Chemical/Refinery Unit Operator in New Castle, United States

Veolia North America

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About Veolia North America

A subsidiary of Veolia group, Veolia North America (VNA) offers a full spectrum of water, waste and energy management services, including water and wastewater treatment, commercial and hazardous waste collection and disposal, energy consulting and resource recovery. VNA helps commercial, industrial, healthcare, higher education and municipality customers throughout North America. Headquartered in Boston, Mass., Veolia North America has more than 10,000 employees working at more than 350 locations across the continent. Please visit our website .

Job Description


Veolia’s comprehensive benefits package includes paid time off policies, as well as health, dental and vision insurance. In addition, employees are also entitled to participate in an employer sponsored 401(k) plan, to save for retirement. Pay and benefits for employees represented by a union are outlined in their collective bargaining agreement.

POSITION PURPOSE: The Chemical/Refinery Unit Operator will monitor and operate equipment and facilities, including field equipment, ensuring quality and conformance with standard operating procedures. Additional responsibilities include maintaining safety standards at all times and initiating and following emergency procedures when necessary. The Operator/Mechanic will perform basic maintenance repairs and upkeep on area equipment. Job tasks are performed in control room, lab areas, and throughout various operations of the site.


  • Start up and shut down (normal and emergency) plant systems and components.

  • Operate, monitor and control plant systems; visually inspect, monitor equipment and process conditions.

  • Prepares equipment for maintenance work.

  • Reviews, follows and, if qualified, revises detailed process operating procedures, maintenance procedures and safety procedures.

  • Troubleshoots equipment to restore to operation.

  • Analyzes charts and logs to identify potential or actual problems.

  • Identifies system problems to stabilize plant to normal conditions.

  • Trains new operators in the area, reinforcing safety and environmental principles.

  • Loading and unloading of railcars and tank trucks.

  • Perform laboratory analysis of products.

  • Clerical duties as required.

  • Operate mobile equipment.

  • Participate/Lead various site teams.


  • Willing and able to work 12-hour rotating shifts, including overtime, nights, weekends, holidays and short notice call-in if required.

  • Willing and able to lift up to 50 lbs.

  • Willing and able to work in a High Hazard environment; outdoors, indoors, elevated heights and confined spaces.

  • Willing and able to wear required PPE (personal protective equipment) such as steel toes, hardhats, protective eyewear, face shields, respirator, chemical acid suit, etc.

  • Willing and able to climb stairs, ladders; stand, walk, stoop, bend, kneel, crawl; visual acuity for close work; able to reach overhead; able to hear and respond to alarms.


Education / Experience / Background

  • High School Diploma/GED equivalent

  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in an industrial or manufacturing environment

  • Experience maintaining, repairing and troubleshooting industrial equipment/machinery.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

  • Ability to navigate the tools of Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, etc. and learn new computer systems and software applications.

Required Certification / Licenses / Training

  • Current and valid driver’s license – willing and able to obtain powered industrial truck certification.

Additional Information

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer! All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Disclaimer: The salary, other compensation, and benefits information is accurate as of the date of this posting. The Company reserves the right to modify this information at any time, subject to applicable law.

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