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Project Engineer

Date: Feb 18, 2021

Location: Prattville, AL, US

Company: James Hardie

Position Summary


As a member of the Prattville Team, the Project Engineer will report to a more senior-level engineer, or to an Engineering Program Manager.  A person in this position is responsible to:


  • Participate in Process or Product Development activities.
  • Assist in the development of Capital Projects, including scope development and estimating
  • Participate in the implementation of capital projects, ensuring that project objectives are realized
  • Provide support to Manufacturing Operations for problem solving. 
  • Conduct investigations and utilize sophisticated tools for data collection and data analysis to determine root cause
  • Provide technical support for continuous improvement initiatives
  • Create or modify Standardized Operating Procedures, related to the production of new products, and/or for operating new or modified equipment
  • Prepare reports and participate in presentations to management


Position Responsibilities


Develop an in-depth understanding of the manufacturing processes employed by James Hardie to improve the Engineer’s effectiveness, at solving process issues or in their participation in continuous improvement activities.  Those manufacturing processes may include,


  • Raw Materials Processing – including Pulp refining, Silica grinding
  • Product Forming
  • Process management, including utilization of utilities and resources
  • Material Handling, autoclaving, machining, coatings application and packaging


Develops and manages capital projects by: 


  • Leading or assisting in conceptualization and scope development for capital projects
  • Organizing teams to help in research efforts
  • Preparing and submitting Capital Expenditure Requests (CER)
  • Leading or participating in the implementation of capital projects
  • Ensuring that project objectives are attained and delivered, through the processes of commissioning, start-up, hand-off and post-implementation support.


Support process and product improvement initiatives by:


  • Assisting in the implementation of key, strategic initiatives: i.e., product launches or new process capabilities;
  • Working collaboratively with R&D associates to deliver new products or processes as needed to support business needs and objectives
  • Identifying and engaging additional resources as needed to complete assigned tasks
  • Maintaining confidentiality and integrity of intellectual property as appropriate.


These position responsibilities outlined above are in no way to be construed as all encompassing.  Other duties, responsibilities, and qualifications may be required and/or assigned as necessary.





Quantitative Dimensions

Decision Making:

The Project Engineer uses experience and accepted industry practices to design and implement process improvements and has excellent decision-making skills in order to be able to make critical, on the spot process related decisions with limited data.  Additionally, he/she has the ability to consult peers, process experts, and team members on decisions affecting the overall project while keeping in mind the needs of the plant, cost, timeline, and logistics.  The observations, opinions, and decisions of the Project Engineer carry significant weight in the outcome or direction of a developing process and as a result the Project Engineer is thorough, makes careful observations, and considers his/her decisions and opinions carefully.  Many projects stem from highly confidential development work, which requires discretion and the ability to communicate projects in a generic, yet comprehensive manner.

Supervisory/Lead Responsibilities:

The incumbent may be responsible for leading various teams associated to implementing projects, problem solving in the plants, or in launching new products or process changes, however, the incumbent does not have direct reports.  He/she is responsible for the actions and safety of any support personnel that accompany or assist him/her in the manufacturing plant.  The incumbent also coaches line personnel in proper techniques and concepts of new processes.

Scope of Position:

The Project Engineer works closely with engineering colleagues, plant managers, department managers, plant resources, R&D scientists, vendors and service providers to solve problems, develop and implement capital projects and to facilitate new product / process launches that improve throughput or cost efficiency.  Assesses effectiveness of process improvements and determines additional opportunities regarding productivity, efficiency, uniformity and elimination of waste. The incumbent has a strong relevant background with respect to leading and managing capital process upgrades.


Position Requirements



Minimum Required:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in an applicable Engineering Discipline (mechanical, electrical, chemical, etc.).
  • 3-5 years of applicable experience
  • Experience in a fast-paced, manufacturing environment is desired
  • Experience in the development and execution of capital projects is desired


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:



  • Ability to work in a collaborative, team environment is essential
  • ability to effectively manage worktime to insure delivery of assignments as expected
  • Possess ability to approach problem-solving in a logical manner
  • Exhibits sound judgment in the context of potentially stressful situations
  • Ability to act independently, given adequate and compelling information to enable decision making
  • Ability to develop innovative solutions to complex problems in a reasonably timely manner.
  • Possesses interpersonal and written/oral communication skills
  • Reasonably proficient in the use of common, Microsoft computer applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Explorer, with ability to quickly learn other software.
  • Ability to successfully manage multiple tasks and prioritize workload while paying attention to detail.
  • Basic understanding of contemporary concepts, practices and procedures in manufacturing



  • Decision Making: Identifying and understanding issues; problems, and opportunities; comparing data from different sources to draw conclusions; using effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions; taking action that is consistent with available facts, constraints, and probable consequences.
  • Initiating Action: Taking prompt action to accomplish objectives; taking action to achieve goals beyond what is required; being proactive.
  • Building Partnerships: Identifying opportunities and taking action to build strategic relationships between one’s area and other areas, teams, departments, units, or organizations to help achieve business goals.
  • Stress Tolerance: Maintaining stable performance under pressure or opposition (such as time pressure, or job ambiguity); handling stress in a manner that is acceptable to others and to the organization.
  • Continuous Learning: Actively identifying new areas for learning; regularly creating and taking advantage of learning opportunities; using newly gained knowledge and skill on the job and learning through their application.
  • Adaptability: Maintaining effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work tasks or the work environment; adjusting effectively to work within new work structures, processes, requirements, or cultures
  • Gaining Commitment:   Using appropriate interpersonal styles and techniques to gain acceptance of ideas or plans; modifying one’s own behavior to accommodate tasks, situations, and individuals involved.
  • Information Monitoring:  Setting up ongoing procedures to collect and review information needed to manage an organization or ongoing activities within it.

Managing Conflict: Dealing effectively with others in an antagonistic situation; using appropriate interpersonal styles and methods to reduce tension or conflict between two or more people.












James Hardie is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, among other things, or as a qualified individual with a disability. Equal Employment Opportunity is the law.

Nearest Major Market: Montgomery

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