Process Engineer I


Chester, SC

Job Description:


At GAF, we cover more than just buildings. We cover each other. Under this roof, you will have the tools and resources you need to grow and develop in your career. You will experience our incredible culture and will be empowered to support your teammates, your customers, and especially your community. Under this roof, we define the future while leading the present through our deep well of experience and our responsibility to the future to drive improvements and innovation in our products. We are GAF. And under this roof, we protect what matters most.

Team or Function Overview

GAF's Manufacturing facility in Chester is located in an area known not only for its scenic beauty but for its dedication to community. Located between Charlotte, NC and Columbia, SC Chester is in a prime location for anyone with any interests varying from hiking, hunting and fishing, to enjoying the cuisine, culture, and activities expected from larger city environments. The Chester Glass Mat facility boasts a highly tenured workforce of just under 100 employees with a safety record of nearly 24 years without a lost-time injury. As our employees will tell you, when you come to Chester, you'll never want to leave!


We are looking for a Process Engineer who will help lead the execution of Quality and Process Improvement projects and activities using standard PI tools such as Braincube, Qualpro, MVT/DOE, Kepner Tregoe PSDM. Use Hierarchy of values (Safety, Quality, Service, Cost) in prioritizing, using Plans, and executing capital improvements resulting from these projects.

Essential Duties

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Daily safety inspections of working areas
  • Daily interaction with hourly teammates to discuss safety issues
  • Enforce strict adherence to all GAF safety policies and procedures
  • Stay informed of industry best safety practices and incorporate them into the Chester operations
  • Act as safety liaison to the plant by performing safety related tracking activities, reporting, root cause analysis, and improvements through safety investigations
  • Support Production department in achieving the set goals of production rate, machine uptime, and raw material yield
  • Use statistical tools (SPC charts, DOE, Pi trends, Braincube) to minimize variation in the production process
  • Use engineering principles to identify and remove bottlenecks in the manufacturing process
  • Work with hourly teammates to refine procedures and methods to increase production efficiency
  • Using knowledge of engineering principles, work with suppliers and vendors to bring new technologies to the Chester plant
  • Coordinate with the Plant Engineer on capital projects that increase the efficiency of the production line
  • Work with the quality department to identify and correct quality issues stemming from the operation of the manufacturing line
  • Train hourly teammates on production line set-ups to maximize efficiency and finished product performance
  • Coordinate trial planning, implementation, and follow-up with both internal and external customers
  • Submit required reports to state and federal agencies as dictated by the Chester operating permits
  • Act as main contact for Chester’s environmental consultant
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Under This Roof, We Require

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Paper Science
  • At least 1 year of experience in manufacturing; paper industry or roofing preferred; a co-op could be sufficient experience.

Under This Roof, We Also Value

  • Advanced knowledge of engineering principles
  • Knowledge of continuous web manufacturing process
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously
  • Experience with forecasting/analytical programs such as Braincube

How We Protect What Matters Most

  • We offer a wide range of health insurance options that include medical, dental, and vision for you and your family.
  • Our Family-Building benefits support the many different journeys to fertility and parenthood.
  • Our robust 401K plan includes an employer match contribution with your pre-tax and/or Roth contributions.
  • Other exciting programs and perks are available to help employees achieve work-life balance, including (but not limited to) a wellness program, free financial coaching, a referral program, and product rebates when purchased for an employee’s primary residence.
  • Professional growth and development are very important to us! We offer internal training programs and courses, as well as a generous tuition reimbursement program.
  • We put diversity and inclusion into action with our Employee Resource Groups, which unite employees based on common perspectives, identities, demographic factors, or out of a desire to be an ally.

GAF complies with federal, state, and local disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact HR Services at 833-HR-XPERT.

We believe our employees are our greatest resource. We offer competitive salary, benefits, 401k, and vacation packages for all full time permanent positions. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and GAF, Standard Logistics, SGI, and Siplast are proud to be affirmative action employers. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, or Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know. If applying for positions in the U.S., must be eligible to work in the U.S. without need for employer sponsored visa (work permit). ID:uDnQdo