Furnace Engineer


Newark, OH, US, 43055-5893

Function:  Manufacturing
Audience:  Experienced Professional
Work Arrangement:  On Site
Requisition ID:  61848


The Hot End Engineer is accountable to establish and maintain processes and procedures to safely operate the batch house and furnaces to meet codes, specifications, and continuously improve the glass making process by eliminating waste, improving safety, reducing cost, increasing capacity and productivity, and improving the product per customer requirements.


Reports to: Newark Plant Technical Leader


Span of Control: All manufacturing processes and operations of batch house and furnaces at the plant.



 Living the Safety Stand and adhering to the employee safety responsibilities

  • Ensure a safe, clean, and environmentally compliant work environment and build a culture where safety is a priority. 
  • Ensure a clear and effective measurement system is followed and used to drive results; reward and celebrate safe behavior and achievements; ensure accountability of operators following safety procedures.
  • Ensure that all control plans, work instructions, and other procedures related to the technical operation of the batch house and furnaces are in place to ensure the safety of all employees.
  • Lead and support safety initiatives and processes to drive towards zero safety incidents.
  • Develop risk assessments for critical tasks including emergency responses.


Metrics: Safety metrics – RIR, TIRR, risk reduction, job hazard analysis, safe work plans


Driving Technical, Process and Quality Improvements

  • Identifying, understanding, and teaching others the Critical Process Characteristics required to provide our customers with a quality product, beginning with the base glass.
  • Developing and implementing procedures and systems to ensure glass/products consistently meet or exceed customer expectations, including supporting experiments or trials for new and existing products.
  • Conducting process audits to review Critical Process Variables and implementing sustainable corrective actions for process shifts or upsets.
  • Understand current manufacturing process capability, drives to reduce variation, and ensures product quality and consistency to improve the overall process and product.
  • Implementing control charting schemes for Critical product and process variables
  • Developing, evaluating, improving, and implementing control plans and standard work to ensure that all processes and products meet specifications at the lowest cost.
  • Identifying and eliminating special causes of process variation (troubleshooting).
  • Analyzing process data, providing feedback, and making recommendations to optimize performance.
  • Acts as primary plant contact with glass insulation melter network, identify and implement process best practices and improvements.
  • Coaching, counseling, and training operators in the batch and melter areas.
  • Establishing safe, efficient, and effective methods for all critical tasks and audit performance.
  • Partners with maintenance, operations, and other members of technical team to resolve equipment issues and improve equipment reliability.
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop and meet key milestones, to work and communicate effectively with people at all levels within the organization and to technically contribute to the development of the process solutions.
  • Identifying and requesting capital funding for equipment, modifications, etc.
  • Utilize capital execution from inception to completion for process/technical improvements.
  • Ensures incoming batch raw materials meet specification, partners with Granville on analysis, and communicates with the vendors.


Metrics: Glass related product characteristics and process variables, operational efficiencies – production line uptime and bushing availability, batch system performance metrics, unit cost, and environmental compliance.


Executing Strategy across the organization

  • Set clear and measurable expectations, in line with plant goals; proactively analyzes and manages all relative performance metrics.
  • Educating primary employees in the glass melting process, process control procedures, autonomous maintenance requirements and emergency response procedures to constantly elevate the capabilities of our employees.
  • Maintain documentation, tracking, counseling and executing coaching and corrective action when performance issues occur.
  • Partner with relevant stakeholders to identify and address process improvement opportunities to eliminate waste, enhance safety, reduce cost, increase capacity and productivity, and improve the product.
  • Use various tools (Lean/Kaizen, Root Cause Analysis, etc.) to drive improved productivity and plant performance and build a lean culture.
  • Participate in FI & QM Pillar and support additional TPM activities across the site.
  • Knowledgeable and can provide technical expertise in Binder & WW area and Pipe furnace.
  • Coaching, counseling, and training of new engineers, shift supervisors, and early career talent development as part of their individual development plans.
  • Create an environment where all employees are engaged, empowered, and focused on serving our plant and customers.
  • Develop relationships with vendors to ensure OC manufactures products that they define as high quality and participate in developing solutions for serving our customers.
  • Ensure standard processes are defined and in place that reliably provide product meeting customer performance and scheduled expectations.





  • Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Material Science Engineering, or related discipline
  • A minimum of 3 years progressive technical experience in a manufacturing environment or leadership program; glass batch and melting process experience preferred.



  • Lean manufacturing experience preferred
  • TPM experience preferred
  • Willingness to relocate for future growth opportunities
  • Six Sigma Green Belt and/or Lean Manufacturing experience
  • Experience driving change management initiatives



  • Engages and cares for others, starting with safety
  • Customer orientation: Has an external perspective and understands that all business opportunities start with knowledge of how to serve our customers
  • Achieves results fast, individually and through teams
  • Takes business risks, grows from failures, celebrates successes
  • Demonstrates strategic planning and thinking skills while executing process and product quality improvements
  • Creates a vivid picture that excites employees, customers and partners about winning and what it takes to win. 
  • Excellent communication skills to effectively communicate across all levels of the organization
  • Continuous improvement leader mindset. Utilizes data and data collection systems and Six Sigma methodology for problem-solving and decision-making to eliminate manufacturing losses and unnecessary costs
  • Acts as a leader amongst peers: Expected to embrace and help drive plant business initiatives throughout the plant. 
  • Establishes courses of action: translates strategies into actionable operating plans; sets goals for personal and team accomplishment; uses measurement methods to monitor progress; quickly overcomes barriers and adapts plans to ensure goal alignment
  • Demonstrates a strong self-awareness of one’s strengths, development needs and the impact of one’s own behavior on others; and consistently acts to be better
  • A balanced sense of self-confidence and an abiding respect for others. Priorities strong personal well-being to maximize and fortify their contribution to the business. Operates in a transparent fashion without a personal agenda.
  • Ability to handle conflict and created resolution among team members
  • Ability to travel 5 – 10 %


About Owens Corning  

Owens Corning is a global building and construction materials leader committed to building a sustainable future through material innovation. Our three integrated businesses – Composites, Insulation, and Roofing – provide durable, sustainable, energy-efficient solutions that leverage our unique material science, manufacturing, and market knowledge to help our customers win and grow. We are global in scope, human in scale with approximately 19,000 employees in 31 countries dedicated to generating value for our customers and shareholders, and making a difference in the communities where we work and live. Founded in 1938 and based in Toledo, Ohio, USA, Owens Corning posted 2022 sales of $9.8 billion. For more information, visit www.owenscorning.com.

Owens Corning is an equal opportunity employer.