Production Operator Job


Grand Rapids, MI, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  261203
Posting Date:  May 15, 2023


Position Title: Production Operator


Starting pay is $20/hr with progressive increases based on achieved company-provided training certifications; with a $1 shift differential for overnight shift.

Position Hours: Day and Night Shifts available: 6:00 - 6:00; three on / three off.



The Production Operator is responsible for the manufacture, packaging, and distribution of specialty chemical products. The desired candidate must be safety conscious and a highly motivated team player, ensuring that all activities under his/her direction are performed in accordance within regulatory compliance.



  • Load reactors with raw materials, monitoring and troubleshooting batch process parameters, performing in process and final product QC testing
  • Operate forklift to move materials around the plant
  • Participate in the following daily communications meetings: Safety Meeting, Shift Change, Shift Planning
  • Coordinate daily activities with and reports any issues to the Production Team Lead
  • Maintain proper Housekeeping practices in the production area
  • Support other Production Team members as needed, if properly trained for the task
  • Health, Environment, Safety, Quality Responsibilities:
    • Follow site procedures and practices to ensure safe and efficient operation of assigned plant areas
    • Proper handling/disposal of hazardous waste materials
    • As required, participate in Root Cause Investigations
    • Understand and execute Emergency Response procedures to mitigate unplanned events in the process
    • Ensure workplace safety by participating in the Behavior Based Safety (BBS) Observation program
  • Production Technician Responsibilities:
    • Operate and field check process equipment. Monitor process conditions, equipment and control systems
    • Performs tasks assigned to operations (Raw material charges, equipment preparation, process samples, etc.)
    • Perform in-depth troubleshooting of process equipment and systems to resolve process deviations and problems
    • Use plant knowledge and skills to make improvements in plant performance
    • Help troubleshoot plant and customer problems
    • Contribute to value creation by continuous improvement of procedures, the operations work processes and related tools and performance metrics
    • Follow housekeeping and safety procedures to ensure personal safety and the safety of others.
    • Routine use of a computer to communicate via e-mail, complete online training and other tasks as assigned. 
  • All other duties as assigned.



  • Must have a high school diploma/GED
  • Experience in a chemical manufacturing environment preferred
  • Must be a safety-conscious, highly motivated team player who is able to work independently
  • Must be able to climb ladders, work outside in all weather conditions, lift up to 50 lbs and wear PPE including Full face air purifying respirator
  • Must be willing to work overtime as needed
  • Must be able to pass a pre-employment background check, physical and drug screen
  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S. without sponsorship




A designer of materials and innovative solutions, Arkema shapes materials and creates new uses that accelerate customer performance. Our balanced business portfolio spans high-performance materials, industrial specialties and coating solutions. Our globally recognized brands are ranked among the leaders in the markets we serve. Reporting annual sales of €8.8 billion ($10.4 billion USD) in 2018, we employ approximately 20,000 people worldwide and operate in close to 55 countries. We are committed to active engagement with all our stakeholders. Our research centers in North America, France and Asia concentrate on advances in bio-based products, new energies, water management, electronic solutions, lightweight materials and design, home efficiency and insulation.

Arkema Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Arkema Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence.

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