Engineer/Food Engineer – Pittsburgh, PA
Req Number: hein-00003231
Location(s): Pittsburgh PA
With moderate supervision, interact with the cross-functional team to develop
new products and execute experimentation in the lab, Pilot Plant and
*Apply food science and engineering knowledge and assist to determine best
ways to process, package, preserve, store, and distribute foods.
*Coordinate and perform trials in Pilot Plant and factory to insure correct
*Keep technically informed through suppliers and technical literature.
*Use chemistry, microbiology, engineering, and other sciences to study the
principles underlying the processing and deterioration of foods.
*Formulate recipe changes on new and existing products.
*Follow charter guidelines and managerial directions to insure development
phases move along at an acceptable pace.
*Research ways to make processed foods safe, palatable, and healthful.
Activities performed daily include:
*Formulate new products operational capability, efficiency, and adherence to
government, company policy, and industry standards.
*Confer with cross-functional partners such as food technologists, engineers,
plant operators, sensory experts, packaging, marketing, and sales in order to
drive the product development process.
*Evaluate food processing and storage operations, assist in the development
of quality assurance programs for such operations.
*Study methods to improve aspects of food such as chemical composition,
flavor, color, nutritional value, and convenience.
*Develop equipment and food standards and specifications, safety and sanitary
*Solve technical problems through search of scientific literature or other
sources of technical information.
*Investigates equipment, ingredient and process innovations through suppliers
and technical literature.
*Production & Processing: Knowledge of raw materials, production
processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the
effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
*Food Production: Knowledge of techniques for planting, growing and
harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including
*Engineering & Technology: Knowledge of the practical application of
engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles,
techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various
goods and services.
*Critical thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and
weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
*Time Management: Managing one's own time and the time of others.
*Inductive reasoning: The ability to combine pieces of information to form
general rules or conclusions (includes a relationship among seemingly
*Problem sensitivity: The ability to tell when something is wrong or is
likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing
there is a problem.
*Deductive reasoning: The ability to apply general rules to specific problems
to produce answers that make sense.
*Self starter: The ability to handle multiple projects at one time.
*Working knowledge of product development and familiarity with quality
*B.S. in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering or related field required, M.S.
*Minimum of 2-4 years of industry experience necessary.
*20 ' 25% travel required.