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Pilot Plant Research Operator

Date: Dec 29, 2020

Location: Allentown, PA, US

Company: Evonik Industries AG

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Pilot Plant Research Operator


Location: United States : Allentown, PA

Function: Production & Technology

Career Level: Experienced professionals (2-5 years)

Legal Entity: Evonik Corporation

Business Line: BL not assigned


What we offer

You will work on exciting and challenging topics together with a team in an ultra-modern, innovative and creative environment. Intensive on-the-job training with expert colleagues guarantees you will quickly become familiar with your duties and perform them independently. Performance related pay and the opportunity for personal and professional development are of course part of the package. Since 2009 Evonik Industries AG has been certified as a family-friendly company by the German Hertie Foundation.

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The position exists to support all activities related to the operation of the Allentown Pilot Plant. The Pilot Plant Technician role utilizes process knowledge and operations experience to safely and proficiently operate processes within a pilot plant for process development scale-up activities and production of new products in a multi-purpose facility. This pilot plant supports several businesses within Evonik. Projects change on a weekly basis. Many of the products are on critical timelines for customer trials and customer sales. New projects may go through a safety review process requiring procedure development and possibly equipment modifications. The role includes performing instructions per test plans, maintaining batch sheets, logging data, and correcting, maintaining, participating in safety reviews, and building process equipment as needed.



  • Conducts the operation of the pilot plant to support process development and scale-up of new products and productivity programs. Follows operating procedures and ensures safe, and efficient operation of the pilot plant facility. Operate and perform checks on process equipment. Monitor and record process conditions.  Overall operation includes 10-12 process vessels, distillation, filtration, solids processing, analytical equipment, and operation of a fork truck.  Documents the knowledge gained from the development work including observations in a notebook or batch sheet.
  • Actively participates in the EH&S of the pilot plant operation including:
    1. Applying site safety policies to daily job
    2. Participating in drafting of procedures and job safety analysis as well as participating in process hazard reviews
    3. Help maintain storage of raw materials and disposal of hazardous waste
    4. Write permits within the job scope for support and maintenance activities.
  • Suggest and make equipment modifications to meet new process requirements in support of active projects.
  • Support the Pilot Plant operations by ordering equipment, raw materials and supplies.


  • Associates Degree in Chemistry or Engineering Science and a minimum of 5 years of experience including working in a chemical plant or pilot plant operation.
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills
  • Ability to effectively contribute to multi-disciplinary project teams 
  • Strong working knowledge of larger scale process equipment including pumps, batch reactors, piping and instrumentation
  • Familiarity with distributed process control systems is a plus
  • Good understanding of analytical tools and methodologies
  • A safety mindset with team-oriented behavior.  Experience working with process safety management systems and PHA methodology
  • Strong mechanical skills and ability to work with various trades.
  • Good understanding of equipment maintenance requirements

Your Application

To ensure the fastest process of your application and to protect the environment, please apply online via our careers portal at https://careers.evonik.com.


Evonik Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

Please note that Evonik will not accept any unsolicited application documents sent by staffing firms. Evonik works in conjunction with preferred service providers and will not pay any fee to staffing firms in the absence of an appropriate framework agreement. Should Evonik receive a candidate profile from a staffing firm with which it has no framework agreement, and should this candidate subsequently be considered in the recruitment process or offered employment, no claims from the staffing firm will be entertained in this regard.

Nearest Major Market: Allentown