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Technician Specialist

Date: Mar 16, 2023

Location: Columbia, MD, US, 21044

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 21769 

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

The primary function of this position is to support research activities in the Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) catalyst product line. The typical daily activities of the employee will include making laboratory/pilot scale preparations of FCC catalyst and additives and submitting samples for analysis and evaluation. Employee will work under general supervision and be responsible for recording and reporting results.


  • Follow all Environmental Health & Safety requirements and do all required safety training.  Work safely with chemicals/materials and wear the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment for the job.
  • Perform the laboratory/pilot scale preparation of FCC catalysts. Submit samples for analysis and evaluation.
  • Operate and share maintenance of pilot plant equipment with other group members. Equipment includes spray dryer, mixers, mills, gas emission scrubber, washing tanks and ovens.
  • Perform the necessary housekeeping maintain a clean and safe work area.
  • Collect and record data. Work with Word and Excel spreadsheets for data recording, data processing and reports.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Science or two years of college with coursework in chemistry, engineering; and math; relevant work history and experience will be considered in lieu of education.
  • 0 - 2 years experience beyond college with overall good mechanical aptitude and experience in chemical lab operations desired. Experience in making FCC catalysts and handling mineral acids is a plus.
  • While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, climb multiple levels of stairs and be physically capable of regularly lifting/moving up to 40 pounds.


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

Tuition Reimbursement

Company Donation Match Program

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.

Nearest Major Market: Baltimore