Technician Specialist

Date: Jul 5, 2024

Location: Columbia, MD, US, 21044

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 22782 

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 Technician Specialist to join our Catalyst Evaluations Research and Services team! This role reports to the laboratory supervisor and is located in Columbia, Maryland.

This is a hands-on laboratory position supporting catalyst and petroleum testing for the Fluid Catalytic Cracking portion of the Refining Technologies business. Testing in this group is essential for new product development, customer reformulation, and customer technical support. This role may rotate between several of the lab areas within the group. Typical daily activities include the safe handling of chemicals and operation of lab and pilot equipment in order to generate testing and product performance data. 


  • Operate and maintain FCC testing equipment, including DCR (Davison Circulating Riser), ACE Catalyst testing units, fluidization test units and Steam Deactivation units
  • Conduct analytical testing on petroleum feeds and slurries
  • Log in customer and internal samples
  • Conduct specialized catalyst and/or feedstock testing and/or product testing (i.e. Gas Chromatography analysis, elemental analysis, etc.)
  • Keep complete and accurate records of work done
  • Maintain a safe and orderly workplace and update safety documentation and procedures as necessary 



Physical Requirements and Environment

  • Must be able to stand, walk, sit, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, and climb stairs and ladders.
  • Must be willing to wear PPE (Personal Protective equipment) including but not limited to, protective eyewear, steel-toed shoes, and lab coat. 
  • Ability to follow safety protocols and standards working in a laboratory environment with highly hazardous materials 

Required Qualifications

  • AA degree in a technical field, or BS/BA degree in technical field and no experience required or High School diploma with 2-4 years relevant laboratory, manufacturing, or skilled trade experience.
  • Ability to work rotating shift (first shift is 7am to 3pm; second shift is 3pm to 11pm)
  • If a candidate prefers to work only second shift, that request will be considered
  • Ability to work overtime if necessary

Preferred Qualifications

  • Mechanical aptitude desired- ability to troubleshoot and repair lab scale equipment
  • Desire for continuous improvement of lab operations


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

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Nearest Major Market: Baltimore