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Job Title:

Process Engineer 


Position Summary:

The Process Engineer has the primary responsibility of trouble shooting, identifying process controls, extrusion / thermoforming processes and packaging layouts. The Process Engineer will be responsible for the process control record keeping, training of new operators, maintenance and continuous improvement of all processes. This position also acts as a technical resource for all processing equipment.  This position reports directly to the Technical Manager and also will work with the Shift Supervisor.


Essential Functions & Key Responsibilities:

  • Perform process trouble shooting and debug new equipment
  • The training of new hire as well as current employees.
  • Preventative Maintenance training.
  • Keep proper documentation for training.
  • Troubleshoot and modify any/all industrial machinery
  • Assist with equipment retrofits/upgrades
  • Direct product changes and assist with start up procedures
  • Designing and building fixtures
  • Performs all work in accordance with established OSHA, EPA and safety regulations
  • Good attendance and punctuality required
  • Project support assistance.
  • Work with OEM technical support personnel.
  • Engineering and tool room support
  • Training other mechanics and operators.
  • Maintain a neat and orderly work area.
  • Miscellaneous duties as directed by Supervisor.


Candidate Requirements:

  • A minimum of a college degree in plastics or equivalent required
  • In the absence of a degree, a minimum of 7-10 years experience in an industrial environment required
  • In the absence of a plastics degree a minimum of  5 years in extrusion, thermoforming processes or plastics processes
  • Thermoforming process experience (Must Have)
    • Equipment/Processes: (Must have one or more of the following)
      • Form with Match Metal Post Trim Experience – Lyle, Irwin, Brown, TSL
      • Form with Inline Knife Trim - Kiefel, Sencorp
      • Form and trim in place – Illig, GN
    • Secondary Operations: (Desirable)
      • Downstream product packaging
        • Optimizing use of direct labor – packaging tables, fixtures, flowchart, lay out templates
        • Time studies
        • Ergonomic assessment
        • Automation experience
    • Tooling (Desirable)
      • Knowledge of tooling
      • Capable of troubleshooting tooling related issues
  • Extrusion process experience (Desirable)
    • Single screw PET and or Polypropylene
    • Twin Screw PET
  • Process Optimization/Continuous Improvement (Desirable)
    • Knowledge or and application of statistical methods (Six Sigma)
    • Statistical Process Control
    • Design of Experiments
    • Documented Process Improvement
  • Knowledge of mechanical, electrical, electronics, PLC, hydraulics, welding etc.
  • Knowledge of commonly used concepts, tools, practices and procedures
  • Ability to work well in a team environment & motivate others within the team
  • Normal Dexterity & Weight Requirements (requires extensive walking, bending, reaching, pushing, pulling, climbing and lifting up to 60 pounds)
  • Ability to guide and train new operators and mechanics
  • Provide tools to perform duties of position
  • Work split shifts as needed



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Novolex™ is committed to providing equal employment opportunity in all employment practices, including but not limited to, selection, hiring, promotion, transfer, and compensation to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to age, race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, handicap or disability, genetics, citizenship status, service member or veteran status, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law. Any individual, who because of his or her disability, needs an accommodation in connection with an aspect of the Company’s application process should contact Jamie Wells at hrcompliance@novolex.com.


City:  Chattanooga
State:  TN

Nearest Major Market: Chattanooga

Job Segment: Welding, Manufacturing