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Production Engineer

Production Engineer

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We are looking to fill a Production Engineer opening at our Calumet City, IL Specialty Ingredients facility.  This engineering position reports to the Operations Manager, and will be member of our Production Department. 


The Production Department supports plant operations and maintenance with process, equipment and industry expertise that drives continuous improvement and change at the plant, as well as supporting Environmental, Safety and Health compliance and product quality assurance. This position is primarily focused on supporting and continuously improving the operation of five batch polymer resin reactors. Support includes: maintenance and optimization of mechanical equipment, DCS systems, as well as personnel training and the updating of operating instructions.


Typical activities can include:

  • Daily interaction with operators, supervisors and product line chemists to troubleshoot and implement corrective actions when batches process atypically or improvements are needed.
  • Evaluation of data and trending to monitor cycle time, downtime, and other key process parameters to identify improvement opportunities. Work with Process Engineers to implement solutions.
  • Leading investigations of safety and quality related events/incidents applying Root Cause tools to drive action plans. Lead Process Safety efforts for Hazard Analysis (PHA), Layers of Protection (LOPA), Management of Change (MOC).
  • Performing project improvements through system design modifications, evaluating and selecting equipment & materials, allocation and justification for funding, following project through check out, start up and employee training.
  • Any other Ashland LLC, or Plant initiatives assigned.

Interested candidates should expect to be challenged to both lead sustainable change and be experts on the equipment and processing performed at the Calumet City Plant. 


**This job is based on a ladder structure and the job level (salary) will be determined by the quantity and quality of your experience.

**This position is located in Calumet City, IL.


  • Must be authorized to work in the US.
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering is required.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience with plant manufacturing operations involving chemical processes and related equipment preferred
  • Delta V and SAP experience a plus.
  • Continuous Improvement (Lean Six Sigma, 5S, etc.) experience a plus.
  • A sense of urgency to deliver results.
  • Be dependable and a self-starter.
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills while being a team player.


TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION, please select the Apply button. If no Apply button is provided, please visit Ashland's Career Center. Once there, enter job number 2017-6820 in the Keyword Search field to find this posting and apply on-line.


NOTE:  We do not accept resumes from external staffing agencies or independent recruiters for any of our openings unless we have a signed recruiting agreement in place to fill a specific position.


Ashland Global Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ASH) is a premier global specialty chemicals company serving customers in a wide range of consumer and industrial markets, including adhesives, architectural coatings, automotive, construction, energy, food and beverage, personal care and pharmaceutical. At Ashland, we are 6,000 passionate, tenacious solvers - from renowned scientists and research chemists to talented engineers and plant operators - who thrive on developing practical, innovative and elegant solutions to complex problems for customers in more than 100 countries. Ashland also maintains a controlling interest in Valvoline Inc. (NYSE: VVV), a premium consumer-branded lubricant supplier. Visit to learn more.


Ashland. always solving


We are passionate, tenacious, solvers who thrive on developing practical, innovative and elegant solutions to complex problems in applied chemistry, always pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, and advancing the competitiveness of our customers across diverse industries.


Our people—molecular scientists, chemists, process engineers, logisticians, research scientists, economists, analysts, compliance auditors, salespeople, safety experts and more—are distinguished by their ability to create and apply specialized chemistry in ways that enable customers to amplify the efficacy, refine the usability, add to the allure, ensure the integrity, and improve the profitability of their products and applications.


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Our vision, mission, way and values are the foundation for what makes Ashland, Ashland. What we aspire to accomplish, how we work every day toward that vision, and the way that we do things are what give substance to the promises we make to each other, customers and investors.


Our vision is to make a better world by providing creative solutions through the application of specialty ingredients and materials.


Our mission is to develop practical, innovative, and elegant solutions to complex problems in applied chemistry, always pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, and advancing the competitiveness of our customers across diverse industries.


Our way is to respect, protect, and advance the people we work with, companies we serve, shareholders who invest in our future, communities we’re a part of, and planet we share.


Ashland is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation. 

Ashland is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.


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