Quality Engineer

Ascend Elements is a fast-growing organization that is revolutionizing the production of lithium-ion battery materials for electric vehicles. Recognized as a climate technology leader, the company elevates the value of recycled elements and engineers’ sustainable battery materials to support the global clean-energy transition. The company’s patented Hydro-to-Cathode™ direct precursor synthesis technology produces new, sustainable cathode materials from spent lithium-ion batteries more efficiently than traditional methods, resulting in improved performance and lower carbon emissions. Ascend Elements is taking sustainability in the lithium-ion battery industry to a higher level.


The Quality Engineer supporting Ascend Elements APEX 1 facility in Hopkinsville, KY will be responsible for the overall quality of a specific part of the site production process.


Duties and Responsibilities:



  • Monitor daily production quality performance using SPC (Statistical Process Control).

  • Initiate and lead RCI (root cause investigations) on non-conforming production results using 8D and Six Sigma methodology with a cross functional team.

  • Report weekly and monthly SPC and process quality performance for internal and external customers.

  • Update and maintain SAP Quality Management views.

  • Lead change management initiatives related to quality improvements.

  • Participate in establishing quality parameters and systems for new product launch.

  • Participate in vendor, customer, and internal audits.

  • Maintain customer specific PPAP and control plans.

  • Participate in PFMEA reviews.

  • Analyze quality and production data and propose and lead continuous improvement.

  • Adherence to established ISO 9001 and IATF 16949 standards and policies.

  • Conduct Internal, External, and Layered Process Audits.

  • Identify problem areas and follow up with countermeasures and solutions.

  • Schedule, review, and document dock audits in the automated audit system.

  • Respond to customer inquiries and complaints.

  • Develop, submit, participate in the Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) and Production Part Approval Process (PPAP), for new or existing product(s) to meet APEX 1 requirements.

  • Coordinate pre-launch production trial run process monitoring.

  • Serve as administrator of calibration system, which includes performing calibrations, and scheduling.

  • Perform test as requested for production support.

  • Supplier product quality monitoring – assist / submit Supplier Corrective Actions.

  • Oversee the disposition of the non-conforming area.

  • Develop and update quality system procedures.

  • Generate process capability analysis.

  • Effectively coordinate and provide timely completion of supplier corrective action activities.

  • Comply with all company guidelines, policies, and procedures.

  • Prepares reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing data and making recommendations.

  • Determines quality improvement parameters by identifying statistical methods relevant to manufacturing processes.

  • Respond to ongoing non-conformities, review for disposition and materials release.

  • Other duties as assigned.

  • The employee is committed to and must support the EHS management process to obtain the ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 certification as well as participate in system standards and practices in its compliance and commitment to policies, objectives, operational controls, documentation, system guidelines, and others that the organization subscribes to as mandatory.

  • Will participate in all EHS aspects, including reporting hazards, incidents, and injury/illness without fear of reprisal.

  • Must attend an Environment, Health, and Safety Orientation program appropriate to their work environment.

  • The employee must follow 6S step-by-step methodology to maintain orderly workspaces and resources thereby enhancing productivity and safety.



Essential Skills




  • Working knowledge of ISO 9001 and IATF 16949 standards and policies experience strongly preferred.

  • Knowledge of statistical techniques and various types of testing instruments.

  • Working knowledge of the relationships and roles of internal/external customers and suppliers, including their impact on product and services.

  • Customer quality assurance experience.

  • Chemical industry experience preferred, but not required.

  • Working knowledge of inspection and testing techniques, including various types of sampling plans.

  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints (drawings) GD&T.

  • Understanding of the audit process including types of audits, planning, preparation, execution, reporting, and follow up.

  • Ability to analyze and understand data produced by statistical process control (SPC).

  • Ability to plan, control, and assure product and process quality in accordance with company’s quality principles.

  • Understanding of problem solving and quality improvement tools and techniques.

  • Ability to work well in a multi-functional team environment, portray the company in a professional manner, work non-regular hours as needed.

  • Ability to safeguard the confidentiality of the company, customer, and employee information.

  • Commit to and participate in activities for continuous improvement.

  • Statutory and Regulatory requirements.



Core Competencies



  • Ability to prioritize, handle multiple tasks, customer demands and flexibility in job assignments.

  • Strong commitment to safety, environment, workplace organization and housekeeping.

  • Good communication and negotiation skills.

  • Very good social competence.

  • Good verbal and written communication skills.

