Project Engineer in Lancaster, NY

Upstate Niagara Cooperative Posted: 2024-04-24

Lancaster, NY 14086

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Salary Range: $93,200 - $130,500 a year

Our Engineering department is seeking a talented individual to join us as a Project Engineer to provide engineering support for the organization in planning, developing, and executing capital projects.
Coordinating efforts of various internal and external resources will also be required.
This individual will also be a key participant in our Continuous Improvement process as a member of CI teams and the execution of the outputs to move our organization forward.

Key Responsibilities:
This individual will report through Engineering and help ensure that we are focused on helping the plants move forward in People Safety, Food Safety, and Operational Efficiency, along with our Strategic Growth as an organization.
Responsible for development and execution of the capital project budget and plans.
Executes and provides oversight of project development and post approval project management.
Expected to develop projects scope and create budgetary estimates.
Collaborate with plant leaders/experts and contractors to improve processing systems and packaging systems.
Responsible for ensuring any new or changes to existing processes is documented and drawings will be submitted for approval by NYS Ag. & Markets in collaboration with our Quality team.
Responsible for assuring that all sanitary process equipment meets USDA/3A standards.
Responsible for ensuring that all plant projects meet all Safety/OSHA standards. Support a safe work environment for all plant partners and contractors.
Responsible for providing Engineering support to all plant process/project teams as needed.
Ability to create maintenance, refrigeration, wastewater, and capital project budgets and be able to manage the project expenses within those budgets.
Report on equipment/process operations and review performance and improvements with the Plant Manager.
Collaborate with other plants and departments with focus on alignment of best practices and improvement.
Responsible for the management of plant equipment installations.
Responsible for coordinating with plant leadership on necessary downtime for project work.
Responsible for Project Contractor Performance, Safety and Workmanship.
Responsible for the upkeep of complete As-built Plant Drawings.
Responsible for providing technical support to plant Maintenance/Supervision.
Manage multiple projects concurrently.
Support plant leadership in improving/meeting operating performance (meet objectives, goals, KPI’s, financial and improvement).
Support to UNC plants will be expected regularly.

Knowledge & Skills - Required
Bachelor’s Degree in an engineering discipline with minimum 5-years in plant experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
Five years in a manufacturing environment with project management skills.
Proven ability to successfully lead projects within scope to an on-time and on-budget conclusion.
Good knowledge of PLC and computer automation theories (software and hardware).
Strong analytical, problem-solving, and troubleshooting skills.
Able to handle confidential or sensitive information.
Proficiency in Microsoft office suite and AutoCAD.
Able to read, develop, and change schematic diagrams, equipment, and architectural drawings.
Able to modify the layout of an equipment area to enhance its efficiency or accommodate new equipment.
Communicate effectively through verbal and written means.
Must be a culturally fit to our organization meeting our Core Values in Excellence, Integrity, Collaboration, Making a Difference, Safety, and Accountability.

Dairy and/or food processing expertise, particularly in mixing & blending, retort operations, automatic packaging, system and equipment mechanics, and sanitation and safety.

The Project Engineer is exposed to and entrusted with confidential information relative to production methods, customers, and company strategy.

Management Responsibility
The Project Engineer is an individual contributor role that operates under the general direction of the Engineering Manager.

Work Environment
While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts, high speed and processing equipment; is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and toxic or caustic chemicals; is frequently exposed to moderate to high noise levels in the work environment. Must be able to see, grasp hold, walk, climb, bend, and stretch, lift up to 40 lbs. Will spend significant time in the production environment where temperatures fluctuate, floors may be wet, and noise is a constant factor.

There is 50-70% travel expected in this role regionally.

Pay: $93,200 - $130,500 a year*

Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Inc. is committed to equal employment opportunity for all, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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