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POET Plant Engineer in Big Stone City, South Dakota


Our 28 Bioprocessing facilities produce over 1.9 billion gallons of ethanol, 5 million tons of Dakota Gold distillers grain animal feed and 600 million pounds of our Voila® corn oil. That’s a lot of product! In addition, we provide CO2 to the beverage industry and contribute to sustainable roadways. We also buy 650 million bushels of corn per year from local producers. It is our role at POET bioprocessing to ensure safe, efficient, and profitable operations at each facility.


The Plant Engineer is responsible for working closely with the management team to maintain plant operations and to implement system improvements. The Plant Engineer increases efficiencies of plant operations, maintains plant run time, implements system improvements, maintenance reliability, troubleshoots process problems, and considers cost factors. POET bioprocessing facilities operate on a 24 hour continuous schedule; the Plant Engineer must be available as needed.


  • Complete and present data analysis of process information: create associated action plans and identify optimization needs.

  • Create and analyze production performance numbers for plant management and POET Plant Management.

  • Create capital request justifications for plant management.

  • Strive for efficiency in plant operations and minimize plant downtime.

  • Identify opportunities for plant improvements and works with POET Plant Management to implement continuous improvement projects.

  • Work with Operations Engineering Manager and Optimization support from Plant Management on operational/troubleshooting issues.

  • Assist with facility shutdown planning and execution with the management team.

  • Assist with creating annual strategic plan initiatives for the department.

  • Ensure that all city, county, state and federal regulations are being met at all times.

  • Develop and utilize historical database reports

  • Ensure that all plant policies are implemented and followed.

  • Write and coordinate procedures, and communicate to shift supervisors as necessary.

  • Facilitate communication between departments.

  • Foster a culture of safe behavior and environmental compliance at all times.

  • Maintain a team environment at all times and champion POET in the community.


  • Bachelor’s degree or greater in engineering required; chemical engineering degree preferred.

  • Experience in an operating processing plant environment such as grain processing or chemical processing beneficial.

  • Prior project management experience preferred.

  • Prior operations and maintenance management experience preferred.

  • Excellent organizational, time management, and communication skills as well as the ability to embrace change.

  • You know the basics of Microsoft Office Suite. You’re capable of learning new programs.

  • Since we’re all about teamwork and getting the job done, your skill may be put to a lot of other uses!

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POET is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status.

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Job ID2020-4153

Employment TypeRegular Full-Time



Travel RequiredNone

Position Location(s)US-SD-Big Stone City

FLSA StatusExempt