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Senior Project Engineer - Utilities Systems & Design

Denver, CO USA
Requisition ID:  13110
No of Openings:  1
Posted Date:  Aug 6, 2022
Job Function:  Technical Services

In this newly created opening in our corporate headquarters, we are seeking a Senior Project Engineer (Utilities System & Design) on our Corporate Technical Services (Engineering) team. This Senior Engineer will play a leading major role in the utilities design and systems implementation throughout our nine existing manufacturing facilities.


At Leprino Foods, starting compensation for this role typically ranges between $135,000 and $150,000. This position has an annual target bonus of 12%.


  • Lead capital projects with responsibility of proper specifications, optimal maintenance, and safe operation of utilities equipment.
  • Typical large-scale capital project management and design oversight over (but not limited to) aging utilities infrastructure, ammonia refrigeration upgrades, and boiler upgrades as it relates to emission limitations.
  • Ensuring regulatory compliance with all governmental agencies (OSHA, PSM, RMP, DHS, EPA).
  • Oversee new installations with utility engineering design, specification, and coordination with outside vendors and suppliers.
  • Lead facility audits to determine utility conditions, and recommendations utility expansions or renovations.
  • Develop budgets for project development and AFE recommendations. Manages against capital budgets from feasibility through commissioning.
  • Serve as a technical resource for the plants, corporate engineering, and Technical Services for all Utility related areas including but not limited to: Steam Production, Air Compressors, Ammonia Refrigeration, PSM, HVAC, Energy Efficiencies, Water Use, conservation, and Regulatory compliance.


You Have At Least (Required Qualifications):

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or a very similar technical subject area.
  • Eight (8) years of utilities project engineering experience within the food, beverage, chemical, petrol, or pharmaceutical industries.
  • Ammonia refrigeration (experience in big Freon refrigeration or similar systems can be substituted) – this would be our number one deal breaker.
  • Experience managing plant utilities engineering projects of at least $4 million.
  • The ability to meet this role's travel requirements of having a maximum of 8 overnight stays each month (non-consecutive). The average annual travel is close to 30%, but at the height of a project; travel could be closer to 70% (Monday through Wednesday). 
  • The ability to work a weekly 3/2 (office/home) hybrid schedule.


We Hope You Also Have (Preferred Qualifications):

  • A Master’s Degree in Mechanical, Electrical, or Chemical Engineering.
  • CAD experience.
  • Steam, Boiler, Heat Recovery (HRV), and Wastewater experience.
  • PSM Experience and OSHA 10Hr Certification.
  • Multi-site support experience (this role would support all of Leprino’s nine manufacturing facilities in the U.S.)


Leprino Foods celebrates and supports diversity. We believe in equal opportunity and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability. We know we are better together and are committed to creating an inclusive and supportive culture that uses the unique talents, experiences, background, and perspectives of each individual employee.


Offering You In Return:

A chance to be part of a team of individuals passionate about producing and delivering high-quality products that help feed and nourish families around the world. Leprino Foods could not be where it is today without our incredible employees. That is why we share in our success together by rewarding you for your hard work. Hiring great people who are in it for the long run is our goal. Through competitive salaries and bonuses, life, medical/dental/vision coverage, voluntary benefits, employee assistance programs, wellness incentives, tuition assistance, vacation, ten paid holidays, sick time, paid parental leave, annual merit increases, as well as the LFC Profit-Sharing & 401(k) plan. Your impact will be noticed and rewarded, as you seek to further our company, our customers, and one another.


Our Story:

Leprino Foods’ history dates back over 70 years, when Jim Leprino first started making small batches of mozzarella for local markets and eateries in the Little Italy neighborhood of Denver. We’ve grown a bit since then. Today, Leprino is the world’s largest manufacturer of mozzarella and lactose, and a leading producer of whey protein. Still owned by Jim and the Leprino family, our sights are set to be the “World’s Best Dairy Food and Ingredient Company.” To help us achieve that bold vision, we’re looking for our secret ingredient: You. A motivated team member who is the best at what you do. Three people in a small corner grocery store in the early 1950s have now grown to almost 5,000 employees throughout 16 global locations. Will you join us on our journey?

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Nearest Major Market: Denver