Process Engineer

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



At POET, it is our mission to be good stewards of the Earth by converting renewable resources to energy and other valuable goods as effectively as humanly possible. For over thirty years our drive and passion to change the world has enabled us to become the largest producer and marketer of bioethanol and leader in bio-based products in the world. Beyond our world-class culture, POET team members enjoy competitive pay and benefits including;

  • Attractive Relocation Assistance and Bonus Programs for qualifying positions and/or locations
  • Competitive pay, including shift premium pay for qualifying positions
  • Quarterly Profit-Sharing Bonuses, and Bi-Annual Incentive Bonuses
  • Individual and family plans for health, dental, & vision insurance, including a generous employer Health Savings Account contribution
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • A multifaceted wellness program encompassing the whole person – mentally, physically, and spiritually
  • Onsite fitness centers or fitness reimbursements
  • 401K with company match
  • Paid time off and paid holidays
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Excellent work-life balance with a 'family-first' culture
  • Safety and cold weather gear reimbursements
  • Discounted home and auto insurance



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 required. 
    • 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 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 the way we do things at POET.
  • Travel is part of the norm for meetings, site visits/audits, operational support and trainings. Up to 50% of your time will be spent visiting our bioprocessing facilities.
  • In this role, you’ll be asked to drive a POET vehicle. A motor vehicle record check will be conducted during the preemployment process.
  • The work environment at POET is dynamic. You should expect a balance between time spent in the office and at the bioprocessing facility, which may include some physical labor helping your team members.


POET is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). POET complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws regarding hiring and employment. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status.


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