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Technology Engineer - Decatur, IL



Decatur, IL, USA
Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2024

Technology Engineer - Decatur, IL


IL - Illinois

Operations: Manufacturing, Production, Maintenance, Utilities

Job Description

Wet Milling Technology Engineer – Decatur, IL
Wet Mill Corn Processing Plant – Milling Department
ADM Corn Technology Group
This is an exempt level position

Position Summary:
The Carbohydrate Solutions Wet Milling Technology Group supports plant process areas related to the deconstruction of corn into its primary components, including the following:

  • Corn starch
  • Corn germ
  • Corn gluten meal
  • Corn fiber
  • Steepwater
These are produced through the following primary unit operations:
  • Steeping
  • Sulfur dioxide production
  • Grinding
  • Disk stack centrifuges
  • Screw presses
  • Pressure screening
  • Gravity screening
  • Hydrocyclones
  • Conveying
  • Rotary vacuum filtration
  • Evaporation
  • Pumping
This position will primarily support the continuous improvement and optimization of the Decatur, IL Wet Milling department, while also sharing knowledge and collaborating with colleagues across ADM’s other corn Wet Milling and dry grinding facilities in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Nebraska.

The technology engineer will apply engineering principles to new and existing facilities with tasks ranging from process design to the evaluation and implementation of new technologies. They will ensure plant process systems are designed, built, operated, and maintained at safe and optimal levels

The technology engineer will play a critical role in helping ADM achieve its energy intensity and sustainability goals through improvements in reliability, efficiency and yield recovery.

Essential Job Functions:
  • Display a dedication to lead, develop and support safety and promote a safety culture. Promote continuous process safety improvement.
  • Benchmark the location’s milling process versus internal and external best in class technologies and drive improvements.
  • Manage and prioritize the Wet Milling department’s project portfolio through Wave in cooperation with the Department Superintendent and the Wet Milling Technology Manager.
  • Develop and maintain a 5-year project portfolio to include capital budgeting and execution while maintaining a balance between NDE, Cost Improvement, and productivity/growth.
  • Work in collaboration with other Global Operations teams to ensure alignment of technology for process improvements.
  • Explore, evaluate, propose, and/or champion new process technologies and equipment suppliers.
  • Work within Carbohydrates Technology Group to replicate best practices, standardize operations, and share standard methodologies across Wet Milling locations globally.
  • Assist and provide technical support to Wet Milling department operations in solving technical process problems. Contribute to technical knowledge development and sustainment by engaging in training and guidance documents.
  • Support and collaborate with the Wet Milling department in setting up goals and KPI’s.
  • Work closely with company subject matter experts on the implementation of innovative approaches to plant operation and maintenance.
  • Act as a resource for plant process engineers through coaching, mentoring, and conducting training sessions.
Required Skills:
  • Dedication to working safely and to the awareness for the safety of others.
  • Strong knowledge of process unit operations, including (but not limited to) the following: steeping, grinding, centrifuges, conveying, rotary vacuum filtration, screw presses, gravity and pressure screening, hydrocyclones, pumping, and production of sulfur dioxide.
  • Experience with process optimization using analytical processes and tools.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills for working with plant engineers, operators, and management.
  • Working knowledge of common process drawings and documentation, such as P&IDs, PFDs, Material & Energy Balances, and control narratives.
  • Willingness to spend time in plant areas – tolerate extreme temperatures, walk long distances, stand, climb stairs and ladders, and move through close spaces.
  • Ability to work effectively on a team, as well as independently, while traveling to remote plant locations to provide support on site as deemed necessary.
  • High level of motivation and results-oriented way of working.
  • Some travel with overnight stay required.
Required Education:
  • Bachelor's of Science Degree in the fields of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Food Processing, Production Manufacturing, Chemical Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Bioprocess Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or other related field.
Required Experience:
  • Minimum 3-5 years’ experience with plant process production systems.
Desired Experience:
  • Production/Process/Project Engineer with operations supervision experience is a considered 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.


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.

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. We’re a global leader in human and animal nutrition and the world’s 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 www.adm.com.

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