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Chemical Process Technician - Decatur, IL

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Job Title: Chemical Process Technician - Decatur, IL
Location: Decatur, IL, Mid-West United States, USA
Company: Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM)
Industry Sector: Agribusiness
Industry Type: Commodities and Trading
Career Type: Technician
Job Type: Full Time
Minimum Years Experience Required: N/A
Salary: 0
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For more than a century, the people of Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) have transformed crops into products that serve the vital needs of a growing world. Today, we're one of the world's largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers, with approximately 31,000 employees serving customers in more than 170 countries. With a global value chain that includes approximately 500 crop procurement locations, 270 ingredient manufacturing facilities, 44 innovation centers and the world's premier crop transportation network, we connect the harvest to the home, making products for food, animal feed, industrial and energy uses. Learn more at

Chemical Process Technician - Decatur, IL
This is an hourly level position.

Position Summary:
ADM is building a new Pilot plant for the production of FDME from fructose at its Development Products facility in Decatur, IL. As a result, we are seeking a knowledgeable person familiar with food and chemical processing operations for the commissioning and day to day operational activities of equipment at this facility. The successful candidate will be expected to become a qualified operator within three months and will be expected to monitor and control process parameters to achieve desired product specifications by analyzing system controls, log sheets, and lab reports. In addition, there is an expectation to perform a variety of jobs, tasks and duties such as housekeeping, painting, oiling, greasing, lubrication, sample retrieval, and a variety of duties as required. This plant will produce pilot quantities of FDME for applications testing utilizing various production processes and operational functions, including material handling, reactors, distillation, and other separations.

Job Responsibilities:
  • Primary responsibility will be to ensure successful daily operation of the ADM FDME pilot facility through monitoring and adjustment of production equipment with both manual and computerized controls
  • Operate the equipment in the plant while performing various tasks such as material handling, mixing batches, collecting and entering samples, and basic housekeeping
  • Must have the ability to work and communicate effectively with other operators, supervisors, maintenance, and contractor personnel
  • Must be able to safely perform quality work with minimal supervision to achieve ADM FDME pilot plant goals. These include:
    • Proactively participate in plant safety and quality programs, taking ownership for personal safety, as well as the safety of others through a commitment to safe behaviors, a safe work environment, and adherence to safety policies and procedures
    • Identify and troubleshoot equipment operating problems and upsets
    • Monitor all equipment and systems, making adjustments in order to safely produce quality products
    • Assist in developing and complying with SOP's and assist in training/coaching of personnel in the SOP's
    • Assist in developing and complying with safety, environmental, quality, and production procedures/policies
    • Manage and control electric and instrument materials
    • Successfully complete all continuous education requirements including, but not limited to, safety and environmental rules and regulations, process equipment, controls, and technologies
    • Will work in a plant environment with the expectation to initiate work based on general instructions
    • Physical requirements include ability to climb stairs, lifting up to 50 lbs, prolonged periods of standing and sitting, computer work, meeting deadlines, providing calculated information, working in confined spaces and from heights, bending, kneeling, working adjusted hours, and working as instructed.
    • Physical qualification to wear a respirator is required
    • Prompt attendance is required
Job Requirements:
  • Basic understanding of scientific disciplines (math, chemistry, physics, reasoning, and mechanics)
  • Excellent mechanical, troubleshooting, reasoning and problem solving aptitude
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize and interpret information from charts and graphs
  • Ability to read and understand technical drawings including P&ID's and flow charts
  • Prompt and consistent self-starter with ability to manage deadlines while juggling multiple tasks
  • Strong interpersonal skills are necessary to effectively interact with multiple employees, management personnel, and other stakeholders
  • Interpersonal skills, including handling conflict; explaining problems and potential corrective actions for processes in a fair, honest, and direct way
  • Must be able to work in a team environment, maintain a positive and respectful attitude, and be able to perform tasks in a timely manner
  • The candidate must be able to utilize independent judgment to solve problems, have excellent organizational skills, and strive for continuous improvement
  • Ability and willingness to travel as required for training
  • Basic computer knowledge
  • Must be qualified or willing to obtain qualification to operate a fork truck
  • Basic understanding of chemical system, mechanical systems, and continuous process operations
  • Knowledge of industrial production plant equipment (pumps, valves, meters) and their interaction with process controls (Distributed Controls Systems)
  • Familiarity with evaporation, distillation, reactors, and continuous production processes is a plus
  • Must be able to work multiple shifts and have flexibility to work overtime when needed

Relocation assistance is not available with this position.

This position offers a complete benefit package, including 401K/ESOP, pension, health, life, vision, and dental insurance.

ADM requires the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen, medical questionnaire and a background check.

ADM is an EOE for minorities, females, protected veterans and individuals with a disability.
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Job Post Date: 02/26/19
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