Project Engineer

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Date: Mar 2, 2023

Location: Gainesville, FL, US, 32609

Company: Milliken and Company

Milliken's SiVance Plant is a world-class business leader in silicone chemistry, focused on the development and manufacture of specialty silicone technologies at this fully-integrated production facility established in 1953 in Gainesville, Florida. The 65-acre site contains Research & Development laboratories, analytical capabilities for chemical analysis and route development, and production facilities ranging from lab scale, to pilot and commercial scale, allowing SiVance to move innovations through the development pipeline in relatively short order. At the SiVance plant, more than 120 associates produce hundreds of silicon-based products considered vital to the performance and value of industrial and consumer products manufactured around the world.



Independently implement capital projects of small to moderate size and complexity, assist more senior engineers in the implementation of larger and more complex projects and assist plant operations with engineering issues.   


  1. Lead the implementation of capital projects up to moderate size and complexity through design, construction, and startup.  Participate on teams for larger projects.  Utilize the Milliken FEL process during the early design and estimation phases to enable best use of resources and properly informed business decisions relative to the project.
  2. Develop skills necessary for capital project management implementation including scope development, PFD and P&ID development, cost estimation, , equipment specification and procurement, procurement of funding, coordination of contractors, cost tracking and control, and coordination of startup.
  3. Develop comprehensive project management skills:
    1. Plan and manage resources to keep projects on schedule.  Act with an appropriate sense of urgency and implement contingencies to adapt to upsets in the plan.
    2. Avoid decisions that would benefit one component at a cost to the program.
    3. Communicate well with all team members and stakeholders.
    4. Manage Risk methodically by identifying potential risks to the schedule, cost, and scope.  Develop mitigation plans to reduce likelihood of the risk or the severity of the consequences.
    5. Manage Scope including any errors and omissions discovered during implementation to ensure the project meets the key deliverables.
  4. Demonstrate technical expertise during the design and engineering of projects:
    1. Identifying key factors that influence the viability of the project, breaking down large problems into smaller, manageable elements and clarifying information needed to solve the problems.
    2. Demonstrate creativity in the development of solutions to engineering problems to improve functionality, reduce cost, reduce implementation time, and reduce risk.
    3. For portions of the design which are outsourced, manage the outside resources to achieve cost effective, competent designs which will achieve the project goals.
  5. Develop an understanding of legal requirements and industry practices relative to the job.
  6. Utilize engineering resources (vendors, equipment manufacturers, and peers) to assist in the timely and cost-effective solution of problems.
  7. Serve as the engineering resource for designated equipment systems in the plant.
  8. Develop an understanding of quality relative to the implementation of projects, e.g. workmanship, low maintenance and long life components, and simplicity in operation.
  9. Safety and Compliance
    1. Understand and adhere to on all plant safety policies and compliance regulations relevant to the position. 
    2. Actively participate in the safety process and encourage the participation of others.
    3. Ensure the appropriate compliance and active participation in the safety program of those contractors in your scope of control.
    4. Work to ensure and improve the safety and regulatory compliance of chemical processes and equipment systems including participation in Management of Change evaluations, Process Hazard Analysis and Process Review Committee evaluations.
  10. Responsible Care
    1. Understand and adhere to the relevant requirements of the Responsible Care Management System (RC-14001) and follow plant procedures relevant to the position.
    2. Understand the RC-14001 Significant Aspects of your job and help ensure controls are in place to reduce or eliminate negative impacts.
  11. Quality
    1. Understand and comply with Milliken Quality Policy, Standard Operating Procedure(s) (SOPs), relevant ISO 9000 standards and Company Policies that are applicable to this position.




  1. BS in Chemical Engineering or other engineering discipline with sufficient experience. 
    1. At least 5 years related experience in Project Engineering. 
    2. If other than chemical engineering degree, candidate much show training or sufficient experience with organic chemistry, chemical/petroleum unit operations and design of equipment for chemical reactions and distillations.
  2. Demonstrated experience in management of capital projects.
  3. Familiar with reading and understanding P&ID’s, PFD’s, and loop sheets.
  4. High level of proficiency with Microsoft Office.
  5. Strong interpersonal and communication skills.


  1. Experience in process engineering, production engineering, and leadership roles.
  2. Experience with process control, instrumentation, and Distributed Control Systems (DCS).
  3. Previous manufacturing experience (intern, co-op, or fulltime). 
  4. Working knowledge of process simulation software (ASPEN, Chem CAD, etc.), AutoCAD and other relevant specialty software.
  5. Experience with silicon and siloxane chemistry.
  6. Experience working in a site that falls under the requirements of OSHA's Process Safety Management (PSM) requirements.

Headquartered in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Milliken & Company is a global, innovative, industrial diversified manufacturing company that has been exploring, discovering, and creating ways to enhance people’s lives since 1865. With expertise across a breadth of disciplines including specialty chemical, floor covering, and performance materials, the company works around the world every day to add true value to people’s lives, improve health and safety, and help make our world more sustainable. Milliken has long led the way for "knowledge-based" investment, employing over 100 PhDs, and has accumulated over 2,200 U.S. patents – and more than 5,000 patents worldwide. Milliken is widely acknowledged as an international leader in research technology, innovation, and customer service. With over 35 manufacturing facilities located in the U.S., U.K., Belgium, France, China, India, Mexico, and Australia, and other sales and service operations throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, Milliken's more than 7,000 associates work to deliver innovations that do good for the world, create new experiences, and build for the future.


Milliken & Company is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability.