Associate Chemical Engineer

Date: Sep 19, 2023

Location: Mason, MI, US

Company: Dart Container

What You'll Do

  • Participate in and complete projects or programs related to new plant start up and capacity expansion.  Assist with facilities layouts, equipment layouts, and pipe runs.
  • Develop knowledge of molded fiber forming process including various forming equipment and stock preparation (hyrdopulping, consistency management, deflaking, refining, wet end chemistry)
  • Analyze and optimize various pulp types including PCF, wood, and non-wood
  • Participate in new product development, qualification, and optimization (dinnerware, hinge trays, etc.)
  • Learn and use physical test equipment for pulp and handsheets (CSF, fiber analyzer, handsheet maker, tensile, tester, etc.). Use data obtained for analysis, recommendations, and project decision making.
  • Calculate mass and energy balances to support equipment selection and product formulation.  Evaluate wet end chemicals (sizing, retention aids, biocides, etc.) considering cost and performance.  Determine appropriate dosing.
  • Collaborate with other engineers as well as production and business team members to work on new product development and capacity addition
  • Assist technicians with assembly and disassembly of process equipment and components in order to diagnose issues
  • Become proficient with operating TPM molded fiber machines to facilitate troubleshooting, analysis, evaluation, implementation, and documentation of engineering solutions


What You'll Bring

  • Requires one of the following: 
    • Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in engineering or related field of study; ChE or Paper Science/Engineering preferred
    • Associate’s degree and six (6) years of related engineering experience; paper industry experience preferred
  • Familiarity with, or ability to learn various statistical and quality methodologies including but not limited to Statistical Process Control (SPC), Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA), and Root Cause Analysis
  • 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 products 
  • Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications
  • Ability to use MS Office suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Teams) and enterprise software (SAP)
  • Strong verbal and written skills necessary to communicate intricate job-related information 
  • Bachelor’s degree in Paper Science/Engineering or Chemical Engineering preferred
  • Ability to travel up to 40% of the time domestically and internationally

Overview: Dart makes everyday products that give people the freedom to enjoy the food & drinks they love, wherever they are. From to-go containers and dinnerware to tamper-evident food packaging and even the red Solo cup, Dart products have been keeping people on the go and having fun for more than 50 years. Dart is a family-owned, family-focused company of 13,000 employees united by a shared set of values. Headquartered in Mason, MI, Dart has 30 locations in four countries.

Benefits: Dart Container full-time employees enjoy great benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401(k) with company matching contributions, paid vacation, paid holidays, short-term disability, tuition assistance, product discounts and more.

Dart Container is a drug-free workplace.  Candidates are subject to a drug test (excluding THC*/marijuana/cannabis) and background check at the time of offer.

*THC testing ONLY when such testing is required by law.

Dart Container is an equal opportunity employer and will consider all candidates for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you have a disability and need an accommodation to access this website or for the application process, you should call Dart at (800) 545-3278 Ext 3370 or email us at Relay calls can be made by dialing 711 or the relay number for your state.

If you experience difficulty applying online, you may call (800) 545-3278 Ext 3390 or email us at for assistance.

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