Journeyman Process Operator

Full Time
Texas City, TX
Manufacturing & Warehouse

Website Ashland


Position is accountable for ensuring safe and environmentally sound operation of the production unit (including reactors and spray dryer) while maximizing the output of PVP Powder and Liquid Copolymers that meet or exceed the expectations of our customers.

Journeyman Chemical Process Operator – PVP

Are you the kind of person that is always thinking, sketching, seeking, and adjusting? Who needs to understand how things work and then figure out how they can work better? Are you a passionate, tenacious, solver who loves to work with others who share your drive? Are you positive, constructive, and ingenious?

Are you always solving?

Then we’d like to meet you and bet you’d like to meet us.

Ashland has an exciting opportunity for a Chemical Process Operator to join our ISP Technologies, Inc business at our Texas City, Texas. This is a very visible, significant role within the Company and the Production function. This position will report to the Batch Operation Manager.

Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is required, subject to a reasonable accommodation required by law and as applicable

The responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Works with the Operations Manager, Process Operators, and other plant support individuals to manufacture products for our customers and accomplish the goals and objectives of the Production department. 
  • Monitors all operating equipment in the production unit to ensure that the process stays in control.
  • Operates local and remote instrumentation to make necessary adjustments to ensure that products are manufactured that meet or exceed customer specifications.
  • Supports and provides input on technical programs and procedures designed to optimize unit production and improve the manufacturing process. 
  • Performs operational tasks to start up, shut down and make changes in the process.
  • Records accurate readings and keeps logs and fills out batch records, all to cGMP standards.
  • Makes minor adjustments and repairs to process equipment.
  • Draws samples to be taken to the laboratory.
  • Complies with all plant safety rules and reports all incidents and events to immediate supervision for corrective action.
  • Attends all departmental safety meetings and actively supports and participates in safety programs and implementations, i.e., Emergency Response Teams.
  • Complies with all Ashland plant policies, procedures and practices applicable to the Production Department.
  • Participates in various Company and regulatory training designed to improve plant processes and/or increase unit production.
  • Participates in Safety and Environmental initiatives that will contribute to compliance of State/Federal regulations and improve existing Company programs. 

In order to be qualified for this role, you must possess the following:

  • Minimum four (4) years of experience as a Chemical Process Operator in a manufacturing facility.
  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Prior experience must include being knowledgeable in chemical process manufacturing, plant safety rules and regulations, Process Safety Management (PSM), current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP), environmental compliance standards, site quality processes, and emergency response requirements. 
  • Valid Driver’s License.
  • High level of mechanical aptitude, be an effective communicator, possess basic computer competencies, be willing to serve on the Emergency Response Team, and be capable of and willing to working rotating shift, holidays and overtime, as may be required.  
  • Ability to work in confined spaces and from elevated areas within the plant. 
  • Walking and climbing six flights of stairs and standing while running batches.
  • Bending and stooping while checking pumps, valves, motors, etc.
  • Moving pallets of drums with hand truck.
  • Filling, shoving and sealing drums of co-polymer up to 450 lbs. each.
  • Climbing on and off a tow motor.
  • Maneuvering and rolling PVP powder drums up to 110 lbs. 
  • Stooping, bending, reaching, and climbing while assembling and disassembling PVP spray dryers.
  • Climbing tank wagon loading rack and onto tank wagons to maneuver fill hose while loading wagons.
  • Climbing storage tanks and checking for problems and getting equipment ready for maintenance.
  • Individual must be able to respond appropriately during site emergencies as directed by the Site Emergency Director. The candidate must also be able to wear and properly utilize appropriate personal protective equipment if required to work or visit within the manufacturing process area. This may include hard hat, safety glasses, respirators, ear plugs, steel-toed shoes, or other equipment as required by the work performed and location the work is being done.
  • Candidate must also have the ability to identify critical issues and formulate action plans with all levels of plant management.
  • The individual must also have the ability to identify quality improvement opportunities and formulate action plans for implementation. This requires exceptional work planning and problem-solving skills.

Must be authorized to work in the US.

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