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Pilot Plant Chemical & Boiler Operations Technician Job


King of Prussia, PA, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  Research & Development
Posting Date:  May 11, 2021

The Pilot Plant Chemical & Boiler Operations Technician reports directly to the Pilot Plant Manager.  This position works closely with the pilot plant staff, Facilities & Maintenance team, HES, technical resources and outside contractors to successfully complete job activities.  This is a non-supervisory support position for the organization and requires non-normal business hours support and shift work.




Works with various functions to conduct assigned operations and associated maintenance and mechanical work.  Job assignments will require both mechanical and operations skills, including ability to utilize instrumented control systems and other PC based tools running programs such as operations logs, procedures, etc.  This position will work under general supervision only on a fixed or rotating shift schedule including weekends and may require an alternate shift schedule to cover for vacancies or other needs in either the pilot plant or boiler house. The position requires the ability to independently follow operating procedures and various safety protocols, including use of personal safety equipment, to operate and maintain complex systems.  This position will work with hazardous chemicals and within environments that potentially could cause personal, site-wide or off-site injury.  It is expected that all safety and environmental regulations are complied with while the work is being performed. 




Pilot Plant Operations (70%)

  • Operate various pilot plant chemical processes and wastewater treatment and utility systems in accordance with standard operating and safety procedures. 
  • Record detailed, operational data on operator run sheets and in laboratory log notebooks.
  • Perform basic troubleshooting of unexpected operations, participates in root-cause analysis of unplanned events and contribute to implementation of associated corrective actions.
  • Develop basic understanding of process control systems and communicate issues to the pilot plant engineer.
  • Perform analytical quality control tests such as capillary rheometry, % solids analysis, pH, etc.
  • Participate in commissioning and start-up activities for new processes and projects.
  • Provide emergency backup, vacancy and vacation coverage for boiler house operations when necessary.
  • Respond correctly to emergency situations following standardized procedures, responding in professional and calm manner by contacting appropriate personnel to take further actions per procedure.
  • Train new employees on shift. 


Boiler House Operations (10%)

  • Operate the site’s utilities including: water tuber boiler(s) and steam generator(s), air compressors & air dryers, secondary cooling water processes, air refrigeration chillers, wastewater holding cells, boiler chemical feed systems, and water quality monitoring and testing.
  • Perform preventative maintenance and services on boilers and steam distribution/support system which may include utilizing hand tools, laying out piping systems, installing mechanical systems, and other tasks. 
  • Complete various chemical analyses on waste and boiler water.
  • Responsible Care involvement with REACTS process after normal business hours.
  • Respond correctly to emergency situations following standardized procedures, responding in professional and calm manner by contacting appropriate personnel to take further actions per procedure.
  • Train new employees on shift. 


Maintenance & Capital Improvement (10%)

  • Utilize mechanical skills to construct new units and repair and improve various equipment systems.
  • Participate in 5S activities and other pilot plant and boiler house work area improvements.
  • Identify and communicates department maintenance needs to pilot plant operations coordinator and manager.
  • Ensures that safe work permitting process is followed, including issuing permits, and conducts inspections and safety checks as the maintenance and project work is being performed.


Safety & Environmental (10%)

  • Participates in the department’s monthly safety meeting and may act as the department’s safety advocate.
  • Performs safety inspections and identifies and elevates safety hazards or concerns to the Pilot Plant Manager and/or site HES Manager.
  • Participates in Process Hazard Analyses, Management of Change, Pre Startup Safety Reviews, and Incident Investigations and contributes to closure of associated action items.




  • Requires the ability to easily move through an operating process requiring the use of stairs, ladders, and personal protective equipment.
  • Requires non-normal business hours support and shift work.
  • Will interact and collaborate with diverse teams including operations, research, maintenance, corporate support groups, and management teams.
  • Supports the site HES policy and complies with all regulatory and internal requirements
  • Participates in HES activities provided by site management and Arkema Inc. (e.g., Behavioral Base Safety, SafeStart, etc.)
  • Supports and promotes the reporting of all health, safety, environmental, near-miss, accident or injury incidents




  • High school diploma or equivalent required.  Associates degree or equivalent experience preferred.  Math skills are required for conducting basic calculations on the job.
  • Demonstrated mechanical skills and ability to troubleshoot equipment issues are required.
  • Instrumentation and/or electrical skills are preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in a technical lab, production or utilities environment is preferred.
  • Must be proficient with Microsoft applications and have ability to operate chemical processes with use of computer controls.  Familiarity with DCS preferred.
  • Ability to read and modify technical drawings is preferred.
  • Familiarity with federal health and safety regulations for chemical industry is desired.


Building on its unique set of expertise in materials science, Arkema offers a portfolio of first-class technologies to address ever-growing demand for new and sustainable materials. With the ambition to become in 2024 a pure player in Specialty Materials, the Group is structured into three complementary, resilient and highly innovative segments dedicated to Specialty Materials - Adhesive Solutions, Advanced Materials, and Coating Solutions - accounting for some 80% of Group sales, and a well-positioned and competitive Intermediates segment. Arkema offers cutting-edge technological solutions to meet the challenges of, among other things, new energies, access to water, recycling, urbanization and mobility, and fosters a permanent dialogue with all its stakeholders. The Group reported sales of €8.7 billion ($9.7 billion) in 2019, and operates in 55 countries with 20,500 employees worldwide.


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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