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Date:  Sep 9, 2023
Location:  Charleston
Company:  Wacker Polysilicon N.A., LLC


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 about 14,500 employees from 70 nations.


WACKER POLYSILICON is the global leader in the production of polycrystalline hyperpure silicon for the semiconductor and solar solar industries. At our Charleston site, we are currently looking for a Process Innovation and Technology Project Engineer III/Sr. 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 Process Innovation and Technology Project Engineer for our site in Charleston, TN.


What you will do:

The Process Innovation and Technology Project Engineer is a core process innovation team member to investigate, identify, initiate, and effectively manage next generation technological engineering projects in partnership with the global polysilicon innovation initiatives. This will provide a local expert and resource for ensuring a rapid transfer of global capabilities and elements integrated with local specialist expertise to troubleshoot and quickly optimize to meet the needs of the department and/or site given the highly complex integrated systems and processes. Additionally, this position will also function as a local resource to investigate and identify advanced capabilities or trends (technology, equipment, materials, etc.) within or as they become available in the market or through developing collaborations for potential local/global utilization supporting a world-class solar and semiconductor polysilicon manufacturing operation.


  • Independently provide engineering and technological evaluations, guidance, and oversight to successfully prepare and execute approved projects in conjunction with the global innovation team and local departments.
  • Independently identify, evaluate, and propose potential advanced technological solution opportunities for improvements to the organization for implementation assessment.
  • Conduct research and investigations in the market for potential technology, equipment, materials, etc. to develop and lead proof-of-concept assessments.
  • Identify and develop network contacts of potential technological suppliers or collaboration partners in support of future opportunities. 


What we need from you:

  • B.S. in a technical engineering or related scientific discipline is required; M.S. or Ph.D. in a technical engineering or related scientific discipline is preferred
  • 10+ years of related experience with B.S., 7+ with M.S., 4+ with Ph.D.
  • Project management (PMP or equivalent experience) is desired
  • Ability to travel as needed, potentially up to 40%
  • Demonstrated strong technical engineering skills with the capability to take ownership and effectively lead investigation and innovation projects to successful completion in an efficient manner.
  • This may include aspects ranging from pre- and basic engineering of projects developing new equipment or prototypes, automation testing and introduction, to proof-of-concept development and testing with a transition to production.
  • Strong collaboration and communication skills necessary to successfully work within the global and local matrix organization, various departments, and with external partners.
  • Inquisitive and innovative type personality willing to independently research and learn topics beyond their current experience in support of current or potential projects.
  • Knowledge or experience within the hyper-pure polysilicon production process, semiconductor manufacturing, or other high product quality standard industry is highly desired
  • Experience working with various technical engineering disciplines is highly desired
  • German language skills (spoken and written) are a bonus


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
Reference Code: 20842 




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.

Nearest Major Market: Chattanooga

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