Hopkinsville

Quality Engineer

Ascend Elements is a fast-growing organization that is revolutionizing the production of lithium-ion battery materials for electric vehicles. Recognized as a climate technology leader, the company elevates the value of recycled elements and engineers’ sustainable battery materials to support the global clean-energy transition. The company’s patented Hydro-to-Cathode™ direct precursor synthesis technology produces new, sustainable cathode materials from spent lithium-ion batteries more efficiently than traditional methods, resulting in improved performance and lower carbon emissions. Ascend Elements is taking sustainability in the lithium-ion battery industry to a higher level.


The Quality Engineer supporting Ascend Elements APEX 1 facility in Hopkinsville, KY will be responsible for the overall quality of a specific part of the site production process.


Duties and Responsibilities:



  • Monitor daily production quality performance using SPC (Statistical Process Control).

  • Initiate and lead RCI (root cause investigations) on non-conforming production results using 8D and Six Sigma methodology with a cross functional team.

  • Report weekly and monthly SPC and process quality performance for internal and external customers.

  • Update and maintain SAP Quality Management views.

  • Lead change management initiatives related to quality improvements.

  • Participate in establishing quality parameters and systems for new product launch.

  • Participate in vendor, customer, and internal audits.

  • Maintain customer specific PPAP and control plans.

  • Participate in PFMEA reviews.

  • Analyze quality and production data and propose and lead continuous improvement.

  • Adherence to established ISO 9001 and IATF 16949 standards and policies.

  • Conduct Internal, External, and Layered Process Audits.

  • Identify problem areas and follow up with countermeasures and solutions.

  • Schedule, review, and document dock audits in the automated audit system.

  • Respond to customer inquiries and complaints.

  • Develop, submit, participate in the Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) and Production Part Approval Process (PPAP), for new or existing product(s) to meet APEX 1 requirements.

  • Coordinate pre-launch production trial run process monitoring.

  • Serve as administrator of calibration system, which includes performing calibrations, and scheduling.

  • Perform test as requested for production support.

  • Supplier product quality monitoring – assist / submit Supplier Corrective Actions.

  • Oversee the disposition of the non-conforming area.

  • Develop and update quality system procedures.

  • Generate process capability analysis.

  • Effectively coordinate and provide timely completion of supplier corrective action activities.

  • Comply with all company guidelines, policies, and procedures.

  • Prepares reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing data and making recommendations.

  • Determines quality improvement parameters by identifying statistical methods relevant to manufacturing processes.

  • Respond to ongoing non-conformities, review for disposition and materials release.

  • Other duties as assigned.

  • The employee is committed to and must support the EHS management process to obtain the ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 certification as well as participate in system standards and practices in its compliance and commitment to policies, objectives, operational controls, documentation, system guidelines, and others that the organization subscribes to as mandatory.

  • Will participate in all EHS aspects, including reporting hazards, incidents, and injury/illness without fear of reprisal.

  • Must attend an Environment, Health, and Safety Orientation program appropriate to their work environment.

  • The employee must follow 6S step-by-step methodology to maintain orderly workspaces and resources thereby enhancing productivity and safety.



Essential Skills




  • Working knowledge of ISO 9001 and IATF 16949 standards and policies experience strongly preferred.

  • Knowledge of statistical techniques and various types of testing instruments.

  • Working knowledge of the relationships and roles of internal/external customers and suppliers, including their impact on product and services.

  • Customer quality assurance experience.

  • Chemical industry experience preferred, but not required.

  • Working knowledge of inspection and testing techniques, including various types of sampling plans.

  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints (drawings) GD&T.

  • Understanding of the audit process including types of audits, planning, preparation, execution, reporting, and follow up.

  • Ability to analyze and understand data produced by statistical process control (SPC).

  • Ability to plan, control, and assure product and process quality in accordance with company’s quality principles.

  • Understanding of problem solving and quality improvement tools and techniques.

  • Ability to work well in a multi-functional team environment, portray the company in a professional manner, work non-regular hours as needed.

  • Ability to safeguard the confidentiality of the company, customer, and employee information.

  • Commit to and participate in activities for continuous improvement.

  • Statutory and Regulatory requirements.



Core Competencies



  • Ability to prioritize, handle multiple tasks, customer demands and flexibility in job assignments.

  • Strong commitment to safety, environment, workplace organization and housekeeping.

  • Good communication and negotiation skills.

  • Very good social competence.

  • Good verbal and written communication skills.

  • Able to work non-standard weekly schedule including off shifts.




Education and Experience



  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, or Engineering with minimum 2-5 years of experience in quality and manufacturing environment, chemical industry or equivalent on the job experience.

  • Prior experience and knowledge of ISO 9001 and IATF 16949 standards.

  • Ability to use Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint to compile and present information.

  • Knowledgeable in SPC.

  • Familiar with JMP and SAP software.

  • American Society for Quality (ASQ) certification(s) desired.



Physical Requirements:




  • Physical working conditions are consistent with a typical office environment.

  • Must be able to work in a manufacturing environment production facility where there is exposure to (noise, heat, cold, dust, fumes).

  • Capable of wearing task specific personal protective equipment which may include dust mask, respirator, safety shoes, gloves, safety glasses, and ear protection.

  • Capable of meeting OSHA standards for manual lifting guidelines: < 50lbs

  • While performing the duties of this job it is required to stand, walk, and use hands to operate objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands or arms; climb, balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch when necessary for job activity.

  • Ability to stand and/or walk for extended periods (minimum of eight hours).

  • Must be able to work in a variety of weather conditions and temperatures.


  • Thank you.





Position located in Hopkinsville, KY


May require up to 25% of business travel.



We offer a competitive salary and full benefits package.



