Sr Technician Specialist

Date: Jul 6, 2024

Location: Columbia, MD, US, 21044

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.


Requisition ID: 23187

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

Grace is seeking a Sr. Technician Specialist to join the SC R&D polymer formulations and processing team at our Columbia site. In this role you will be responsible for formulating, extruding, and testing resin samples for evaluation. Collaboration and communication along with a focus on safety will be critical for success as you will work as part of a larger team in support of Grace’s UNIPOL® and catalyst businesses.


  •  Foster a safety-centric culture, fully engaging in all aspects of corporate and work group specific safety initiatives.
  • Warehouse Operations
    • Receive incoming shipments and notify recipients
    • Operate a narrow aisle forklift and pallet jack to store, retrieve and move drums / samples for project work
    • Record and report sample locations for inventory purposes
  •  Formulations
    • Prepare and extrude resin samples by blending with solid and liquid additives
    • Repackage and distribute samples for analysis
    • Operation of equipment related to formulations (extruders, blenders, injection molder and more.)
    • Perform simple resin analysis (melt flow, yellowness index.)
    • Perform routine maintenance on laboratory and processing instrumentation and equipment.
    • Demonstrate a culture of operational excellence and continuous improvement.
    • Maintain good housekeeping in all work areas.

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

Required Qualifications

  • High school education or equivalent with some college level course work in related field (science and math) and minimum of 5 years experience in a laboratory or pilot plant environment OR
  • Bachelor's Degree in a related field (science and math) with minimum 1 year of experience in a laboratory or pilot plant environment
  • Ability to work as a team with a dynamic group of co-workers. 
  •  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel or crouch.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 55 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move more than 55 pounds with assistance.  
  • Must be able to obtain a forklift license (we will provide training) and operate a forklift, narrow aisle reach truck and pallet jack.
  • Strong mechanical aptitude.
  • Ability to work independently according to priorities with minimal daily supervision.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Must be able to stand, walk, sit, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and climb stairs and ladders.
  • Must be willing to wear PPE (Personal Protective equipment) including but not limited to hard hat, protective eyewear, steel-toed boots, hearing protection. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of plastics compounding and testing.
  • Experience in operating molding and extrusion equipment independently and efficiently (with training). Effectively managing the full cycle of operation, start-up through shutdown.
  • Trained in use of basic statistics to analyze data and Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).


Medical, Dental Vision Insurance

Life Insurance and Disability

Grace Wellness Program

Flexible Workplace

Retirement Plans

401(K) Company Match - Dollar for dollar up to the first 6%

Paid Vacation and Holidays

Tuition Reimbursement

Company Donation Match Program

U.S. Employee Benefits Summary (




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.

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