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Date: Apr 7, 2021

Location: Charleston, TN, US

Company: Wacker Chemie AG



WACKER POLYSILICON is the global leader in the production of polycrystalline hyperpure silicon for the semiconductor and solar solar industries.
At our Charleston site, we are currently looking for a(n) Chemical Operator to be a part of our growing team.



The Chemical Operator will work a particular shift using computers and process control systems as part of the distributed control system (DCS) to safely monitor, control, and document production at the Charleston plant site.  In addition, they will perform walkarounds to check safety status, environmental aspects, and to do the entire manual tasks necessary for steady and safe operations.  This position will cooperate with other qualified staff in serving, troubleshooting, and preventative maintenance at the plant.


As a Chemical Operator, you may be working with hazardous materials and will be expected to follow company policies regarding health and environmental protection, work safety, plant safety, and quality. 



  • Monitor the DCS (Distributed control system); diverse processes running simultaneously; use the DCS for startup and shut down of equipment and change of operating conditions advised by management
  • Perform production field duties which include; monitoring, controlling, and documenting production flow and processing steps as well as manual operation of valves and other equipment    
  • Monitor and prioritize responses to issues in multiple places     
  • Interact with databases and computer software; document all operational steps in an electronic shift log
  • Observe/differentiate between standard conditions and deviations from normal operation (e.g. unusual smells, sounds, odors, etc.)    
  • Perform Lock out / Tag out in accordance with site procedure
  • Interpret and document production and quality data.  Report production performance/potential issues to supervisor and provide feedback to technical staff as necessary 
  • Support alarms/response to emergency conditions wearing full protective gear 
  • Work with hand tools- change filters, gaskets, valves, switch spectacle blinds, etc. Perform other minor maintenance tasks and repairs 
  • Support maintenance crew and safe work permit process 
  • Read and understand P&ID's 
  • Conduct frequent communication/coordination between control room, field operations, and other departments 
  • Identify opportunities to improve all aspects of production process
  • Follow company policies regarding health and environmental protection, work safety, plant safety, and quality 
  • Responsible for RCRA generation as relating to container and labeling usage, maintenance and storage functions, and regular inspections of RCRA applicable areas
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Associate's degree in a technical or mathematical field OR, High School Diploma or GED  AND 5+ years of chemical operator experience dealing with hazardous chemicals such as HCl
  • Associate's degree in a technical or mathematical field OR 5+ Chemical operator experience dealing with hazardous chemicals such as HCl 
  • Completion of the Chemical Operator program at Chattanooga State Community College (or equivalent program) with a GPA of 3.0 or higher preferred
  • Distillation unit operations experience preferred
  • Have proven technical and mechanical aptitude and basic computer skills 
  • Be a team player with the desire to lead and coach/train others
  • Detail and quality oriented with safety and environmental consciousness required
  • Ability for effective communication under pressure (face-to-face, radio/phone, computer) 
  • Be willing to work any shift (including 12-hour shifts and/or rotating shifts) necessary to support a 24/7 operation
  • Be willing to work overtime (including weekends and holidays) if necessary
  • Must have a valid driver's license   
  • Must pass pre-employment testing


Contact Person: Sonya Toser 


We are looking forward to your online application!

Reference Code: 3243 



The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job, nor are they intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job.

In accordance with the Internal Placement Policy, you must be in your current role for at least one year, and must inform your current supervisor prior to applying for a new position.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your local HR department.

A minimum requirement for this US-based position is the ability to work legally in the United States on a permanent unrestricted basis.  Visa sponsorship is not available for this position, including for any type of US permanent residency (e.g., for a Green card).


WACKER is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.

Nearest Major Market: Chattanooga