Read about Ascend Elements:


https://ascendelements.com



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Ascend Elements is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.




Training Coordinator

Ascend Elements is revolutionizing the production of lithium-ion battery materials by establishing a clean and sustainable supply chain using recycled feedstock. Its patented Hydro-to-Cathode™ technology directly synthesizes new cathode materials from spent lithium-ion cells more efficiently than traditional methods, resulting in reduced cost, improved performance, and lowered GHG emissions. The results are lower cost, better performance batteries with fewer discarded in landfill, a cleaner manufacturing process, and a truly sustainable closed-loop circular battery economy. Ascend Elements is taking the lithium-ion battery industry to a higher level.


We are hiring a Training Coordinator for our team in Hopkinsville, KY. The Training Coordinator will identify, track, and monitor training requirements at primary location. The focus will be to plan and implement training programs, policies, and procedures to fulfill those needs. In addition, the Training Coordinator is responsible for helping improve the productivity of the on- site employees. This position assesses developmental needs to drive training initiatives and identifies and arranges suitable training solutions for on-site employees. This position actively searches, creatively designs, and implements effective methods to educate, enhance and recognize performance. Will coordinate with subject matter experts to design comprehensive customized trainings for best operational readiness.


This job is located in Hopkinsville, KY. If the selected candidate does not reside in the area, he/she must be able to relocate. Remote work is not an option.


Duties and Responsibilities:



  • Map out annual training plans for on-site employees

  • Conducts, facilitates, and manages required and recommended training programs and training sessions (outsourced and/or in-house)

  • Collaborates with vendors and third-party training providers to arrange employee registration for and participation in outside training programs.

  • Conduct on-site training needs assessment and identify skills or knowledge gaps that need to be addressed

  • Use known education principles and stay up to date on new training methods and techniques

  • Order educational aids and materials

  • Assess instructional effectiveness and determine the impact of training on employee skills and KPI’s.

  • Maintain updated curriculum database and training records

  • Coordinate off-site training activities for employees, when needed

  • Facilitate learning through a variety of delivery methods including classroom instruction, virtual training, and on-the job coaching.

  • Reviews existing training programs; suggests enhancements and modifications to improve engagement, learning, and retention and/or to meet the changing needs of clientele, the organization, or the industry.



  • Ensures that training materials and programs are current, accurate, and effective.

  • Maintains knowledge of new methods and techniques for training, and training requirements applicable to the organization and/or industry.

  • Identifies problems and opportunities such as operational changes or industry developments that training could improve.

  • Conducts follow-up studies of all completed training to evaluate and measure results.

  • Exemplifies the desired culture and philosophies of the organization.

  • Works effectively as a team member with other members of management and the HR staff.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Essential Skills and Experience:



  • Ability to function in a fast-paced environment with many interruptions.

  • Willingness to conduct team member interactions on the plant/laboratory floor.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Excellent data gathering and analysis.

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

  • Excellent time management skills with proven ability to meet deadlines.

  • Knowledge of HR systems, ADP a plus

  • Thorough understanding of training processes and training methodologies

  • Ability to moderate large groups.

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software.

  • Adept with a variety of multimedia training platforms and methods.

  • Ability to evaluate and research training options and alternatives.

  • Ability to design and implement effective training and development.

  • Proven work experience as a Training Coordinator or similar role

  • Adequate knowledge of learning management systems, such as E-Learning platforms

  • Knowledge of competency assessment

  • 3-5 years of experience helping design and implement employee development programs.


Physical Requirements:



  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.

  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at a time.


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Ascend Elements is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Instrument and Controls Technician-Night Shift

Ascend Elements® is revolutionizing the production of lithium-ion battery materials by establishing a clean and sustainable supply chain using recycled feedstock. Its patented Hydro-to-Cathode™ technology directly synthesizes new cathode materials from spent lithium-ion cells more efficiently than traditional methods, resulting in reduced cost, improved performance, and lowered greenhouse gas emissions. The results are lower cost, better performing batteries, a cleaner manufacturing process, and a truly sustainable closed-loop circular battery economy. This closed-loop process also allows for fewer end-of-life batteries being discarded in landfills. Ascend Elements is taking the lithium-ion battery industry to a higher level.


Position Overview


The Instrument & Controls (I&C) Technician Night Shift will be responsible for providing repair, calibration, and emergency maintenance services to production, utility operations, and infrastructure systems as necessary to provide for safe operations, regulatory compliance, and equipment availability related to instrument, controls, and low/mid voltage equipment systems plant wide.


THIS IS A NIGHT SHIFT 12 HOUR SHIFT POSITION


Job Responsibilities



  • Incorporate safe behavior into all activities and consistently comply with all established safety and health policies and procedures including Lock, Tag, Try and Test Before Touch.

  • Perform maintenance of production units, utility, and infrastructure systems.

  • Troubleshoot, repair, and calibrate instrument and control systems. Example assets include instrumentation and controls for compressor systems, shredders, bagging stations, conveyors, pumps, gearboxes, piping flow control, tank level control, and the Distributed Control System (DCS).

  • Troubleshoot and perform preventive maintenance tasks upon 480V 3-Phase switch gear.

  • Perform routine and emergency maintenance on production unit, utility, and infrastructure equipment. Example activities include calibrating level/temperature/flow/pressure transmitters, installing control valves, performing control loop checks, performing interlock test procedures, wiring motor junction boxes, terminating electrically driven equipment at switch gear, pulling/installing 480V buckets, wiring actuators/sensors, performing switchgear IR scans, performing GFCI checks, replacing lighting and indicators, megging motor leads, etc.

  • Use Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) effectively to document and accomplish required maintenance in an efficient and organized manner.

