BASF Pilot Plant Technician in Wyandotte, Michigan

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Where the Chemistry Happens…

The Pilot Plant Technician will be part of the N-EDN/T Pilot Plant Resins team and will be based in Wyandotte, MI and support the overall success of the Dispersions & Resins business in North America.

The Dispersions & Resins business of BASF develops, produces and markets a range of high-quality resins, additives, colorants and polymer dispersions worldwide. These raw materials are used in formulations for coatings and paints, printing and packaging products, construction chemicals, adhesives, fiberbondings, nonwovens, and paper manufacturing. We are building the best team to support the growth and needs of our customers. With a comprehensive product portfolio and extensive knowledge of the industries we serve, our customers benefit from innovative and sustainable solutions to help them advance their formulations through chemistry. For further information about the Dispersions & Resins business in North America, please visit

Reporting to the Pilot Plant Operations Coordinator, the Pilot Plant Technician will be responsible to operate the pilot plant equipment to create quality samples in a safe, timely and professional fashion to support the EDN business (Dispersions & Resins) and other BASF businesses. The technician is also responsible to ensure that the pilot equipment remains operational and is safe.

Formula for Success: You Will…

· Maintain a high sense of urgency and speed in delivering customer samples.

· Maintain a parts inventory for the assigned pilot plant equipment to be ready when needed.

· Demonstrate a sense of ownership for the pilot plant assets and strong teamwork with co-workers.

· Become the equipment expert and the "Go To" person for assigned assets when equipment/process/computer interface modifications are proposed.

· Demonstrate the highest level of safety and consideration for others working in the pilot plant when operating polymerization equipment.

· Work independently, developing, planning and executing day-to-day equipment operations and maintenance as established in the standard operating procedures.

· Provide process and sample data to sample owners in a timely fashion.

· Maintain clear and concise records of the pilot plant operations. Keep an accurate, up to date, and witnessed lab notebook.

· Support of scale-up of processes to manufacturing when appropriate.

· Display capability and willingness to be the lead mechanic on the equipment assigned. The nature of the job is to explore new chemistries and processes at the direction of exempt staff.

· Work safely through the use of proper personal protective equipment and procedures such as Lock Tag & Try and Hot Work.

Qualifications - BASF recognizes institutions of Higher Education which are accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or equivalent

Ingredients for Success: What We Look For in You…

· High school degree with 3 years’ experience in a chemical industry or Associate Degree with 2 years of experience in a chemical industry

· College level chemistry is preferred

· Strong mechanical aptitude is required

· Holds or is capable of obtaining a Fork Truck Operators license and HAZWOPER certification.

· Prior experience with PLC or DSC control systems preferred

· Microsoft based programs (Excel, Access, Word)

· Flexibility to adapt to changing work schedules and functional areas from week to week

· Familiarity with P&IDs, PFDs, PHA, HAZOPs (or similar), Management of Change, SDS desired

· Knowledge and experience with process control, interlocks, pumps, desired

· Must value their own safety as well as the safety of others and the environment above all else.

· Must be able to lift up to 25 Kg, handle 55-gal drums, and work on elevated platforms.

Job: REDE - Research & Development

Organization: N-EDN-Dispersions North America

Title: Pilot Plant Technician

Location: MI-Wyandotte

Requisition ID: 1604071