Pilot Plant Technician - Hunt Valley


McCormick & Company, Inc., a global leader in the spice, flavor, and seasonings industry, is seeking a full-time Pilot Plant Technician. This new hire will work at the Technical Innovation Center located in Hunt Valley, MD. The Pilot Plant Technician will report to a Principal Engineer.


McCormick & Company, Incorporated is a global leader in flavor with approximately 14,000 employees worldwide. With over $6 billion in annual sales across 160 countries and territories, we manufacture, market, and distribute spices, seasoning mixes, condiments, and other flavorful products to the entire food industry including e-commerce, retail,food manufacturers and foodservice businesses. Our most popular brands include McCormick, French's, Frank's RedHot, Stubb's, OLD BAY, Lawry's, Zatarain's, Ducros, Vahiné, Cholula, Schwartz, Kamis, DaQiao, Club House, Aeroplane, and Gourmet Garden. Every day, no matter where or what you eat or drink, you can enjoy food flavored by McCormick. Our Purpose is "To Stand Together for the Future of Flavor and our Vision is "A World United by Flavor—where healthy, sustainable and delicious go hand in hand."


As a company recognized for its exceptional commitment to employees, McCormick offers a wide variety of benefits, programs, and services. Benefits include, but are not limited to, tuition assistance, medical, dental, vision, disability, group life insurance, 401(k), profit sharing, paid holidays, and vacations.



  • Under general supervision of Scientists/Engineers perform pilot plant experiments. 
  • Operate laboratory and analytical equipment to measure material properties. 
  • Under general supervision of Scientists/Engineers conduct routine maintenance on pilot plant equipment. 
  • Under general supervision of Scientists/Engineers set up and commission pilot plant equipment to achieve experimental results. 
  • Responsible for the preparation of raw materials, finished products and retention samples.
  • Manage lab inventory of raw materials, data recording, cataloguing test samples and ordering supplies.
  • Maintain sanitation and lab organization.
  • Ability to work independently with little or no supervision and as a member of a team.
  • Willingness to work overtime as needed.



  • 3-5 years of experience working in pilot plants or manufacturing plants.  
  • Experience operating, commissioning, and troubleshooting process equipment.
  • Technical curiosity and desire to become an expert in pilot plant equipment. 
  • Strong troubleshooting skills and ability to identify, analyze and solve problems.
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills.  Methodical execution of experimental protocols.   
  • Ability to manage time, prioritize work effectively and be self-directed and motivated.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well as a team.
  • Strong PC skills and experience working in Microsoft Office.  Ability to create documentation for standard operating procedures, data reporting and communications within the department
  • Professional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to lift 10 pounds regulary, 20 pounds frequently and 50 pounds occasionally. 



  • Experience with processing equipment such as mixers, mills/particle size reducers, blenders, liquid processing, and pasteurizing.
  • Experience conducting routine maintenance on process equipment or strong mechanical aptitude.    
  • Experience with laboratory methods measuring physical characteristics such as particle size, density, and moisture.
  • Experience in a Food manufacturing environment or laboratory and knowledge of food safety.  Awareness of GMPs (Good Manufacturing Practices).
  • Experience maintaining confidential information.
  • Experience in the herb and spice industry
  • Experience with laboratory standards and calibrations for maintaining equipment.




McCormick & Company is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.


As a general policy, McCormick does not offer employment visa sponsorships upon hire or in the future. 


United by flavor. Driven by results.

As a McCormick employee you’ll be empowered to focus on more than your individual responsibilities. You’ll have the opportunity to be part of something bigger than yourself—to have a say in where the company is going and how it’s growing.

Between our passion for flavor, our 130-year history of leadership and integrity, the competitive and comprehensive benefits we offer, and our culture, which is built on respect and opportunities for growth, there are many reasons to join us at McCormick.

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