  • Optimize plant preventive maintenance program to meet OEM recommendations, regulatory requirements, and corporate maintenance philosophy.

  • Provide maintenance procedure and training development assistance for new equipment.

  • Provide start-up support to production operations.

  • Perform On-the-Job Training with new members of the team.

  • Cooperate with groups and individuals within the Engineering & Maintenance department, Operations, contractors, and other service units.

  • Act as liaison between suppliers/manufacturers and manufacturing partners for problems with electrical equipment.

  • Perform all tasks and assignments in accordance with company policies and procedures.

  • The employee is committed to and must support the EHS management process to obtain the ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 certification as well as participate in system standards and practices in its compliance and commitment to policies, objectives, operational controls, documentation, system guidelines, and others that the organization subscribes to as mandatory.

  • Will participate in all EHS aspects, including reporting hazards, incidents, and injury/illness without fear of reprisal.

  • Must attend an Environment, Health, and Safety Orientation program appropriate to their work environment.

  • The employee must follow 6S step-by-step methodology to maintain orderly workspaces and resources thereby enhancing productivity and safety

  • Other tasks and duties as assigned.


Required Skills / Abilities



  • Proficiency in the safe use of precision measuring instruments, power tools, and hand tools

  • Applied knowledge of industrial common instrument, controls, and electrical maintaining skills pertaining to instrument calibration, control loops, 12VDC to 480V Three Phase power distribution, hand rigging/hoisting, control valves, interlocks, gaskets, motors, and photosensors.

  • Thorough understanding of basic electrical theory, troubleshooting techniques, and safe work practices

  • Able to read and comprehend single line drawings and process schematics

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Strong multi-tasking competency

  • Team player attitude


Physical Requirements



  • Capable of wearing task specific personal protective equipment which may include dust mask, air purifying respirator (i.e., half and/or full faced), safety shoes, gloves, safety glasses, and ear protection.

  • Capable of meeting OSHA standards for manual lifting guidelines: < 50lbs

  • While performing the duties of this job it is required to stand, walk, and use hands to operate objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands or arms; climb, balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch when necessary for job activity.

  • Ability to stand and/or walk for extended periods.

  • Must be able to work in a variety of weather conditions and temperatures.


Education/Training



  • High School Diploma (or higher-level education) in the field of Mechanical engineering and/or industrial maintenance

  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience preferred, maintaining instrument/control/electrical systems preferably in a chemical plant, refinery, or large process plant


**Located in or near Hopkinsville, KY


Competitive Pay!!


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Ascend Elements is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Chemical Plant Production Operator

Ascend Elements is revolutionizing the production of lithium-ion battery materials by establishing a clean and sustainable supply chain using recycled feedstock. Its patented Hydro-to-Cathode™ technology directly synthesizes new cathode materials from spent lithium-ion cells more efficiently than traditional methods, resulting in reduced cost, improved performance, and lowered GHG emissions. The results are lower cost, better performance batteries with fewer discarded in landfill, a cleaner manufacturing process, and a truly sustainable closed-loop circular battery economy. Ascend Elements is taking the lithium-ion battery industry to a higher level.


As a Chemical Plant Operator, you will participate in the process of manufacturing NMC cathode precursor materials, while operating various equipment. You will be working with chemicals and powder while wearing all required PPE, following standard operating procedures.


The position schedule: 12 Hour Shifts Day and/or Night


JOB REQUIREMENTS:


Equipment Monitoring / Technical



  • Weigh, measure, and check raw materials/productions to ensure batches manufactured contain proper ingredients and quantities and that accurate inventory is maintained.

  • Operates automatic and manual chemical process equipment of varying complexity in accordance w/ operating procedures, including programmable, logic control devices.

  • Responsible for complex liquid / chemical batch manufacturing, which also requires familiarity of a variety of production machines that serve as either internal suppliers or customers to the chemical operator. Equipment includes but not limited to mixers, agitators, pumps, differential pressure cells & gauges, valves, automated and manual delivery systems.

  • Utilizing strong attention to detail and multi-tasking, responsible for quality control of product, which includes frequent in-process and final product quality testing. Respond to out-of-control points by either following established action plans for process disruptions or adjusting equipment as appropriate for equipment disruptions.

  • Required to identify and complete preventive maintenance at a basic level. Handle first-line troubleshooting such as equipment malfunctions, computer program issues, setting adjustments; involving appropriate other experts as needed.

  • Perform manufacturing tasks related to the production of NMC cathode precursor materials.

    Includes operating and controlling mechanical powder handling equipment, chemical mixers, reactors, dryers, bulk unloaders, emptying and filling supersacks, etc.


Following Procedures



  • Ensure that all work is performed in compliance with Company Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and all local, state, and federal regulations regarding safety, health, and the environment.

  • Maintain a clean and productive area by ensuring that equipment and work area is cleaned after use and the equipment is maintained per the preventative maintenance schedule.


Communication/Documentation



  • Communicate with Shift Leader regarding safety, production, quality, or any other operational issues. Actively participates in pre-shift meetings to assist in the development of individual work plans.

  • Complete and accurately record data such as temperature of equipment, hours of operations, raw material lot numbers, process and reaction conditions, and process yields in accordance with good documentation practices.


Employee Health and Safety



  • The employee is committed to and must support the EHS management process to obtain the ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 certification as well as participate in system standards and practices in its compliance and commitment to policies, objectives, operational controls, documentation, system guidelines, and others that the organization subscribes to as mandatory.

  • Will participate in all EHS aspects, including reporting hazards, incidents, and injury/illness without fear of reprisal.

  • Must attend an Environment, Health, and Safety Orientation program appropriate to their work environment.

  • The employee must follow 6S step-by-step methodology to maintain orderly workspaces and resources thereby enhancing productivity and safety.


