Chemical Operator (Direct Air Capture – Stratos)

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere

Occidental Petroleum

Chemical Operator (Direct Air Capture – Stratos)00031683



OxyChem is hiring at the landmark STRATOS Direct Air Capture facility in the Permian Basin, seeking those who can apply their technical, managerial, process and safety experience to an important new frontier industry. This is your chance to not only play a vital role at a 100+ year-old company, but to also be a part of history. 


Direct Air Capture uses proven industrial processes to remove carbon dioxide (CO2) directly from ambient air. This CO2 can then be stored safely and securely underground or used to make things we all need in everyday life. These facilities are important because they help enable companies in hard-to-abate industries to reach their global climate targets. 


STRATOS is on track to become the world’s largest Direct Air Capture facility. Currently under construction, it is designed to capture up to 500,00 tons of atmospheric CO2 annually and is expected to be commercially operational in mid-2025. Oxy subsidiary 1PointFive will own the facility, with OxyChem responsible for its operation and maintenance. 


In addition to the chance to work with this momentous new complex technology, Oxy offers a competitive total rewards package that includes: 

  • Medical/dental/vision with HSA & FSA options

  • Life and AD&D insurance

  • Short and Long-Term Disability

  • Generous PTO Program

  • Company paid holidays

  • Wellness Program

  • Educational assistance program

  • Begin investing to your 401(K) and Retirement on your first day with combined 14% company matching

  • Diverse and inclusive environment with growth and learning opportunities 

  • Flexible schedules

  • Pregnancy Leave, Bonding Leave and Family Care Leave


As the Chemical Operator at our Direct Air Capture facility in Notrees, TX you will:

  • Maintain protection of the environment and the health and safety of our employees, customers, and the communities in which we operate and/or transport our products as our highest priority

  • Conduct routine operating inspections of the unit, troubleshoot operational problems and respond to area emergencies or to changing operational situations

  • Operate equipment in the field and monitor process operating conditions through the use of instrumentation to regulate temperatures, pressures, concentration and flow of chemicals through the process system for prescribed reaction with critical limits according to standard operating procedures and in support of the safe operation and environmental integrity of the plant 

  • Maintain log of readings, lab results, shift production requirements and equipment issues to record daily activity and provide for adequate shift relief

  • Initiate work requests, perform minor maintenance within capabilities and prepare equipment for maintenance

  • Prepare equipment for maintenance work such as locking out equipment, preparing permits and verifying equipment 

  • Make minor repairs to equipment and initiate maintenance action when needed utilizing the SAP work notification process 

  • Notify supervision, maintenance, engineering and other auxiliary personnel regarding equipment malfunctions and troubleshoot process issues as needed




  • High School diploma or completed GED 

  • Process Technology Degree OR minimum of 2 years relevant work experience (e.g. production, loading, or unit maintenance) in a chemical plant or manufacturing environment

  • Proficiency in math, reading comprehension, and mechanical reasoning with strong troubleshooting and problem-solving skills

  • Ability to work a rotating shift; weekends; holidays; overtime; and respond to callouts 

  • Ability and willingness to serve as member of Emergency Response Team

  • Ability to read, write and speak in English

  • Proficient in Microsoft applications 

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to work as part of a team

  • Must possess valid driver’s license

  • Must be able to lift 40 lbs, climb ladders and stairs

  • Walking, bending, stooping is required

  • Must be able to wear personal protective equipment including the use of a respirator and be able to respond to visual and audible alarms


Additional Desired Qualifications

  • Good working knowledge of SAP 

Occidental does not offer sponsorship of employment-based nonimmigrant visa petitions for this role.


Occidental is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, political preference, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.




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Primary Location

  United States-Texas-Notrees





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