SP Operator I - 3rd shift

  • Milwaukee
  • Milwaukee, WI, USA
  • Feb 09, 2018

Job Description

Simply stated, Materion makes advanced materials that improve the world. We are a global leader in creating innovative, high performance engineered material solutions and services for a wide range of growth industries: high-tech consumer electronics, telecommunications, commercial aerospace, defense, medical, automotive, and many more.

Our products, services and expertise help enable our customers' technologies. We supply sophisticated thin film coatings for hard disk drives, specialty inorganic chemicals for solar energy panels, bio-compatible materials for implantable medical devices, specialty alloys for miniature consumer electronics components, optical filters for thermal imaging, critical components for infrared sensing technology, special materials for LEDs and much more. As the world's only integrated “mine-to-mill” supplier of beryllium-based products, we also offer beryllium, specialty engineered beryllium alloys and beryllium composites.

In 2016, we generated approx. $1B in revenue. As a team of 2,500 associates, we partner with customers in more than 50 countries. In early 2017, Materion closed on an exciting new acquisition that expands our footprint in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

For more information, please visit our website at http://materion.com/About and check out our video Materion Isalong with other videos of our employees sharing what it means for them to work at Materion.

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Under the direction of the Value Stream Manager and/or Supervisor, the SP Operator I operates a variety of equipment that is used for preparing and processing raw material into a final form for delivery to customers. The final products being Zinc Arsenide, Thorium Fluoride and Magnesium Fluoride.




...include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Follow Supervisor instructions, shop orders and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for the manufacturing of Zn3As2, ThF4 and MgF2, operate various departmental work centers involved with bulk material processing.
  • Measure and weigh raw materials, which are both solids and liquids.
  • Work will require the use of strong acids and bases.
  • Operate equipment such as crushers and blenders to prepare raw materials for processing.
  • Operate material transfer equipment (double diaphragm pumps, screw, vacuum and bucket conveyers) for both liquids and solids.
  • Operate tumble and paddle blenders and overhead stirrers for mixing.
  • Prepare reaction vessels for the next run by either rinsing, scraping, sanding, lining or sand blasting. Load reaction vessels with prepared chemicals by pouring, scooping or mechanically dispensing. Remove materials from the reaction vessels and clean reaction vessels.
  • Loading/unloading of resistant or induction heated vertical furnaces, vacuum induction kettles and resistant heated Gruenberg ovens, both tray and walk-in styles.
  • Monitor and set parameters such as temperature, gas/water flow, vacuum and time for any and all of this equipment: wet process reactors/ resistance furnace/ induction furnaces/ vacuum kettles/or drying ovens.
  • Filtering and washing of wet acidic process reactions by use of either vacuum or pressure pressing filter equipment.
  • Monitor and operate all equipment necessary to insure waste solutions are neutralized before dumping.
  • Monitor and operate air emission scrubber and dust collector systems.
  • Inspected materials for color and/or texture.
  • Bag, store and label material in process.
  • Move product along from one work center to another.
  • Use different sizing equipment, jaw and roll crushers and hammer mills size to product.
  • Use metal detecting equipment.
  • Use screening equipment either automated or hand to separate product into size requirements that fit the customer's specifications.
  • Collect required product samples. Submit samples to QATS system.
  • Ball milling samples. Perform screen analysis.
  • Blend separate reactions into final lots.
  • Perform product-packaging function as required.
  • Clean and maintain departmental equipment and instruments; perform preventive maintenance as scheduled.
  • Process all necessary documentation and paperwork to include lab records, production book, blend sheets, torit monitoring sheets, and mixer logs.
  • Use computerized reader to record labor time and quantities produced.
  • Notify Supervisor/Manager of anything unusual with equipment, raw material and final products.
  • Follow all clean-up and housekeeping procedures. Comply with all quality, safety, and work rules and regulations.


Requires a high diploma, or equivalent. Prefer one to three years industrial experience, preferably in a related field and prefer three to six months of work experience at MATERION to become familiar with the equipment and become proficient in the job.