General



  • Operate material handling equipment, such as forklift, drum dollies, hoists, etc.

  • Assist with maintaining adequate supplies to ensure team has necessary supplies available to complete project work.

  • Other duties as assigned.


Skills/Physical Requirements:



  • Attention to detail, capable of understanding and following verbal and written instructions.

  • Hands on aptitude with mechanical and chemical process equipment

  • Ability to perform basic math including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

  • Effective interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills to drive tasks to completion.

  • Capable of wearing task specific personal protective equipment which may include dust mask, air purifying respirator (i.e., half and/or full faced), safety shoes, gloves, safety glasses, and ear protection.

  • Capable of meeting OSHA standards for manual lifting guidelines: < 50lbs

  • While performing the duties of this job it is required to stand, walk, and use hands to operate objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands or arms; climb, balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch when necessary for job activity.

  • Ability to stand and/or walk for extended periods.

  • Must be able to work in a variety of weather conditions and temperatures.


Education/Experience:



  • High school diploma and minimum of 3+ years of applicable production experience or post-high school education and 1 plus years production experience.


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Ascend Elements is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Chemical Plant Team Lead Operator

Ascend Elements is revolutionizing the production of lithium-ion battery materials by establishing a clean and sustainable supply chain using recycled feedstock. Its patented Hydro-to-Cathode™ technology directly synthesizes new cathode materials from spent lithium-ion cells more efficiently than traditional methods, resulting in reduced cost, improved performance, and lowered GHG emissions. The results are lower cost, better performance batteries with fewer discarded in landfill, a cleaner manufacturing process, and a truly sustainable closed-loop circular battery economy. Ascend Elements is taking the lithium-ion battery industry to a higher level.


As a Chemical Plant Lead Operator, you will be a working leader of the operations department, participate in the process of manufacturing NMC cathode precursor materials, while operating various equipment. You will be working with chemicals and powder while wearing all required PPE, following standard operating procedures. Key responsibilities will be providing expertise, guidance, and training to newer employees in the daily running of production batches.


The position schedule:12 Hour Shifts Day and/or Night


JOB REQUIREMENTS:


Equipment Monitoring / Technical



  • Weigh, measure, and check raw materials/productions to ensure batches manufactured contain proper ingredients and quantities and that accurate inventory is maintained.

  • Operates automatic and manual chemical process equipment of varying complexity in accordance w/ operating procedures, including programmable, logic control devices.

  • Responsible for complex liquid / chemical batch manufacturing, which also requires familiarity of a variety of production machines that serve as either internal suppliers or customers to the chemical operator. Equipment includes but is not limited to: mixers, agitators, pumps, differential pressure cells & gauges, valves, automated and manual delivery systems.

  • Utilizing strong attention to detail and multi-tasking, responsible for quality control of product, which includes frequent in-process and final product quality testing. Respond to out-of-control points by either following established action plans for process disruptions or adjusting equipment as appropriate for equipment disruptions.

  • Required to identify and complete preventive maintenance at a basic level. Handle first-line troubleshooting such as equipment malfunctions, computer program issues, setting adjustments; involving appropriate other experts as needed.

  • Perform manufacturing tasks related to the production of NMC cathode precursor materials.

    Includes operating and controlling mechanical powder handling equipment, chemical mixers, reactors, dryers, bulk unloaders, emptying and filling supersacks, etc.


Following Procedures



  • Ensure that all work is performed in compliance with Company Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and all local, state, and federal regulations regarding safety, health, and the environment.

  • Maintain a clean and productive area by ensuring that equipment and work area is cleaned after use and the equipment is maintained per the preventative maintenance schedule.


Communication/Documentation



  • Communicate with Shift Leader regarding safety, production, quality, or any other operational issues. Actively participates in pre-shift meetings to assist in the development of individual work plans.

  • Complete and accurately record data such as temperature of equipment, hours of operations, raw material lot numbers, process and reaction conditions, and process yields in accordance with good documentation practices.


Employee Health and Safety



  • The employee is committed to and must support the EHS management process to obtain the ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 certification as well as participate in system standards and practices in its compliance and commitment to policies, objectives, operational controls, documentation, system guidelines, and others that the organization subscribes to as mandatory.

  • Will participate in all EHS aspects, including reporting hazards, incidents, and injury/illness without fear of reprisal.

  • Must attend an Environment, Health, and Safety Orientation program appropriate to their work environment.

  • The employee must follow 6S step-by-step methodology to maintain orderly workspaces and resources thereby enhancing productivity and safety.


General



  • Operate material handling equipment, such as forklift, drum dollies, hoists, etc.

  • Assist with maintaining adequate supplies to ensure team has necessary supplies available to complete project work.

  • Other duties as assigned.


Skills/Physical Requirements



  • Attention to detail, capable of understanding and following verbal and written instructions.

  • Hands on aptitude with mechanical and chemical process equipment

  • Ability to perform basic math including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

  • Effective interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills to drive tasks to completion.

  • Capable of wearing task specific personal protective equipment which may include dust mask, air purifying respirator (i.e., half and/or full faced), safety shoes, gloves, safety glasses, and ear protection.

  • Capable of meeting OSHA standards for manual lifting guidelines: < 50lbs

  • While performing the duties of this job it is required to stand, walk, and use hands to operate objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands or arms; climb, balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch when necessary for job activity.

  • Ability to stand and/or walk for extended periods.

  • Must be able to work in a variety of weather conditions and temperatures.


Education/Experience



  • High school diploma and minimum of 5+ years of applicable chemical production experience or post-high school education and 3 plus years production experience.


APPLY TODAY!


Ascend Elements is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.



