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Chemical Operator I

Department: Manufacturing
Location: Detroit, MI



Houghton International, the world leader in industrial fluids, providing both high-tech fluid products and fluid management services, is seeking a Chemical Operator I to join our team. The ideal candidate will follow manufacturing instructions to produce finished goods safely, accurately, consistently and in a timely manner.


  • Operates pumps and scales in a manner consistent with training to ensure safety and the highest level of product quality.
  • Fills, seals, labels, stencils, palletizes and wraps containers as prescribed in the associated batch ticket, pick ticket, and or export order sheet.
  • Maintains neat, thorough and correct completion of all batch related documentation.
  • Calculates batch yields and responds appropriately.
  • Prepares mixing vessels, necessary pumps and hoses for unloading.
  • Inspects all containers prior to filling for cleanliness and integrity.
  • Stages inventory in assigned areas for batch preparation, further processing and/or shipping.
  • Loads and unloads box trucks and flat-beds either manually or using proper material handling equipment.
  • Operates all types of Forklifts and other related motorized vehicles in a safe and proficient manner.
  • Maintains a clean and organized work area and strictly adheres to all plant safety policies.
  • Provides immediate containment, reporting and clean-up/recovery of spilled material or leaks.
  • Audits other team members in safety and quality procedures.
  • Routinely participate in site safety committee.


  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • This position is the entry level for a new production employee with 0-1 year of experience.
  • Ability to lift bags and other containers up to 100 pounds in a safe manner as directed.
  • Ability to move drums up to 500 pounds without mechanical equipment in a safe manner as directed.
  • Ability to follow instructions.
  • Positive team oriented attitude.
  • Reliable attendance.

ABOUT HOUGHTON INTERNATIONAL, INC.: Houghton serves the metalworking, automotive, and steel industries–and a variety of other markets–with the development, production and management of the highest-quality specialty chemicals, oils, and lubricants. Our value proposition provides innovative and sustainable solutions designed to help customers improve productivity, reduce costs and minimize risks. With a singular focus on customer satisfaction we solve the toughest technical challenges and support diverse and widespread customer operations with a global network of fluids experts delivering innovative technologies, chemistries and high performing products. Houghton takes environment stewardship and social responsibility seriously as we conscientiously strive to develop renewable, sustainable products through innovation and process improvement.

PHYSICAL JOB REQUIREMENTS: The physical demands described within the Responsibilities section of this job description are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EEO STATEMENT: It is Houghton International's policy to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. Houghton International will also provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. This employer participates in the federal E-Verify program to confirm the identity and employment authorization of all newly hired employees. For further information about the E-Verify program, please click here:

DISCLAIMER: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position.

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