• Understand chemistry and physics of a production process. This includes expected reaction rate constants, heat transfer coefficients, mixing parameters, filtering properties, dissolved solids quantity and
quality, and temperatures/pressures. The production engineer is the resident expert on the process.
• Define and periodically update the operating envelope. This is the range of process
set points (e.g., minimum or maximum pressure or temperature set point) that
enables on-spec material production, improved equipment longevity and safe operations.
• Process optimization based on analysis of (1) data from the control system and (2) data from sample analysis. Improving selectivity, yield, raw material efficiency, throughput, reduction of impurities, and run-to-run consistency. Some statistical analysis required.
• Perform some operator training. Interface with operations daily to assess the health
of the plant and operation. Recommend set point changes. Generate key process
indicator reports for the production leader. Participate in management of change
reviews for new equipment or major process changes. Contribute to new procedures
or existing procedure revision.
Qualifications and Skills