Tank Engineer in Wichita Falls, TX at Vitro

Date Posted: 7/22/2020

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Job Description


The basic function of this position is to direct the batching, melting and forming operations according to current management policies and established operating parameters and procedures, in order to meet plant goals regarding safety, quality, production, costs, productivity, housekeeping, and employee relations.

The Tank Department consists of two 650 tons per day capacity tanks operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Solargray, Solarbronze, Graylite, Solex, and clear are produced in many thicknesses.  Solarcool products are also made.  Mixed ingredients are fed from the batch plant into the two tanks and melted in temperature that exceed 2900ºF.  The molten glass flows from these tanks into respective baths of molten tin where it floats on the tin surface, thereby creating a ribbon of glass with parallel surfaces and uniform thickness.

The glass is then conveyed to the rolls in the annealing lehr where it is cooled to working temperature.  After cooling the glass is delivered to the Wareroom for inspection, cutting, packing and shipping.

Key Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinating and directing production activities of the batch plant, tanks, baths, and lehrs. Making decisions and assuming responsibility for meeting unit goals.  On frequent tours of the department, the incumbent has direct contact with the Supervisors, Tank, and other production engineers during which they discuss production activities, quality, process, operating procedures, policy, complaints, and personnel problems.
  • Review and analyze the various unit production and quality reports, and take corrective action as necessary within the established operating parameters and procedures.  The incumbent refers serious or unusual circumstances to the Superivisor of Technical Services for directions and maintains close communication with the Wareroom, Quality Control, and other staff functions to assure efficient control of operations and to improve performance.
  • Makes recommendations to the Supervisor of Technical Services regarding new methods, new equipment, organization, and general improvement of the Department and glass quality.  Periodically a thorough inspection of the tank refractory structure to determine condition and coordinates the ordering of material, supplies and equipment used in the unit.  Major items or new items are directed to the Supervisor of Technical Services for approval.
  • Keep abreast of technological improvements to the process through contact with VITRO Research and other VITRO Tank facilities, exercise engineering skills and basic knowledge of the process and related equipment to determine those areas of least efficient operation and those most penalizing to quality.  As a result, develop new methods or changes to equipment which leads to general improvement in the operation.
  • Help coordinate, as needed, the efficient scheduling of manpower within the assigned area of the unit and administer a positive training and safety program to assure maximum performance.  This position, as part of the Works #4 philosophy, will create an atmosphere of confidence, mutual trust and respect with the tank employees.

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, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.



Job Requirements

  • Must have a B.S. degree in Ceramic or Chemical Engineering
  • A minimum of two years experience in production or process engineering is required 
  • General knowledge of float glass batch, melting and forming processes are necessary.  

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Demonstrated leadership, judgment, administrative ability, and be alert and flexible to group details, and use in making decisions in the face of rapidly changing conditions.
  • Excellent communication skills (both verbal and written) for interactions with management, peers, other associates, vendors and contractors
  • Ability to trouble-shoot, analyze and resolve problems, plan, organize and share information
  • Ability to work independently and manage projects to established timelines as performance is measured against project goals and specific assignments