Chemical Operator

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Date: Jun 19, 2024

Location: Gainesville, FL, US, 32609

Company: Milliken and Company

Milliken & Company is a global manufacturing leader whose focus on materials science delivers tomorrow’s breakthroughs today. From industry-leading molecules to sustainable innovations, Milliken creates products that enhance people’s lives and deliver solutions for its customers and communities. Drawing on thousands of patents and a portfolio with applications across the textile, flooring, chemical and healthcare businesses, the company harnesses a shared sense of integrity and excellence to positively impact the world for generations. Discover more about Milliken’s curious minds and inspired solutions at and on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.


Safely and efficiently participate in the manufacture of chemicals under the direct supervision of experienced shift supervisor.  Learn the skills necessary to continually advance towards the Senior Chemical Operator position.


  1. Become familiar with all pertinent SOP's and departmental manuals and demonstrate ability to perform chemical operator duties. 
  2. Develop working knowledge of the setup, operation and cleanup of chemical process equipment; and demonstrate competency in operating assigned vessels in the Pay and Progression path.  
  3. Become knowledgeable of required paperwork flow, product flow and terminology used in each new production assignment.
  4. Learn to properly identify and safely demonstrate how to disassemble, clean, reassemble all process filters utilized in commercial production processes as directed by supervisors.
  5. Responsible for process paperwork including SAP, Excel and Label-printing computer system.
  6. Maintain assigned work station(s) in a neat and orderly fashion with minimal supervision.
  7. Maintain proficiency in proper sampling, weighing and labeling procedures and demonstrate the ability to keep all containers properly identified and labeled at all times.
  8. Maintain proficiency in the operation of the following heating and cooling systems, including location of control switches, valves and regulators:
    1. City water
    2. Tower water
    3. Glycol cooling
    4. Steam boiler
    5. Hot oil heating
  9. Read and understand all written procedures contained in Chemical Process Documents. Demonstrate this ability by completing required procedural batch sheets without error. 
  10. Demonstrate the ability to work and use time effectively under minimum supervision to accomplish assigned production goals and additional tasks to support safe and clean work environment.
  11. Demonstrate proficient and safe drum handling techniques while moving full 55 gallon drums on/off of pallets.
  12. Demonstrate proficient and safe cylinder handling techniques while transferring cylinders from one location to another as directed by supervisors.
  13. Learn and demonstrate the ability to safely transport and load 25 kg bags of chemicals into various chemical processing equipment by hand.
  14. Participate in Process Review Committee meetings to serve as the operator process expert.
  15. Demonstrate the ability to work cooperatively with others.
  16. Demonstrate the ability to listen to supervisors and follow both verbal and written instructions.
  17. Be familiar with and comply with established SiVance LLC Quality Policy.
  18. SAFETY – Adhere to all plant safety policies and compliance regulations.  Actively participate in the safety process through completing of safety audits, participating in safety projects, identifying Site Hazards and contributing to safety improvements, and being an attending member of a safety team.  Complete annual safety training as required.
  19. QUALITY – Become familiar with, understand and comply with Milliken Quality Policy, Standard Operating Procedure(s) (SOPs), relevant ISO 9000 standards and Company Policies that are applicable to this position.

a.    Be aware of the relevant requirements of the Responsible Care Management System (RC-14001) and follow plant procedures to ensure compliance to requirements.

b.    Understand the RC-14001 Significant Aspects of your job and help ensure controls are in place to reduce or eliminate negative impacts.

c.    Take actions and identify and communicate ideas to minimize waste, prevent pollution and conserve energy.

d.    Contribute to continuous improvement of the plant environmental, health, safety, security, and Responsible Care performance and programs.


  1. HAZARDOUS WASTE HANDLING - All associates who handle hazardous waste shall be given an overview of the regulations and company policies regarding the management of hazardous waste.  The hazardous waste handlers shall receive detailed instruction on the proper handling, collecting, labeling, and transporting of hazardous waste as outlined in RCRA and OSHA regulations.  Instructions shall also include whom to notify in case of a spill and proper procedures for spill response.  Educational requirements include the ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions.  Instructions on handling hazardous waste shall come from the hazardous waste manager or appropriate designee.



  1. High school graduate or GED preferred.
  2. Physically able to lift 25 kg bags, climb long vertical ladders, move heavy equipment with proper tools and have the ability to move freely in cramped quarters.  Must be able to wear a full-face respirator when needed. 
  3. Willingness to work all required shifts, including nights and weekends.
  4. Have good mechanical ability and willingness to learn.


Milliken is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition, including but not limited to lactation), sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression (including transgender status), ancestry, national origin, citizenship, age physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, veteran or military status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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