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Chemical Operator

Date: May 3, 2021

Location: Chattanooga, TN, US, 37406

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.


Requisition ID: 18806

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 3,900 people in over 30 countries.


Job Description

Operate equipment such as mixers, crystallizers, pumps, dryers, centrifuges, ball mills, filters, cranes, heat exchangers, packaging equipment, calciners, boilers, kilns and other plant equipment. 

  • Responsible for the proper operation of the processes. 
  • Perform work routine in nature, other than installation of new equipment or repairs, as required to make and break connections to change the flow of materials or to clean or flush the process piping or hoses, using necessary tools required to accomplish same. 
  • Perform required checks for proper operation of the equipment and processing using necessary instruments, small hand tools, gauges, or laboratory ware. 
  • Operate power trucks if qualified. 
  • Instruct helper as required. 
  • Maintain required records. 
  • Observe safety rules and practices.
  • Mount, dismount and operate a variety of models of power lift equipment such as fork trucks, bobcats, tuggers, etc. 
  • Ascend and descend stairs, vertical ladders and work platforms. 
  • Repetitively move containers of material on and off pallets, conveyors, and material handling equipment such as lifting hoists or drum dumping equipment.
  • Manually open and close a variety of types and sizes of valves located from near floor level to above the head. 
  • Operate electrical and pneumatic tools such as impact wrenches and drum openers. 
  • Work inside where temperatures exceed 100° f. or outside where temperatures are sub-freezing during winter months. 
  • Wear respirator, self-contained breathing apparatus, air helmet and any other safety equipment required by the specific task being performed. 
  • Read warning signs, hazard labels, operating procedures and log sheets. Hear warning sirens and emergency evacuation alarms. 
  • Perform basic mathematical functions and understand units of measure in both English and metric system. 

Required Skills

  • Ability to operate all equipment such as mixers, calciners, heat exchangers, etc. as required to complete chemical processes.
  • Ability to observe safety rules and practices and wear all safety-related equipment required by the specific task being performed.
  • Ability to work any shift with overtime and in normal to extreme environmental conditions.
  • Ability to acquire sufficient skill and knowledge of the chemical processes in order to conduct operations and processes with limited supervision.

Required Experience

  • High school diploma (or GED) required
  • 1 to 2 years manufacturing experience in a similar industry OR Associate degree in Engineering Technology with a concentration in Chemical, Nuclear or Process Controls with a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0

Preferred Qualifications

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Grace is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. Please, no phone calls or emails. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Grace via email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Grace. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Grace as a result of the referral or through other means.


EOE Statement:  W. R. Grace & Co. is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status or any other legally protected status.


If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you may request a reasonable accommodation.

Nearest Major Market: Chattanooga