Dennis Thornton

Dennis Thornton

Process Operator


LyondellBasell

Channelview, TX USA


The true character of a person is how you respond when faced with adversity.

Education

High School
Shaker Heights High
Bachelor
Psychology
Malone University
Doctorate
Certification/License
Vocational

Career

Process Operator

I make chemicals that go into products we use everyday.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Engineering
Numbers
Learning / Being Challenged

Day to Day

My work day starts at 4 am or 4 pm since it’s shift work (rotates days and nights). I go in and make relief with the previous shift to see what has been done for the day. We check the maintenance schedule to see if any equipment (mostly pumps) needs to be ready for work to be done. I make rounds on equipment in the process unit and catch samples for lab results to make sure our product is on spec for customers. We’re paid for our troubleshooting skills to keep the plant making money 24/7.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Any type of mechanical background would be great for this job. Working on cars, fixing things around the house will give you an advantage in becoming a process operator.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Chemical Process Technology

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"It’s hard for someone who is 17 and 18 years old to completely know what they want to do for the rest of their lives. I faced discouragement for not using my degree but sometimes life has different plans. "

Challenges I Overcame

Financial