Chemical Operator - 1st Shift

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Date: Jul 7, 2024

Location: Wickliffe, OH, US, 44092

Company: Lubrizol Corporation

About Lubrizol  
The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is committed to enabling a sustainable future. Our unmatched science unlocks immense possibilities at the molecular level, driving sustainable and measurable results to help the world Move Cleaner, Create Smarter and Live Better. Our solutions are used by people every day, improving billions of lives around the world. 

We value diversity in professional backgrounds and life experiences. By enabling a consistent, unbiased, and transparent recruitment process, Lubrizol seeks to create a positive experience for candidates so we can get to know them at their best. We recognize unique work and life situations and offer flexibility, ensuring our employees feel engaged and fulfilled in every aspect of life. 


The PDD chemical operator, working in a continuous twenty-four hour, five days a week operation, is responsible for operating chemical processing equipment and instrumentation, charging raw materials, handling chemicals, and providing valuable technical information for chemical engineers and other internal customers. A PDD chemical operator strives for 100% accuracy when processing chemicals and ensures safety and good housekeeping at all times.


Because the Wickliffe Pilot Plant supports all Lubrizol Additives’ business segments, the PDD chemical operator is required to work with numerous process development engineers to safely and accurately produce products of varied chemistries.  Furthermore, the PDD chemical operator must be competent working in a range of development environments; for example, a PDD chemical operator’s work varies from process/product development work in a lab working with 1-12 liter flasks to a development-focused plant working with 1 gallon –1000 gallon reactors.


The PDD chemical operator works with process development engineers on new product and process development, raw material qualification and process safety improvement projects.  Additionally, the PDD chemical operator may produce material for market, specifically low volume products, intermediaries or market development quantities to satisfy external customer need.


NOTE: Upon submitting your application for this role, you will be emailed a link to complete our Operator Assessment. This is a required assessment and in order to be considered for this position, the assessment must be completed.



  • Accurately charge raw materials to reactors ranging in size from 1 to 1000 gallons according to written instructions prepared by engineers.
  • Set up and process raw materials in development lab using piping, glassware and other lab equipment according to written instructions and diagrams drafted by engineer.
  • Collect samples and conduct lab analyses (colorimetric titrations, viscosity measurements, etc.) according to instructions outlined by engineers or supervisor and accurately record the data.
  • Package, label and store chemical product in proper containers; deliver finished material to the appropriate shelves for storage and distribution to different process engineers or other internal customers.
  • Troubleshoot, identify and communicate issues that may arise while running a process; recommend changes in work/chemical processes and equipment to improve safety, efficiency and integrity of operations.
  • Maintain equipment and tools in good working order, and report all equipment problems to supervisor, engineers and/or maintenance personnel.
  • Provide timely status updates to the foremen on special requests or projects that have been moved up in priority.
  • Serve on Lubrizol Wickliffe’s emergency response team (job requirement).
  • Support the Wickliffe site’s VPP and RCMS initiatives.


Skills, Qualifications, Experience:                        

  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Willingness and ability to participate on the emergency response team (job requirement).
  • Computer skills, Excel/Microsoft Word, web enabled mainframe.
  • Mechanical aptitude, familiar with standard mixers and scales.
  • Able to read and interpret documents, such as safety rules, batch sheets, operating instructions and process and instrument diagrams.
  • Good basic math skills (decimals, fractions and proportions).
  • Able to work with the metric system (volumes and weights).
  • Able to stay constructively busy and maintain focus during extended processing holds. 


Decision Making:

  • Modify process based on observations and samples collected during process (i.e. adjust speed of material feed, amount of ingredient, flow, etc.)
  • Determines when to engage internal maintenance.
  • Identifies potential safety issues and makes recommendations for action or resolution.



  • Competencies include: quality of work, quantity of work, communications, adaptability, technical skills, problem solving & decision making.
  • Maintain high ethical standards at all times.
  • Maintain an attendance and dependability record consistent with departmental standards.
  • Demonstrate good initiative and self-motivation.
  • Demonstrate excellent safety behavior.
  • Must be a team player.
  • Must be reliable and flexible to handle the changing work load and priorities. 
  • Follow all company and department process procedures, documentation, and policies.


Working Conditions:

  • Able to work in a fixed position, standing or sitting, for long portions of the work day.
  • Requires use of appropriate PPE, Personal Protective Equipment, to fulfill safety requirements.
  • Coordinate vacation and other time off to ensure necessary coverage is maintained in pilot plant.
  • Accepts the possibility of flexible work schedules and overtime.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds.
  • Handle glassware for laboratory work.
  • Physically able to climb and work in elevated area (i.e., climbing and descending stairs repeatedly during shift).


NOTE: Upon submitting your application for this role, you will be emailed a link to complete our Operator Assessment. This is a required assessment and in order to be considered for this position, the assessment must be completed.

If you’re interested in the position, we encourage you to apply. Lubrizol is always looking for candidates who embody our cultural beliefs in everything they do. If you’re All In, Lead Decisively, Take Action, Think External, and can Be Courageous, Lubrizol could be the place for you.

Nearest Major Market: Cleveland
Nearest Secondary Market: Akron

Job Segment: Chemical Research, Mainframe, Instrumentation, Chemistry, Laboratory, Engineering, Technology, Science

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