Process Engineer in Schnitzer - Tacoma at Schnitzer Steel Industries

Date Posted: 11/7/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

The Process Engineer (PE) is responsible for the implementation of new processes/equipment/infrastructure. The PE will be responsible for capital planning, requisitioning, and monitoring of improvement projects. The PE will work directly with safety, environmental and operations teams to help incorporate efficient methods for implementing new processes, new equipment and facilities upgrades.

Essential Functions:

  • Environmental and Health & Safety (H&S)
    • Work closely with Environmental and Safety teams to ensure compliance is implemented into new projects.
    • Providing a safe environment for all employees, customers and visitors.
    • Work with Environmental, Safety and Public Relations team to ensure all projects align with city, environmental, and air permit regulations.
  • Operational Performance & Best Business Practices
    • Responsible for assessing current processes against new technology and developing authorization for expenditure.
    • Responsible for designing, installing and commissioning new product units, monitoring modifications and upgrades, and troubleshooting existing processes.
    • Ensures implemented processes work at the optimum level, to the right rate and quality of output, in order to meet supply needs.
    • Provides process training to employees when new processes are implemented or as necessary.
    • Work closely with contractors to coordinate project estimates and scheduling for improvement projects.
    • Works with city permitting office for submission and approval of project permits.
  • Quality Control
    • Responsible for conducting process development experiments when necessary prior to implementation.
    • Responsible for collecting and interpreting data from the other technical and operating staff involved in the implementation and operations of new equipment and processes.
    • Develops and maintains control charts and monitoring systems to ensure that variances in process are handled and do not affect product quality or recovery.
  • Budgeting & Forecasting
    • Works with the National Research and Development Director along with the business unit financial team to create and maintain a departmental/project budget.
    • Responsible for coordinating capital planning, requisitioning, and monitoring of improvement projects with internal operational team and outside vendors/contractors.
    • Responsible for validating new processes/equipment provides expected returns and validates the original AFE.
  • Special Projects
    • Special projects as assigned.
Required Skills

Job Conditions:

Average office environment in a manufacturing setting, some exposure to dust and dirt from an industrial yard setting. Some demand for overtime for completion of projects, conducting training sessions, attending meetings and seminars, labor negotiations, etc. Occasional out of town travel throughout assigned region with potential for travel to other company locations as needed. Ability to multi task and prioritize projects and duties as necessary. Extreme pressures at times when dealing with personnel conflicts, negotiations, etc.

Physical Activities Required to Perform Essential Functions:

Example: Ability to: lift and carry up to 10 pounds occasionally; sit for extended periods of time, up to 6-8 hours per day; write by hand and keyboard for extended periods of time, up to 6-8 hours per day; assemble papers, paper punch, staple, file; apply sufficient force to open and close file drawers. Ability to communicate by speech and hearing continuously. Communication is primarily by phone, email and sometimes in person, with other departments within the Schnitzer Group. Visual acuity needed for close detail work, preparing and analyzing data figures, accounting, and computer use.

Required Experience


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Material Science or equivalent work experience.

  • 3-5 years’ experience in metals recycling or mining industry preferred.

  • Background in industrial process development and statistical process control preferred.

  • This position requires possession of a valid driver’s license and the ability to drive an automobile.

PLEASE NOTE: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.

All U.S. applicants must be 18 years of age or older and all Canada applicants must be 16 years of age or older.

Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. participates in e-verify for all U.S. new hires.

Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. administers a pre-employment drug screen and background check for U.S. new hires.

All new hires must review and sign an Arbitration Agreement. This applies to all U.S. non-union employees.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, marital status, disability status, national origin or ancestry, veteran status, age, prior industrial injury, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other protected status under local, state or federal law.