Process Engineer

GAF   •  

New Columbia, PA

Industry: Manufacturing


5 - 7 years

Posted 44 days ago

Job Description:

At GAF, putting a roof over your head is the foundation of our business. As we continue to pursue the excellence that has led us to the top, one thing is constant - it’s the best in the industry and it’s made by the best people in the industry.

GAF products have been designed and made for more than 130 years by talent and innovation emanating from the minds of our employees. All 3,200 (5,400 across the globe) of us are champions of our company values, including Safety, People, Customer Value, Innovation, Quality, Integrity and Sustainability, and we work for a company that rewards us for it. That’s why we’ve grown into a $4+ billion leader in the building materials industry with 36 manufacturing/office locations nationally and now expanding through acquisitions in Europe.

The right candidate will be invited to help build and work at GAF's newest, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in New Columbia, PA, supporting the production of high quality commercial thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) roofing materials and plastic injection molded accessories. This is commercial roofing like you have never seen.

We are looking for a Process Engineer who will be responsible for the accuracy, consistency and quality of all manufacturing processes. He/she will develop, implement and execute continuous improvement systems to increase manufacturing efficiency and profitability. The Process Engineer will lead the execution of Quality and Process Improvement projects using standard PI tools such as QualPro, MVT/DOE, and Kepner Tregoe PSDM. He/she will execute approved capital improvements resulting from these projects, by coordinating with managers on timelines, budget and resources needed. An effective Process Engineer will use hierarchy of values (Safety, Quality, Service and Cost) in prioritizing his/her activities, while supporting each department’s quality goals and improvement plans.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Lead process design reviews, raw material qualification and capability studies
  • Performs PPA/FMEA on all major process and raw material changes
  • Support all plant product, process and materials trials
  • Provide process design and evaluations for capital projects
  • Analyze production challenges and prepare solutions as requested
  • Participate in and support product improvement and new product development efforts
  • Leads the application and interpretation of SPC charting
  • Trains and educates others on Statistical Process Control (SPC) and established quality policies and procedures; including internal and external personnel, suppliers and customers as needed
  • Conducts internal compliance audits of production tests, process specifications, plant change notices (PCN’s) and other in-plant processes
  • Coordinates Plant Trials with R&D and plant personnel; ensures trials are accurately conducted and reported per required timelines and accounting cycles
  • Provide technical support to operating departments in statistical applications, process capability assessment and problem solving
  • Participates in plant technical support activities as required to achieve plant goals
  • Communicate effectively with management team to regarding resources needed to ensure timely and accurate execution of process improvement projects
  • Maintain compliance of safety standards, housekeeping and personnel policies
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Technical knowledge/skills:

  • Ability to troubleshoot and solve production challenges
  • Familiar with standard manufacturing concepts, practices and procedures
  • Advanced communication skills and Microsoft Office suite proficiency
  • Should have knowledge of continuous process equipment, machine design, bearings/lubrication, hydraulics, pneumatics, AutoCAD and electronics
  • Experience in manufacturing concepts, safety practices and procedures preferred
  • Understanding of key product and operating systems including ArcPlan, Maximo, PeopleSoft, TM1 preferred

General knowledge/skills:

  • Ability to respond to requests in a professional and timely manner
  • Demonstrated intermediate communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong planning, prioritization, organizational and reporting skills
  • Independent problem- solving skills
  • Positive attitude, ability to adapt and contribute to a startup environment is critical


A BS degree in Engineering, preferably ChE, EE or ME is required. A minimum of five years process engineering experience in a manufacturing environment is preferred. The ideal candidate will possess a strong commitment to safety and have experience with manufacturing controls (preferably PLC and HMI). Demonstrated knowledge of engineering fundamentals is required.