Unarmed Security Guard

Ascend Elements is a fast-growing organization that is revolutionizing the production of lithium-ion battery materials for electric vehicles. Recognized as a climate technology leader, the company elevates the value of recycled elements and engineers’ sustainable battery materials to support the global clean-energy transition. The company’s patented Hydro-to-Cathode™ direct precursor synthesis technology produces new, sustainable cathode materials from spent lithium-ion batteries more efficiently than traditional methods, resulting in improved performance and lower carbon emissions. Ascend Elements is taking sustainability in the lithium-ion battery industry to a higher level.


Position Overview: Ascend Elements is seeking dedicated and professional Unarmed Security Guards to join our team at our Hopkinsville, KY location. The primary responsibility of this role is to ensure the safety and security of our employees, visitors, and property by monitoring and patrolling premises and handling any security incidents in a calm and efficient manner.


Key Responsibilities:



  • Patrol Premises: Conduct regular patrols of the facility, including the interior and exterior areas, to ensure a safe environment.

  • Monitor Surveillance Systems: Observe CCTV cameras and alarm systems, reporting any suspicious activities or security breaches promptly.

  • Access Control: Manage the entry and exit of employees, visitors, and contractors to maintain secure access to the premises.

  • Incident Reporting: Document and report any incidents, emergencies, or unusual occurrences accurately and promptly.

  • Emergency Response: Assist in emergency situations such as evacuations, medical incidents, or other crises, following established protocols.

  • Customer Service: Provide assistance and directions to visitors and staff members, ensuring a professional and courteous demeanor.

  • Compliance: Adhere to company policies, procedures, and regulations to maintain a secure and safe environment.

  • Communication: Maintain clear and concise communication with the security team and management regarding any security issues or updates.

  • Loss Prevention: Actively participate in efforts to prevent theft, vandalism, and other security threats.

  • Hazardous Material Awareness: Work closely with the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) team to monitor and respond to any situations involving hazardous materials, ensuring appropriate safety measures are in place.

  • The employee is committed to and must support the EHS management process to obtain the ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 certification as well as participate in system standards and practices in its compliance and commitment to policies, objectives, operational controls, documentation, system guidelines, and others that the organization subscribes to as mandatory.

  • Will participate in all EHS aspects, including reporting hazards, incidents, and injury/illness without fear of reprisal.

  • Must attend an Environment, Health, and Safety Orientation program appropriate to their work environment.

  • The employee must follow 6S step-by-step methodology to maintain orderly workspaces and resources thereby enhancing productivity and safety.


Education/ Experience:



  • High School Diploma or GED: Required. Must be at least 18 years old.

  • Security Experience: Prior experience in security, law enforcement, military, or related field a plus.


Required Skills/Abilities



  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Strong observational skills and attention to detail are critical.

  • Ability to handle stressful situations calmly and effectively, with good problem-solving skills.

  • Must always maintain a high level of professionalism and integrity.

  • Willingness to work various shifts, including nights, weekends, and holidays, as required.

  • Must work in tandem with emergency responders to ensure coordinated and effective responses to any critical incidents.

  • Must be able to pass a background check.

  • Capable of wearing task specific personal protective equipment which may include dust mask, air purifying respirator (i.e., half and/or full faced), safety shoes, gloves, safety glasses, and ear protection.

  • Capable of meeting OSHA standards for manual lifting guidelines: < 50lbs

  • While performing the duties of this job it is required to stand, walk, and use hands to operate objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands or arms; climb, balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch when necessary for job activity.

  • Ability to stand and/or walk for extended periods.

  • Must be able to work in a variety of weather conditions and temperatures.


Additional Information:


This is a 24/7 facility, and security staff may be required to work a variety of shifts.


APPLY TODAY!


Ascend Elements is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Analytical Lab Technician

Ascend Elements is a fast-growing organization that is revolutionizing the production of lithium-ion battery materials for electric vehicles. Recognized as a climate technology leader, the company elevates the value of recycled elements and engineers’ sustainable battery materials to support the global clean-energy transition. The company’s patented Hydro-to-Cathode™ direct precursor synthesis technology produces new, sustainable cathode materials from spent lithium-ion batteries more efficiently than traditional methods, resulting in improved performance and lower carbon emissions. Ascend Elements is taking sustainability in the lithium-ion battery industry to a higher level.


POSITION OVERVIEW:


The Analytical Lab Technician supporting Ascend Elements APEX 1 facility in Hopkinsville, KY will be responsible for running the analytical tests needed to support the final quality checks of raw materials, in-process and finished goods.


Schedule: Shift 12 hours with possibility of rotation


Duties / Responsibilities include but not limited to:



  • Perform analytical material characterization testing notably ICP-OES, various titrations, and analytical equipment.

  • May collect or log in samples for testing in LIMS.

  • Solve technical problems related to routine testing.

  • Follow test plans and protocols.

  • Analyze tests results and report results/conclusions.

  • Performs troubleshooting on lab equipment as required.

  • Run and enter Quality Checks per Quality Assurance Program

  • Report test progress to management.

  • Observe all company, state and federal safety and environmental regulations.

  • Assist with waste and chemical management.

  • Maintain a clean and productive lab environment by following a 6S program.

  • The employee is committed to and must support the EHS management process to obtain the ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 certification as well as participate in system standards and practices in its compliance and commitment to policies, objectives, operational controls, documentation, system guidelines, and others that the organization subscribes to as mandatory.

  • Will participate in all EHS aspects, including reporting hazards, incidents, and injury/illness without fear of reprisal.

  • Must attend an Environment, Health, and Safety Orientation program appropriate to their work environment.

  • The employee must follow 6S step-by-step methodology to maintain orderly workspaces and resources thereby enhancing productivity and safety.


