Senior Principal Engineer – Utilities

Fond du Lac
Full Time

Job Details


Job Summary

A lead engineering role working with procurement, supply chain and operations, on steam and condensate return systems, boilers, Ammonia systems, HVAC, compressed air, wastewater treatment and hot/cold water/glycol sets to develop strategies leading to cost reduction and maximizing equipment performance. This role will serve as a subject matter expert for plant utility and mechanical infrastructure systems.

Job Duties & Responsibilities

1. Overall Scope

a. Possesses advanced knowledge and specialized understanding of professional engineering concepts, principles, practices and procedures.

b. Independently performs a variety of highly complex engineering work with general supervision and guidance usually only in the most complex situations.

c. Provides expertise in conceptual design and construction implementation of highly complex systems.

d. Demonstrates ability to lead and oversee highly complex/high profile projects.

e. Makes critical contributions to managing and solving highly complex and/or large technical challenges using broad perspectives to identify solutions.

f. Prepares clear, technically accurate and documented explanations related to highly complex projects.

g. Recognized mentor and technically credible role model and expert within the organization.

h. Coordinates work of other engineers, technicians, and support staff, and monitors their progress to assure compliance.

i. Ensures communication is understood and accomplishes the intended objectives.

j. Provides management and leadership for the continuous improvement and optimization of the manufacturing processes and innovative design concepts to provide best value for the investment.

k. Provides consultation and advises on best practices for plant design, process equipment, tools, techniques, and regulations/codes.

l. Designs, develops and implements new products, processes, test methods, and equipment.

m. Provides technical expertise on components, methods, systems and equipment.

n. Leads engineering studies for process improvements and validations.

o. Develops physical and functional test requirements to ensure specifications and regulations are met.

p. Leads and directs cross-functional teams and serves as a resource for best practices.

2. Project Management

a. Responsible for project leadership and direction of implementation of capital and other engineering related improvements involving the following major areas: cheese and whey processing, buildings/facilities, specifications, utilities, equipment, electrical, automation and controls, contract administration, start-up, and commissioning.

b. Define scope and overall management of complex projects including: determining project objectives, timelines, budgets, resources, tasks, and supervising progress to ensure objectives are being met.

c. Responsible for identification, specification, requisitioning, and coordination with procurement for the purchase and delivery of project components and equipment necessary for implementation of projects.

d. Examine, review, and approve documents such as purchase orders, blueprint designs, change orders, and specifications to ensure completeness and accuracy.

e. Direct the work and activities of suppliers, contractors, consultants, and designers as required.

f. Prepare capital requests and justifications for improvement projects

3. Technical Duties

a. Develop programs focused on improving utility system capacity, capability, sustainability, and control while generally reducing total delivered costs.

b. Provide technical feasibility for the application to various groups within the organization.

c. Work with engineering leadership to develop capital plans by recommending energy/utility system improvements and solutions that are proven in both concept and performance.

d. This role will require a blend of strategic thinking, technical know-how and tactical execution across a portfolio of infrastructure complex projects.

e. Develop Front End Engineering Design (FEED) and technical briefs

f. Infrastructure technology assessment and recommended solutions best in class practices. These include the following systems and equipment’s, steam and condensate, compressed air, air dryers, boilers, Anhydrous Ammonia, hot and cold water/glycol sets and waste-water treatment

g. Work with the engineering project manager to develop preliminary capital/ expense estimates and schedule. Primary equipment / system Performance criteria

h. Identify alternatives, pre-requisites, risks, and opportunities

i. Participate in design reviews to ensure the proper implementation of utility technical solutions and codes through the execution phase.

j. Analyzes product/ systems and operational metrics and data to identify opportunity for improvement and create robust case to pursue them based on business objectives and cost implications.

k. Ensure that corporate safety and environmental requirements are incorporated into project scopes and budgets.

l. Conduct Plant Utility Audits, document installed systems details, and identify efficiency improvement opportunities.

m. Support productivity and cost reduction projects within manufacturing locations.

n. Create Process and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&ID’s) for all plant utilities.

o. Review plant layout and equipment against project requirements. Develop and manage plans for upgrades and expansion requirements.

p. Create bills of materials for new capital projects and provide justification and support for the capital appropriation process.

q. Develop project requirements, comprehensive bid packages and bid analysis.

r. Communicate and resolve technical, timing, and budgetary issues related to projects as they arise.

s. Create, present, and refine feasibility studies into a mutually acceptable action implementation plan, which meets cost and timing criteria.

t. Analyze and evaluate the performance and cost of new, proposed or existing equipment. Includes evaluation of equipment, vendors, and contractors.

u. Create and maintain division level technical specifications, standards, and documentation for the Engineering department.

v. Assist plants in creating and updating utility preventative maintenance standards.

w. Communicate with plants on a regular basis to understand long term project performance. Recommend subsystem optimization and support resolution of plant issues.

x. Support plant requests for technical support.

4. Additional Responsibilities

a. Ensure compliance with federal, state and local codes.

b. Provide liaison on project, facilities and equipment with regulatory agencies.

c. Participate in professional organizations to maintain current knowledge of technical innovations.

The above list reflects the general details necessary to describe the principle and essential functions of the position and shall not be construed as the only duties that maybe assigned.

Qualifications & Requirements

Bachelors Degree in Mechanical, Chemical, or other related Engineering field required.

Experience & Training

• Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical or Chemical Engineering and a minimum of fifteen (15) years professional engineering experience, preferably in the plastics packaging industry, including ten (10) years of project management experience.

• Ten (10) or more years technical and project management skills in the design and operation of plant utility systems that may include applications such as steam and condensate systems, compressed air systems, hot water sets and wastewater treatment.

• Experience with SCADA systems.

• Experience in thermal recovery or reducing energy usage from utility and process systems.

• Engineering design and operation experience in utility systems and equipment: steam, compressed air, boilers, air compressors, hot water sets including wastewater

Licenses & Certifications

• Level I Ammonia Operator license preferred

• Boiler operating license preferred

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

• Expert knowledge of plant utility and infrastructure equipment. 

• Proven experience managing multiple resources and complex projects.

• Strong management, communication, and people skills required to influence and manage multiple resources, most of which do not report to the Senior Engineer.

• Strong technical, analytical, and problem solving skills.

• Able to work independently with minimal supervision.

• Experience in evaluating on-site manufacturing opportunities and managing on-site projects from concept to completion.




Bachelors Degree or better in Engineering.


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