Contribute. Grow. Lead...with OxyChem. Looking for a challenge?
Desire to achieve your true potential? OxyChem is a growing,
action-oriented, safety driven chemical manufacturing company
continually striving to be the best in the business while staying
focused on environmental protection. The secret to our success has
and will continue to be our people.
Occidental Chemical Corporation (OxyChem) is a leading North
American manufacturer of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resins, chlorine
and caustic soda - key building blocks for a variety of
indispensable products such as plastics, pharmaceuticals and water
treatment chemicals. Other OxyChem products include caustic potash,
chlorinated organics, sodium silicates, chlorinated isocyanurates
and calcium chloride. OxyChem's market position is among the top
three producers in the United States in 2017 for the principal
products it manufactures and markets. Based in Dallas, Texas, the
company has manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Canada and Latin
In a fast-paced industry that demands precision, we create a
supportive workplace where the safety and well-being of our
employees are paramount. We are committed to rewarding top
performers, offering very competitive pay and benefits, and
providing tremendous career development opportunities. We are
looking for an experienced and self-motivated individual to fill
the position of Research Engineer within our Technology
organization. The work location is at our Technology Center in
Essential Job Duties:
This position is responsible for leading R&D activities to
support OxyChem's Business objectives.
Maintain as our highest priority, the protection of the
environment, the health and safety of our employees, customers, and
the communities in which we operate and/or transport our
Understand and work in accordance with all site safety and
environmental procedures Adhere to the use of personal protective
equipment as required.
Perform assigned engineering tasks using standard procedures.
Design chemical plant processes utilizing both classical unit
operations and new technologies. Supervises start-up operation of
plant and pilot plant processes. Develops specifications for
chemical processing equipment. Determine full scale equipment
specifications from pilot scale testing.
Design and manage experimental studies at pilot scale to design
new chemical processes and/or make recommendations for improvement
to existing plant processes.
Generate fixed capital and operating costs for chemical
processes and complete economic evaluations as assigned on
potential new products, plant modifications and expansions.
Perform mass and energy balance calculations to evaluate process
schemes, develop equipment specifications, and complete economic
Prepare chemical process information including, process
descriptions, process flow diagrams (PFD's), piping and
instrumentation drawings (P&ID's) and equipment
Prepare technical process information for plant personnel to
commission and operate chemical manufacturing or environmental
Monitor laboratory research results on assigned projects and
performs engineering evaluations based on preliminary process
schemes and economics to develop recommendations.
Identify, recommend, and manage research activities to develop
new products, improve existing products, reduce manufacturing
costs, improve safety, improve quality, or reduce environmental
impact of OxyChem products.
Produce clear, concise, accurate, and timely written and oral
reports in which conclusions and recommendations are effectively
supported by analytical and/or research data and supporting
Lead the Technical Center's Process Safety Management (PSM)
program including execution of Process Hazard Analyses (PHA's),
compliance with Management of Change (MOC) requirements, pre-start
up safety reviews (PSSR's) and fully investigate incidents.
BS, MS, or PhD In Chemical Engineering or related field, from an
accredited institution. Minimum of 3 years of experience in
chemical manufacturing or other related process engineering
Working knowledge of chemical engineering principles and
practices. Ability to prepare process flow diagrams and piping &
Ability to plan, design, and lead pilot scale projects, analyze
data and draw conclusions from the results.
Good problem solving and organizational skills.
Good written and verbal communication skills.
Comfortable presenting information to all levels of management,
Self-motivated with the ability to work efficiently with minimal
Good interpersonal skills. Must be able to work in teams.
Must be able to handle multiple complex issues at the same
Proficient in MS Office and process simulator applications, such
May require domestic travel as required to support
Physical requirements - Must be able to lift 40 pounds, climb
ladders, and stairs. Walking, bending, stooping is required. Must
be able to wear personal protective equipment as required. Must be
able to respond to visual and audible alarms.
Additional Desired Qualifications
Candidates with experience in Chlor-alkali production,
Chlorination chemistry, Photochemistry, or Organic Chemistry will
be given preferential consideration.
EIT certification or PE license a plus.
Possess an advanced understanding of chemical engineering and
technical expertise to the planning and execution of significant,
complex, or innovative technologies related to the synthesis,
manufacture, and applications of organic and inorganic
Experience in an industrial R&D or Technology
Experience in intellectual property protection such as patent,
copyright, and trademark.
Experience in Process Safety Management administration.
Occidental is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment
without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status,
political preference, sexual orientation, gender identity, national
origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.