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Senior Process Engineer (PRD Calculations) Job


King of Prussia, PA, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  Engineering & Technology
Posting Date:  Jan 4, 2023

This position is a member of the Central Process Engineering Group and reports functionally to the Project Development Manager as part of corporate technology, located in King of Prussia PA.  It is technically supported by Arkema SME engineers in the Central Process/Technology Organization.  


Job Dimensions

Working in the central project process organization on multiple process assignments with initial focus for first 2 years working on closing pressure relief device (PRD) calculation gaps and later evolving into more broad process assignments. Scope of role will include acquiring data, PRD calculations and finally proposing engineering solutions for any deficiencies. Scope includes all sites within AMAS to implement Arkema standards and industry best practices. The role is supported and mentored by Arkema team peers.


Key Activities & Responsibilities

PRD Calculations (80%)
Acquire input information

  • Collect site information such as equipment files, PIDs, U1s, nameplates, kinetic data.
  • Prepare field information needed such as isometric sketches, piping diagrams, etc.
  • Digest information from safety studies, such as PHA scenarios.
  • Recommend any necessary physical property lab work, such as ARC, DCS or VSP.


Perform scenario assessment

  • Create scenario list relevant to the valve cross referencing PHA and any other needed documents.
  • Gain approval from Arkema process owner for scenarios to be calculated


Perform Calculations

  • Assess 2 phase flow scenarios, and coordinate 2 phase calculation with expert
  • Using Aspen or other approved software
  • Document using Arkema or other approved calculation sheets
  • Make recommendations for any more complex analysis, such as dynamic simulation


Approvals and Closure

  • Gain final approval
  • Close documentation and handover to plant


Prepare process engineering packages for remediation

  • Red line P&ID
  • Valve sizing and selection
  • Necessary piping or other modification (isometric)
  • Alternative solutions such as HIPS (high integrity protection system -aka instrumentation alternative)


General Activities: (20%)
Interact with Engineering and Construction, R&D, Pilot, Business, and Manufacturing to develop cost effective processes / projects.

  • Conduct basic studies and process analysis; develop equipment sizes
  • Study process alternatives and develop preliminary economics analysis
  • Prepare conceptual PFD’s, P&IDs, material balance, etc. for process improvement or capital projects
  • Contribute to PHA’s and other HES activities
  • Provide plant support as necessary and participate in development of operating procedures, process documents, etc.


Context & Environment

  • Will require domestic travel (30%).
  • Supports Arkema HES policies.
  • Complies with all regulatory and Arkema standards requirements
  • Supports and promotes the reporting of all health, safety, environmental, near-miss, accident or injury incidents


Required Education/Qualifications/Work Experience

  • Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering or similar discipline required.
  • Minimum 4-5 years experience working with chemical processes, Co-op/intern experience may be considered if such experience is directly relevant to duties and responsibilities of the role..
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to apply Engineering tools and methods to identify and/or resolve moderately complex problems.
  • Six Sigma Green Belt certification or progress toward strongly preferred.
  • Capital project experience and experience in assembling engineering packages.

Demonstrated Competencies

  • Proven competency in chemical processes
  • Is recognized to be competent in engineering and technology calculations
  • Proficient in Aspen modelling software.
  • Proficient in pressure relief calculations.
  • Knows basic digital tools, such as data historian, databases and electronic filing.
  • Ability to travel independently to Arkema sites, and perform calculations with remote supervision.
  • Can interpret data to generate solutions.
  • Prepare strong reports and proposals and ability to present technical work to management
  • Consistently meets deadlines.
  • Effectively organize and plan work and request help/approvals as needed.
  • Is recognized as a trusted resource by customers.
  • Intermediate skills in HES.

Building on its unique set of expertise in materials science, Arkema offers a portfolio of first-class technologies to address ever-growing demand for new and sustainable materials. With the ambition to become in 2024 a pure player in Specialty Materials, the Group is structured into three complementary, resilient and highly innovative segments dedicated to Specialty Materials - Adhesive Solutions, Advanced Materials, and Coating Solutions - accounting for some 80% of Group sales, and a well-positioned and competitive Intermediates segment. Arkema offers cutting-edge technological solutions to meet the challenges of, among other things, new energies, access to water, recycling, urbanization and mobility, and fosters a permanent dialogue with all its stakeholders. The Group reported sales of €9.5 billion ($10.6 billion) in 2021, and operates in 55 countries with 20,500 employees worldwide.

The diversity of its employees is an asset that the Arkema group wants to preserve. Its non-discrimination policy applies to recruitment, salary levels and career management. The Arkema group is committed to ensuring diversity among its employees.

Arkema Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Arkema Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence.

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