• Process Engineer - Hot End

    Posted: 05/18/2022

    Knauf Insulation North America is the world's fastest-growing insulation manufacturer. We are wholly committed to the conservation of the environment while also sustainably developing and manufacturing a comprehensive line of acoustical fiberglass insulation for residential, commercial, industrial, marine, OEM and metal building applications, using post-consumer recycled materials.

    We welcome passionate and creative individuals who thrive in an entrepreneurial, collaborative and ever-changing environment. Watch our values video to learn more about what we do, our commitment to sustainability and our company values and culture.

    • Ensure all glass delivered to Process Group is proper viscosity, temperature and chemistry
    • Manage Fiberizing process to ensure optimal process settings are in place and are being followed
    • Manage Spinner inventory and life expectancy
    • Remain current in understanding the relationship between glass chemistry and glass properties
    • Manage and maintain plant recycled water system including filtration, treatment, and disposal
    • Perform technical analyses of manufacturing/process data and apply results to improve processes and meet customer expectations
    • Develop and manage Furnace Maintenance processes utilizing internal and external labor
    • Manage all batch house operations including mixing and raw material unloading
    • Continually develop recommendations to enhance manufacturing capabilities/efficiencies through new ideas and/or methods
    • Under the supervision of the Process Engineering Manager, execute projects to fulfill department goals and objectives in the areas of cost reduction, productivity gains, process flow, capacity increases, scrap reduction and process and product enhancements
    • Lead projects and/or project sub-teams involved in process and product optimization, innovation, cost reduction or other related business activities


    • Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical, Chemical or Ceramic Engineering or related field
    • Lean Certifications and/or Green/Black Belt preferred


    • Minimum three (3) five (5) years of experience in Process/Manufacturing Engineering in a similar environment
    • Experience in a similar industry (glass/insulation) highly preferred

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    • Knowledge of chemistry, as related to glass, binder and wash water processes in a manufacturing environment
    • Knowledge of furnace and fiberization processes preferred
    • Knowledge of machinery and its design/use
    • Knowledge of large, industrial equipment
    • Working knowledge of SAP and Minitab preferred
    • Working knowledge of manufacturing regulations and standards
    • Knowledge of Continuous Improvement methodologies and tools such as Lean Six Sigma
    • Problem solving skills
    • Critical thinking skills
    • Organizational skills
    • Project management skills
    • Troubleshooting skills
    • Ability to communicate effectively throughout the plant and with Corporate Engineering and R&D
    • Ability to complete and read drawings
    • Ability to direct maintenance-needed repairs
    • Ability to write work instructions and procedures
    • Ability and desire to work hands-on in the Plant, collaborating with all employees and gathering ideas that may improve processes and/or systems
    • Ability to lead and coach others
    • Ability to make tough decisions and handle conflict resolution in a positive and professional manner
    • Ability to think proactively and provide creative solutions that will benefit the organization
    • Ability to work a schedule of eight (8) hours a day, five (5) days a week with extra hours as needed
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office software, including Excel, Word and PowerPoint
    • Detail-oriented
    • Analytical
    • Self-motivated

    Special Tools/Equipment Used:

    • Computer
    • Mobile phone
    • Hearing and eye Protection

    Physical Demands:

    • Regularly required to climb/descend stairs and ladders
    • Regularly required to sit, stand, walk and reach with hands and arms
    • Required to perform and teach hot work as needed

    Working Conditions:

    • May be exposed to extreme temperature changes while in the plant
    • May be exposed to high voltage areas and dusty conditions
    • Regularly exposed to a fast-paced manufacturing environment