• Senior Process Engineer

    Job ID
    Employment Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Travel Required
    Position Location(s)
    US-SD-Sioux Falls
    FLSA Status



    POET Design & Construction supports the mission by providing high quality, timely and cost-conscience engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services. We provide this support through value-added design and technology innovation from a knowledgeable, hard-working staff. We work closely as a multi-disciplinary team, in a dynamic, fast-paced, ever-changing environment delivering the best product in the industry.




    Process Engineers are responsible for designing and specifying process systems for site expansions and upgrades at existing or new bioprocessing facilities. Process Engineers at POET collaborate with teams within POET, as well as work closely with vendors and contractors to innovate, optimize and execute successful cutting-edge projects.  As an aggressive, nimble company, ideas become reality with haste. 



    • Work collaboratively to prepare bio-based process technology designs including, but not limited to: Block flow diagrams, Process flow diagrams, Piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&ID’s), Material and energy balances, Design selection, Specifying equipment, Development of commissioning and operating procedures
    • Communicate with vendors and contractors on various projects, including bid packages, specifications, ordering materials and equipment, and aiding in installation oversight all within a set budget and schedule.
    • Review, negotiate, and award vendor contracts and drawings, and work with project teams in defining project needs.
    • Assist in new technology research and testing to improve processes.
    • Assist with on-site commissioning and start-up activities.
    • Provide on-going engineering support to other POET groups and facilities.
    • Foster a culture of safe behavior and environmental compliance at all times.
    • At POET, we’re all on the same team. We all help out with responsibilities that may not be specifically listed here.  
    • In addition to the above responsibilities, experienced engineers will perform advanced technical engineering and leadership functions;
      • Instruct junior engineers in the development of process designs.
      • Develop new process and process variations that complement POET’s current processes and role in the biofuels industry.
      • Estimate costs, personnel and material needs for projects.
      • Prepare proposals, write specifications and establish completion dates for equipment, materials, and systems.



    • Is organized, detail oriented and enjoys working collaboratively.
    • Resourceful in solving problems.
    • Excellent communications skills with ability to adapt to technical and non-technical audiences.
    • Demonstrates a never satisfied mindset and engages challenge.
    • Ability to effectively work under tight deadlines and manage projects independently.
    • Ability to be a leader and an effective role model for fellow team members.


    • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering required. Chemical, Process, Agricultural and Biosystems, Mechanical Engineering, or other related majors preferred. 
    • Experience requirements:
      • Process Engineer I: No experience required
      • Process Engineer II: 4 or more years of overall experience with 3 or more years of experience in a related industry.
      • Process Engineer III: 8 or more years of overall experience with 6 or more years of experience in a related industry.
      • Senior Process Engineer: 12 or more years of overall experience with 10 or more years of experience in a related industry.
    • The selected candidate’s qualifications and experience will determine the appropriate title.
    • You know the basics of Microsoft Office Suite. You’re capable of learning new programs.
    • Knowledge in ChemCAD, Delta V, and ARAS is preferred.




    At POET Design and Construction we believe in recognizing team member contributions as they add value to the organization. Team member skills and contributions are frequently assessed and recognized through incentives and title progression. New team member titles and pay are determined considering their qualifications.




    • Culture is king at POET. We’re all on the same team. We always communicate. And we park our egos at the door. These aren’t just slogans on our walls. It’s our code.
    • This position is largely self-directed and requires a thorough understanding of company policy, procedures, and values.
    • Team members will be required to adhere to all safety requirements at all times and in all work environments.
    • This position operates in an office environment, as well as a plant, and/or construction environment. The team member may be exposed to high noise levels, moving mechanical parts, dusty conditions, internal and external temperature/weather conditions, and chemicals.
    • You may have occasional (25%) travel including some overnight stays as required. POET provides transportation via corporate and commercial planes and the use of company vehicles. POET values work life balance and is intentional about time away from home. Travel is typically planned in advance and initiated by the team member to meet the needs of the company.
    • Specific physical requirements may include:
      • Working at a computer for extended periods.
      • Wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) while working with chemicals or in dusty environments.
      • Regularly bending, twisting and turning while lifting weights up to five (5) pounds. Occasionally this will be done with heavier items, up to fifty (50) pounds.
      • Occasionally lifting weights greater than fifty (50) pounds with assistance.
      • Performing mechanical repair/maintenance of equipment.
      • Exposure to different environments (cold, heat, climbing to heights, confined spaces, etc.) when working at the plants.


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    POET is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.


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