The Production Technician on shift is responsible for maintaining proper field and process operations of the sodium chlorate production unit during the work shift, under the direction of the Chief Technician. Maintain and manage goals that achieve safety, health, environmental, quality, and production targets established.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Work with the Chief 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).
- Participate in and/or execute activities pertaining to the production and loading areas during the work shift as necessary to maintain overall production department objectives and requirements.
- Assist the Chief Technician in documenting and communicating critical information related to plant operation. This may include such items as logbook entries, operating log sheets, informative shift changes, and applicable reports.
- Assist the Chief Technician in monitoring and controlling the process via the Bailey DCS and other in-plant controls. Work with the Chief Technician in evaluating analytical and process data affecting process operations and taking preventative or corrective action as necessary.
- Perform periodic field checks of processes as required to ensure proper operations and to help avoid equipment damage, unsafe or undesirable situations, unauthorized entry to the site, or other similar events.
- With the assistance of the Chief Technician and maintenance department, the Production Technician is responsible for equipment care and condition monitoring with a goal of preventing equipment failures.
- Perform sampling and lab analyses as required.
- Participate in the interaction and requirements of maintenance and production activities during the work shift as necessary. This may include such items as preparing equipment for maintenance, writing work orders, preparing work permits, documenting activities and events occurring during the shift, performing inspections, and other similar activities.
- Assist in the evaluation and testing of new projects and experiments. Prepare PCR’s as required.
- This position involves handling and working around hazardous materials, and maintaining any necessary certifications, as required.
- Overtime work hours will sometimes be required 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.
- Responsible for helping to maintain a positive and professional work environment. This includes such issues as personnel relations, discouraging any form of harassment, maintaining proper communications, and supporting management objectives.
- The Production Technician is required to meet the qualifications to temporarily upgrade to the position of Chief Technician. Qualification requirements for upgrading are not defined in this document and are subject to the discretion of the Production Supervisor and Operations Manager.
- Perform various tasks related to the plant utility systems as required by supervision.
Education: Preferred Associates degree from two-year college or technical school, or equivalent work experience
Experience: Two years plus of related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Skills and Competencies
- The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear; and taste or smell. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
- Ability to utilize the Bailey DCS, including interpretation of audible/visual alarms and typewritten reports generated by the DCS, is required. Ability to operate and use personal computers and in-plant software is preferred.
- Solve practical problems and deal with a variety of variables in situations with incomplete information to reach sound conclusions. Interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
- The Production Technician must be able to: Calculate figures and amounts such as proportions, percentages, and ratios. Apply concepts of basic algebra, geometry, and statistics.
- The Production Technician must be able to: Read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Write routine reports and correspondence.
- Speak effectively in a group of contemporaries in the local plant organization
Licenses: Washington State Driver’s License
The hiring salary range for this position ranges from $52,400 - $74,900, although individuals may eventually progress through the pay scale in this role up to $97,400. Actual compensation will be dependent upon the specific role as well as the individuals’ qualifications, experience, skills, and certifications.
Hired applicant will be eligible to receive annual bonuses.
Employees (and their families) will be eligible for coverage for medical, dental, vision, and basic life insurance. Employees can enroll in our company’s 401k plan. Employees will also receive (eight hours of vacation leave every month) and (twelve) paid holidays throughout the calendar year.