Dow Chemical Industrial Coatings Process Development Engineer in Midland, Michigan

The Dow Chemical Company has an exciting and challenging opportunity for a Process Development Engineer in our Midland, MI. location. The engineer will be responsible for the process development and scale up of new products primarily focused on waterborne polymer dispersions for various industrial coating applications. This will include becoming a liaison between research, the pilot plants, and production plants. A strong understanding of chemical engineering is required. Familiarity with various chemistries (epoxy, polyurethane, polyester, alkyd, and polyolefins), dispersions and/or manufacturing is a plus. The position requires an understanding of analytical methods including polymer characterization techniques (including particle size analysis and rheological tests). The engineer will be Environmental Health & Safety focused, innovative and show growth potential assuming additional responsibilities within the process development group.

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Core Responsibilities:

  • Leads introduction of new products from laboratory scale to manufacturing.

  • Responsible for introduction of new raw materials to manufacturing sites; select most effective raw material supplier and participates in safety reviews.

  • Interface with Research and Development, Applications, Supply Chain and Manufacturing to successfully transfer new products to plant scale.

  • Use Six Sigma tools to ensure product consistently meets target specifications at pilot and production scale. Six Sigma Green Belt Project Leader certification is a plus.

  • Act as a technical resource, providing process and product related technical support to manufacturing sites.

  • Understand current manufacturing capabilities and modify process as appropriate.

  • Understand a variety of chemistries (epoxy, polyurethane, polyolefin, polyester and alkyd)/dispersion processing/interfacial science, and apply fundamentals to ensure successful product introduction.

  • Write detailed product operating procedures and provide operating conditions to manufacturing sites.

  • Design, perform experiments and analyze data at laboratory scale and pilot scale to assist with new product scale up and to help troubleshoot problems.

  • Utilize fundamentals of reaction engineering, heat transfer, mixing and mass transfer to solve complex problems. Manage and prioritize several projects at various stages of new product introduction.

  • Organize data, write technical reports and presentations

  • Identifies operational and scale-up problems and creatively solves these problems leveraging learnings to other projects and across the organization.

Scope of Responsibilities:

  • Geographic Scope: Global. Support process development for new and existing products and new product introductions across all regions. Coordinates with commercial, manufacturing, Research & Development, Technical Service & Development, supply chain personnel across all regions. Supports global Dow Coating Materials manufacturing plants and external tollers (as needed)

  • Responsible for commercialization of new innovation products.

  • Identifies manufacturing location for new innovation products.

  • Bachelors degree or higher in a science or engineering related discipline.

  • A minimum requirement for this U.S. - based position is the ability to work legally in the United States on a permanent basis (U.S. citizen, U.S. Permanent Residents or qualifying Asylee). Applicants who do not indicate that they have the necessary work authorization will not be considered.

Desirable/Preferred Qualifications:

  • 2-5 years of experience in related field and/or advanced degree.

  • Dispersion, polymer synthesis or plant experience is highly desired.

  • Pilot plant experience is desired.

  • Plant/manufacturing experience is desired.

  • Research and Development experience is desired.

  • Ability to interact with cross functional and cross regional teams.

  • Six Sigma experience a plus.

  • Ability to balance multiple competing priorities.

  • High bias for action.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Strong technical, organizational, and troubleshooting skills.

About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company is driving innovations that extract value from material, polymer, chemical and biological science to help address many of the world's most challenging problems, such as the need for fresh food, safer and more sustainable transportation, clean water, energy efficiency, more durable infrastructure, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's integrated, market-driven portfolio delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in 175 countries and in high-growth sectors such as packaging, infrastructure, transportation, consumer care, electronics, and agriculture. In 2016, Dow had annual sales of $48 billion and employed approximately 56,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 7,000 product families are manufactured at 189 sites in 34 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at:


Dow Offers:

• Competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits

• An annual variable pay program that rewards team and individual performance while sharing success across the company

• Employee stock ownership - and the commitment to long-term success that it brings

• On-going learning opportunities within a diverse, inclusive and rewarding work environment

• Career experiences that can span different Dow businesses and functions with opportunities for personal and professional growth

• The chance to work within a global company and interact with colleagues from around the world

• Opportunities that spark your imagination and ignite your passion to help others

• Dow is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer


As part of our dedication to the diversity of our workforce, Dow is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity without regard for race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion. We are also committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at:, you may call us at 1 800-523-3945 and select Option 1, or send a facsimile request to 1 989-636-3674.


Industrial Coatings Process Development Engineer



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