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Process Engineer Food & Pharma

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Coperion is looking for a Process Engineer Food & Pharma to join our team in Pitman, NJ. As a Process Engineer Food & Pharma you will be responsible for working hands-on with customers from different industries. Unlike a traditional process engineering position in a manufacturing facility that makes products within a certain family, a process engineer at Coperion is constantly exposed to new processes weekly. This position is 100% dedicated for food and pharmaceutical extrusion processes, mainly for plant-based protein processes: HMMA and TVP, but not limited to those. The process engineer is engaged from initial customer contact through discussions related to test preparation and planning, executing the test, and writing the report. The typical cycle lasts 2-3 months from initial contact to report completion. Occasionally, the engineer will be responsible for field support or startup of a machine that was sold from a test. 


What Coperion Offers You:

  •  Annual Bonus eligibility of 5%
  • Comprehensive medical, dental and vision insurance, which includes MD Live, RX help center, Medical Advocate Program, and company paid Short-Term and Long-Term Disability coverage.
  • Generous 401K Matching Program – 3% (base pay) automatic contribution + $.50  for each additional dollar saved on the first 6% of pay saved*
  • 4 weeks’ vacation, 11 paid holidays, 6 paid sick days
  • Competitive pay
  • Opportunities for development and advancement

What you’ll do:

  • Plans tests by working closely with customer and Coperion business personnel to achieve the appropriate technical results.  Test planning should use all available technical references (test reports, customer's commercial experience, etc.) Review test plans with Manager, Process Engineering, or designated supervising engineer. The tests should be planned to identify critical engineering data during test runs for scale-up to commercial size installations.     
  • From known objectives, prepare a properly detailed flowsheet and initiate purchase or design of necessary equipment.  The flowsheet should clearly identify all significant items required to execute the test plan safely and accurately.
  • Conduct tests and evaluate results for customer’s objectives and internal studies in Coperion’s laboratory. The process engineer must also properly supervise lab personnel and pilot plant facility during tests. The expected test load is 15-20 per year.
  • Promptly write test reports after each test, stating objectives, data, and conclusions of test.  Test reports should also include specific recommendations for any further lab testing or commercial installations.
  • Acts as liaison between associates and leadership to answer questions or concerns regarding company policies, practices, regulations.
  • Convert/scale up test results (if required) into full process specification for sales to quote a commercial system.
  • Keep informed of safety requirements as established by Coperion Safety/Environmental Coordinator and good engineering practices.  Use this information to promote compliance with Coperion lab practices by their own compliance with regulations.
  • Review control procedures as required in conjunction with customer.   
  • Keep Manager, Process Lab informed about the state of equipment in process laboratory and propose changes or corrections to be made.
  • Develop the appropriate information with customers input for proper shipping and disposal of all materials generated during testing.
  • Continue professional education by participation in Professional Societies and other career related organizations.
  • Perform other related tasks, including troubleshooting customer processes over the phone, process related field service calls with travel to customer’s sites, attending conferences with the opportunity to present on behalf of Coperion, and teach topics at ZSK101.
  • Other duties may be assigned

Basic Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemical, Material, or Mechanical Engineering with concentration in food technology required
  • General knowledge of engineering and manufacturing processes.
  • Familiarity with personal computer, various software
  • Professional verbal and written communication skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Ability to be responsive to schedule changes
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Work hours are subject to customer needs and may extend beyond normal workday hours

Great to Haves:

  • Three years of experience in compounding or extrusion of materials is preferred, but not required.
  • Experience in food and pharmaceutical industry strongly preferred
  • Bi-lingual capabilities in either German or Spanish would be beneficial but not required.

Physical Demands:

To perform this job successfully, the physical demands listed are representative of those that must be met by an employee. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, use hands to handle and feel, reach with hands and arms, talk and hear. The employee may occasionally be required to crouch. The employee may occasionally lift items as heavy as 25lbs. Specific vision abilities may include the employee’s ability to see near and far distances.


Who we are:

Coperion is an industry leader in compounding and extrusion, feeding and weighing, bulk material handling and service, bringing a wealth of know-how and experience to the market. Customers benefit from Coperion’s divisions of Polymer, Equipment & Systems, and Service that are optimally networked on a global basis to offer ultimate support in the design, manufacturing and implementation of ideal systems. Staffed by engineers, chemists, technicians and a variety of industry experts, these Divisions form a powerhouse of process solutions for their customers.

Coperion is an operating company of Hillenbrand. Hillenbrand (www.Hillenbrand.com) is a global diversified industrial company with businesses that serve a wide variety of industries around the world. We pursue profitable growth and robust cash generation to drive increased value for our shareholders. Hillenbrand's portfolio includes industrial businesses such as Coperion, Milacron Injection Molding & Extrusion, and Mold-Masters, in addition to Batesville, a recognized leader in the death care industry in North America. Hillenbrand is publicly traded on the NYSE under "HI."

At Hillenbrand we strive to build a diverse workforce through equal opportunity employment that embraces and leverages the differences each individual has to offer. Equal Employment Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer of minorities/females/disabled/veterans.


DISCLAIMER: The above information on this job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by the employee within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of any employee assigned to this job. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time

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