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December 18, 2014
Process Engineer

The role of the position is to support the organization through the process development, design cycle, and specification of a commercial cellulosic sugar plant. Candidate will work closely with internal management team as well as external consultants to drive the commercial plant design. Specific tasks will include:

  • Definition of process, materials, and equipment standards
  • Evaluation and modification of mass and energy balances
  • Coordination with external engineering design firms to assist in detailed design
  • Spearheading HAZOP reviews as part of the ongoing design an operation of the facility
  • Assisting in the evaluation and testing of new technologies on a demonstration scale
  • Additionally, this position will help to refine and optimize Sweetwater’s operations on an ongoing basis.


  • Take the lead to ensure that the commercial plant designs are being conducted in-line with goals of the engineering, scientific, and operations groups.
  • Work with outside design firms to coordinate the effective design of a facility.
  • Define project scope, goals and deliverables that support business goals in collaboration with senior management and stakeholders
  • Read and interpret P&IDs, blueprints, technical drawings, and schematics.
  • Confirm with operations and other personnel pertinent operating procedures, help to resolve system problems and provide technical information and support.
  • Research and analyze design proposals, specifications, manuals and other data to evaluate the feasibility, cost and maintenance requirements of designs and applications
  • Specify system components or direct modification of products to ensure conformance with engineering design and performance specifications.
  • Research, design, and evaluate mechanical products, equipment, systems, and processes to meet requirements, applying knowledge of engineering principals.
  • Recommend design modifications to improve operational ability or lower costs.
  • Estimate cost and submit bids for engineering, construction and assist in the preparation of contract documents.

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelors’ or Masters’ degree in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering or equivalent
  • Minimum 10 years practical experience in the biomass, biochemical, ethanol, pulp and paper, or related industries
  • Strong familiarity with Visio and AutoCAD software systems.
  • Familiar with and functional in the majority of the Microsoft software suite is required
  • Experience at working both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment is essential.
  • Can conform to shifting priorities, demands and timelines through analytical and problem-solving capabilities.
  • Reacts to project adjustments and alterations promptly and efficiently.
  • Flexible during times of change.


Sweetwater offers a competitive compensation and benefits package that includes 401k and health insurance.


Sweetwater Energy uses a unique technology for producing low-cost nanofibrillated cellulose, microcrystalline cellulose, sugars, and clean lignin from non-food plant materials to help meet the modern world's increasing bioenergy and biochemical demands.

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