  • Able to work non-standard weekly schedule including off shifts.




Education and Experience



  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, or Engineering with minimum 5 years of experience in quality and manufacturing environment or equivalent on the job experience.

  • Prior experience and knowledge of ISO 9001 and IATF 16949 standards.

  • Ability to use Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint to compile and present information.

  • Knowledgeable in SPC.

  • Familiar with JMP and SAP software.

  • American Society for Quality (ASQ) certification(s) desired.



Physical Requirements:




  • Physical working conditions are consistent with a typical office environment.

  • Must be able to work in a manufacturing environment production facility where there is exposure to (noise, heat, cold, dust, fumes).

  • Capable of wearing task specific personal protective equipment which may include dust mask, respirator, safety shoes, gloves, safety glasses, and ear protection.

  • Capable of meeting OSHA standards for manual lifting guidelines: < 50lbs

  • While performing the duties of this job it is required to stand, walk, and use hands to operate objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands or arms; climb, balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch when necessary for job activity.

  • Ability to stand and/or walk for extended periods (minimum of eight hours).

  • Must be able to work in a variety of weather conditions and temperatures.


  • Thank you.





Position located in Hopkinsville, KY


May require up to 25% of business travel.



We offer a competitive salary and full benefits package.



Read about Ascend Elements:


https://ascendelements.com



APPLY TODAY!


Ascend Elements is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.




Our Hiring Process

Benefits and Culture

From health and wellness to employee engagement and professional development, our goal is to foster a thriving workplace culture. Check out our benefits and culture section to learn more about our various programs and initiatives.

We are committed to supporting a company culture that will positively impact your quality of life and contribute to your professional success – making Ascend Elements somewhere you’ll want to stay for a long time.

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“At Ascend Elements we are empowering our employees to help revolutionize the production of engineered battery materials for a brighter future of clean energy. We are committed to supporting our employees to drive innovation and performance while prioritizing safety and collaboration to reduce our environmental impact. We are a company that is dedicated to fostering a positive, creative, and inclusive culture where employees feel valued, connected, and invested. Join our team today!”

Kathleen Quinty
Sr. Global Human Resources Director

Who We Are

We are made up of an impressive variety of talented employees with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

United States Veterans
Ascend Element United States Veterans — From serving our country to joining the Ascend Elements Team. Find your new home with a strong and proud group of fellow veterans.

"Ascend Elements is an opportunity to join a purpose-driven company at the ground floor, where your well-earned technical and leadership skills can have a direct impact on our growth and progress in a pioneer US industry. Ascend Elements provides a work environment and culture all too familiar with veterans; like-minded individuals (including many veterans) from diverse backgrounds and skills working towards a common goal through commitment and collaboration."

Ben Pope

Construction Program Manager, United States Marine Corps

“Similar to the reason why most veterans joined the military, employees at Ascend Elements feel a sense of purpose and meaning beyond themselves. It's not just a job here, it's everyone at Ascend marching in the same direction with the end goal of keeping America at the top of cutting-edge technology in the battery materials industry and preserving rare Earth metals.”

Cory Radcliffe

Construction Program Manager United States Marine Corps and Air Force

"You can apply skills learned in the military like teamwork and critical thinking every day to solve problems in an environment where your background is welcomed. In the same vein as my time in the Army, I get to provide meaningful contributions to real world problems alongside a group of people committed to a collective goal."

Andrew Walther

Construction Program Manager, United States Army

Interns to Full Time
Interns can journey to full-time team members. From interns to full time employees. Hear how their experience drove them to join the Ascend Elements Team permanently.

“Being an intern at AE allowed me to bridge the gap between theoretical learning and practical application in engineering. Working on projects at the pilot facility brought my academic knowledge to life, deepening my understanding of engineering concepts. Choosing permanent employment at AE post-graduation was driven by the company's rapid growth, ensuring diverse experiences across multiple engineering domains and avoiding monotony in tasks."

Alexis Clark

Chemical Engineer

"Being an intern at Ascend Elements opened many doors for me and helped me to land several interviews both inside and outside AE prior to joining full time. The experience I accrued as an intern helped to guide my thinking and to realize what career path I wanted to pursue. You will not find a more dedicated and passionate team than Team Ascend!"

Matt Eggert

Associate Scientist

Passion for Communities 
& Sustainability
Want to make a difference? From sustainability to community advocacy, our employees have a passion for making the world a better place.

