Chemical Plant Operator

Fulltime, Integrated Supply Chain

Moses Lake, Washington, United States Apply Now Apply until: 1 Jun 2023

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Chemical Plant Operator 


The Chemical Plant Operator on shift is responsible for the overall operation of the sodium chlorate production process unit during the work shift. In addition to the operation of the sodium chlorate production process unit, the Chemical Plant Operator on shift is also generally responsible for the overall plant-site during non-traditional work hours when other production department management is absent (i.e., evenings, nights, weekends, holidays, etc.).  This includes informing supervision or management of critical adverse changes in plant operations as necessary, monitoring of the plant-site egress, and acting as Incident Commander during emergencies until other plant management personnel arrive on site.


Primary Responsibilities


  • Supervise, coordinate, and/or execute activities pertaining to the production area during the work shift as necessary to maintain overall production department objectives and requirements.
  • Document and communicate critical information relative to plant operation.  This includes such items as logbook entries, operating log sheets, informative shift changes, operating reports, various permits, customer complaints, and applicable AIR’s and P/CAR’s.
  • Monitor and control the process via the Bailey DCS and other in-plant controls.  Evaluate analytical and process data affecting process operations and take preventative or corrective action as necessary.
  • Coordinate the interaction and requirements of maintenance and production activities utilizing a cooperative, team approach during the work shift as necessary.  This includes such items as writing and approving permits, granting permission for activation of approved Bailey DCS changes, writing work orders, documenting activities and events occurring during the shift, performing inspections, and other similar activities.
  • Develop reports, collect data, and evaluate key plant operating parameters.  Develop trends and graphs, routing air-flow measurements, review and participate in establishing PM frequencies.
  • Assist in the evaluation and testing of new projects and experiments.  Prepare PCRs as required. 
  • With the assistance of the Production Technician and maintenance department, the Chemical Plant Operator is responsible for equipment care and condition monitoring with a goal of preventing equipment failures.
  • Handling and working around hazardous materials, and maintaining any necessary certifications as required.
  • Overtime work hours will sometimes be required in order to meet production department needs.
  • Attend meetings and training sessions as required.  Some of these events will not be possible to be scheduled during the normally scheduled shift working hours.
  • Be capable of performing duties of a production technician
  • Perform various tasks related to the plant utility systems as required by supervision
  • Assist the loaders during regular hours as requested or needed to meet production and shipping requirements. Complete loading activities (e.g., loading tank cars, tank trucks, hopper cars, and dumping salt) during off hours to meet production and shipping requirements.


Supervision responsibilities


  • Supervision of production department personnel assigned on shift.
  • Working with the Production Technician on shift, forming a shift team that is capable of satisfactorily maintaining normal plant operations, but prepared to take proper action during abnormal plant operations or emergencies.  (An example of such action is firefighting, but only to the response level qualified or trained).
  • The Chemical Plant Operator will provide input to the Production Supervisor/Engineer for the purpose of evaluation of personnel supervised on shift.
  • Responsible to help maintain a positive and professional work environment in all activities relating internal and external to the department. This includes such issues as personnel relations, discouraging any form of harassment, exemplifying a role of leadership, maintaining proper communications, and supporting management objectives.
  • Assist the Production Supervisor/Engineer as requested in maintaining and adjusting production department work/shift schedules.  This may include scheduling additional, or replacement personnel as required and assigning specific tasks as necessary.


Safety Responsibilities


  • Responsible for the safe operation of the sodium chlorate production unit during the work shift.
  • First line responsibility for the safety of personnel working within the operating plant area and the environment.
  • Responsible for making safety related decisions during the work shift and ensuring that safety requirements are adhered to and maintained.
  • Support, administer, and/or execute all applicable Safety, Health, and Environmental policies and procedures during the work shift.


Quality Responsibilities


  • Responsible for making quality related decisions during the work shift and ensuring that required product quality is maintained
  • Support, administer, and/or execute all applicable requirements of the Total Quality Program and Quality Assurance System as requested
  • Responsible for assisting the production supervisor/engineer in making and implement changes in the Total Quality Program and Quality Assurance System as requested



Education & Experience


  • Associate degree (A.A.) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school; or four years plus of related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Language skills – ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence
  • Mathematical skills – ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
  • Reasoning ability – ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.
  • Certifications – Washington Drivers License
  • Physical demands – standing, walking crouching and kneeling. Must be able to occasionally lift up to 100 lbs. Must be able to regularly lift up to/move 25 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.





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Closing date
1 Jun 2023
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North America
United States
Moses Lake
Integrated Supply Chain
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Job family
Integrated Supply Chain
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Full time/part time
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