Pilot Plant Operations Technician Job


King of Prussia, PA, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  Production / Operations
Posting Date:  Nov 26, 2023

Arkema Inc. is actively recruiting for Pilot Plant Operations Technician to support our King of Prussia facility.  At Arkema, Operations Technicians work closely with the pilot plant staff, Facilities & Maintenance team, HES, technical resources, and outside contractors to successfully complete job activities.  Daily responsibilities in this position must be done in an ethical manner with safety as the primary responsibility.  This position reports directly to the Pilot Plant Manager.  This is a non-supervisory support position for the organization and requires non-normal business hours support and shift work.


This position is responsible for, but not limited to:


  • 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 boilerhouse 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. 
  • Utilize mechanical skills to construct new units and repair and improve various equipment systems.
  • Participate in 5S activities and other pilot plant and boilerhouse 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.


To be considered for this role, the following is required:


  • 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.

Who we are? Arkema is a world leader in Innovative Materials for a Sustainable World with the ambition to become a pure Specialty Materials player.
We thrive as One Arkema, comprised of many businesses and brands including Bostik, ArrMaz, and more! and operating with a global reach in 55 countries with more than 21,100 employees. Each one contributes to positioning Arkema as a recognized leader of specialty chemicals and advanced materials, reporting annual sales of €11.5 billion, of which 2.6% allocated to R&D for 1,800 researchers in 16 R&D centers.
If you pursue excellence, love innovation and are inspired by challenges, we encourage you through www.arkema.com to learn more about our values – Solidarity, Performance, Simplicity, Empowerment, and Inclusion – and how we concentrate on advances in bio-based and recyclable materials, new energies, water management, electronic solutions, lightweight materials and design, home efficiency and insulation.
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The legal information below pertains specifically to positions posted in the United States, however we strive for diversity, equity and inclusion in all the countries that we hire.
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 and hiring.

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