Education / Experience:



  • Associate degree in chemistry or related field

  • 1-2 years of work experience in R&D or battery testing environment or chemical/materials lab related experience in University or Industry preferred.


Required Skills / Abilities:



  • Understanding of Chemical Processes (i.e acid/base reactions, chemical characterization)

  • Prior experience with analytical equipment to perform ICP-OES, Karl Fischer Titration, Tapped Density, PSA is a strong plus.

  • Ability to work flexible work hours.

  • Computer Proficiency (MS Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)

  • Good lab practices such as safety, recording and documentation.

  • Willingness to comply with safety and quality regulations, including wearing protective gear when necessary.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication, organizational, and teamwork skills.

  • Capable of wearing task specific personal protective equipment which may include dust mask, air purifying respirator (i.e., half and/or full faced), safety shoes, gloves, safety glasses, and ear protection.

  • Capable of meeting OSHA standards for manual lifting guidelines: < 50lbs

  • While performing the duties of this job it is required to stand, walk, and use hands to operate objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands or arms; climb, balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch when necessary for job activity.

  • Ability to stand and/or walk for extended periods.

  • Must be able to work in a variety of weather conditions and temperatures

  • Some travel may be required for initial training.

  • Located in Hopkinsville KY!


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Ascend Elements is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Process Engineer -Wastewater Treatment

Ascend Elements (AE) is revolutionizing the production of lithium-ion battery materials by establishing a clean and sustainable supply chain using recycled feedstock. Its patented Hydro-to-Cathode™ technology directly synthesizes new cathode materials from spent lithium-ion cells more efficiently than traditional methods, resulting in reduced cost, improved performance, and lowered GHG emissions. The results are lower cost, better performance batteries with fewer discarded in landfill, a cleaner manufacturing process, and a truly sustainable closed-loop circular battery economy. Ascend Elements (AE) is taking the lithium-ion battery industry to a higher level.


We’re hiring a Process Engineer (Wastewater Systems) to join our team in Hopkinsville, KY! In this role you will provide technical expertise and day-to-day engineering support to the wastewater systems supporting the manufacturing facility. This will include interaction with the operations, warehouse, and maintenance employees, design, and modification of existing and new facilities, gathering and analyzing data, troubleshoot problems, identify root cause(s), present conceptual solutions, detailed engineering, equipment sizing, feasibility studies, recommend and implement process improvements. This individual will be part of the commissioning of new equipment and managing production trials. They will be focused on benchmarking and improving performance against plant metrics and implementing robust systems to sustain improvements. They must lead the effort to achieve superior Health, Safety and Environmental performance, especially in the areas of process safety (PSM, RMP, PHMP etc), procedure writing and training of plant employees.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:



  • Provides technical and leadership for the Wastewater Treatment system. Includes assessment of current Equipment capabilities, HSE issues, and capital requirements.

  • Analyzes performance statistical control charts. Works toward establishing in-control processes. Identifies areas of variation (raw materials, process, or quality analysis), implements measures to reduce variation, and tracks effectiveness of reduction measures.

  • Use heat and material balances, fluid flow/hydraulic principles to troubleshoot process problems and design new equipment.

  • Analyzes batch cycle times. Identifies and implements process optimization improvements to establish consistent cycle times and reduce overall cycle times.

  • Reports cycle time, Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and other key metrics for key equipment and key product lines.

  • Investigates off-grade or abnormal batches. Identifies root cause, reports findings, and implements corrective actions.

  • Manages small capital projects associated with unit. Responsible for determining justification, scope definition, safety reviews, ‘ punch-list ‘ items, coordination of implementation with production schedule, startup, chemical commissioning, and performance report on agreed deliverables.

  • Prepares flow diagrams, P&ID’ s, and equipment and control specifications.

  • Utilize management of change for applicable situations.

  • Trains production operators and laboratory technicians on unit operations, chemistries, and batch recipe or DCS changes/enhancements in regard to each product line.

  • Responsible for day-to-day troubleshooting associated with the wastewater system.

  • Utilizes and works within the ISO 9001 standard framework/system.

  • Influence people’s opinions, attitudes, and judgments and demonstrate the ability to compromise opinion to develop the best solution for the issue.

  • Up to 10% travel on average, as high as 50% during plant commissioning phases.


Education and Other Requirements:



  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering preferred, others considered.

  • 7-10 years of process engineering experience with focus on wastewater, pretreatment, metals extraction, pH adjustments, and scrubbers.

  • Knowledge of and hands on experience using APQP tools including FMEA, SPC, and design and process validation as well as Lean and 6 Sigma tools.

  • Experienced in liquid/solid separations such as precipitation, filtering, drying. Supplier identification and assessment, equipment build tracking, factory and site acceptance testing, installation, commissioning, and ramping to metrics.

  • Experience in running wastewater systems.

  • Experience, judgement, and technical knowledge to drive data-based decisions.

  • Knowledge and experience in continuous liquid process and batch reactions in a series of reaction vessels.

  • Skilled user of MS office tools including Word, EXCEL, Outlook, Project.

  • Written and verbal fluency in English.

  • Capable of wearing task specific personal protective equipment which may include dust mask, air purifying respirator (i.e., half and/or full faced), safety shoes, gloves, safety glasses, and ear protection.

  • Capable of meeting OSHA standards for manual lifting guidelines: < 50lbs

  • While performing the duties of this job it is required to stand, walk, and use hands to operate objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands or arms; climb, balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch when necessary for job activity.

  • Ability to stand and/or walk for extended periods.

  • Must be able to work in a variety of weather conditions and temperatures.

