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Mom's Meals Project Engineer in Grinnell, Iowa

Project Engineer

Grinnell, IA

Type: Full-Time

Job ID: 2021-2663

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Position Summary

The Project Engineer will lead the development and execution of manufacturing plant capital projects including scope, schedule, budget, procurement, installation and start-up. The project engineer also provides technical leadership for processing, packaging, utility and facility systems.

Position Responsibilities may include, but not limited to

  • Provide overall project management of scope development, budget, system design, equipment sizing and selection, schedule, construction, installation, start-up, check-out, and closeout

  • Lead system design development for unit operations which includes improvements to existing equipment using appropriate technical evaluation and involvement

  • Pro-actively lead collaboration with cross-functional partners to develop margin improvement and technical innovation opportunities

  • Conduct and/or manage experiments, trials, and analyses to validate and advance technical opportunities

  • Partner with Procurement to source, obtain quotes, and negotiate per desired specifications (evaluate submissions with team and management for approval)

  • Provide effective communication and documentation of work including technical plans, experimental reports, financial analysis, and management updates.

  • Communicate status and issues regarding project activity on a continual basis

  • Work with R&D and Food Safety/Quality to identify appropriate system requirements

  • Offers engineering support and troubleshooting assistance to the cross functional plant and company teams

  • Provide innovative technical solutions required to meet business objectives with emphasis on productivity

  • Provide support to annual capital planning process, which may include development and management of the capital program for the facility

  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with existing and new vendors, suppliers, and contractors

  • Utilize Continuous Improvement tools, including but not limited to Early Management, Specialized Maintenance, Autonomous Maintenance, Failure Modes and Effects Analysis, Induced Failure Testing, and support CI efforts

  • This position will be based at and work in Grinnell, IA on a daily basis

  • Ability to travel up to 10 – 20%, depending on project priorities

Required Skills & Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering/Technical/Scientific Discipline or equivalent experience

  • Minimum 3 years of relevant engineering experience within a culture of continuous process improvement

  • Proficiency with CAD software for drawing creation and editing

  • Proficiency in reading and interpreting P&ID, layout, equipment and fabrication drawings

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite

  • Experience with Mass balance process flows and calculations

  • Experience with fluid ingredient, dry ingredient, and/or package handling within manual and automated systems

  • Experience working with multi trade-based vendors/contractors

  • Familiarity with Continuous Improvement tools and processes

  • Experience in plant operations and industrial environments understanding equipment design and impacts to materials, labor, and work processes

Preferred Skills & Experience

  • 5+ years of relevant engineering experience

  • Experience with 3A Sanitary Design Standards

  • Experience leading large multi-discipline projects

  • Knowledge of electrical and controls systems

  • Knowledge of utility (steam, water, air, NH3, etc.) design and impacts on the process

  • Experience managing procurement and contracts for Capital Equipment and Professional Services

Physical Requirements

  • Regularly required to use hands to feel, grab, or operate objects, tools, and controls while reaching with hands and arms

  • Frequently required to stand, communicate, and listen.

  • Occasionally required to walk, stoop, kneel or crouch.

  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

  • Visual perception to perform job including peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

  • Able to perform repetitive movements

  • Able to work in variable temperatures (cold/hot)

Company Overview

Mom’s Meals is a home-delivered meal service providing fully prepared, refrigerated meal solutions direct to homes nationwide for over 20 years. We provide seniors, patients recovering post-discharge and those managing a chronic condition with tailored nutrition solutions to manage their specific needs. If you are passionate about the well-being of others and have a strong sense of community, Mom’s Meals could be the place for you! We are a family operated business looking for fun, compassionate, and friendly people who want to make a difference in the lives of others.


Mom’s Meals complies with all applicable federal and state non-discrimination laws. All qualified applicants shall receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, national origin, ancestry, color, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, or military status.

Effective Date: April 22, 2021

Last Reviewed Date: September 1, 2020

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