Pilot Plant Senior Process Engineer

Bridgestone Americas

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Bridgestone Americas, Inc. is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee and is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation headquartered in Japan. Bridgestone Americas and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand products to address the needs of a broad range of customers and industries.

Job Category

Engineering & Science

Position Summary

This position is located at Bridgestone’s BioRubber Process Research Center (BPRC) in Southeast Mesa, Arizona.

The high-level goals of the BPRC are below and the process engineer is integral to their success.

1) Lead the overall process development (biomass handling, solvent extraction, rubber purification, solvent recovery, etc…) of extracting natural rubber from Guayule at pilot/demonstration scale

2) Lead the development of new processes and products associated with Guayule

3) Lead the scale-up of the pilot plant processes to commercial scale

To see more about this project, you can view a quick video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkTopAcOqJI

Pay Range: $93,000.00 – $155,000.00


Provide technical process and equipment guidance to the pilot plant operations team

Develop new products and processes

Collaborate with lab personnel to conduct lab scale trials

Conduct in-plant process/equipment trials and data analysis

Design new or modify existing equipment

Develop, program and implement process control logic changes

Support capital projects – equipment specification, quotes, P&ID updates, control logic updates, hazard reviews, installation reviews, commissioning, etc…

Lead, participate and document risk assessments and HazOps

Lead root cause investigations and develop corrective actions

Conduct equipment trials at vendor’s site

Complete monthly air permit compliance reports, quarterly research reports, assigned monthly safety inspections/audits

Summarize and present data to management

Liaise with other departments and sites to provide professional support and advice

Generate MOC’s as needed for process/equipment changes

Generate solutions to PSM inspection and audit findings

Desirable skills

Programming Rockwell Plant PAX (ladder logic and function block) and working with associated Factory Talk software (Historian, Alarm & event, ect…)

Leading small capital projects (< $500,000)

Leading HazOp reviews

Software: Aspen Plus, Autocad, JMP

Design of Experiments (DOE) and data analysis

Minimum Qualifications

Typically requires a minimum of 5 years of related experience with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering along with 5 years of process engineering experience ina PSM Chemical plant.

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Employment Eligibility

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