  • Be committed to and must support the EHS management process to obtain the ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 certification as well as participate in system standards and practices in its compliance and commitment to policies, objectives, operational controls, documentation, system guidelines, and others that the organization subscribes to as mandatory.

  • Will participate in all EHS aspects, including reporting hazards, incidents, and injury/illness without fear of reprisal.

  • Attend an Environment, Health, and Safety Orientation program appropriate to their work environment.

  • Follow 6S step-by-step methodology to maintain orderly workspaces and resources thereby enhancing productivity and safety.


This position is located in Hopkinsville KY!


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Ascend Elements is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.



Information Systems Security Analyst

Ascend Elements is a fast-growing organization that is revolutionizing the production of lithium-ion battery materials for electric vehicles. Recognized as a climate technology leader, the company elevates the value of recycled elements and engineers’ sustainable battery materials to support the global clean-energy transition. The company’s patented Hydro-to-Cathode™ direct precursor synthesis technology produces new, sustainable cathode materials from spent lithium-ion batteries more efficiently than traditional methods, resulting in improved performance and lower carbon emissions. Ascend Elements is taking sustainability in the lithium-ion battery industry to a higher level.


We’re hiring a Information Systems Security Analyst who will manage and enforce policies and procedures that protect our organization’s computing infrastructure from all forms of security breaches. You will be responsible for identifying vulnerabilities and working with our IT department to resolve them, ensuring that our network and data remain secure. To be successful as an information security administrator, you should have expert analytical skills and in-depth knowledge of best practices to prevent a wide range of security threats. Top candidates will also be excellent communicators, able to train and educate our staff in various information security topics. This position will report to the IT Team Lead.


Location – this is an on-site position in Westborough MA, Hopkinsville KY preferably or Covington GA.


Responsibilities:



  • Identifying vulnerabilities in our current network and cloud infrastructure.

  • Managing, continually developing, and implementing a comprehensive plan to secure our computing network and systems.



  • Monitoring network usage to ensure compliance with security policies.

  • Keeping up to date with developments in IT security standards and threats.

  • Collaborating with management and the IT department to improve and enforce better security.

  • Documenting any security breaches and assessing their damage.

  • Educating colleagues about security software and best practices for information security.

  • Managing and implementing Office 365 Defender policies, and Entra group policies.

  • Maintaining, configuring, and monitoring single sign-on with Entra and 3rd party software.

  • Other local site duties as assigned.


Requirements:



  • Degree in computer science or a technology-related field.

  • 3 years of hands-on experience

  • Professional information security certification.

  • Experience in an information security role.

  • Solid knowledge of various information security frameworks.

  • Solid knowledge of security settings. Office 365 defender

  • Knowledge of MS Entra and security features.

  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills.

  • Ability to educate a non-technical audience about various security measures.

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.

  • Plus, to have SAP security and access control knowledge.

  • This is a fully on-site position.


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Ascend Elements is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Mechanical Integrity Engineer

Ascend Elements (AE) is revolutionizing the production of lithium-ion battery materials by establishing a clean and sustainable supply chain using recycled feedstock. Its patented Hydro-to-Cathode™ technology directly synthesizes new cathode materials from spent lithium-ion cells more efficiently than traditional methods, resulting in reduced cost, improved performance, and lowered GHG emissions. The results are lower cost, better performance batteries with fewer discarded in landfill, a cleaner manufacturing process, and a truly sustainable closed-loop circular battery economy. Ascend Elements (AE) is taking the lithium-ion battery industry to a higher level.


We’re hiring a Mechanical Integrity Engineer to join our team in Hopkinsville, KY! In this role you will be responsible for providing repair, preventive, improvement, and emergency maintenance services to fixed equipment. This scope includes structural assets as well as pressure vessels, piping, boilers, heat exchangers, relief valves, etc. This position is responsible for the ongoing stewardship of the Ascend Elements® Mechanical Integrity program and welding Quality Control/Quality Assurance program.


Responsibilities included but not limited to:



  • Incorporate safe behavior into all activities and consistently comply with all established safety and health policies and procedures.

  • Perform engineering activities such as writing welding repair plans, assisting/reviewing welding Quality Assurance Inspection Test Procedures, designing/coordinating small improvement design projects, investigating reliability incidents, establishing appropriate Bill-of-Materials and stores order quantities, updating/reviewing equipment and process drawings, establishing/monitoring the pipe/vessel thickness inspection program, designing engineered temporary leak repair, performing Damage Mechanism Analysis for projects, and sustaining pressure vessel equipment records within SAP-PM.

  • Provide mechanical maintenance technician support for troubleshooting.

  • Review and approve design packages from external engineering firms and contractors.

  • Provide site maintenance support, as needed, and per an emergency duty roster.

  • Provide support for capital projects, Process Hazards Analysis, and long-term preventative/predictive maintenance for mechanical equipment.

  • Network with other Ascend Elements® sites to ensure alignment in design solutions, emerging best practices, and standardization of design.

  • Use Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) effectively to document and accomplish required maintenance in an efficient and organized manner.

  • Optimize plant preventive/predictive maintenance program to meet OEM recommendations, regulatory requirements, RAGAGEP, and corporate maintenance philosophy.

  • Provide maintenance procedure and training development assistance for new equipment.

  • Provide start-up support to production operations.

  • Perform On-the-Job Training with new members of the team.

  • Cooperate with groups and individuals within the Engineering & Maintenance department, Operations, contractors, and other service units.

  • Act as liaison between suppliers/manufacturers and manufacturing partners for problems with mechanical equipment.

  • Perform all tasks and assignments in accordance with company policies and procedures.

  • Other tasks and duties as assigned.


Education and Other Requirements:



  • BS of Mechanical Engineering or similar field of study.

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a chemical plant, refinery, or large process plant (7 years preferred).

