• Mill Process & Production Engineer

    Job Locations US-NC-Aurora
    Posted Date 3 months ago(11/6/2018 11:17 AM)
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    Engineering & Technical Services
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  • Job Description

    Mill Process & Production Engineer, Aurora, NC

    Why work at Nutrien? Great question!

    Safety is a core value at Nutrien. Keeping every employee safe, healthy and secure is our top priority. Nothing is more important than seeing our people go home safe at the end of every single day.

    While working here you will have the opportunity to grow your career while helping us feed the future. We pride ourselves in hiring from a variety of backgrounds and truly believe that it is our differences that make us stronger so we hope you will join us.

    In addition to exciting and challenging opportunities, Nutrien offers competitive salaries, great benefits and performance based incentives.

    Outside of the skills and necessary qualifications, you will be committed to sustaining our safe and positive work environment while welcoming working side by side others in a diverse culture. Culture at Nutrien is the core of everything we do and all employees are respectful of diverse opinions and views.

    The Mill Process & Production Engineer does not have any direct reports. This position will report directly to the Mill Superintendent.

    The Process Engineer- Flotation is responsible for optimizing the process control of the Sizing, flotation and associated operating equipment in the Mill Area. While making sure that neither safety nor the environment is compromised, the incumbent ensures that the products manufactured in the Mill area are within required chemical specifications for in-plant consumption and are produced at the lowest possible cost. Maintenance problems, which inhibit the efficient operation of the Mill Concentrator equipment, are addressed either through modifications and the work order system, or by requesting capital funds for improvements. Employee training must be conducted to communicate changes in operating parameters as well as dealing with newly installed equipment.

    Key Tasks:

    • Ensuring production tonnage meets or exceeds plan.
    • Maintaining the required quality specifications of phosphate concentrate.
    • Keeping costs low by improving the reliability of the operating equipment and optimizing the process.
    • Requesting and applying capital funds to improve the flotation process.
    • Tracking and maintaining consumption of various reagents at the optimum dosages necessary to achieve recovery targets and control cost.
    • Participating in crew meetings monthly to improve safety and environmental awareness.
    • Troubleshooting operational delays, reduce bottlenecks and identify mechanical problems.
    • Monitoring and documenting all process upset conditions and assist in or lead efforts to address root causes.
    • Responsible for tracking performance of unit processes such as sizing, grinding, clay removal and flotation.
    • Coordinating efforts through use of both internal and external resources to provide relevant training for operators.
    • Coordinating daily production and process trials with other departments.
    • Tracking performance and initiate process modifications, as necessary.
    • Incumbent will be responsible for conducting employee training in order to communicate changes in operating parameters, as well as dealing with newly installed equipment.
    • Incumbent will back-up some of the functions of the Calciner Production Engineer.
    • In addition, on occasion, the incumbent will conduct presentations and meetings within the plant and with outside agencies.


    • Expertise with personal computers and various software applications is essential in order to keep up with key operating guidelines for product quality, budget calculations, environmental calculations, and miscellaneous statistical manipulations.
    • Supervisory skills are required because the incumbent fills in for the Superintendent and General Supervisor, has weekend duty on a regular basis, and must direct flotation personnel to make changes in operating procedures.
    • Project engineering development and management skills will be necessary.
    • Effective speaking is very helpful because there are numerous occasions when crew meetings need to be conducted.

    Essential Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Engineering is required. While a degree in Mining, Metallurgical Engineering or Mineral Processing is preferred, other engineering disciplines may be acceptable.
    • A minimum of 5+ years of industrial experience in the mining industry is required.
    • Three to five years process/production engineering experience is required.
    • Seminars, meetings and continuing education in the field of expertise are required to maintain an up-to-date working knowledge.
    • Must pass a pre-employment exam and drug screening.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • A strong background within product conveying, mineral processing, chemistry, materials handling, and mixing of raw materials for the float and clay process is highly beneficial.  
    • Prior practical experience within the mining or mineral processing industries, is desirable.
    • Prior supervisory experience and six sigma training is desired.

    Nutrien is committed to creating an inclusive workplace.  We encourage applications from all well qualified candidates who reflect the diversity of the regions where we operate.  This includes recognizing the voluntary identification of status such as gender, sexual orientation, visible minority, Indigenous status, persons with disabilities, and veterans, where applicable.

    If this sounds like a good match, apply now. This job will remain posted until filled. You may be required to undergo a background check and substance test in accordance with Nutrien policies. 

    While we appreciate all applications we receive, we advise that only candidates under consideration will be contacted.


    **EOE race/color/sex/sexual orientation/gender identity/disability/veteran


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