Contribute. Grow. Lead...with OxyChem. Looking for a challenge? Desire to achieve your true potential? OxyChem is a growing, action-oriented, safety-driven chemical manufacturing company continually striving to be the best in the business while staying focused on environmental protection. The secret to our success has and will continue to be our people.
Occidental Chemical Corporation (OxyChem) is a leading North American manufacturer of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resins, chlorine and caustic soda - key building blocks for a variety of indispensable products such as plastics, pharmaceuticals and water treatment chemicals. Other OxyChem products include caustic potash, chlorinated organics, sodium silicates, chlorinated isocyanurates and calcium chloride. OxyChem's market position is among the top three producers in the United States in 2017 for the principal products it manufactures and markets. Based in Dallas, Texas, the company has manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Canada and Latin America
In a fast-paced industry that demands precision, we create a supportive workplace where the safety and well-being of our employees are paramount. We are committed to rewarding top performers, offering very competitive pay and benefits, and providing tremendous career development opportunities. We are looking for a self-motivated individual to fill the position of Technician within our Technology organization. The position will reside at our Technical Center in Avon Lake, Ohio, and support our PVC business.
Essential Job Duties:
Maintain, as our highest priority, the protection of the environment, the health and safety of our employees, customers, and the communities in which we operate and/or transport our products.
Understand and work in accordance with all site safety and environmental procedures including the site Chemical Hygiene Plan. Adhere to the use of personal protective equipment as required.
Conduct laboratory experiments and perform chemical, physical, and mechanical property measurements on PVC raw materials, resins, and compounds.
Create experimental recipes for the pilot plant within an experimental framework determined by a scientist.
Determine the success of experiments by evaluating gel tests, stability tests, color, solution viscometry, GC, FTIR, laser Particle Size analyzer, Brabender Plastigraphs, and other laboratory tests common to the PVC industry.
Record experimental data in a laboratory notebook and/or LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) for review by a scientist.
Report results in the form of spreadsheets, charts, graphs, and formalized technical reports.
Provide technical support to customers and manufacturing facilities.
Perform purchasing or receiving in SAP and assist with sample shipping and other mail/shipping-related tasks.
Generate technical and department reports as needed.
Actively participate in site safety program.
Ensure compliance with OxyVinyls safety data sheets, product labels, regulatory and Responsible Care to promote the safe handling and use of OxyVinyls' PVC products.
Bachelor's degree in a Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or other relevant technical discipline.
Prior experience working in a laboratory environment with basic working knowledge of HAZCOM including SDS, NFPA, HMIS, and GHS.
High proficiency in Microsoft applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, SharePoint, and Teams.
Basic knowledge in the area of mathematics and statistics.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Ability to read, write, and speak fluent English.
Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to work as part of a team.
Ability to work overtime as needed.
Ability to travel infrequently to support manufacturing plants.
Physical requirements - Must be able to lift 40 pounds and ascend/descend stairs. Walking, bending, stooping is required. Must be able to wear personal protective equipment as required. Must be able to respond to visual and audible alarms.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Experience using statistical software for evaluating data.
Basic working knowledge of SAP.
Experience in PVC technology.
Occidental is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, political preference, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status