DuPont Mechanical Process Engineer - Cellulosic Ethanol in Nevada, Iowa

Mechanical Process Engineer - Cellulosic Ethanol (Job Number: 010868W-10)


DuPont Industrial Biosciences comprises an unmatched portfolio of capabilities in industrial biotechnology and biobased solutions. The unique combination of agricultural, biotechnology, chemical and material science capabilities allows DuPont Industrial Biosciences to deliver cost-effective products with superior performance and sustainability aspects to a range of industries. Bringing together the expertise from Danisco, Genencor, and DuPont has yielded a unique combination of strengths in enzyme technology, materials science, and bioprocessing. We call it Powered by DuPont™ Genencor® Science. It’s what powers the innovations to help solve some of the world’s greatest challenges.

We are looking for a motivated individual who will be part of a team responsible for the hands-on development of cellulosic ethanol production processes in Nevada, Iowa. The successful candidate will be an active participant in cross-functional project teams, Global Supply initiatives, process engineering teams, and operational improvement teams.

Responsibilities include:

  • Adhere to established operations and safety policies and procedures

  • Manufacturing technical operations support and resource to the daily operation and execution in the production of cellulosic ethanol

  • Plant operations engineer resource providing day-to-day technical support to operators and mechanics, including development and execution of standard operating procedures and conditions, and technical assistance to operations for problem solving and training

  • Collaborate with other Process Engineers and Design Engineering to support generation of basic data for a commercial scale plant

  • Improve process operability and reliability to support the execution of the plan

  • Contribute process learnings, and operating procedures and conditions to the training, commissioning, startup, and operation of the commercial biorefinery in Nevada, Iowa

  • Create and/or maintain Process Descriptions, Mass and Energy Balances, Process Flow Diagrams, Process and Instrumental Diagrams and Functional Descriptions

  • Create and/or maintain production recipes, technical assumptions, and monitor the production costs in any one of our production areas

  • Preparation and presentation of technical reports, data summaries, protocols and other technical and regulatory documentation, as needed

  • Identify and implement cost savings opportunities


  • BS required, Mechanical Engineering or related field preferred. MS desired.

  • Minimum of 3-5 years manufacturing plant operations experience required -with "hands-on" emphasis

  • Start-up plant support experience preferred

  • Green or Black Belt Six Sigma Certification/Training desired

  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills

  • Strong team player with an ability to work closely with all functional teams within the plant

  • Self-starter with systematic decision making, problem solving and troubleshooting skills

  • Some travel required

Primary Location: NA-United States-Iowa-Nevada

Organization: Global DuPont


Schedule: Full-time

Education Level: Bachelor's Degree (±16 years)

Shift: Day Job

Employee Status: Regular

Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time

Job Type: Experienced