​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 the development, manufacturing, and marketing of products for agricultural and commercial use.

Job Duties & Responsibilities

  • Inspect, adjust, monitor, operate, and repair plant equipment and systems
  • 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; safely perform assigned tasks and be alert to unsafe conditions
  • Conduct lab sample pulls as needed
  • Operate Vent Gas Incinerator (VGI), Chillers, and Cooling Tower
  • Process effluent through DCS (Distributor 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/required 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
  • Must be forklift-certifiable
  • 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 pre-employment criminal background check

Education Requirements

  • High School diploma or equivalency required
  • Vocational or technical degree preferred
  • 40-hour HAZWOPER* preferred
  • Firefight Certification* a plus
  • AIDT Training is strongly preferred  

*Required training offered by AMVAC


AMVAC Offers

  • Full benefits are available including Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance starting at < $5 a week 
  • Life and AD&D insurance including a $25,000 life insurance policy at no cost to you
  • Roth and Traditional 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan available with 5% company match - dollar for dollar
  • 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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