Pros: there are endless learning opportunities, as new products are are being introduced, dow offers competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits, including an annual variable pay program that rewards team and individual performance, dow also offers its' employees an employee stock ownership program, and the commitment to long-term success that it brings, dow is committed to running a safe operation, and goes above and beyond local, state and federal safety and environmental requirements.
Cons: this is a young mans' job, there are rarely breaks or time for lunches available, i do not know that i will be able to physically keep up the pace for too many more years.
A typical day at Dow, (formerly Rohm and Haas) consists of, but is not limited to the following tasks for an operator or technician: Ensure operational activities and process performance are aligned with plant and business goals. Operate and field check process equipment. Monitor process conditions, equipment and control systems and make adjustments – more... as necessary. Follow operating discipline, procedures and practices to ensure a safe and efficient operation of assigned duties. Use troubleshooting skills to resolve process, product quality, safety, and environmental problems. Perform minor repairs, improvements and preventative maintenance utilizing appropriate procedures, processes and disciplines. Use process knowledge and skills to make improvements in plant performance and Operating Discipline. As required, initiate and participate in Root Cause Investigations. Identify equipment requiring maintenance. Clear and isolate equipment as required and issue Safe Work Permits for maintenance and project work. Act as a resource for other Operators and/or Technicians on job tasks and prioritization of work activities. Perform immediate response activities assigned by Immediate Response Leader. Monitor, collect and input plant metrics for Statistical Process Control (S. P. C. ), asset utilization, conversion cost, and production yields to help identify opportunities for plant optimization. Communicate with transportation providers on issues related to carriers and equipment. Perform tasks assigned per task list. Accurately complete all required paperwork. Maintain and file necessary records in accordance with business requirements. Operate tank farm to support production, loading racks and material transfers in accordance with defined operating discipline and work processes. Perform daily sample analysis. Perform calibration checks of analytical equipment and systems and respond appropriately. Provide confirmation and approval of sample quality for the loading of trucks, iso-containers, drums and railcars. Make independent decisions on approval or rejection of products based on analytical data. Package RCRA waste, complete paperwork, and arrange for disposal. Perform all duties with a high degree of dedication to safety and environmental stewardship. The process knowledge and multi-tasking skills I have attained from working at Dow will prove invaluable in any petrochemical plants' operational setting. Dow's management is committed to providing the workforce with the tools needed to get the job done in the safest, most efficient manner possible, and my co-workers all (mostly) pull together as a team, with a singular mission in mind: Produce the highest quality product in the safest manner while maintaining an empowered team environment, effectively communicating, sharing information, resolving issues, giving and receiving both positive and critical feedback in a respectful and professional manner. – less