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Production Engineer



Decatur, IL, USA
Posted on Friday, March 22, 2024

Production Engineer – Decatur, IL


IL - Illinois


Job Description

Production Engineer – Decatur, IL
Decatur Cogeneration Plant
This is a full-time, exempt level position.

Job Summary
The Production Engineer will be responsible for providing engineering support for the Cogeneration production team. Primary focus will be leading process improvements for all facets of operation and health and safety through direct contributions of project development from conception through start-up. It is also responsible for assisting in managing day-to-day operations, tracking and understanding department costs, yields, quality and process performance. The role will not require management of direct reports, but various indirect reports will be managed as part of specific projects and initiatives. This position may work with capital contractor management and the plant maintenance team for the completion of projects within the department.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of plant production processes and equipment.

  • Drive compliance with ADM safety, health, quality, and environmental programs and policies

  • Provide subject matter expertise and manage capital projects related to improvements and expansion of the system including equipment selection, design review processes, vendor evaluation and related contractor management.

  • Coordinate and collaborate with multiple disciplines and various levels of management within Operations, Maintenance, Technical Centers of Excellence, and other non-Operations stakeholders.

  • Background in Engineering with a process control, project management, mechanical, electrical, or chemical engineering preferred.

  • Ability to research and gather information in support of project development.

  • A strong interest in Energy or Environmental Conservation is a plus.

  • Project Implementation Experience, preferably experience managing multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Demonstrated leadership and communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively in both verbal and written format to all levels of the organization including internal plant leadership as well as divisional management.

  • Projects may include work in pump and fan optimization, process control optimization, boiler / steam optimization, chemical use and heat recovery and integration.

Critical Knowledge:

  • Minimum of B.S. in Engineering discipline or equivalent experience.

  • Master’s degree (either MBA or Engineering) is a plus.

  • 2-5 years of plant operations experience preferred.

  • Minimum of 3 years experience in engineering within an industrial / manufacturing environment preferred.

  • 1-3 years in direct supervision of people; supervisory experience in a union environment is a plus.

  • Financial valuation experience rationalizing and evaluating capital investments.

  • Familiarity with technical aspects of steam production, water treatment, and power generation operations.

  • Experience in ADM PE, FEL, and WAVE systems is a plus.

Critical Abilities:

  • History of developing/driving compliance with SOP’s, safe work practices and jurisdictional codes.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage capital projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to recognize, assess, and provide opportunities for efficiency and optimization.

Certifications & Licenses Required:

  • Certified Energy Manager certification a plus

Excited about this role but don’t meet every requirement listed? Studies show that often applicants will self-select out if they don’t check every box. We encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this role or another one of our openings.

ADM requires the successful completion of a background check.

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Benefits and Perks

Enriching the quality of life for the world begins by taking care of our colleagues. In addition to competitive pay, we support your diverse needs with a comprehensive total rewards package to enhance your well-being, including:

  • Physical wellness – medical/Rx, dental, vision and on-site wellness center access or gym reimbursement (as applicable).
  • Financial wellness – flexible spending accounts, health savings account, 401(k) with matching contributions and cash balance plan, discounted employee stock purchasing program, life insurance, disability, workers’ compensation, legal assistance, identity theft protection.
  • Mental and social wellness – Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and Colleague Giving Programs (ADM Cares).
Additional benefits include:
  • Paid time off including paid holidays.
  • Adoption assistance and paid maternity and parental leave.
  • Tuition assistance.
  • Company-sponsored training and development resources, such as LinkedIn Learning, language training and mentoring programs.
*Benefits may vary for bargained locations, confirm benefit eligibility with your recruiter.


Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging are cornerstones of ADM’s efforts to continue innovating, driving growth, and delivering outstanding performance. We are committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce and create welcoming, truly inclusive work environments — environments that enable every ADM colleague to feel comfortable on the job, make meaningful contributions to our success, and grow their career. We respect and value the unique backgrounds and experiences that each person can bring to ADM because we know that diversity of perspectives makes us better, together.

We are committed to ensuring all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, ethnicity, disability, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, sexual orientation, age, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

We welcome everyone to apply, especially those individuals who are underrepresented in our industry, as we strive to ensure our workforce represents the world that we help to feed: people of color, women, gender non-conforming, LGBTQIA+, veterans and persons with disabilities. For more information regarding our efforts to advance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging, please visit our website here: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion | ADM.

ADM unlocks the power of nature to enrich the quality of life. We're a premier global human and animal nutrition company, delivering solutions today with an eye to the future. We're blazing new trails in health and well-being as our scientists develop groundbreaking products to support healthier living. We're a cutting-edge innovator leading the way to a new future of plant-based consumer and industrial solutions to replace petroleum-based products. We're an unmatched agricultural supply chain manager and processor, providing food security by connecting local needs with global capabilities. And we're a leader in sustainability, scaling across entire value chains to help decarbonize our industry and safeguard our planet. From the seed of the idea to the outcome of the solution, we give customers an edge in solving the nutritional and sustainability challenges of today and tomorrow. Learn more at www.adm.com.


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