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Chemical Operator, Calcination

Redwood Materials

Redwood Materials

Other Engineering
Sparks, NV, USA
Posted on Monday, December 11, 2023

About Redwood Materials

Redwood Materials was founded in 2017 to create a circular supply chain for electric vehicles and clean energy products, making them more sustainable and driving down the cost for batteries. We’re doing this by developing and deploying new technologies to increase the scope and scale of recycled and sustainable materials in the global battery supply chain.

Chemical Operator, Calcination

Redwood Materials is seeking a Chemical Operator to join our facility located east of Reno, NV. This facility will house multiple units that will help Redwood close the loop on battery manufacturing. As an industry leader in recycling and sustainability, Redwood is quickly expanding to serve the needs of the market and is looking for motivated team members.

The facility is a high-tech chemical plant with multiple processes and a variety of equipment types. The chemical operator works in a team effort to operate, monitor, maintain, and troubleshoot all plant processes. Responsibility of all plant systems lies with the technician while on shift. In-process analyses may be required to ensure operations are within acceptable parameters. In process analytical and instrumentation provide the technician with information needed to evaluate the need for process adjustments to maintain a high quality finished good. Chemical Operators will own the equipment and will be the most important resource to ensure a safe working environment for all stakeholders.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Remedy unsafe conditions when found, e.g., tripping hazards and spills, and report conditions where immediate action cannot be accomplished.
  • Day to day operations of a continuously running production line, including gas and liquid sampling, forklift driving, and performing actions on Ignition and other HMIs.
  • Work in a team environment to start-up, shutdown, monitor, inspect, operate, and adjust plant equipment while meeting customer expectations.
  • Analyze trends in various plant parameters such as temperature, pressure, pH, gas analyses, and flow to respond appropriately to process deviations with the goal to maintain product specifications and safe conditions.
  • Operate production equipment including, but not limited to, holding tanks, centrifugal pumps, leaf filters, heat exchangers, electrodeposition machines, metering pumps, wastewater treatment systems, utility manifolds, centrifuges, filter presses, kilns, bulk material conveyance, hot transfer conveyors, hot transfer ducts, thermal oxidizer vessels, wet scrubbers, bag filters, gas exhaust stacks, rotating devices, evaporators, crystallizers, and logistical equipment.
  • Perform routine product and byproduct samples to submit for analysis and verify results are within expected parameters.
  • Work with Engineering, production, and maintenance teams to ensure instructions are executed and communicated effectively across shifts.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of chemicals, oxidation, calcination, roasting, hydrometallurgical, pyrometallurgical plant operations and related equipment (6 months of experience desired)
  • Detail-oriented with strong record-keeping and organizational skills
  • Skilled navigation of complicated HMI’s to troubleshoot and operate equipment
  • Knowledgeable in hazardous materials, i.e. Hazwoper trained or the ability to obtain certification
  • Ability to perform the necessary physical tasks associated with the position including e.g., bending, lifting, twisting climbing, standing, wearing PPE, PAPR, extreme climate change, and walking (multiple-level building)
  • A passion for sustainability and making the world a better place!

Current Shifts:

Sunday - Tuesday and every other Wednesday, 6am to 6pm

Sunday - Tuesday and every other Wednesday, 6pm to 6am [This shift includes a 10% shift differential]

Thursday - Saturday and every other Wednesday, 6am to 6pm

Thursday - Saturday and every other Wednesday, 6pm to 6am [This shift includes a 15% shift differential]

The position is full-time. Compensation will be commensurate with experience.

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