“Ascend Elements’ investment and commitment in Hopkinsville will be a game changer for our community for generations to come. The Ascend Elements leadership is dedicated to not only upcycling, but also the culture of growth within the organization.”

DeeAnna Sova

Equity Program Manager

"Ascend Elements is a company that is going to change the carbon footprint on the earth by recycling EV batteries. We are always working on ways to change the future of an EV batteries in the world. AE has found a process to keep batteries out of landfills and to recycle them back to a battery grade product that can be reused and/or recycled."

Kay Dixon

Sales Order Specialist

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  • Quality Assurance: Collaborate with the quality control team to ensure that received materials meet the required specifications and quality standards. Manage non-conforming materials by initiating appropriate actions, such as returning or rejecting them, and coordinating replacements with suppliers.

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  • Supplier Relationship Management: Build and maintain strong relationships with suppliers. Communicate effectively regarding delivery schedules, quality issues, and any other related matters.

  • Problem-solving and analytical skills to troubleshoot inventory discrepancies and implement process improvements.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.


Required Skills/Abilities:



  • Previous experience in materials receiving, inventory control, or warehouse operations in a chemical processing or manufacturing environment.

  • Knowledge of applicable safety regulations and best practices for handling chemicals and hazardous materials.

  • Proficient computer skills, including experience with inventory management software or ERP systems.

  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to multitask and prioritize work effectively.

  • Detail-oriented mindset with high accuracy in data entry and recordkeeping.

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  • Basic understanding of dock and warehouse procedures.

  • Good problem-solving skills.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and/or inventory software to maintain records, input data, and create reports.

  • Experience in shipping/receiving hazardous goods is a plus.


Education and Experience:



  • High school diploma or equivalent preferred.

  • 5+ years warehouse shipping/receiving experience.


Physical Requirements:



  • Must be able to traverse distribution warehouse and access a variety of storage spaces and shelving units by stretching, squatting, and reaching.

  • Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds at a time.

  • Must be able to work in a variety of weather conditions and temperatures in the warehouse and on the loading dock.



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Ascend Elements is revolutionizing the production of lithium-ion battery materials by establishing a clean and sustainable supply chain using recycled feedstock. Its patented Hydro-to-Cathode™ technology directly synthesizes new cathode materials from spent lithium-ion cells more efficiently than traditional methods, resulting in reduced cost, improved performance, and lowered GHG emissions. The results are lower cost, better performance batteries with fewer discarded in landfill, a cleaner manufacturing process, and a truly sustainable closed-loop circular battery economy. Ascend Elements is taking the lithium-ion battery industry to a higher level.



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***This position is located at our new facility in Hopkinsville, KY



Responsibilities include but are not limited to:



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  • Collaborating with department managers to determine security needs.

  • Planning and implementing comprehensive security strategies.

  • Supervising and training security personnel.

  • Gathering security intelligence and implementing preventative measures.

  • Developing work schedules, allocating tasks, and monitoring personnel performance.

  • Coordinating responses to emergencies and alarms, as well as compiling incident reports.

  • Preparing surveillance equipment maintenance schedules and facilitating repairs in a timely manner.

  • Takes proactive steps to provide a safe and secure working environment to staff and visitors.

  • Provides specialized security for and monitors access to limited and restricted access areas such as inventory areas, network equipment areas, and employee files and confidential records.

  • Conducts regular walk-throughs and security inspections for assigned facilities.

  • Keeping abreast of new technologies and advancements in security services.

  • Ensuring compliance with company policies and security industry regulations.

  • Oversees the daily workflow, schedules, and assignments of security staff including security guards and access control clerks.

  • Coordinate and contract with local emergency response organizations: EMS, Fire, Police, Spill Response.

  • Develop, maintain, and update emergency response plans, including evacuation, shelter-in-place, and lockdown procedures.

  • Act as the incident commander during emergencies, coordinating the response efforts of internal security teams and external emergency services.

  • Conduct post-incident reviews and adjust emergency plans as necessary based on lessons learned.

  • Provide comprehensive training to new hires on security policies and emergency response procedures, ensuring preparedness and compliance.


Required Education and other Skills:




  • Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Emergency Management, or a related field is preferred. However, relevant work history demonstrating a minimum of 7 years of experience in security management will be considered in place of a degree. This may include roles in corporate security, law enforcement, military, emergency management, or related fields.

  • Demonstrated expertise in emergency management planning and implementation.

