Occidental Petroleum Lab Technician in Ludington, Michigan
Title: Lab Technician Location: United States-Michigan-Ludington Other Locations:
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. For every product it makes, OxyChem’s market position is No. 1 or No. 2 in the U.S.
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 an experienced and self-motivated individual to fill the position of Lab Technician with our Calcium Chloride plant located in Ludington, Michigan.
Essential Job Duties:
Perform complex calibration and maintenance of analytical systems. Perform routine, non-routine and complex routine (food grade) analyses. Wet Lab Chemistry knowledge: moisture, pH, Specific Gravity, Total Solids, and other basic lab equipment and procedures. Be thoroughly familiar and able to operate instrumentation such as analytical balances, titrators, atomic absorption spectrometers, colorimeters, ICP, ion chromatograph, and ion selective electrodes. Evaluate validity of data, apply basic statistics, compare to specified limits and take appropriate action. Adapt laboratory IT and data-handling systems to the needs of the unit and perform first-line troubleshooting. Document, communicate and archive results. Help troubleshoot plant and customer problems. Implement new/improved analytical systems. Train peers in the use of analytical systems and Quality System procedures. Learn, follow, and occasionally create and update applicable procedures to ensure that all jobs are completed in a safe, efficient, accurate, and environmentally responsible manner.
Collect non-routine/complex samples.
Prepare non-routine samples for shipment to customers.
Order, stock and monitor inventory of essential lab supplies.
Ability to work around chemicals such as hydrochloric acid, calcium chloride, magnesium hydroxide, sodium hydroxide, lubrication oils, greases, and chemical cleaning agents. Actively support plant and corporate HESS safety programs, objectives, and expectations. Follows the Ludington Guiding Principles. Responsible for knowledge and use of all area and job specific safety equipment. Actively support and participate on teams and programs to continuously improve plant operations. Must be able to work with others in a self-directed workforce environment. Teamwork is an essential competency. Employee may perform other related duties to meet the ongoing needs of the organization. Must be able to perform duties requiring standing for extended periods of time. Perform typical physical requirements such as repetitive pushing, pulling, and lifting motions.
Must be able to lift 50 lbs, climb ladders and stairs. Walking, bending, and stooping are required. Must be able to wear personal protective equipment including the use of a respirator. Must be able to respond to visual and audible alarms.
High School Education or GED required. 2-yr Associates Degree in Chemistry, including Quantitative Analysis and Instrumental Analysis coursework OR Equivalent analytical lab experience in an industrial lab environment. Ability to read, write and speak in English. Proficient in Microsoft applications Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to work as part of a team. Must possess valid driver’s license. Post-employment Requirement
Complete A-Lab training and certification process Additional Desired Qualifications
Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry
Experience with Microsoft Excel macros
Good working knowledge of SAP
Occidental is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Individual with Disability/Veteran Status