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Chemical Plant Operator

We provide a challenging and rewarding work environment with strong emphasis process safety, as well as safety of our employees and the communities we operate in, and are always working to form the best team especially from within, through an emphasis on lifelong learning and development.

Where the Chemistry Happens

Chemical Plant Operator Wyandotte, Michigan

The Chemical Plant Operator may be responsible for all aspects of personal safety, product quality, and operating all aspects of the reactors, as well as, filling, loading, and unloading systems and their auxiliary equipment such as bins, filters, blend tanks, and utility equipment for air, nitrogen, cooling water, and steam. The Chemical Plant Operator will manufacture quality finished goods and manage hazardous raw materials in a safe and efficient manner. This includes running of reactors, load/unload of tank trucks, railcars, totes, or drums as required.

This position is part of a job family with multiple levels and will be filled at a level that is commensurate with the candidate's qualifications and experience.

In addition, the following activities will be performed by the Chemical Plant Operator:

  • Conduct visual inspection of operating equipment to determine current operating status;

  • Operate DCS and PLC systems in daily work environment

  • Read, record and interpret data of instruments, reactors, tanks, pumps, cooling unit, etc., and makes corrective adjustments as required to keep efficient production on reactor trains;

  • Perform maintenance, i. e., purges, washes, dries, and recharges equipment;

  • Work from both verbal & written instructions of Shift Supervisor, standard procedures, batch sheet & loading sheets to operate reactors, as well as, filling & loading systems;

  • Maintain good housekeeping in work areas and assist in general cleanup as assigned;

  • Contribute to the success of plant goals & objectives through participation in activities to further advance safety, quality, costs, productivity and morale throughout the plant;

  • Participate in all required safety training;

  • Participate in miscellaneous duties including painting, cleanouts, assistance to plant during outages, and maintain operating condition of key equipment

  • Set priorities without supervisor approval

  • Operate environmental control systems, such as the POND, Scrubber, or Thermal Oxidizer

  • Backup to Chemical Handler, Operators, or the like

  • Lift up to 50lbs as required

  • 90% of the work responsibilities will be performed outdoors. Our Chemical Plant Operators will work in the elements while wearing proper PPE at all times.

  • Safety is first priority mindset

  • Chemical Plant Operator will need to pass medical clearances necessary to work in the Polyol Plant, including: Respirator, Mobile Equipment Operator, Hazwoper, Hearing Conservation, SCBA and Diisocyanates clearances will be required.

  • Performs all functions including the manufacture of finished goods within compliance of BASF, state, and federal requirements, including production, labeling, inspection and shipment of these shipments; responds to spills, so to contain and control materials safely on site; uses necessary safety equipment and personal protective equipment; participates in required training and drills.

The incumbent will be assigned to one of the four teams working on a rotating 12 hour schedule and will report to that teams Shift Supervisor.

Salary grade and range will be commensurate with experience and aligned with the training progression grid.

The Chemical Plant Operator will work a 12 hour rotating shift with overtime as required

Create Your Own Chemistry: What We Offer You

Adding value to our customers begins with adding value to you. You@BASF is the suite of benefits, perks, programs and unique opportunities we offer to support you the whole you in all stages of your life and career. With you@BASF, you create your own chemistry.

The total rewards that you receive as a BASF employee go way beyond a paycheck. From competitive health and insurance plans, to robust retirement benefits that include company-matching contributions, to making sure you never stop learning, we believe investing in you is investing in our success. Working for a large, global organization, you ll have a chance to grow professionally and personally, expand your network and build a rewarding and dynamic career.

Ingredients for Success: What We Look for in You

Basic Qualifications:

  • High School diploma or GED

  • 6 months of manufacturing, production, assembly, light industrial, material handling or warehouse experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Fork truck license preferred

  • Direct experience with weighing, conveying, and packaging operations with PSM Chemicals preferred

  • Manufacturing or production experience in a chemical plant

  • Demonstrated strong end-user computer skills including executing complex SAP transactions

  • Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot systems and identify likely problems.



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