  • Strong leadership qualities, with excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Familiar with relevant laws, regulations, and standards pertaining to security and emergency management.

  • Preferred certifications in security management or emergency management (e.g., CPP, CEM).

  • Ability to pass a comprehensive background check.



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Quality Engineer

Ascend Elements is a fast-growing organization that is revolutionizing the production of lithium-ion battery materials for electric vehicles. Recognized as a climate technology leader, the company elevates the value of recycled elements and engineers’ sustainable battery materials to support the global clean-energy transition. The company’s patented Hydro-to-Cathode™ direct precursor synthesis technology produces new, sustainable cathode materials from spent lithium-ion batteries more efficiently than traditional methods, resulting in improved performance and lower carbon emissions. Ascend Elements is taking sustainability in the lithium-ion battery industry to a higher level.


The Quality Engineer supporting Ascend Elements APEX 1 facility in Hopkinsville, KY will be responsible for the overall quality of a specific part of the site production process.


Duties and Responsibilities:



  • Monitor daily production quality performance using SPC (Statistical Process Control).

  • Initiate and lead RCI (root cause investigations) on non-conforming production results using 8D and Six Sigma methodology with a cross functional team.

  • Report weekly and monthly SPC and process quality performance for internal and external customers.

  • Update and maintain SAP Quality Management views.

  • Lead change management initiatives related to quality improvements.

  • Participate in establishing quality parameters and systems for new product launch.

  • Participate in vendor, customer, and internal audits.

  • Maintain customer specific PPAP and control plans.

  • Participate in PFMEA reviews.

  • Analyze quality and production data and propose and lead continuous improvement.

  • Adherence to established ISO 9001 and IATF 16949 standards and policies.

  • Conduct Internal, External, and Layered Process Audits.

  • Identify problem areas and follow up with countermeasures and solutions.

  • Schedule, review, and document dock audits in the automated audit system.

  • Respond to customer inquiries and complaints.

  • Develop, submit, participate in the Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) and Production Part Approval Process (PPAP), for new or existing product(s) to meet APEX 1 requirements.

  • Coordinate pre-launch production trial run process monitoring.

  • Serve as administrator of calibration system, which includes performing calibrations, and scheduling.

  • Perform test as requested for production support.

  • Supplier product quality monitoring – assist / submit Supplier Corrective Actions.

  • Oversee the disposition of the non-conforming area.

  • Develop and update quality system procedures.

  • Generate process capability analysis.

  • Effectively coordinate and provide timely completion of supplier corrective action activities.

  • Comply with all company guidelines, policies, and procedures.

  • Prepares reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing data and making recommendations.

  • Determines quality improvement parameters by identifying statistical methods relevant to manufacturing processes.

  • Respond to ongoing non-conformities, review for disposition and materials release.

  • Other duties as assigned.

  • The employee is committed to and must support the EHS management process to obtain the ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 certification as well as participate in system standards and practices in its compliance and commitment to policies, objectives, operational controls, documentation, system guidelines, and others that the organization subscribes to as mandatory.

  • Will participate in all EHS aspects, including reporting hazards, incidents, and injury/illness without fear of reprisal.

  • Must attend an Environment, Health, and Safety Orientation program appropriate to their work environment.

  • The employee must follow 6S step-by-step methodology to maintain orderly workspaces and resources thereby enhancing productivity and safety.



Essential Skills




  • Working knowledge of ISO 9001 and IATF 16949 standards and policies experience strongly preferred.

  • Knowledge of statistical techniques and various types of testing instruments.

  • Working knowledge of the relationships and roles of internal/external customers and suppliers, including their impact on product and services.

  • Customer quality assurance experience.

  • Chemical industry experience preferred, but not required.

  • Working knowledge of inspection and testing techniques, including various types of sampling plans.

  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints (drawings) GD&T.

  • Understanding of the audit process including types of audits, planning, preparation, execution, reporting, and follow up.

  • Ability to analyze and understand data produced by statistical process control (SPC).

  • Ability to plan, control, and assure product and process quality in accordance with company’s quality principles.

  • Understanding of problem solving and quality improvement tools and techniques.

  • Ability to work well in a multi-functional team environment, portray the company in a professional manner, work non-regular hours as needed.

  • Ability to safeguard the confidentiality of the company, customer, and employee information.

  • Commit to and participate in activities for continuous improvement.

  • Statutory and Regulatory requirements.



