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Chemical Operator

Company: Elementis
Location: Castle Hayne
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

Elementis offers performance-driven additives that help create innovative formulations for consumer and industrial markets, including Personal Care, Coatings, Chromium, Energy and Talc. Finding opportunities to enhance our customers' performance is at the heart of what we do-and has been for more than 175 years. We own unique raw materials, including the only high-grade hectorite mine in the world, and a leading source of high-purity talc. With our advanced technical solutions, we transform those materials to become innovative, performance-enhancing products for our customers. Elementis is a UK-listed global specialty chemicals company with operations worldwide and employs over 1,600 people at more than 30 locations worldwide.

Job Description Summary

Monitor, operate, and report upon responsible area of Castle Hayne's Chromium chemical manufacturing process.

Job Description

Principal Accountabilities:

Health, Safety and Environment

  • Fully knowledgeable in and routinely applies all company and applicable regulatory HSE standards, practices, and procedures.
  • Responsible to remove equipment from service, prepare, secure, lock out, and establish permits for maintenance of equipment in area of responsibility.
  • Responds to emergencies by taking appropriate operational actions, such as shutting down the process whenever necessary.
  • Responsible to alert supervision and/or security of any emergency situation.
  • Shovels debris, picks up and disposes stray materials, etc. Responsible for using good housekeeping practices.
  • Reports all incidences immediately

Process Operations

  • Develop a basic understanding of the Castle Hayne Chromium manufacturing process and a detailed understanding of the responsible area's process. Understands the implication of operational decisions and actions.
  • Communicates with other operating areas (Evaporation, Wastewater Treatment, Recycle, Chromic acid, etc) and understands the interaction between these operating areas and your responsible area.
  • Reads and acts upon daily area operating instructions.
  • Provides feedback to supervision on operational issues, related to process conditions, improvement ideas, operational instructions, etc.
  • Provide shift change relief. Communicate effectively with other personnel regarding operational conditions at time of shift change.
  • Conducts hourly (minimal requirement) tours of manufacturing area to ensure good operating condition of all equipment. Identify and resolve mechanical and/or process-related issues. Checks levels, temperatures, pressures, etc. Communicates findings to supervision.
  • Collects and analyzes process samples. Records results on prescribed schedule.
  • Works regularly assigned shifts and provides a fair and equitable to peers' amount of overtime coverage for co-worker absences, illnesses, vacations, holidays, etc.
  • Must be able to complete physical aspects of job, including climbing stairs, climbing ladders, operating valves, motors, etc.
  • Additional duties and responsibilities as defined by supervision



  • Sets high standards for self and others; actively follows procedures, suggests ways for improvements; regularly checks operating key measures.Takes individual responsibility for tasks; providing full support to others, gives help and assistance readily. Keeps self and others informed about changes to plant and equipment: Open to try new ideas and suggestions and learn from these. Seeks opportunities to learn and extend knowledge level, supports learning from other members of the team.

Self Directing - Continuous Improvement

  • Pursues effective safe shift change over, takes time to get understanding of others, prepares to listen to views of others.Sound knowledge of the process and can predict outcomes, demonstrates care for the plant and equipment, persistent in getting things done with ability to prioritize activities.Keeps self updated on plant conditions; anticipates problems and changes; organizes and plans his/her part of the process keeping others fully informed.

Problem Solving

  • Ability to identify causes and effects in problem situations, gathers information to diagnose and assess current situation, clarifying and defining problems.Confronts situations, reacting quickly and effectively in emergency situations, reflects on root cause to learn from experience.Knows the production process in ones area and how it affects other parts of the site.Anticipates problems, as a result, minimize "fire fighting" approach.

Plant records

  • Records observations of process conditions, changes, analytical results, etc. on prescribed schedule.


  • Product must meet certain specifications (quality standards). The operator is responsible for keeping the product(s) within specification within the limitations of the parameters within his/her personal control.


  • Cooperates with any co-worker, supervisor, maintenance worker, etc. to guarantee safe, efficient operation and maintenance of your responsible area; Also with operators, etc. in other operating areas.

Physical Requirements

  • Walking or standing most of the day, with some sitting.Frequently bends/stoops, squats, crawls, reaches above shoulder, kneels, and balances.Must be able to climb ladders, stairs frequently throughout the day (multiple flights/ multiple times).Must be able to carry/lift up to 50 pounds.The hands and fingers are frequently used for pushing/pulling, simple and firm grasping.Occasionally for fine manipulation.Employee must occasionally use the head and neck in a static position, and for rotational, flexing and extension movements.Must be able to evacuate unassisted in an emergency.Must be able to wear a respirator.

Environmental Conditions

  • Employee's activities occur both inside and outside.There is exposure to extreme temperatures, moisture, humidity and loud noise.Gases, dusts, odors, fumes and mists associated with normal chemical plant operation may be present.In production areas, employee must wear company-supplied protective equipment such as a hard hat, safety glasses, respirator, gloves, slicker and boots.


  • Must pass company-supplied training program within normal timeframe in order to maintain employment.

Shift Work

  • 12 hour rotating shift work is required.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • High school or equivalent required, some post secondary work preferred.
  • , math, written language and memory abilities are essential to performing this job. Makes evaluations based on measurable or verifiable criteria. Relates to others in situations involving cooperation and teamwork. Performs repetitive or continuous tasks which have set procedures. Performs under stress when confronted with emergency or critical situations. Performs under set limits, tolerances or standards. Adaptable to variety of duties.

The above is a general description of the essential job functions for the position of Chemical Operator. The description provided is not necessarily inclusive of all essential functions and does not include all duties, responsibilities and obligations of an employee in the position of Chemical Operator. Duties, responsibilities, obligations and functions of one's job can and will, as necessary, change as required by business necessity. Elementis Chromium employees will be evaluated in their job performance based on all aspects and functions of their position whether or not specifically identified herein.

Additional Job Description

Keywords: Elementis, Wilmington , Chemical Operator, Other , Castle Hayne, North Carolina

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