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Occidental Petroleum Environmental Engineer in Ludington, Michigan

Title: Environmental Engineer Location: United States-Michigan-Ludington Other Locations:


Contribute. Grow. Lead…with OxyChem. Looking for a challenge? Desire to achieve your true potential? OxyChem is a growing, action-oriented, safety driven chemical manufacturing company continually striving to be the best in the business while staying focused on environmental protection. The secret to our success has and will continue to be our people.

Occidental Chemical Corporation (OxyChem) is a leading North American manufacturer of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resins, chlorine and caustic soda – key building blocks for a variety of indispensable products such as plastics, pharmaceuticals and water treatment chemicals. Other OxyChem products include caustic potash, chlorinated organics, sodium silicates, chlorinated isocyanurates and calcium chloride.

In a fast-paced industry that demands precision, we create a supportive workplace where the safety and well-being of our employees are paramount. We are committed to rewarding top performers, offering very competitive pay and benefits, and providing tremendous career development opportunities. We are looking for an experienced and self-motivated individual to fill the position of Environmental Engineer with our Chemical Plant located in Ludington, Michigan.

This position’s primary job function is share the responsibility for the implementation of and compliance with the OxyChem HES&S processes, standards, procedures, and policies for the Ludington site.

Essential Job Duties

  • Provide technical leadership and direction through development and implementation of programs to comply with federal, state and local environmental regulations, permit requirements, internal policies and standards.

  • Provide clear interpretations of regulations, laws, permits, and associated procedures;

  • Determine applicability of interpretations to Site operations, and; Implement HES&S requirements into work processes, procedures, guidelines, and standards to ensure compliance.

  • Assist facility with air permitting, emissions reporting, wastewater and solid waste monitoring, sampling and testing programs and activities as needed to demonstrate compliance with regulatory requirements and permit limitations.

  • Obtain and maintain all required environmental permits, licenses and or/exemptions such that production activities are not interrupted.

  • Coordinate and optimize Site HES&S resources, programs and work processes, including:

  • Title V, UIC, RCRA, NPDES, and Part 201 permitting and compliance

  • Environmental training

  • WERCS database environmental approval for Site chemical changes

  • Personally demonstrate and encourage behaviors that embrace excellence in HES&S processes, standards, and procedures. Follow the Ludington Guiding Principles.

  • Conduct and participate Corporate-wide in HES&S audits and self-assessments to ensure compliance with internal and external requirements.

  • Serve/lead on Site and Corporate teams formed to address specific local and/or Corporate initiatives

  • Develop and deliver HES&S training (SWPPP, Refrigeration, Title V, Universal Waste, etc.)

  • Utilize and support the MOC process to review/implement HES&S and plant modification proposals.

  • Lead and participate in root cause investigations and the corrective action process.

  • Complete, submit and/or review required regulatory reports. Incorporate new reporting requirements as regulations and statutes change.

  • Coordinate governmental compliance inspections and responses to inquiries

  • Manage laboratory and environmental services department to ensure proper and timely completion of responsibilities

  • Member of:

  • Site Emergency Manager on-call rotation

  • Safety Solutions Team



  • Excellent interpersonal skills (Encourage teamwork by exhibiting humility and embracing feedback)

  • Exhibit situational leadership by assessing personnel development levels and coaching appropriately

  • Demonstrate empathy and selflessness

  • Excellent written and verbal skills

  • Excellent project management skills, including the ability to effectively juggle competing priorities

  • BS Degree in environmental, chemical or mechanical engineering OR other degreed person with previous environmental experience is required

  • Minimum of 5 years experience with HES&S regulations, standards, programs, and work processes is strongly desired

  • Available to support emergency plant needs and cover on-call responsibilities (4 weeks/year)

  • Demonstrated teaching/training facilitation experience is a plus

Post-employment Requirement

  • The successful candidate is expected to develop an in-depth understanding of plant operations. This will likely include an eventual period of time working directly within operations.