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Manager Engineer

League City, TX
January 11, 2020

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Friendswood, TX / 931-***-**** /

Results driven, Senior Production & Processes Engineer with 20+ years of extensive experience in the manufacturing and production of Chemicals, Fuels and Energy. A catalyst in the design, delivery, maintenance and support of innovative, integrated business solutions. Successful in leading, influencing, motivating and empowering both direct reports and other team members. Specializes in the petrochemical process development (recovery, refining and purification), surfactants production and applications, peroxide and ethoxylation semi-batch reactions, batch/continuous/reactive-azeotropic distillation, chemical processing and production of AN (Acrylonitrile) herbicides, solvents, PMAc (Propylene Glycol Monomethyl Ether Acetate), MTBE (Methyl tert-butyl ether), as well as the ceramic tile (industry) process/production and EHS (environmental health and safety of air emissions and title v compliance). Verifiable track record of delivering multiple projects on or under deadline. Thorough experience in FAT (spell out), PHA (spell out), commissioning and the startup of new/expanded operation Units Constant attention to bottom line: cost saving contributions and profit maximization in multi-tier environments via innovative technology, strategic planning, sound operating standards and procedures. Fluent in the English, Spanish and Italian languages.

Core Competencies:


Decision Maker

Communication Skills

Plant Operations

Process Control & Development

Project Management

IT (Information Technology)

Analytical Skills

R&D (Research & Development)

Production Management & Planning

Application Management

Inventory Management

Maintenance Management

Quality Assurance & System Expert

Safety Data Sheets (SDS)

Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)

Principals & Practices

Root / Cause Investigation

Refining, Recovery & Purification

Mass & Energy Balance Expert

Simulation Process & Production

Planning & Organizing

Time Management

Contract Negotiation

Delegation & Teamwork

Conflict Resolution

Safety & Training

Continuous Improvement

Process Safety Management (PSM)

Process Hazard Analysis (PHA)


Responsible for the highly selective creation of a Production Team (selection, training, and cultural development) in order to ensure proper plant operations.

Championed the usage of Six Sigma tools to successfully optimize and improve site results; resulting in a savings of $2M in the first 6 months of implementation with no investment.

Responsible for the reduction in production time (more than 10%) and increase in yields by (more than 5%) in 90% of a company portfolio by optimizing and improving production parameters through utilization of Six Sigma.



A leading, global surfactants and specialty chemical products manufacturer that provides services which benefit over 30 markets, including agrochemicals, household, industrial & institutional, personal care, oil & gas and paints & coatings.

Production Manager, Pasadena, TX 6/2017 – Present

Successfully assisted in the start-up and commissioning of Plant 2 (Batch Alkoxylation) in the USA, involving ISBL (Information Systems Base Language); two new reactor trains, water test, equipment and production function, as well as the OSB (outside battery limit), tank farm, boilers, scrubbers, etc.

Led Plant one and two’s production units, overseeing 11 (direct report) and 60 (indirect) employees.

Led the planning and organization of production schedules, assessed in projects and resource requirements.

Estimated, negotiated and agreed on budgets and timescales with both Clients and Managers, re-negotiating each as needed and created overtime control systems when necessary.

Ensured that all EHS (environmental health and safety) and OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) regulations were met, determined quality control standards, and oversaw production processes.

Selected, ordered, evaluated and hired people, supervised junior staff and organized relevant training sessions.

Actively led the integration of the new ORACLE system into the USA production system for production and inventory controls.

Led the warehousing team (raw material income and the logistics delivery) in scheduling and processing tank trucks, rail cars and drumming and totting of final goods.

Organized the repair and routine maintenance of production equipment, liaised with buyers, logistics marketing and sales staff.

Closed links between production management and general or strategic management as well as marketing and finance.

Created and managed the annual production budget and effectively controlled the production cost centers.


One of the world’s leading specialty chemical companies who contributes to value creation with innovative and sustainable solutions for customers from many industries.

Operations Engineer, Pasadena, TX 6/2012 – 6/2017

Successfully lead the startup of two new reactors: water test, equipment startup, production startup; ultimately increased the unit capacity by 45%.

Actively served as the Technical Process Advisor, Project Manager and DCS (distributed control systems) Implementation Manager in the Basic and Detail Engineering design for the 2016 expansion project ($60M).

Handled maintenance contracts and contractors.

Led the successful production of 64 different products using Ethoxylation for three batch loop Reactors. Team consisted of 32 members including Operators, Engineers, IT (information technology) and the Mechanical Support employees from 15 various contractors.

Increased sales by 8,200/ton per year through performing Six sigma projects in order to successfully develop and improve products for leading clients; P&G (Procter & Gamble) and Ashland.

Participated in presentations and supported sales on a portfolio of products.

Responsible for the cooling water system integrity & functionality as well as other utilities associated with the production unit; steam, nitrogen, service water and Demin water and the disposal of the water released from the unit.

Handled the environmental issues and reports involving the TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality).

Led the training, evaluation, discipline and carrier development of site workers.

Managed the production budget on time, cost and quality basis.

Responsible for the SOP (standard operating procedure), MOC (maintenance of certification), and implementation of best practices involving the site.

Haltermann Solutions

A premier manufacturer of Specialty Fuels and is North America’s leading manufacturer of Test and Reference fuels for the automotive and industrial industry.

