Production Engineer-Dispersions

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Date: Sep 23, 2022

Location: Calvert City, KY, US

Company: Wacker Chemie AG


Our world needs ideas! As one of the world’s most research-intensive chemical companies, we have been developing leading solutions for numerous sectors – from construction to photovoltaics and cosmetics to rubber – for over 100 years. We have a global presence with production sites on three continents and 14,600 employees from 70 nations.


WACKER POLYMERS is the global technology leader in the development and production of redispersible powders, dispersions solid resins, powder binders and surface coating resins. At our Calvert City site, we are currently looking for a Production Engineer-Dispersions to join our growing team.


You know us. You just didn’t know it. WACKER is a global chemical manufacturer that prides itself on “Creating Tomorrow’s Solutions”. WACKER materials are so versatile and adaptable, they have virtually unlimited applications just about anywhere imaginable, making WACKER an integral part of daily life. Whether it’s protecting buildings from the elements, a tube of toothpaste, a cell phone, airbags, or cosmetics, people from all over the world come into contact each day with our products and achievements. We are looking for capable, innovative, and enthusiastic achievers to join our team and grow with us. We are currently seeking a Production Engineer in our Dispersions department for our site in Calvert City, KY.


What you will do:

This position is responsible for production process optimization, product quality, new product trials and scale-ups, troubleshooting process/equipment problems, and computer DCS support.  The incumbent will introduce process improvements to achieve production targets in the areas of onstream, cycle times, quality, waste reduction, and operating costs.  This position supports OSHA PSM activities such as PHA, PSSR and MOC. 


  • Optimize production processes and plant capacity – reduce cycle times, waste, and utility costs.  Improve overall OEE.
  • Assist R&D in new product trials and scale-ups to the plant.
  • Improve product quality and reduce B-grade production.
  • Troubleshoot issues – interface with operations personnel to resolve daily production issues/problems.
  • Provide support to operators on D3 distributive process control system.
  • Assist with design reviews, hazard reviews, etc. as needed.
  • Maintain PSM compliance – perform required safety tasks, complete required training courses, and keep ISO calibrations up to date for assigned systems.


What we need from you:

  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline
  • 3-5 years process/production engineering experience in the chemicals manufacturing industry
  • Must be able to determine solutions to material loss and equipment downtime problems
  • Learn and explain procedures, rules, and regulations
  • Work independently with little supervision
  • Establish and maintain effective and cooperative work environment with others
  • Must be able to identify opportunities for cost reduction in the operating process
  • Must be able to multi-task
  • Basic knowledge of Continuous Improvement (CI) methodologies.
  • Process Controls and DCS experience
  • Process Controls experience with the D3 computer system.
  • Basic understanding of batch chemical processes.
  • Basic knowledge of Continuous Improvement (CI) methodologies.
  • Basic knowledge of distributive process control systems.
  • Strong process/production troubleshooting skills.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Strong computer skills and technical background


Life at Wacker:

Wacker is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe that our individual differences are our collective strength. We encourage our employees to be their authentic selves and desire team members that share these interests. You will be valued for your contributions and perspectives as we continue to grow together. Your career is important to us, and we want to foster a mutually beneficial relationship where you feel heard, understood, and fulfilled. We consider our employees’ overall health and satisfaction when creating a benefits package. Below are some of the additional incentives our employees enjoy.


  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance effective Day 1
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Advancement Opportunities
  • Education Assistance Program
  • Paid Time Off in addition to personal days and holidays
  • Support for Community Involvement
  • Bonus Plans



WACKER, as an innovative chemical company, makes a vital contribution toward improving the quality of life around the world by developing intelligent solutions for sustainable growth. Our culture focuses on building and retaining diverse and inclusive teams. WACKER offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, competitive benefit offerings and beyond through giving back to our communities.


Be part of our WACKER family, across all nations !


We are looking forward to your online application at
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The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job, nor are they intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. A minimum requirement for this US-based position is the ability to work legally in the United States on a permanent unrestricted basis.  Visa sponsorship is not available for this position, including for any type of US permanent residency (e.g., for a Green card).


WACKER is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.