Job Req ID:  3475
Date:  Jul 10, 2024
Tradebe Site:  Tradebe East Chicago

East Chicago, IN, US, 46312

Department:  Operations
Business Line:  Environmental Services & Global Functions

Machine Operator - Rotating Shift


Tradebe Environmental Services is a global leader in environmental services with US Headquarters in Merrillville, IN. Tradebe was founded in 1984 with the vision of helping industrial and chemical companies manage the increasing complexity of the waste they generate, ensuring safety for the people and the environment. Today, we continue to innovate and evolve as we maintain our firm commitment to propelling the circular economy and creating a more sustainable world. We actively contribute by managing all kinds of environmental liabilities in a safe and sustainable manner, focusing on reusing or recycling raw materials and energy, and being dedicated to meeting our customers' environmental goals. In the United States, Tradebe Environmental Services has 30 sites and serves customers from a broad range of markets, from petrochemicals to aerospace and hospitals, with unparalleled safety and quality standards.

Job description

Main Purpose


As a SDS Operator Trainee with Tradebe, you will assist with the operations of the Solids Distillation System (SDS) and the operations of the Distillation Column during a one-year training and learning period. After one year in the trainee role, you will have the ability to take an assessment and become an SDS Operator. The ideal candidate will be detail oriented and have prior experience operating equipment. 

The role

Key job responsibilities


  • Assist the SDS supervisor with all essential duties and responsibilities during the training period 
  • Monitor all operations related to SDS and Distillation Column and make adjustments as needed to ensure safe and efficient continued operations (i.e. control panel, start/stop switches, etc.) 
  • Troubleshoot all aspects of the thermal desorption unit i.e., fire eyes, pressure transmitters, control valves, Maxon valves, burner control; assist in troubleshooting all aspects of distillation column 
  • Complete hourly data logs and walkthroughs and update supervisor as to the status of all operations; review operations and make suggestions for improvements 
  • Ensure cleanliness of the entire unit and surrounding area at the end of each shift; navigate through all computer operations systems as they pertain to SDS, Distillation, and the SAP  
  • Assist in loading and unloading inbound and out bound tankers 
  • The candidate will be required to perform Confined Space Entries and follow all other company policies including Hot Works, LOTO, etc. 

The person



  • Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent certificate  
  • Basic knowledge of thermal desorption units is preferred
  • Prior experience operating equipment
  • Must successfully pass the SDS Operator Trainee aptitude examination 
  • Understand and adhere to all safety rules.

Physical Requirements


  • Walking 
  • Standing 
  • Crawling
  • Kneeling
  • Lifting
  • Reaching
  • Pushing 
  • Pulling

We offer


Why Tradebe is Right for You

  • Competitive pay and benefits
  • Student loan repayment assistance
  • Generous vacation and sick plans
  • Medical (including telehealth), dental and vision
  • 401k Retirement  match
  • Flexible spending accounts (FSA)
  • Health savings accounts (HSA)
  • Agency paid, basic life and AD&D insurance
  • Career ladders, professional development, and promotion opportunities
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Great work environment and culture
  • And MORE!


Tradebe is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status or other characteristics protected by law

Nearest Major Market: Gary
Nearest Secondary Market: Chicago