Battery manufacturing plant operating technicians work at companies like Dow Kokam in Midland. They operate, monitor, and maintain manufacturing, fabrication and assembly equipment and processes for the production of advanced lithium ion batteries. Included in the responsibilities for the day-to-day operation of a variety of manufacturing, fabrication and assembly equipment are:
- operating and controlling chemical distribution and mixing systems
- interfacing with and controlling mechanical/electrical fabrication and assembly machinery
- safely performing operational adjustments
- transfer of materials
- process troubleshooting and equipment maintenance
- responding to process control information and adjusting/correcting process variables
- working in a clean room and low humidity environment
Starting pay rates are 14.90 per hour and fringe benefits are competitive with the region’s high tech industry sector and will be commensurate with education and experience. Individuals successfully completing the Fast Start program will have the qualifications to interview for jobs upon program completion.
Solar manufacturing/assemblers work at companies like Dow Solar Solutions in Midland. They perform assembly operations including:
- parts selection, alignment and assembly according to specifications
- packaging operations set-up including manual breakdown of pallets of material, arranging/stacking/repackaging materials, manually putting labels, stickers or booklets on packaged materials, and cleaning recycled packaging components before re-use
- packaging operations including manually handling water-soluble products, placing them into containers and then into shipping cartons
- warehouse logistics including operating a fork life truck, moving materials within/to and from warehouses
Starting pay rates (depending on employer) are $12-$14.35 per hour plus benefits. Individuals successfully completing the Fast Start program will have the qualifications to interview for jobs with employers.
Chemical process operators work at companies like Dow Chemical, Dow Corning, Hemlock Semiconductor, and others with the handling, transporting, transferring, storage and disposal of chemicals and other materials in compliance with all state and federal regulations; they operate, troubleshoot, monitor, and control both continuous and batch processes; assemble, disassemble and stage reactor systems; line up and management of valving stations and headers; understand and use pneumatic tools and equipment; connect, disconnect, load, unload and manage tanker transfer stations; are knowledgeable and uphold the standards regarding health, safety, and the environment; interface with chemical engineers and tradesmen, technicians, and co-workers involved with these processes; hands on and management of normal equipment maintenance; calibrate instrumentation; and handling of medium to heavy tools, products and equipment.
Starting salaries are $13-20/per hour. Delta College operates the program as needed, based on employer demand. Successful completers (based on instructional assessment standards and attendance) can earn up to 25 academic credits (CPI 110-260) toward the Chemical Process Technology Associate degree and be qualified to apply for employment as a Chemical Process Operator.