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Job ID : 1255 

Closing Date : 01/30/2022

Job Category : Manufacturing 

Location : St. Clair River Site 


Who We Are:

NOVA Chemicals develops and manufactures plastic resins and other petrochemical products that make everyday life safer, healthier and easier. Our employees take pride in our focus on safety and social responsibility by working together to ensure health, safety, security and environmental stewardship through our commitment to sustainability, ESG, and Responsible Care®. NOVA Chemicals, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is wholly-owned by Mubadala Investment Company of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.


NOVA Chemicals helps shape a world where products vital to our health and happiness are even better tomorrow than they are today. We are seeking talented and passionate people who enjoy working in a collaborative, innovative environment to join our dynamic team. 


We are currently seeking a Material Handling Technician to work at our St. Clair River Site facility.


Reporting to the St. Clair River Site Finishing Area Supervisor, the Material Handling Technician is expected to advance to the top of the progression program.  The primary focus of the Material Handling Technicians encompasses safe and reliable operation and maintenance of the facility on a continuous basis. The areas of responsibility include the operation of the rail yard; cleaning of hopper cars for product loading; boxing and packaging; shipping and receiving products; and support of the Polymer Area operations.


You Will Use Your Expertise To:

Rail yard:

  • Participate in Shift Starters at the beginning of the shift
  • Receive and inspect all inbound rail cars
  • Manage the movement of rails cars on site
  • Ensure organization and housekeeping of the rail yard
  • Perform minor rail car maintenance (caps, gaskets, hatches etc.)
  • Identify and ‘bad order’ hopper cars required for maintenance and enter notifications for repair
  • Obtain resin samples from rail cars as required
  • Assist with hopper car preloading inspection, loading and car sealing



  • Build boxes, fill with product, stage and store in warehouse and manage SAP functions
  • Perform fork-lift truck pre-checks
  • Unload transport trailers and move product additives using a fork-lift truck
  • Stage required additives and materials in various locations to meet production requirements
  • Ensure SAP inventory functions are complete
  • Monitor and supply feedback to the Raw Materials Coordinator to maintain adequate levels of raw materials


Polymer Area Operations support:

  • Change and clean filter screens, including use of the burn out oven
  • Monitor and top up pump oil levels
  • Empty solution adsorbers
  • Use of forklift to move product from Pilot Plant to Warehouse and empty lugger buckets


What We Are Looking For:

  • A Secondary/High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Rail/locomotive operating experience is an asset
  • Post-secondary education would be considered an asset
  • Proficient computer skills including SAP, Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • An absolute commitment to Responsible Care®


You Can Stand Out If:

  • You are passionate about your work and put care and thought into all that you do.
  • You are responsible and follow through with your commitments to others and to safety.
  • You are innovative and are willing to challenge your biases when problem solving. 
  • You are collaborative, inclusive, and work well with others towards team goals. 


Location Information:

The NOVA Chemicals Manufacturing East Sites are located near Sarnia, Ontario. The Sarnia Sites focus on the production of ethylene and polyethylene and is recognized as a cornerstone of Ontario’s petrochemical industry.  


Sarnia is situated on the south shore of Lake Huron at the headwaters of the St. Clair River, and just an hour from Detroit, Michigan, United States. 


Additional Information:

  • Compensation will be commensurate with education and experience
  • Relocation will NOT be considered for this position
  • Cross border / international moves involving immigration will NOT be considered for this role
  • Please note: by applying for this position, you have received approval from your current leader/team leader to be released from your current role should you be the successful candidate
  • Employees who have successfully performed in their current role for at least 1 year are eligible to apply
  • This position will be a mix of 12-hour days following the shift schedule and 5 x 8-hour days (NORM schedule) depending upon assigned role within the Material Handling Team
  • The role is performed both indoors and outdoors in all seasons
  • In order to fulfil the duties of this role, the successful candidate will be required to wear respiratory protective equipment. Candidate must successfully pass a fit test and be physically able to wear a respirator
  • The successful candidate is required to provide proof of a valid driver’s license


Why NOVA Chemicals?

NOVA Chemicals’ flexible benefit programs are designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees, because when it comes to benefits, everyone has different priorities. Our benefits offerings will vary based on your work location, and are an element of the “Total Rewards” package used to reward employees.


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  • Read more on our Responsible Care® and sustainability initiatives like Project STOP


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.


Accommodations for job applicants with disabilities are available on request.

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