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Mechanical Engineer



Infiltrator Water Technologies (IWT) is a market leader within the onsite wastewater treatment industry, Infiltrator manufactures a variety of revolutionary products and innovative, environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional stone and pipe leachfield and concrete septic wastewater system components. IWT is a wholly owned subsidiary of Advanced Drainage Systems (ticker: WMS, NYSE).


The majority of our products are produced almost entirely from recycled resins. Infiltrator’s recycling operation is among the country’s top twenty producers / consumers of recycled resins and among only a few of whom consume 100% of that resin in the finished products produced. Infiltrator operates some of largest molding machines and robotics producing the largest plastic molded parts in the world. IWT has always and continues to compete on innovation; we hold over 200 patents.



This role is a key position within the Material Processing Group. We’re seeking a talented hands-on Plastics Engineer with experience operating grinders, shredders, extruders and wash line equipment. The incumbent will provide day to day technical guidance in the Material Processing (plastic recycling) operations. The candidate will identify and implement projects to optimize process stability, maximize equipment utilization and standardize quality of finished product(s).


These goals will be accomplished through the monitoring of daily process parameters and resultant quality of finished products, as well as the use of Good Engineering Practices coupled with the application of Lean and Six Sigma methods to provide a road map of continuous improvement initiatives.


This position will report to the Director of Material Processing. The candidate will have significant interactions with the Material Processing management group, Process Engineers in Injection Molding and Manufacturing Engineering.



Improve existing processes through daily process monitoring and analysis. Develop and standardize production and downtime reporting and develop improved visual management tools for sharing this data in near real time.

Conduct Root Cause Analysis (5 Why’s) for equipment and process failures.

Lead and participate in process troubleshooting, including mechanical, electrical, and process systems.

Collaborate with Quality functions to optimize process capability relative to product specifications, and to maintain compliance with ISO 9001 requirements.

Lead trials to improve the plastic wash line, extrusion, material processing, blending and transfer functions within the plant(s). Apply structure using Design Of Experiments and statistical analysis to improve decision making resulting from these trials.

Lead equipment upgrades, new equipment installations, and capital projects in the Material Processing (plastic recycling) area(s). Prepare Capital requests as required.

Act as the Manufacturing Launch Manager for the introduction of new material streams, and processing methods. Ensure seamless implementation with Injection Molding operations. 

Apply Lean methods to reduce waste and process variability in practical and tangible ways. Develop and implement Standard Work Instructions. Implement Mistake Proofing (Poka-yoke) methods to reduce process variables. Improve plant cleanliness through 5S methods. Lead and participate in Rapid Improvement Events.


BS in Engineering; Mechanical Engineering preferred.

2-5 years’ experience in industrial process engineering, preferably in Post-Consumer plastic recycling.

Experience with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Root Cause Analysis.

Exposure to Lean and Six Sigma a plus. Willingness to lead in an organization committed to the practical use of Lean and Six Sigma methods, a must.  

Must have the ability to interpret, analyze and present data to leadership and operations personnel. Open to the development of statistical analysis skills.

Experience with Microsoft Office.

Experience with CAD software. Creating and updating piping and instrumentation diagrams a plus.

Willing to work flexible hours as required by ongoing operations and projects. Provide support to off shift and weekend staff as required in a 24/7 operation.

Willing to work in a hands-on Process Engineering role, primarily in a production environment.

Must demonstrate the ability to lead team(s) and coordinate team members activities.

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