Lead Chemical Process Engineer

Air Products
US - New York - Buffalo
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  • Job Reference: JR-2024-09428
  • Job Type: Full time
  • 25 days ago

Job Description

At Air Products, our purpose is to bring people together to reimagine what’s possible, collaborate and innovate solutions to the world’s most significant energy and environmental sustainability challenges. Grow with us as we embark on building tomorrow together by being the safest, most diverse and most profitable industrial gas company in the world.? 

Reimagine What’s Possible?

This is a Hybrid Position at our Project Delivery Facility in Amherst, NY.

Hiring Bonus $10K+ based on experience.

Industrial Gases experience is strongly preferred.

Lead Chemical Process Engineer - Role and Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will work in the North America Process Engineering team. We are primarily responsible for the process design and execution of large air separation units, hydrocarbon processing plants, liquid H2, helium production and liquefaction, CO/Syngas and large-scale steam methane reformers. The technologies supported are split between both high temperature processes and cryogenic processes.

Our team executes designs that span all Industrial Gases for the varying markets that Air Products serves. We support both Product Teams (Process Gas and ASU) in development of new products as well as executing mature technology offerings.

We also support our internal customers: Americas Operations, Equipment Sales and Plant Support (ESPS) and the Pipeline group.

The successful candidate will assume a Lead Process engineering role providing guidance to team members, check/approve calculations/deliverables as well as performing tasks listed below.

The successful candidate may be asked to support work in our other engineering offices in Hersham (UK), Shanghai (China), and Pune/Vadodara (India).

Required Skills / Abilities: 

  • Support the Product Teams in synthesis, selection and evaluation of process cycles for optimum plant OPEX and CAPEX.

  • Generate/refine Heat & Material Balances (HMBs) using ASPEN+ process simulator

  • Develop/refine plant Process Flow Diagrams (PFDs)

  • Perform detailed equipment design calculations and specifications for hydrogenation/de-sulfurization, pre-reformer, shift reactors, catalyst specification, cooling train exchangers, steam system, CO2 removal, and potentially CO2 capture (typical deliverables for HyCO plant designs)

  • Perform detailed equipment design calculations and specifications for front-end adsorption purification systems, cryogenic heat exchangers, and distillation columns for engineer-to-order opportunities (typical deliverables for cryogenic plant designs)

  • Perform/refine calculations and write duty specifications for machinery, vessels, control valves, relief devices, and other instruments

  • Support P&ID development, operability reviews and hazard reviews

  • Support model reviews, complete coldbox inspections

  • Interface with third party SMR equipment supplier

  • Support plant start-up and lead plant performance testing

  • Support Operations and ESPS with evaluations, calculations, studies as requested

  • Domestic and international travel to customer locations and to plant sites is expected about 15 percent of the time.

To be successful as part of the North America Process Engineering team, candidates must:

  • Be self-motivated and have good interpersonal and communication skills

  • Support a variety of projects within budgeted hours and to schedule

  • Have a strong understanding of thermodynamics and be able to adapt knowledge to new applications

  • Develop a working relationship with The Product Line Teams as well as other groups within the Central Engineering Teams (Controls, Systems, Machinery, etc.)

  • Have good commercial and fiscal awareness and actively seek lowest cost alternatives

  • Motivate and supervise less experienced engineers

  • 15+ years of prior work experience in Process, Operations, Process Systems, or Controls is preferred

  • Detailed knowledge of one or more of the following technologies preferred: Syngas generation (Steam Methane Reformers, Auto Thermal Reforms, Partial Oxidation Reactors), Cryogenic Distillation, Air Separation Technology, Ammonia Production, Methanal, Helium Liquefiers, Hydrogen Liquefiers, Electrolysis, PSA Technology, Amine Systems, Gasification, CO2 Capture/purification

  • For this immediate need, detailed knowledge of HyCO technologies (SMR, ATR, POX) is preferred


Education and Licensing Requirements:
Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree or Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering is required.


Air Products proudly values the skills, dedication, and leadership that veterans bring to the table. As a veteran-friendly organization, we actively encourage and welcome veterans to apply for various roles within our company. We recognize the unique strengths and experiences that veterans contribute, and we foster a workplace that honors your service while providing a platform for professional growth.

In New York, the expected pay range is $118,900 - $178,300 plus bonus. This is the range that we reasonably expect to pay for this position as individual compensation decisions are based on a variety of factors.

We are the world’s largest hydrogen producer with over 80 years of industrial gas experience. We are hydrogen and industrial gas experts delivering safe, end-to-end solutions, investing in real, clean energy projects at scale, and driving the industry forward to generate a cleaner future.?

At Air Products, we work in an environment where we put safety first, diversity is essential, inclusion is our culture, and each person knows they belong and matter. To learn more, visit?About Air Products. 

We offer a comprehensive benefits package including paid holidays and vacation, affordable medical, dental, life insurance and retirement plans. You will be eligible for benefits and also be 100% vested in your retirement benefits on your first day of employment.? 

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer (U.S.).? You will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, citizenship, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or veteran status.? 

Air Products is committed to working with and providing a reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you have a disability and you believe you need a reasonable accommodation to search for a job opening or to submit an online application, please e-mail us at [email protected]. General application status inquiries are not answered by this mailbox rather you’ll receive an e-mail directly from our Career Center and/or the Talent Acquisition Specialist.? 

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