Project Engineer

Prattville, AL, US, 36067

James Hardie Building Products Inc. is the North American leader in fiber cement home siding and exterior design solutions. Hardie® products offer long lasting beauty and endless design possibilities with trusted protection and low maintenance. The company pioneered modern fiber cement building products and continues to invest in innovation to transform the industry. James Hardie is a high-performance organization, with an unwavering commitment to Zero Harm. The company proudly employs a diverse workforce of over 3,000 employees across operations in North America.

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Onsite from the Prattville, AL plant


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

What You’ll Do:

  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Travel 10% or less


The 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.


What You’ll Bring:  

  • Bachelor’s Degree in an applicable Engineering Discipline (mechanical, electrical, chemical, etc.). Degree must be from an accredited institution.
  • 1-4 years of applicable experience
  • Experience in a fast-paced, manufacturing environment is desired
  • Experience in the development and execution of capital projects is desired
  • 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


What You’ll Receive:

At James Hardie, we recognize that our success depends on our people. We've worked hard to build a generous and competitive benefits program that demonstrates our commitment to our employees.

  • Comprehensive low-cost co-pay Health Insurance; medical, dental, prescription, and vision insurance benefits for every 30+ hour full-time employee. Insurance starts on day one!
  • 401(k) Retirement plan that will match 100% of employees saved dollars up to the first 6% of your salary
  • Paid holidays, paid vacation including Jury Duty and bereavement leave
  • Wellness Program
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Parental Leave
  • Community Involvement & Sustainable Solutions - Fire Resistant Siding to Help Rebuild the Grizzly Flats Community | James Hardie
  • And more




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James Hardie Building Products Inc. is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information, veteran's status, marital status, pregnancy, disability, or any other basis protected by law.

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