Core Competencies



  • Ability to prioritize, handle multiple tasks, customer demands and flexibility in job assignments.

  • Strong commitment to safety, environment, workplace organization and housekeeping.

  • Good communication and negotiation skills.

  • Very good social competence.

  • Good verbal and written communication skills.

  • Able to work non-standard weekly schedule including off shifts.




Education and Experience



  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, or Engineering with minimum 5 years of experience in quality and manufacturing environment or equivalent on the job experience.

  • Prior experience and knowledge of ISO 9001 and IATF 16949 standards.

  • Ability to use Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint to compile and present information.

  • Knowledgeable in SPC.

  • Familiar with JMP and SAP software.

  • American Society for Quality (ASQ) certification(s) desired.



Physical Requirements:




  • Physical working conditions are consistent with a typical office environment.

  • Must be able to work in a manufacturing environment production facility where there is exposure to (noise, heat, cold, dust, fumes).

  • Capable of wearing task specific personal protective equipment which may include dust mask, respirator, safety shoes, gloves, safety glasses, and ear protection.

  • Capable of meeting OSHA standards for manual lifting guidelines: < 50lbs

  • While performing the duties of this job it is required to stand, walk, and use hands to operate objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands or arms; climb, balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch when necessary for job activity.

  • Ability to stand and/or walk for extended periods (minimum of eight hours).

  • Must be able to work in a variety of weather conditions and temperatures.


  • Thank you.





Position located in Hopkinsville, KY


May require up to 25% of business travel.



We offer a competitive salary and full benefits package.



Read about Ascend Elements:


https://ascendelements.com



APPLY TODAY!


Ascend Elements is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.




Finance Manager

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The Finance Manager will provide strategic analytical support to management across the organization. This individual will be required to collaborate cross-functionally to support strategic planning. While using a keen understanding of financial statements, will devise financial modelling and profitability analysis, perform budgeting / forecasting, develop KPI’s and metrics, and ensure business performance management. This role will heavily support financial systems and data management processes.


Detailed requirements:



  • Responsible for stakeholder business partners to collaborate, develop and oversee annual budgets and quarterly forecasts to set performance expectations for corporate departments.

  • Provides guidance to managers in financial reporting objectives and standards to ensure accurate, compliant, and useful financial reporting.

  • Acts as an advisor to management on regulations and other matters that may impact the financial activities of the company, engaging with outside consultants if applicable.



  • Analyze current and historical trends for key performance measurements, identify opportunities for financial improvement and provide recommendations to management.

  • Apply knowledge of business systems and processes and leverage best practices when working with business partners to solve business issues

  • Prepare departmental reporting packages including standard reports and variance commentary

  • Increase the use of automation across the organization to streamline and improve new and existing management reports

  • Assist with the implementation of budgeting and forecasting software tools



  • Provide financial modeling, financial analysis and ad-hoc projects as required.

    • Experience with 3-statement financial modeling preferred.





  • Ensures all financial operations are in compliance with governmental rules and regulations.

  • Forecasts and manages cash flow that meets the needs of the company.


Education & Experience:



  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance or Accounting

  • 3- 5 years related financial experience as an independent individual contributor.

  • CPA, public accounting 1-3 years required, with big 4 experience preferred.

  • Proven ability and comfortable operating in a high pace, dynamic and multi-priority environment is a must.

  • Requires a passion for problem solving and analysis and digging into the details.



  • Experience in business partnering and building solid working relationships, using your strong interpersonal skills with ability to communicate professionally to all levels of the organization.

  • Solid working knowledge of accounting principles

  • Experience in Corporate financial planning.

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

  • Proficient with Microsoft office products and data visualization is preferred.

  • Extensive knowledge of the financial and accounting function and related department processes.

  • Experience managing, analyzing, and summarizing large data sets in Microsoft Excel

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Instrument and Controls Technician

Ascend Elements® is revolutionizing the production of lithium-ion battery materials by establishing a clean and sustainable supply chain using recycled feedstock. Its patented Hydro-to-Cathode™ technology directly synthesizes new cathode materials from spent lithium-ion cells more efficiently than traditional methods, resulting in reduced cost, improved performance, and lowered greenhouse gas emissions. The results are lower cost, better performing batteries, a cleaner manufacturing process, and a truly sustainable closed-loop circular battery economy. This closed-loop process also allows for fewer end-of-life batteries being discarded in landfills. Ascend Elements is taking the lithium-ion battery industry to a higher level.


