​Synthesis Operator
Alabama - Axis
Reports To
​Synthesis Supervisor
FLSA Classification

Job Function

The Synthesis Operator is responsible for the operation, inspection, troubleshooting, and maintenance of the chemical synthesis unit for AMVAC’s Axis manufacturing plant. The synthesis operator oversees the safe and environmentally sustainable operation of plant assets. 

AMVAC, an American Vanguard company, successfully serves global markets through development, manufacturing, and marketing of products for agricultural and commercial use.

Job Duties & Responsibilities

  •  Inspect, adjust, monitor, operate, and repair plant equipment and systems for the synthesis unit
  • Report plant conditions to supervisors and plant personnel verbally and in writing
  • Conduct chemical instrument readings and make adjustments as necessary
  • Complete and maintain accurate records and files
  • Observe all plant safety rules; perform assigned tasks in safe manner and be alert to unsafe conditions
  • Conduct lab samples pulls as needed
  • Operate Vent Gas Incinerator (VGI), Chillers, and Cooling Tower
  • Process effluent through DCS (Distributed Control Systems)
  • Assist mechanical & electrical maintenance and Instrumentation & Control (I&C) activities
  • Work rotating shifts to accommodate plant 24-hour coverage 
  • Participate in Emergency Response Team training and activities
  • Comply and ensure compliance with all regulatory safety and environmental requirements
  • Comply and ensure compliance with all company policies, practices, and lawful directives
  • Perform other duties as assigned to maintain a safe environment

Skills & Qualifications

  • 2+ years’ experience working as a Synthesis Operator or chemical operator at a specialty chemical manufacturing plant
  • Ability to read and understand P&ID's
  • Experience performing minor maintenance safely and in a timely manner
  • Forklift experience
  • Physically meet the needs of the job to include climbing stairs, wearing respiratory protection, and safely lifting at least 70 pounds
  • Strong oral and written communication skills 
  • Able to work as a team member as well as independently
  • Must be prompt, dependable, and have a good attendance record
  • Must participate in the Safety monthly blood draw program
  • This position will be required to work 12-hour shifts, nights and/or weekends as job duties demand
  • Must be able to participate in the respiratory program which includes being clean-shaven and able to wear a respirator when safety needs dictate
  • Must be able to pass a physical and drug test
  • Must be able to pass a Department of Homeland Security-approved pre-employment criminal background check

Education Requirements

  • High School diploma or equivalency required
  • 40-hour HAZWOPER preferred and will be required
  • Firefight Certification preferred and will be required
  • Vocational or technical degree preferred
  • AIDT Training strongly preferred



Experience Requirements


  • Full benefits available including Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance
  • Life and AD&D insurance
  • Retirement Savings Plan available with 5% company match - Roth and Traditional 401(k)
  • ESPP (Employee Stock Purchasing Plan) available - purchase company stock at a discount rate
  • Vacation, Holiday & Sick Pay & More

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AMVAC, an American Vanguard company, successfully serves global markets through development, manufacturing and marketing of products for agricultural and commercial use. (NYSE: AVD)

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

AMVAC is proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment background checks and substance abuse testing.

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