organizational resources and optimize performance
  • Display original thinking and creativity; generate suggestions for improving work and plant operations
  • Understanding of plant operations including rotating, equilibrium, and reaction equipment
  • Self-starter; assumes responsibility for own work with minimal contracting or delegating to others
  • Detail and deadline-oriented with the ability to fast-track projects to minimize plant disruption
  • Computer skills including Microsoft Word; Excel; PowerPoint; and Project Management software
  • Must pass post‐offer drug test, background check, and other appropriate tests as required

Education Requirements

  • BS ChE from an accredited college

AMVAC Offers

  • Excellent insurance for employees and their families including Medical, Dental, Vision, Life
  • Health Savings / Flexible Spending Accounts available
  • 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan with employer matching
  • Employee Stock Purchasing Plan (ESPP) with employee discount
  • Vacation, Sick & Holiday Pay
  • Excellent compensation starting at $100K
  • Wellness programs

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AMVAC, an American Vanguard company, successfully serves global markets through development, manufacturing and marketing of products for agricultural and commercial use. (NYSE: AVD)

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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