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Pilot Plant Operator

Cleveland, OH 44141

Employment Type: Contract To Hire Industry: Chemical Job Number: 8435 Pay Rate: 33.65

Job Description

Vector’s partner, The Lubrizol Corporation, one of the top workplaces in America, is a market-driven global company serving customers in more than 100 countries. Located in Brecksville, Ohio, their Research and Development facility is looking for experienced pilot plant operators to help with product testing and development. This position requires experience with lab testing, plastic injection molding, compression molding, and extrusion processes. They offer competitive compensation, career advancement opportunities, and a comprehensive benefits package that includes Health, Vision, Dental, 401(k) with company match, tuition reimbursement, paid time off, and paid holidays upon hire-in.
1st Shift (6:30AM-6:30PM) Monday-Thursday
(Occasional overtime on Friday/Saturday with reasonable notice)
$70,000/year+ depending upon experience.
  • Conduct experiments according to defined operating procedures including operation of Henschel mixers, 2-roll mill, pipe extrusion, pipe fitting injection molding, and compression molding machines.
  • Identify, troubleshoot, and work closely with scientists, engineers, and business partners to resolve issues or problems, and appropriately elevate situations to scientists, engineers, manager and/or business partners when necessary.
  • Articulate and communicate lab results to scientists, manager, and business partners with timely status updates.
  • Assemble, prepare, and maintain extrusion, injection molding, and other test equipment.
  • Perform routine preventative maintenance, troubleshooting, and repairs on equipment, as defined in SOPs; elevate and collaborate with appropriate partners to resolve deficiencies.
  • Document test data in Excel and Lubrizol’s internal software. 

  • Highschool Diploma or GED.
  • At least one year of experience in a R&D lab, manufacturing, or similar industrial/academic setting.
  • Observational and recordkeeping skills to track conditions, procedures, deviates, and results of experiments.
  • Analytical and critical thinking skills to evaluate not only the results of experiments but also the procedures used to obtain them as well as identify root causes of any problems.
  • Computer skills (Microsoft Office).
  • Able to repeatedly lift 55 pounds.
  • Be available for occasional off-hours/weekend work. 

Considered a plus:
  • Degree or professional certification in polymer science/processing or another science-related field.
  • Experience in plastic or rubber manufacturing and/or testing.
  • Working knowledge of plastics extrusion and/or injection molding.
  • Forklift driving experience.
  • Lock Out Tag Out experience.
  • Emergency Response experience.
  • Familiarity with Lubrizol products, intermediates, and raw materials.

Meet Your Recruiter

Benjamin Bleich
Recruiting Specialist

When you need someone who is going to go above and beyond to find you a candidate, Ben is your guy. Ben is a systematic and relentless Sourcing Specialist at our Vector Solon Branch. He works tirelessly to help those in need of a new position by getting the process started and connecting candidates with a recruiter.

Before coming to Vector, Ben was very successful as a server/bartender at a local restaurant. He still enjoys using the tricks of his trade with that and makes his loved one’s food and drinks on a regular basis. Furthermore, Ben loves to relish the time he has making music and play video games. He also loves to roll around on his skateboard and just be outside.

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