Chemical Operator
California - Los Angeles
Reports To
Unit Supervisor
FLSA Classification

Job Function

AMVAC’s Chemical Operator monitors and adjusts the plant’s chemical processes manually and through automatic remote means while focusing on plant safety and operating at peak efficiency. The Chemical Operator is responsible for recording data consistently and maintaining logs accurately. At all times, the Chemical Operator will follow safety guidelines maintaining awareness of the hazard of all materials handled. Personal Protective Equipment required. Rotating shifts in a busy Chemical Manufacturing Plant operating 24 hours x 365 days. 

Job Duties & Responsibilities

  • Proper handling methods for raw materials, intermediates, products and byproducts
  • Employing the fundamentals of reaction steps including the sequence of addition of reactants; sequence of events expected during reaction steps and monitoring required temperature, pressure, levels and flows for proper processing
  • Operates auxiliary equipment 
  • Testing of final product using specific gravity and pH measurements
  • Produces products of required quality and quantity safely with zero spills, zero air emissions 
  • Maintains log for production records, operations and maintenance data
  • Practices GHP maintaining a very high level of housekeeping in work area and properly applying product and warning levels to all products and waste containers
  • Determines batch sizing and weight using a handheld calculator 
  • Reads and understands Material Safety Data Sheets (MDS) and performs within OSHA & Cal/OSHA guidelines following correct policies and procedures at all times 
  • Drives forklifts in tight quarters

Education Requirements

  • Completion of high school diploma or GED equivalent - Required 
  • Studies in Process Technology, Chemistry, Chemicals or related field - Desired

Experience Requirements

  • 2+ years’ experience working in a chemical manufacturing plant or petroleum refinery under the guidance of a lead operator
  • Experience in a facility conducting Batch or Continuous chemical synthesis using hazardous chemicals
  • Basic knowledge of the functioning of chemical processing equipment including agitated reactors, heat exchanges, pumps, absorbers, scrubbers and instrumentation required
  • Experience working with Hazardous materials; OSHA & Hazmat certifications a plus
  • Computer skills including EXCEL
  • Excellent communication and listening skills
  • Must be able to work all rotating shifts on a continuous basis
  • Must be able to pass post-offer physical, drug test, background checks and other appropriate tests as required


  • Excellent Compensation with Shift Differential
  • Health insurance including Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, Health Savings Account (HSA) & Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan with employer matching
  • Employee Stock Purchasing Plan with employee discount
  • Vacation, Sick & Holiday Pay
  • Wellness program

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