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Thermoplastic Extrusion Engineer

Company: Johns Manville
Location: Littleton
Posted on: May 28, 2023

Job Description:

Who We Are

Johns Manville is a leading manufacturer and marketer of premium-quality insulation and commercial roofing, along with glass fibers and nonwovens for commercial, industrial and residential applications. Our products are used in a wide variety of industries including building products, aerospace, automotive and transportation, filtration, commercial interiors, waterproofing and wind energy.

A proud member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies, we serve customers in more than 80 countries around the globe. We are committed to delivering positive and powerful experiences, because we are successful only when our employees and customers thrive. We are passionate, we care about people, we perform at a superior level, and we protect others and our environments.

Pay Range

$105,700.00-$145,300.00 Annual

This is the base salary pay range that an applicant can expect to make upon hire. Pay within this range will vary based upon relevant experience, skills, and education among other factors. In addition, this position is eligible for an incentive bonus.

The purpose of the Thermoplastic Extrusion Engineer's role will be to provide technical leadership to the assets, processes, and new product developments for thermoplastics in the Roofing Systems division. In this role the ideal candidate will collaborate and work with the process engineering teams at all applicable thermoplastic manufacturing sites. Data analysis, trials, and research and developments for thermoplastic extrusion and molding will be a key responsibility. Root-cause-corrective-action analysis will also be a key role in support of thermoplastic production plants. Strong analysis and forward progress in process efficiency, across all applicable extrusion processes in the division will be expected. This position will primarily be responsible to drive the overall optimization of asset performance and equipment utilization with a focus on all aspects of the operational cost and performance. This position will also play a key role in research and development analysis of new extrusion formulations and process needs to support new projects and opportunities. The Thermoplastic Extrusion Engineer will collaborate with internal JM experts or external resources as required to develop the core technologies beyond existing level. This role takes an active part in development of AOP, CAPEX planning and strategic business projects.

Your Day to Day:

  • Manage the Roofing Systems Division extrusion processes as it relates to operations and small-scale developments. Execute the Division goals, standardizations, and best practice sharing across all RS applicable plants.
  • Provide general plant support/troubleshooting to address emergencies or ongoing process issues. Provide general support to any external sources as it relates to thermoplastics and extrusion.
  • Work as a collaborative team player among the operations teams, research and development teams, product engineering roles, and supply chain roles.
  • Plan, design, lead, and execute all extrusion or molding projects with safety, quality, production, cost and data drive six sigma principals.
  • Facilitate process audits within the plants and analyze previous reports and data as well as create clear project plans and complete reports documenting projects.
  • Perform continuous long-term analysis identifying areas for improvement and corrective actions across all applicable technical platforms.
  • Develop enhanced control processes and new operating procedures using benchmarking across the different locations.
  • Actively support improvement of safety performance by encouraging safe behaviors of the team and engaging in the process to improve the JM safety culture.
  • Create and maintain knowledge of latest technologies and evaluate for use in current process and future processes.
  • Work with multiple locations / operations / functions to identify major process improvement opportunities addressing all elements of operations.
  • Lead multiple projects and process optimizations across division by benchmarking and cross-analysis of related technologies.
  • Provide technical guidance during development, construction and startup to enhance in-plant resource capabilities What You Bring to the Team:
    • Bachelor's degree in plastics engineering or related polymer or material science such as Composites Material Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a recognized subject matter expert in Plastics Manufacturing and Design. Master's Degree is a plus.
    • Minimum of 5 to 10 years of experience in extrusion and industrial continuous process manufacturing either as a process, product or design engineer
    • Extensive experience in polymer processing equipment and tooling, plastics extrusion for multiple formulations, plastics, and rubber like materials
    • Proven track record of identifying and implementing process improvements
    • Demonstrated problem solving skills including complex data analysis
    • Excellent project management skills and demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple projects and prioritize tasks
    • Proven results orientation including the ability to lead key projects to successful completion
    • Experience with complex DOE for technology improvement
    • Solid interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills with the ability to work independently and in a team environment
    • Proven ability to make timely decisions
    • Strong leadership skills
    • Proven analytical and quality improvement ability
    • Ability to interface at all levels of the organization, both internally and externally and influence the organization also outside the technical community
    • Experience with automation, robotics, PLCs, and programming is a big plus but not required.
    • Proficiency in CAD work preferred but not required.
    • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook
    • Travel required (30-40% per year)
    • Work environment is typical of a manufacturing facility: May be exposed to environmental conditions of cold, heat, high noise levels, moving mechanical parts, heights, dust/mist/gas/fumes, extensive walking or climbing, etc.
    • Ability to stand for long periods of time and/or lift up to 50lbs

      Please Keep in Mind

      If you do not meet 100% of these requirements, we at JM want to hear from you. So, if you are interested in the role, we encourage you to apply so we can learn how your skills and talents can contribute to our team.


      Johns Manville (JM) offers a wide range of benefits to employees. Some are subsidized by the company and others are fully employee-paid. Health benefits include a choice of comprehensive medical plans, a dental plan, vision plan, wellness program and critical illness insurance. JM sponsors a 401(k) plan which includes a sizeable company match. JM offers paid vacation and also provides paid sick and parental leave for eligible employees.

      Additionally, Johns Manville provides basic life Insurance, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an employee assistance program, and business travel accident coverage. Supplemental life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment insurance are available as well. The company also offers a variety of tax saving accounts; health spending account, traditional flexible spending account, and a dependent care spending account. JM also offers a tuition reimbursement program for undergraduate and certain graduate programs.

      Diversity & Inclusion

      Johns Manville believes diversity and inclusion in our workplace is critical for the long-term success of our company. We are committed to retaining, developing and attracting a diverse workforce that fosters an inclusive work environment in which all employees are treated with dignity and respect. This is the right thing to do for our employees, our company and our communities. Our D&I council is composed of employees from locations across North American & Europe who meet regularly and work to promote and foster an environment of inclusion. Born from our D&I council is our network of employee resource groups (ERGs) that are focused on supporting diverse communities in the workplace. Review more about our diversity & inclusion initiatives on JM's Career page.

      Incumbent must be physically able to perform essential job functions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

      We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.

Keywords: Johns Manville, Littleton , Thermoplastic Extrusion Engineer, Engineering , Littleton, Colorado

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