Process Engineer, Paper

Engineering / Ingénierie Kingsport, Tennessee


The Process Engineer reports to the Paper Dept. Superintendent, and works closely with Paper Machine Managers, Supervisors, Operators, and other support departments to identify and implement immediate and long-term process improvements. Process Engineers are expected to develop a comprehensive understanding of both the papermaking process and products being made, with this knowledge applied to process troubleshooting and resolution of paper quality problems.  They are expected to carry out their responsibilities with a high focus on personal safety, as well as the safety of others who may be impacted by their activities.


Process improvement and cost reduction project work encompass all aspects of the papermaking operation, including:

    • Fiber selection and refining optimization

    • Wet end additives selection, trialing, system design, installation, startup, and training.

    • Stock metering, cleaning, and delivery systems

    • Headbox and forming operation and optimization

    • Pressing performance optimization

    • Steam and condensate system performance and drying optimization

    • Size press functional additives

    • Environmental performance and compliance


      Process Engineers provide technical and operational input for mill capital improvement projects.  They will work closely with Operations and Engineering during scope development, project design, documentation, and startup.  Process Engineers will develop training materials and lead training sessions for Paper Machine Operators when appropriate.

      Growth opportunities exist in the Operations, Maintenance, Quality Assurance, and New Product Development areas.  Process Engineers provide technical support to quality investigations, both internally and at our customers.  Opportunities also exist to gain understanding of the Waste Water Treatment and Environmental operations.


Candidates must meet the following requirements for consideration:

    • Bachelors of Science degree in Pulp and Paper, Chemical Engineering, or related field.

    • Opportunities exist for new graduates and experienced Engineers.

Strong technical engineering, problem solving, and troubleshooting skills, with a hands-on approach.