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POET Plant Engineer in Fairbank, Iowa


At POET, it is our mission to be good stewards of the Earth by converting renewable resources to energy and other valuable goods as effectively as humanly possible. For over thirty years our drive and passion to change the world has enabled us to become the largest producer and marketer of bioethanol and leader in biobased products in the world. Beyond our world-class culture, POET team members enjoy competitive pay and benefits including;

  • Health, dental, & vision insurance

  • 401K with company match

  • Premium pay for qualifying positions

  • Quarterly profit sharing

  • Paid time off and paid holidays

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • Onsite fitness centers or fitness reimbursements

  • Safety and cold weather gear, and more!


    Our 33 biorefining facilities produce 3 billion gallons of bioethanol, 14 billion pounds of Dakota Gold distillers grain animal feed and nearly 1 billion pounds of our Voila corn oil. That’s a lot of product! We also provide plant-based products like CO2 for the food and beverage industry and purified alcohol for use in products ranging from food and beverage ingredients and personal care products to cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer and industrial bioethanol. POET also produces JIVE, a product that contributes to more sustainable roadways by using plant-based ingredients to help recycle old asphalt. We also buy over 930 million bushels of corn per year from local producers. It is our role at POET Biorefining 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.


    At POET we believe in developing our team members to their highest potential and recognizing contributions that add value to the organization. Each new team member’s position and compensation are carefully determined by considering their unique qualifications and skillset.


  • Culture is king at POET. We’re all on the same team. We always communicate. And we park our egos at the door. These aren’t just slogans on our walls. It’s the way we do things at POET.

  • The work environment at POET is dynamic. You should expect a balance between time spent in the office and at the bioprocessing facility, which may include some physical labor helping your team members.

  • Specific physical requirements may include:

  • Occasionally lifting weight up to sixty (60) pounds.

  • Climbing several flights of stairs and ladders.

  • Opening valves.

  • Occasionally bending, twisting and turning while lifting weight of less than fifty (50) pounds.

  • Data entry while seated for greater than one (1) hour.

  • Walking up to two (2) or more miles per day.

  • Pushing brooms, shovels, etc.

  • Working at heights, in confined spaces and at temperatures from -20 to +100 degrees.

  • Standing for extended periods of time.

  • Wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

  • Using hand and power tools.

    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 ID 2021-4505

Employment Type Regular Full-Time

Category Engineering

Shift Day

Travel Required None

Position Location(s)US-IA-Fairbank

FLSA Status Exempt