Campaign Team Leader (CTL), Channel View, TX 10/2010 – 6/2012

Lead the production campaigns of 21 different products that represented 56% of the company portfolio (64 campaigns/year).

Successfully troubleshot difficulties with customers and projects.

Solicited bids, prepared verbal and written proposals, conducted individual and group presentations and negotiated contracts and agreements.

Led campaigns from the beginning to end; coordinated activities between operations, commercial, logistics and R&D (research and development) in order to complete all campaigns under design expectations, cost, time frame and in agreement with costumers needs.

Completed detailed reports after each campaign regarding quantity, quality, cost and improvements achieved.

Monitored and troubleshot operations using reactors, distillation columns, heaters, boiler and chillers.

Campaigns included solvents and the refining of other specialty chemicals as well as PMAc (Propylene Glycol Monomethyl Ether Acetate), MTBE (Methyl tert-butyl ether), DCPD (Dicyclopentadiene), IPAc (Isopropyl acetate), TBAc (Tetramethylammonium chloride), DPMAc (Dipropylene Glycol Monomethyl Ether Acetate), BuAc (Butyl acetate), TBA (tert-Butyl alcohol), IPA (Isopropyl alcohol) and TPG (Tripropylene Glycol).

Solutia Now a subsidary of Eastman Chemical Company

An American manufacturer of materials and specialty chemicals (polyvinyl butyral, ethylene vinyl acetate, and thermoplastic polyurethane interlayers) for laminated glass, aftermarket window films, protective barrier and conductive films, and rubber processing chemicals.

AN (Acrylonitrile) Process Optimization & Production Engineer, Alvin, TX 10/2008 – 9/2010

Monitored and troubleshot production operations; reactors, distillation columns, boiler and chillers.

Optimized process conditions to improve yield and production of AN (Acrylonitrile) and HCN (Hydrogen cyanide) products.

Developed Key Process Indicators (KPI) for monitoring spreadsheet and assist in the operators to optimizing the working condition of reactors and distillation columns.

Served as the Project Manager during the general turnaround of maintenance and installation of new equipment to replace the obsolete.

Responsible for utilities system; cooling tower waters, steam, service water, Demin water and the treatment of water needing to be disposed from the plant.

Led several projects to improve the safety and productivity of the unit; re-designed equipment, processes and control loops, increased the HCN (Hydrogen cyanide) production and decreased the AN (Acrylonitrile) losses (increasing AN recovery).

Developed several excel tools to track, create, report and send the utilities and raw materials usages; resulted in a savings estimated at more than $3M/month.

Able to preform proper calculations involving deviations and spills and cracking.

AN (Acrylonitrile) Process Engineer, Alvin, TX 8/2007 – 10/2008

Provided support for the recovery of areas of AN2 and AN3 units (seven distillation columns).

Led weekly production meetings with unit personnel to revise recovery operation issues and create action items in order to improve existing or potential issues.

Optimized the operation of the distillation columns to improve yields and recovery.

Designed exchangers and other equipment to improve process operations.

Investigated and provided solutions to close out several safety actions items that arose from the PHA (Polyhydroxyalkanoates) evaluation; prevented several potential incidents and improved safer operation.

Designed and reviewed specifications for process equipment as heat exchangers and other devices to improve process recovery and purification.


Dow Midland, MI

-Plant & Production Engineer 2006 – 2007

Florim USA Clarksville, TN

-Project Manager – Technical Support 2005 – 2006

-Manager – New Production Development 2002 – 2005

-Technical Lab Manager 1999 – 2002

Corona Group Bogota, Colombia

-Technical Manager 1992– 1999

-Scholarship – Postgraduate Studies (Commission) 1991 – 1992

-Body Prep Superintendent 1990 – 1991


Vina del Mar University Valparaiso, Chile

-Master of Science (M.S.) in Management of Hydrocarbons 2016

James I University Castellon, Spain

-Master of Science (M.S.) in Chemical Engineering 1992

Industrial University of Santander Bucaramanga, Colombia

-Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Chemical Engineering 1990















Best Manufacturing Processes – ISO9001, 2017

PCS7 Engineering 1 – Siemens, 2015

Excel Spreadsheet Problems Solving – ChEng, 2015

PCS7 Engineering 2 – Siemens, 2015

Lean Sigma (Green Belt) – Clariant University (UMS – GMBH), 2013

PI-System Administration for IT (Information Technology) Professionals – PI Inst, 2012

Minibat 15 Training – Minitab Inc., 2010

Advanced Excel Training – ACC College, 2009

Basic of Process Engineering – R. Russell Rhinehart, 2009

HCN (Hydrogen cyanide) Safety Training – Harvey Openshaw, 2009

Cause Analysis Training – McBryer Gary, 2008

Process Technology: Equipment and Systems – Oklahoma University, 2008

World Class Project Management – WCPM School, 2008

Process Modeling Using – ASPEN HYSYS, 2008

Regression Apply in Production – Dr. Raid Amin, 2008

Distillation Practical Training Course – Henry Kister, 2008

Engineering Project Management (Diploma) – Colombian School of Engineering, 1996


Membership – AIChe, 2014 – Present

Membership – SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers), 2013 – Present

Best Green Belt Project of the Year – Clariant, 2013

Master’s Degree Scholarship Beneficiary (University Jaime I of Spain) – Corona Group, 1991 – 1992

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