• Phosphoric Acid Operator I

    Job Locations US-NC-Aurora
    Posted Date 1 month ago(11/6/2018 11:24 AM)
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  • Job Description

    Phosphoric Acid Operator I, Aurora, NC

    Why work at Nutrien? Great question!

    Safety is a core value at Nutrien. Keeping every employee safe, healthy and secure is our top priority. Nothing is more important than seeing our people go home safe at the end of every single day.

    While working here you will have the opportunity to grow your career while helping us feed the future. We pride ourselves in hiring from a variety of backgrounds and truly believe that it is our differences that make us stronger so we hope you will join us.

    In addition to exciting and challenging opportunities, Nutrien offers competitive salaries, great benefits and performance based incentives.

    Outside of the skills and necessary qualifications, you will be committed to sustaining our safe and positive work environment while welcoming working side by side others in a diverse culture. Culture at Nutrien is the core of everything we do and all employees are respectful of diverse opinions and views.

    This is an hourly position and will report to the Phosphoric Acid Shift Supervisor.

    Key Tasks:

    • Control and adjust the evaporator operation based on process variables such as phosphoric feed acid strength, phosphoric acid product quality, steam availability, and pond water temperature – (vacuum). The position is typically involved with the concentration to three types of phosphoric acid (e.g. low sulfate green 57%, amber 54% and defluorinated 54%).

    • Record evaporator / tank farm operational data, sample analysis, and data on environmental equipment. Maintain log sheet recording of tank strapping, sludge solids, sludge transfer volumes, and amp load readings on pumps and rakes to ensure proper operation.
    • Troubleshoot operational problems and initiate corrective action or work orders to maintain equipment, meet acid quality and quantity requirements.
    • Obtain samples for control of evaporator product quality, evaporator boil out water, solids content of tank farm sludge, and strap storage tanks and rock silos for production calculations.
    • Adjust flocculent addition to the clarifiers to ensure product quality with respect to solids content. Transfer clarified acid to evaporator feed tanks to assist in maintaining product acid quality.
    • Transfer 30% acid to the Tank Farm area to meet Fertilizer requirements. Transfer 54% and Deflourinated phosphoric acid to the Liquids / Tank Farm area to meet product sales requirements and allow for optimized production rates. Transfer 57% green phosphoric acid to the Tank Farm area to meet Purified Acid feed stock requirements.
    • Transfer sludge to attack system for re-filtration.
    • Remove excess sludge from tanks, when required, through tank cone valves and sludge pump suction blinds.
    • Periodically wash transfer/export lines as production, storage, and shipment requirements allow.
    • Perform necessary equipment checks for safety and environmental compliance. For example, inspect tanks, lines, pumps, and scrubbers in the tank farm area to ensure they are operating in a safe and environmentally sound manner.
    • Prepare equipment for down-day and perform required preventive maintenance. Prepare safe work permits and confined space permits as required. Lockout and tag necessary equipment.
    • Monitor unit operation to minimize product loss to the pond system and maximize return of condensate.
    • Provide training for fellow operators.
    • Provide assistance during power outages, acid spills, cleaning plugged lines and sumps, starting conveyors and cleaning rock belts, evaporators, or attack system down-days as necessary.
    • Perform other related duties as assigned including housekeeping.


    • Must be reliable and dependable
    • Attention to detail is important
    • Must be able to carry out written and oral instruction promptly and precisely with minimal supervision
    • Must be able to communicate with the A Operator or Supervisor
    • Must be trained in hazardous communication, respiratory protection, hearing conversation, MSHA policy and procedures, and H2S safety.
    • Must be trained in Hazard Recognition, Safe Work Permitting, Confined Space and Lockout and Tag.Must pass written and field skills tests (as required in STPP) for promotions.

    Essential Qualifications:

    • High School Diploma or equivalency
    • The National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) testing is required for all hourly applicants of Nutrien. Applicants must complete this test and meet a minimum of 5 in Graphic Literacy, 5 on Applied Mathematics and 4 on Workplace Documents in order to be considered eligible for employment with Nutrien.
      • The National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) must be uploaded with your resume during your application to be considered eligible for employment with Nutrien.
    • Must pass a pre-employment exam and drug screening.

    Due to potential immigration or relocation issues, recruitment for some vacancies may be restricted.

    We would like to thank all who apply, each application/resume will be reviewed; however only those candidates deemed qualified will be selected for an interview.


    Nutrien is committed to creating an inclusive workplace.  We encourage applications from all well qualified candidates who reflect the diversity of the regions where we operate.  This includes recognizing the voluntary identification of status such as gender, sexual orientation, visible minority, Indigenous status, persons with disabilities, and veterans, where applicable.

    If this sounds like a good match, apply now.  In order to ensure consideration for this role, candidates are encouraged to apply by November 21, 2018. However, this job will remain posted until filled. You may be required to undergo a background check and substance test in accordance with Nutrien policies. 

    While we appreciate all applications we receive, we advise that only candidates under consideration will be contacted.



    **EOE race/color/sex/sexual orientation/gender identity/disability/veteran


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