Frédéric Dantas: Manufacturing Technician, 3 years
I have always been interested in the chemical industry. After I completed school and an internship at Bluestar Silicones, now Elkem Silicones, I chose to continue my studies in Chemistry for another two years, part time between school and the plant. It was a great experience, enabling me to be hired as a shift technician after that. Our processes are complex but really interesting because it covers gas and liquid technologies. We always have new challenges, projects, or technical issues to solve.
Before being able to work autonomously as a technician on our processes, I must complete additional training. I am currently taking various production unit training courses on the site to acquire the technical knowledge needed to complete installations. It could take several years, but this knowledge will enable me to acquire a manufacturing technician position where I can bring my technical expertise to operators to assist with the technical requirements of my function, adjusting parameters, and participating in solving advanced problems. A manufacturing technician must ensure that the production conforms to the specifications of our customers while respecting the environment and complying with safety regulations.
As I mentioned before, our procedures are very interesting because on the Roussillon, France production site, we work with a wide variety of products, such as solids, aqueous or organic liquids, and gases. I'm always learning at my job!