Department: Engineering (500)

Reports To: Engineering Manager

FLSA Status: Exempt

Pay Range: $95,000.00–$110,000.00 per year (Depending on Experience)

Summary Assist with system design, concept, and product development. Works with some direct supervision and directs designers and drafters as required. Submits project estimates for review and tracks progress against approved estimates. Focus on the design, optimization, and operation of systems that separate air into its constituent gases, typically nitrogen, oxygen. Overall, an Air Separation Process Engineer plays a critical role in ensuring the reliable and efficient production of industrial gases through the separation of air, contributing to various industries such as healthcare, manufacturing, electronics, and aerospace.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  1. Develop and design air separation processes, including cryogenic distillation, vacuum swing adsorption (VSA), and membrane separation technologies. This involves selecting appropriate equipment, designing process flow diagrams (PFDs) and piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs), and specifying operating conditions.
  2. Evaluate and select the most suitable air separation technology based on factors such as purity requirements, production capacity, energy efficiency, and cost-effectiveness.
  3. Analyze existing air separation processes to identify opportunities for optimization, such as improving energy efficiency, increasing throughput, or enhancing product quality. Utilize simulation software and engineering principles to optimize process parameters.
  4. Ensure that air separation processes comply with safety regulations and environmental standards. Identify potential hazards and implement safety measures to mitigate risks associated with handling cryogenic fluids and high-pressure gases.
  5. Specify, select, and procure equipment such as air compressors, heat exchangers, distillation columns, adsorption beds, and cryogenic equipment required for air separation processes.
  6. Establish quality control procedures to monitor the purity and composition of separated gases. Implement measures to maintain product quality and consistency.
  7. Troubleshoot operational issues related to equipment malfunction, process upsets, or product quality deviations. Develop maintenance schedules and procedures to ensure the reliable operation of air separation units.
  8. Monitor key performance indicators (KPIs) such as energy consumption, product yield, and plant uptime to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of air separation processes. Implement corrective actions as needed to improve performance.
  9. Maintain accurate records of process parameters, equipment specifications, maintenance activities, and safety incidents. Generate reports to document process performance, compliance, and improvement initiatives.
  10. Collaborate with other engineering disciplines, including mechanical, electrical, and instrumentation, as well as with operations, maintenance, and safety personnel to ensure the successful implementation and operation of air separation systems.
  11. Provide training and guidance to operators and technicians involved in operating and maintaining air separation units. Transfer knowledge of best practices and safety procedures to ensure safe and efficient operation.
  12. Continuously seek opportunities for process optimization, cost reduction, and innovation through the application of new technologies, best practices, and lessons learned from operational experience.
  13. Assist designers and drafters to generate installation and manufacturing drawings. Assist technical writers to generate operating manuals and test procedures.
  14. Coordinate with other departments in the development, fabrication, testing of products and designing for manufacturability (DFM).
  15. Provide engineering support to Production, Manufacturing, and Customer Service departments as needed.
  16. Create design history documentation in accordance with company procedures.
  17. Comply with company policies, practices, and procedures.
  18. Participate in proactive efforts to achieve departmental and company goals.
  19. Work effectively and communicate clearly (oral and written) with other employees, customers, and vendors.
  20. Handle changing deadlines and priorities.
  21. Review work for accuracy, completeness, and proper authority.
  22. Familiarity with electrical circuits, electrical component selection, and schematic design is desirable.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

Qualifications To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Travel Job requires occasional travel to customer sites domestic and foreign. Travel maybe required up to 10%.

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor’s degree in engineering, preferably chemical engineering and 4+ years gas compression and air separation experience. Manufacturing environment experience preferred. Experienced in engineering improvement of air separation processes.

Language Skills

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the public.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Computer Skills

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel). FEA modeling, Autodesk InventorTM parametric 3-D modeling application, AutoCAD,

Physical Demands The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to walk and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. May require hearing protection when testing equipment.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

PCI is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. PCI is also a federal contractor. Employment may be contingent upon U.S. citizenship or valid “green card” holder status.

This position requires use of information or access to hardware which is subject to the Internal Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). All applicants must be U.S. persons within the meaning of ITAR. ITAR defines a U.S. person as a U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e., ‘Green Card Holder’), Political Asylee, or Refugee.

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