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Production Engineer


Newport, DE, US, 19804

Remote or On-Site:  On-Site




Sun Chemical, a member of the DIC group, is a leading producer of printing inks, coatings and supplies, pigments, polymers, liquid compounds, solid compounds, and application materials. Together with DIC, Sun Chemical has annual sales of more than $8.5 billion and over 22,000 employees supporting customers around the world.


Production Engineer - Wilmington, DE 


The Production Engineer in our Synthesis area will support site manufacturing operations by providing quality and process troubleshooting, leading process optimization projects, coordinating new production introductions and implementing improvement ideas to achieve site objectives in the most safe, economical and efficient manner.



  • Review, monitor, develop, modify and maintain manufacturing processes and their control systems to maximize contribution to profitability. Utilize lean manufacturing tools where appropriate. Design data collection plans, lead plant trials, analyze data, and implement improvements. Lead or participate in teams in support of optimizing plant processes for quality, cost, reliability, and productivity.
  • Represent manufacturing, coordinating new product introductions, process optimization projects, and process and product changes using a cross-functional team approach that ensures all aspects of the product and process changes have been addressed. Identify, evaluate, and make recommendations regarding new process technologies.
  • Monitor, and help establish, the performance standards for the manufacturing process and the systems which control them. Maintain process databases and provide timely and routine feedback to those responsible for the performance
  • Troubleshoot system and process problems in collaboration with other production engineers, process support engineers and others to ensure that all aspects of the manufacturing process, process control system and equipment operation are managed effectively. This may also include management of small capital projects to support asset effectiveness and production needs
  • Ownership for identifying and executing continuous improvement initiatives through direct reports to ensure productivity improvements are sustainable and part of the Synthesis areas culture (e.g. Standard Work, 5S, Visual Management, and area KPIs
  • Support existing automation systems (hardware and software) by: process and automation changes required by operations; when scheduled, provide 24 hr. on-call technical support for troubleshooting process and control system problems, recommend and implement control system hardware and software upgrades as necessary.
  • Provide support to the site to ensure all ISO, PSM and other regulatory, external and internal, requirements are met. This includes, but is not limited to: coordinating and leading PHAs, managing/supporting the Change Manager and AIM reporting tools, investigating incidents, driving/coordinating closure of action items.



  • Degree in Chemical Engineering, Industrial Engineering or Chemistry required
  • Working knowledge of chemical processes both batch and continuous operations required.
  • Working knowledge of computer skills (Microsoft office, SAP) required and technical computer skills (ASPEN, OSI PI, CAD) preferred



  • Minimum 3 years technical experience in the Chemical industry required
  • 5 to 7 years technical experience in the Chemical industry preferred
  • Working knowledge of OSHA Process Safety Management (PSM) Requirements preferred
  • Familiarity developing Standard Operating Procedures required
  • Understanding of advanced process automation systems required
  •  Programming, developing and maintaining the software of process automation systems preferred



  • Strong analytical skills and success in implementing Operational Excellence improvement tools such as Six Sigma, SPC, etc. in a         manufacturing environment
  • Root cause analysis and problem solving skills




It is Sun Chemical's policy that applicants for employment are recruited, selected, and hired on the basis of individual merit and ability with respect to the position being filled. Sun prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identify, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other status protected by applicable law.


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Nearest Secondary Market: Philadelphia

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