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This is an opportunity to start a career as a Operator to join us at our facility located in Assonet, MA. During the initial six-month on-the-job training this position is accountable for making every effort to ensure they have an essential understanding of plant policies, procedures and safety practices. The Chemical Operator is expected to help offer solutions to inadequate procedures, batch processes with lengthy cycle times, minor equipment failures and safety issues.


Starting Salary: $20 per hour with possibility of rate progression based on performance.


Work Location: Assonet (Freetown), MA


 Benefits:  Ashland offers a full range of benefits including health, dental, and vision insurance, paid time off, 401K, tuition reimbursement, employee discounts and more.


Explanation of Rotating Schedule.  Please read carefully:


Ashland’s Freetown plant operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  To staff the production department we use a schedule that is common among industries that run around the clock.  This shift schedule is often referred to as the “DuPont Schedule.”


The successful applicant will work on one of four teams.  Each team is on the same 28-day pattern.  During each cycle of the pattern a person works 14 shifts and is off 14 days.  Each shift is 12 hours.  The 14 shifts require working seven days (7A – 7P) and seven nights (7P – 7A) with days off in between.  The pattern requires working two out of four weekends.  The 28 day cycle also includes one period of seven consecutive days off.  



Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Perform simple batch operations
  • Perform equipment preparations for starting batches
  • Operate dryers and blenders
  • Perform material handling operations; including being able to operate a fork truck
  • Operate packaging equipment
  • Perform additional work as required including clean-up of plant
  • Take samples of process materials
  • Assist advanced operators



  • High School diploma or GED required, additional education with courses in Science & Math helpful. Chemical manufacturing experience desired but not required.
  • Minimum of one year of work experience is required in one of these or similar industries: chemical manufacturing, distribution, warehouse & logistics, utilities, food processing, military experience is also acceptable
  • Must have a valid drivers license
  • Must be drug free and be able to pass a post offer physical
  • Must be willing and able to work the rotating shift as stated above
  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Strong knowledge in plant utilities and safety
  • Must be able to work rotating shifts (7:00 am to 7:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 7:00 am)
  • Ability to follow directions, written and verbal.
  • Close attention to detail
  • Good communication skills
  • Mechanical and computer aptitude.

Work Environment:

  • Use of Personal Protective Equipment as required to avoid exposure to hazardous chemicals, extreme temperatures, confined space entry and loud noises.
  • Heavy weight lifting and pulling (greater than 50 lbs.).
  • Climbs ladders up to 20ft. high.


TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION, please select the Apply button. If no Apply button is provided, please visit Ashland's Career Center. Once there, enter job number 2017-6630 in the Keyword Search field to find this posting and apply on-line.


NOTE:  We do not accept resumes from external staffing agencies or independent recruiters for any of our openings unless we have a signed recruiting agreement in place to fill a specific position.


In more than 100 countries, the people of Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH) provide the specialty chemicals, technologies and insights to help customers create new and improved products for today and sustainable solutions for tomorrow. Our chemistry is at work every day in a wide variety of markets and applications, including architectural coatings, automotive, construction, energy, personal care and pharmaceutical. Visit to see the innovations we offer through our three commercial units - Ashland Specialty Ingredients, Ashland Performance Materials and Valvoline.


At Ashland our vision is to be a leading, global specialty chemicals company whose inspired and engaged employees add value to all we touch. In fact our people, employees, customers and vendors define who we are. They are the driving force behind everything we do.


Not only do we value our customers but we value our employees, and we work to offer them a dynamic and challenging environment. We hold ourselves to high standards at Ashland, and we value integrity and honesty.


Ashland has a history of attracting the best people and keeping them. The reasons are simple: industry competitive salary and benefits, pay-for-performance incentive plans and a diverse work environment where employees feel challenged and valued. People come to Ashland and stay. As a growing Fortune 500 specialty chemicals company, we offer opportunities for development and advancement throughout our global organization. Our values define who we are and what we care about as a company. If you are looking for a relationship with a company instead of simply a job, this may be a great fit.


Ashland is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation.

Ashland is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.




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