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Process Engineer - Decatur Corn Plant

Company: Archer Daniels Midland
Location: Decatur
Posted on: June 6, 2021

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Job Title

Process Engineer - Decatur Corn Plant



Job Description

Process Engineer
Decatur Corn Processing Plant - Decatur, IL

The typical career path for an engineer begins in the position of ProcessEngineer. This position provides an opportunity for anew engineer to join the plant management team.

Recent engineering graduates are assigned to a production unit where they gain first hand exposure to leadership of employees, equipment trouble-shooting and dealing with the myriad of challenges faced routinely in a facility that operates around the clock, 365 days per year. The experience begins with on-the-job training through observation and typically progresses to full responsibility for a work group working rotating shifts during the first year. This experience is invaluable in providing firsthand knowledge of the plant, processes, products and employees in the real world of manufacturing at ADM.

Position Specifics:

The Production Engineer opportunity is comprised of three primary components; management exposure, supervisory responsibility, and application of engineering expertise.

Early in their assignment, Production Engineers have an opportunity to be exposed to a number of members of management in action. As they rotate through multiple production units to become familiar with the operation, they see different members of the management team using their leadership styles to address various situations. Production Engineers also gain an appreciation for keeping an eye on the big picture (present and future of the overall operation and company) while addressing individual issues. After being assigned to lead a work group of their own, they have an opportunity to apply their own leadership approach to interface with employees and management to accomplish the work of the unit.

Within a matter of months Production Engineers are assigned to supervise a work group of hourly employees who operate a production unit on shift. In this assignment they will likely work rotating shifts, so during this period they need to be willing to work any hours of the day and on weekends and holidays.

Responsibilities include assuring that 1) the jobs on the shift are covered, 2) employees are adequately trained to perform their assigned work, 3) all work is performed in keeping with the ADM Safety culture, and 4) customer needs are met through production of a high volume of quality products. They also maintain records, deal with employee performance issues (if any) and monitor the production process to keep it running efficiently, consistent with plant operating needs.

Production Engineers apply their engineering expertise to monitor production processes and equipment, solve production problems, and provide input to process improvements. Involvement might include sizing of equipment, identifying equipment capacity requirements, developing process control systems, increasing efficiencies of the flow of fluid materials, etc. They are exposed to installation of new equipment and modification of existing equipment, along with all of the inherent training and start up issues that must be addressed.

The work is in a variety settings in afood processing plant. The job is physically demanding. Production Engineers must be capable of climbing ladders, working in tight spaces and entering confined spaces (including tanks and vessels). Some lifting is required.

Future Assignments:

Production Engineer experience provides an outstanding foundation on which to build a career, employees advance to opportunities as Process Engineers, Project Engineers and in operations management. These assignments involve increasing responsibility and the rewards that go along with it, along with possible relocation opportunities.

ADM offers a bright future and tremendous opportunity for talented individuals who are ready to join the team and make a contribution to our dynamic business.

Successful candidates will be graduating with a B.S. in Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical, or Agriculture and Biological Engineering and preferably with a GPA of 2.8 or greater.

This position offers a complete benefit package, including 401K/ESOP, pension, health, life and dental insurance.

ADM requires the successful completion of all pre-employment screenings and background check.

ADM is an Equal Opportunity Employer for minorities, females, protected veterans and individuals with a disability.


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ADM is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability and veterans status.

About ADM:

At ADM, we unlock the power of nature to provide access to nutrition worldwide. With industry-advancing innovations, a complete portfolio of ingredients and solutions to meet any taste, and a commitment to sustainability, we give customers an edge in solving the nutritional challenges of today and tomorrow. Were a global leader in human and animal nutrition and the worlds premier agricultural origination and processing company. Our breadth, depth, insights, facilities and logistical expertise give us unparalleled capabilities to meet needs for food, beverages, health and wellness, and more. From the seed of the idea to the outcome of the solution, we enrich the quality of life the world over. Learn more at

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