Plant Engineer - Wood Products - Pennsylvania


Job#170801ME – Plant Mechanical Engineer – Wood Products – Pennsylvania
Location: United States
Wage: $80-$95k+/year depending on experience
Education Required: BS Degree in Engineering preferred
Years Experience Required:  5 years wood products industry related experience with knowledge of veneer required or lumber, wood composites and engineered wood products, flooring and laminated wood products.


The Plant Mechanical Engineer supports multiple plant sites from Pennsylvania. Travel required to company locations within US Overnight 30% and occasional international travel may be required. Reports to VP Engineering. 


  • Develop, evaluate, implement and monitor processes and operating systems for the manufacture of wood products in order to ensure efficiency and safety, including process engineering calculations and reporting.

  • Familiarity with the principles and practices of lean manufacturing is considered beneficial.

  • Initiate and maintain overall project documentation, investment calculations and reporting for current and future projects.

  • Work independently with minimal supervision to establish priorities, activities, and specific direction given to the project team towards meeting project completion dates.

  • Check vendor drawings to insure design accuracy and compliance with specifications.

  • Define project scope, resolve technical issues, and assist with preparation of procurement documents.

  • Interact as well with outside contractors, sales, marketing and procurement.

  • Responsible for new product concept, product development, pilot plant tests on new products, cost reduction formulation and reverse engineering.

  • Manage and enhance a technology development process that facilitates the technical growth of the organization with new and novel enabling technologies.

  • Design production machinery including new machines, as well as alterations and renovations to existing machines.

  • Direct the installation and startup of new production machinery.

  • Support the Production and Quality Assurance Departments with data collection, interpretation, and responses to product production and quality related concerns.

  • Offer support to the maintenance and engineering departments at the facilities on (non-routine) technical issues pertaining to machinery, infrastructure, energy and cost saving concerns, environmental, and safety related issues. 


  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering preferred (Civil, Electrical or Industrial to be considered dependent on relevant experience)

  • 5 years wood products industry related experience with knowledge of veneer, lumber, wood composites and engineered wood products, flooring and laminated wood products a plus.

  • Project management experience.

  • Proficient use of tools and software such as MS Project or other systems, versed in the use of AutoCAD 2D and 3D Inventor and Microsoft Office.

  • Solid skills in manufacturing process and a general business understanding.

  • Strong written and oral communication abilities and excellent interpersonal skills, ability to present ideas in business-friendly and user-friendly language.

  • Ability to work independently or to participate on and lead cross functional teams.

  • Strong analytical skills to access situations and drive decision making.

  • Exceptionally self-motivated and directed.

  • Energetic, forward-thinking and creative with high ethical standards.

  • Keen attention to detail.

  • Speaking French and willingness to work overseas at times a plus. 

If you are interested in this job and have the required skills, please submit your resume in MS Word along with the job name in the Subject line 

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