Employment 2017-11-28T16:36:16+00:00


MATRIC believes strongly in equal employment opportunities and encourages the submission of resumes from the widest range of applicants.

Specific openings will be described on this page when available. Competitive salaries and benefits; EO employer.


Chemical Operator Intern


Chemical Operators in MATRIC’s Pilot Plant Operations work within a team structure consisting of operators, engineers, and instrument/electrical technicians who are collectively responsible for the safe construction, operation, and maintenance of small to intermediate scale chemical facilities.  These operations are typically built and operated for research purposes or the generation of market development samples.  As such, Pilot Plant Operators are required to carefully collect data for research and to assist with process development while also following safe work practices and being familiar with life critical procedures similar to full scale chemical operations.

The chemical operator internship is a temporary role in which the intern works closely with full time MATRIC chemical operators on projects in the pilot plant.  The specific roles and responsibilities of the intern will depend on the project needs at the time, but could include construction, operation, or decommissioning of pilot plant facilities.  The role offers the intern the opportunity to learn many aspects of chemical operations, construction, and project implementation by working alongside MATRIC chemical operators, electricians, and engineers on active projects.

The nature of MATRIC’s Pilot Plant Operations is such that technologies come and go as projects startup and shutdown as is the nature of many research programs.  The technologies are also varied as they come from many different types of companies and industries from around the world.  Therefore, the operator must be flexible and capable of adapting to the changing work requirements with each new project.

Work hours for this role may vary widely.  Standard work hours for MATRIC chemical operators are 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM Monday – Friday.  However, operations may require round-the-clock coverage, and the intern may be asked to work a rotating, 12-hour shift schedule alternating between day shift and night shift.  Interns may be asked to work some overtime depending on project needs.

Internships are temporary and the duration may vary depending on project needs.  However, typical internships last 2 – 6 months.

Major Responsibilities/Accountabilities

  • Work safely with other technicians and safely handle flammable and hazardous chemicals.
  • Wear personal protective equipment (PPE) such as hardhat, safety glasses, steel-toed shoes, gloves, hearing protection, fall protection, respirators, fire retardant clothing, etc. PPE will be provided as needed.
  • Install and checkout equipment, piping, tubing, and instrumentation under the guidance of experienced chemical operators and engineers.
  • Perform field operations such as startup and shutdown procedures; take samples; run analytical tests; swap out raw material and product drums; perform cleanup and maintenance activities; perform experimental runs; and take logbook notes.
  • Assist with cleanup and disassembly.
  • Interface with the computerized control systems and adjust chemical processes through these systems.
  • Record detailed observations in logbooks; communicate regularly and clearly in verbal, written or electronic form.
  • Follow life-critical procedures such as safe work permits and lockout / tagout (LOTO) procedures as well as standard operating procedures.

Required Skills

  • Currently enrolled in an associate’s in applied science in process technology degree program or related field.
  • Basic math skills for routine calculations of raw material usages, feed rates, etc.
  • A fundamental understanding of a variety of chemical unit operations, equipment, controls, and piping systems.
  • Good note writing and general communication skills for effective research documentation and team understanding of operational conditions and issues.
  • Capability to erect small-scale equipment and tubing/piping systems in a timely manner. This can be an acquired skill with on-the-job training, but mechanical aptitude for such work is required.
  • An understanding and capability of performing basic chemical analytical techniques such as gas chromatography, titration, etc. is required and prior experience is preferred.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs intermittently throughout an 8 to 12-hour work shift; move construction materials; erect or relocate equipment; move drums; climb stairs and ladders; work at heights; etc.
  • Ability to stand, walk, stoop, bend and twist; work in tight or closed-in spaces; and wear all personal protective equipment including respirators and chemical protective clothing.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications such as Word and Excel.

Required Experience

  • No experience required.

Position Location

South Charleston, WV

Position Posting Closing Date

December 10, 2017

To Apply


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status or status as an individual with disability.