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Technician Specialist

Date: Feb 27, 2023

Location: Baltimore, MD, US, 21226

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 21731 

Built on talent, technology, and trust, Grace is a leading global supplier of catalysts and engineered materials. The company’s two industry-leading business segments—Catalysts Technologies and Materials Technologies—provide innovative products, technologies, and services that enhance the products and processes of our customers around the world. Grace employs approximately 4,300 people in over 30 countries.

Job Description

Situated in Curtis Bay, Maryland, the Senior Technician Specialist reports to Lead Technician in the Advanced Refining Technologies (ART) hydroprocessing catalyst joint venture.  This role supports R&D and Process Technology (PT) groups in the safe and efficient development of new and improved products and processes.  This is an on-site position requiring hands-on work in both laboratory and pilot plant environments.



  • Prepare catalysts and related intermediates through the operation of various bench and pilot-scale equipment and processes
  • Safely handle, store and transport chemicals including potentially hazardous chemicals
  • Maintain a safe and orderly workspace
  • Record experimental results and data in a clear and organized fashion
  • Communicate work progress and challenges, safety concerns and other pertinent feedback with supervisor and other colleagues on a regular basis
  • Work independently with minimal supervision while maintaining alignment with business goals
  • Provide support during manufacturing trials and during other non-standard sample preparation.
  • Ensure equipment is in sound operating condition, input maintenance notifications, ensure equipment is ready for maintenance and verify maintenance completion
  • Abide by all safety and EHS initiatives including but not limited to: SWAs, JSAs, CLS permits, PHAs, MOCs, RCAs and PSSRs

Physical Requirements and Environment

  • Ability to follow safety protocols and standards working in a pilot plant facility with highly hazardous materials
  • Ability to follow safety protocols and standards working in a laboratory environment with highly hazardous materials
  • Must be willing to wear PPE (Personal Protective equipment) including but not limited to hard hat, protective eyewear, steel-toed boots, hearing protection, Level A suit, full face respirator
  • Ability to work in a high hazard environment, including adverse weather conditions, elevated spaces, confined spaces, extreme temperatures, and noisy surroundings.
  • Must be able to stand, walk, sit, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and climb stairs and ladders over 100 ft.

Required Qualifications

  • Strong commitment to safety
  • Good organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Mechanical aptitude for equipment set-up and minor maintenance
  • Self-directed and able to work independently and collaboratively
  • Professional and positive attitude
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Basic familiarity with computer software such as Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook
  • High School diploma with at least 5 years of relevant laboratory, manufacturing, or skilled trade experience


Preferred Qualifications

  • Associates degree or two years of college with course work in chemistry, engineering and math 
  • Chemical or Industrial Engineering a plus


  • Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance and Disability
  • Grace Wellness Program
  • Flexible Workplace
  • Retirement Plans
  • 401(k) Company Match – Dollar to dollar up to the first 6%
  • Paid Vacation and Holidays
  • Parental Leave (salaried only)
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Company Donation Match Program


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Nearest Major Market: Baltimore