Position Overview


The Instrument & Controls (I&C) Technician will be responsible for providing repair, calibration, and emergency maintenance services to production, utility operations, and infrastructure systems as necessary to provide for safe operations, regulatory compliance, and equipment availability related to instrument, controls, and low/mid voltage equipment systems plant wide.


Job Responsibilities



  • Incorporate safe behavior into all activities and consistently comply with all established safety and health policies and procedures including Lock, Tag, Try and Test Before Touch.

  • Perform maintenance of production units, utility, and infrastructure systems.

  • Troubleshoot, repair, and calibrate instrument and control systems. Example assets include instrumentation and controls for compressor systems, shredders, bagging stations, conveyors, pumps, gearboxes, piping flow control, tank level control, and the Distributed Control System (DCS).

  • Troubleshoot and perform preventive maintenance tasks upon 480V 3-Phase switch gear.

  • Perform routine and emergency maintenance on production unit, utility, and infrastructure equipment. Example activities include calibrating level/temperature/flow/pressure transmitters, installing control valves, performing control loop checks, performing interlock test procedures, wiring motor junction boxes, terminating electrically driven equipment at switch gear, pulling/installing 480V buckets, wiring actuators/sensors, performing switchgear IR scans, performing GFCI checks, replacing lighting and indicators, megging motor leads, etc.

  • Use Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) effectively to document and accomplish required maintenance in an efficient and organized manner.

  • Optimize plant preventive maintenance program to meet OEM recommendations, regulatory requirements, and corporate maintenance philosophy.

  • Provide maintenance procedure and training development assistance for new equipment.

  • Provide start-up support to production operations.

  • Perform On-the-Job Training with new members of the team.

  • Cooperate with groups and individuals within the Engineering & Maintenance department, Operations, contractors, and other service units.

  • Act as liaison between suppliers/manufacturers and manufacturing partners for problems with electrical equipment.

  • Perform all tasks and assignments in accordance with company policies and procedures.

  • The employee is committed to and must support the EHS management process to obtain the ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 certification as well as participate in system standards and practices in its compliance and commitment to policies, objectives, operational controls, documentation, system guidelines, and others that the organization subscribes to as mandatory.

  • Will participate in all EHS aspects, including reporting hazards, incidents, and injury/illness without fear of reprisal.

  • Must attend an Environment, Health, and Safety Orientation program appropriate to their work environment.

  • The employee must follow 6S step-by-step methodology to maintain orderly workspaces and resources thereby enhancing productivity and safety

  • Other tasks and duties as assigned.


Required Skills / Abilities



  • Proficiency in the safe use of precision measuring instruments, power tools, and hand tools

  • Applied knowledge of industrial common instrument, controls, and electrical maintaining skills pertaining to instrument calibration, control loops, 12VDC to 480V Three Phase power distribution, hand rigging/hoisting, control valves, interlocks, gaskets, motors, and photosensors.

  • Thorough understanding of basic electrical theory, troubleshooting techniques, and safe work practices

  • Able to read and comprehend single line drawings and process schematics

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Strong multi-tasking competency

  • Team player attitude


Physical Requirements



  • Capable of wearing task specific personal protective equipment which may include dust mask, air purifying respirator (i.e., half and/or full faced), safety shoes, gloves, safety glasses, and ear protection.

  • Capable of meeting OSHA standards for manual lifting guidelines: < 50lbs

  • While performing the duties of this job it is required to stand, walk, and use hands to operate objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands or arms; climb, balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch when necessary for job activity.

  • Ability to stand and/or walk for extended periods.

  • Must be able to work in a variety of weather conditions and temperatures.


Education/Training



  • High School Diploma (or higher-level education) in the field of Mechanical engineering and/or industrial maintenance

  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience preferred, maintaining instrument/control/electrical systems preferably in a chemical plant, refinery, or large process plant


**Located in or near Hopkinsville, KY


Competitive Pay!!


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Process Engineer (Wastewater Systems)

Ascend Elements (AE) is revolutionizing the production of lithium-ion battery materials by establishing a clean and sustainable supply chain using recycled feedstock. Its patented Hydro-to-Cathode™ technology directly synthesizes new cathode materials from spent lithium-ion cells more efficiently than traditional methods, resulting in reduced cost, improved performance, and lowered GHG emissions. The results are lower cost, better performance batteries with fewer discarded in landfill, a cleaner manufacturing process, and a truly sustainable closed-loop circular battery economy. Ascend Elements (AE) is taking the lithium-ion battery industry to a higher level.


