Materials Testing Technician

Maricopa County, AZ - Phoenix, AZ (30+ days ago)3.7

Position Overview
The Materials Testing Technician performs a wide array of important quality assurance testing on transportation project materials. Working in both the laboratory and out in the field, conducts materials testing, inspections, research, and investigations of construction materials, all while applying methodologies commonly accepted in roadway and bridge construction and maintenance, and ensuring compliance with established standards, specifications, and provisions. Being an integral member of a team and making a positive impact on our community are just two additional and rewarding aspects of this position.

Position Qualifications

Minimum education and/or experience:
High school diploma or GED and two (2) years of experience working in a construction materials laboratory engaged in both field and laboratory testing of materials utilized in construction and maintenance of streets, highways, bridges and associated structures.

Specialized training, certifications, and/or other special requirements:
One of the following certifications: ATTI Field Certification and/or ACI Field Certification and Nuclear Gauge short course certification, or the ability to obtain within six (6) months from the hire date. Must possess, or have the ability to obtain by the time of hire, a valid Arizona driver's license and have an acceptable driving record.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities:Knowledge of:
mathematical and scientific principles and practices
testing procedures

Skill in:
performing inspections, complex mathematical calculations and report writing
accurately interpreting complex plans, specifications, and drawings
observing, documenting, and reporting observations in detail
analytical and decision making skills
researching and using test specifications

Ability to:
work with others from upper management to field personnel, to reach a common goal
effectively communicate, both verbally and in writing
be a team player with ability to deal with people

Preferred training, certifications and/or other special requirements:
ACI Field Testing Technician, ACI Strength Testing Technician Grade 1, ATTI: Asphalt, Soils, Field Certification Level 1, Nuclear Gauge Certification, NICET Certification Level I/II Construction Materials Testing/highway Construction.

Working conditions:
Must be able to work in all-weather types (Extreme heat, cold, wind, rain). Must be able to stand, sit, walk, drive for long hours, work inside and outdoors, and work in confined spaces including trenches. Social environment includes working independently and also on a team, dealing with people, high volume of work, time pressures and interruptions. Overtime during busy season (early mornings, nights, after hours, weekends). Must have manual dexterity of hands and body to operate office equipment (computer, Etc.) as well as heavy machinery as needed; must be able to hear, see, crouch, bend, lift/carry 50 pounds with or without the assistance of cart or device (i.e. 5 gallon buckets of materials: Asphalt, Soils, Concrete). Ability to push/pull up to 85 pounds with assistance of a cart or device (i.e. nuclear gauge and accessories, coring equipment). Requires travel to and from job related locations during the course of a scheduled workday, subject to County policies regarding use of County vehicles and/or private vehicles used on County business.
Essential Job Tasks
Performs laboratory testing of all construction materials utilized in the construction of assigned projects.
Performs field inspections and testing to ensure adequacy of construction materials and methods.
Performs field inspections of vendor/supplier facilities, equipment and manufacturing capabilities.
Participates in all assigned proficiency sample testing and on-site certification inspections performed by other national certifying agencies.
Completes and reports test results of assigned special research projects in accordance with instructions specified by the requester or the laboratory supervisor.
Prepares and submits inspection and/or testing reports and summaries for review.
Performs maintenance and calibrates/verifies status of laboratory testing equipment.
Participates in training and assists in training new Materials Testing Technicians as needed.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Selection Procedure
The Maricopa County Human Resources Department reserves the right to admit to the selection process only those candidates considered to be the most highly qualified. Those selected will be assessed based on evaluation of listed education and experience. The hiring authority will interview and select the successful candidate from a list provided by Human Resources.

All offers of employment made to new hires and rehires at Maricopa County are contingent upon successful completion of a post-offer, pre-employment thorough background investigation. A background investigation is conducted on a current employee who changes to a Safety Sensitive Position or one having the potential for serious adverse impact on the integrity or efficiency of the County. These requirements do not pertain to employees of elected officials who undergo background investigation processes administered through their respective offices.

Typically, successful candidates are hired at a salary rate up to midpoint of the range, based on applicable experience, internal equity and budgetary allowances.