  • Applied knowledge of fixed equipment industrial standards such as API 510/570/579, B31.3/B31.1, B16.5, ASME PCC-2.

  • Knowledge of Reliability Principles such as Failure Mode and Effect Analysis, Mean Time Between Failure Analysis, and Uptime Management.

  • Thorough understanding of mechanical theory, troubleshooting techniques, and safe work practices.

  • Able to read and comprehend equipment blueprint files, ISO Metric drawings, and process schematics.

  • Willing to Flow-to-work and learn and improve upon base skillsets.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Strong multi-tasking competency.

  • Team player attitude.

  • Capable of wearing task specific personal protective equipment which may include dust mask, air purifying respirator (i.e., half and/or full faced), safety shoes, gloves, safety glasses, and ear protection.

  • Capable of meeting OSHA standards for manual lifting guidelines: < 50lbs

  • While performing the duties of this job it is required to stand, walk, and use hands to operate objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands or arms; climb, balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch when necessary for job activity.

  • Ability to stand and/or walk for extended periods.

  • Must be able to work in a variety of weather conditions and temperatures.


This position is located in Hopkinsville KY!


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Ascend Elements is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Chemical Process Engineer

Ascend Elements (AE) is revolutionizing the production of lithium-ion battery materials by establishing a clean and sustainable supply chain using recycled feedstock. Its patented Hydro-to-Cathode™ technology directly synthesizes new cathode materials from spent lithium-ion cells more efficiently than traditional methods, resulting in reduced cost, improved performance, and lowered GHG emissions. The results are lower cost, better performance batteries with fewer discarded in landfill, a cleaner manufacturing process, and a truly sustainable closed-loop circular battery economy. Ascend Elements (AE) is taking the lithium-ion battery industry to a higher level.


We’re hiring Chemical Process Engineers to join our team in Hopkinsville, KY! In this role you will provide technical expertise and day-to-day engineering support to the manufacturing facility. This will include interaction with the operations, warehouse, and maintenance employees, design, and modification of existing and new facilities, gathering and analyzing data, troubleshoot problems, identify root cause(s), present conceptual solutions, detailed engineering, equipment sizing, feasibility studies, recommend and implement process improvements. This individual will be part of the commissioning of new equipment and managing production trials. They will be focused on benchmarking and improving performance against plant metrics and implementing robust systems to sustain improvements. They must lead the effort to achieve superior Health, Safety and Environmental performance, especially in the areas of process safety (PSM, RMP, PHMP etc), procedure writing and training of plant employees.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:



  • Performs feasibility studies for technology transfers and new product introduction. Includes assessment of current Equipment capabilities, HSE issues, and capital requirements.

  • Analyzes quality for multiple product lines utilizing statistical control charts. Works toward establishing in-control processes. Identifies areas of variation (raw materials, process, or quality analysis), implements measures to reduce variation, and tracks effectiveness of reduction measures.

  • Analyzes process data and quality critical parameters for control of manufacturing processes. Troubleshoots problem areas and identifies measures for improvement.

  • Use heat and material balances, fluid flow/hydraulic principles to troubleshoot process problems and design new equipment.

  • Analyzes batch cycle times. Identifies and implements process optimization improvements to establish consistent cycle times and reduce overall cycle times.

  • Reports cycle time, Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and other key metrics for key equipment and key product lines.

  • Investigates off-grade or abnormal batches. Identifies root cause, reports findings, and implements corrective actions.

  • Manages small capital projects associated with unit. Responsible for determining justification, scope definition, safety reviews, ‘ punch-list ‘ items, coordination of implementation with production schedule, startup, chemical commissioning and performance report on agreed deliverables.

  • Prepares flow diagrams, P&ID’ s, and equipment and control specifications.

  • Utilize management of change for applicable situations.

  • Trains production operators, warehouse staff, and laboratory technicians on unit operations, chemistries, and batch recipe or DCS changes/enhancements in regard to product line.

  • Responsible for day-to-day troubleshooting associated with product line.

  • Utilizes and works within the ISO 9001 standard framework/system.

  • Influence people’s opinions, attitudes, and judgments and demonstrate the ability to compromise opinion to develop the best solution for the issue.

  • Up to 10% travel on average, as high as 50% during plant commissioning phases.


Education and Other Requirements:



  • Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering preferred, others considered.

  • 3-5 years of process engineering experience with experience in process engineering at the plant level. Experience in CAPEX projects, plant design, build out, and optimization of chemical or advanced materials technologies desired.

  • Knowledge of and hands on experience using APQP tools including FMEA, SPC, and design and process validation as well as Lean and 6 Sigma tools.

  • Experienced in liquid/solid separations such as precipitation, filtering, drying. Supplier identification and assessment, equipment build tracking, factory and site acceptance testing, installation, commissioning, and ramping to metrics.

  • Experience, judgement, and technical knowledge to drive data-based decisions.

  • Knowledge and experience in continuous liquid process and batch reactions in a series of reaction vessels.

  • Skilled user of MS office tools including Word, EXCEL, Outlook, Project

  • Written and verbal fluency in English

  • Capable of wearing task specific personal protective equipment which may include dust mask, air purifying respirator (i.e., half and/or full faced), safety shoes, gloves, safety glasses, and ear protection.

  • Capable of meeting OSHA standards for manual lifting guidelines: < 50lbs

  • While performing the duties of this job it is required to stand, walk, and use hands to operate objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands or arms; climb, balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch when necessary for job activity.

  • Ability to stand and/or walk for extended periods.

  • Must be able to work in a variety of weather conditions and temperatures.


This position is located in Hopkinsville KY!


APPLY TODAY!


Ascend Elements is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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