We’re hiring a Process Engineer (Wastewater Systems) to join our team in Hopkinsville, KY! In this role you will provide technical expertise and day-to-day engineering support to the wastewater systems supporting the manufacturing facility. This will include interaction with the operations, warehouse, and maintenance employees, design, and modification of existing and new facilities, gathering and analyzing data, troubleshoot problems, identify root cause(s), present conceptual solutions, detailed engineering, equipment sizing, feasibility studies, recommend and implement process improvements. This individual will be part of the commissioning of new equipment and managing production trials. They will be focused on benchmarking and improving performance against plant metrics and implementing robust systems to sustain improvements. They must lead the effort to achieve superior Health, Safety and Environmental performance, especially in the areas of process safety (PSM, RMP, PHMP etc), procedure writing and training of plant employees.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:



  • Provides technical and leadership for the Wastewater Treatment system. Includes assessment of current Equipment capabilities, HSE issues, and capital requirements.

  • Analyzes performance statistical control charts. Works toward establishing in-control processes. Identifies areas of variation (raw materials, process, or quality analysis), implements measures to reduce variation, and tracks effectiveness of reduction measures.

  • Use heat and material balances, fluid flow/hydraulic principles to troubleshoot process problems and design new equipment.

  • Analyzes batch cycle times. Identifies and implements process optimization improvements to establish consistent cycle times and reduce overall cycle times.

  • Reports cycle time, Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and other key metrics for key equipment and key product lines.

  • Investigates off-grade or abnormal batches. Identifies root cause, reports findings, and implements corrective actions.

  • Manages small capital projects associated with unit. Responsible for determining justification, scope definition, safety reviews, ‘ punch-list ‘ items, coordination of implementation with production schedule, startup, chemical commissioning, and performance report on agreed deliverables.

  • Prepares flow diagrams, P&ID’ s, and equipment and control specifications.

  • Utilize management of change for applicable situations.

  • Trains production operators and laboratory technicians on unit operations, chemistries, and batch recipe or DCS changes/enhancements in regard to each product line.

  • Responsible for day-to-day troubleshooting associated with the wastewater system.

  • Utilizes and works within the ISO 9001 standard framework/system.

  • Influence people’s opinions, attitudes, and judgments and demonstrate the ability to compromise opinion to develop the best solution for the issue.

  • Up to 10% travel on average, as high as 50% during plant commissioning phases.


Education and Other Requirements:



  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering preferred, others considered.

  • 7-10 years of process engineering experience with focus on wastewater, pretreatment, metals extraction, pH adjustments, and scrubbers.

  • Knowledge of and hands on experience using APQP tools including FMEA, SPC, and design and process validation as well as Lean and 6 Sigma tools.

  • Experienced in liquid/solid separations such as precipitation, filtering, drying. Supplier identification and assessment, equipment build tracking, factory and site acceptance testing, installation, commissioning, and ramping to metrics.

  • Experience in running wastewater systems.

  • Experience, judgement, and technical knowledge to drive data-based decisions.

  • Knowledge and experience in continuous liquid process and batch reactions in a series of reaction vessels.

  • Skilled user of MS office tools including Word, EXCEL, Outlook, Project.

  • Written and verbal fluency in English.

  • Capable of wearing task specific personal protective equipment which may include dust mask, air purifying respirator (i.e., half and/or full faced), safety shoes, gloves, safety glasses, and ear protection.

  • Capable of meeting OSHA standards for manual lifting guidelines: < 50lbs

  • While performing the duties of this job it is required to stand, walk, and use hands to operate objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands or arms; climb, balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch when necessary for job activity.

  • Ability to stand and/or walk for extended periods.

  • Must be able to work in a variety of weather conditions and temperatures.

  • Be committed to and must support the EHS management process to obtain the ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 certification as well as participate in system standards and practices in its compliance and commitment to policies, objectives, operational controls, documentation, system guidelines, and others that the organization subscribes to as mandatory.

  • Will participate in all EHS aspects, including reporting hazards, incidents, and injury/illness without fear of reprisal.

  • Attend an Environment, Health, and Safety Orientation program appropriate to their work environment.

  • Follow 6S step-by-step methodology to maintain orderly workspaces and resources thereby enhancing productivity and safety.


This position is located in Hopkinsville KY!


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Ascend Elements is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.