Test Lab Technician Entry

Toray Composites (America), Inc. - Tacoma, WA (30+ days ago)


Position Summary/General Description:

Perform laboratory assignments including maintenance and calibration of equipment and laboratory testing; or work in two or more areas of the laboratory. Assists scientists or engineers with formulating and testing, or other activities. Perform simultaneous assignments in accordance with written procedures, manuals, and other instructions. Utilize a variety of
laboratory equipment and tools. Areas of specialization include testing and analysis for mechanical testing, chemical testing, physical testing, machining, and others. Participate in team meetings and problem solving sessions as required. Provide laboratory duties of a more difficult and/or complex nature.

Essential Functions/Major Responsibilities
(Not all positions are expected to perform all functions which are listed below)
Set up equipment and laboratory procedures; Check and refill fluids, heat ovens, etc.
Obtain materials/supplies required for work tasks.
Maintain work area(s) in a clean and organized condition.
Calibrate and perform preventative maintenance on equipment, including documentation.
Perform sample/test preparations including locating, labeling and verifying test materials,
dissolution and filtering, and instrument set-ups.
Perform laboratory tests, following established documented procedures.
Enter data into computer program; review output ensuring accuracy; verify and document test
results, noting abnormal data and send information to supervisor for review.

Update test log ensuring accuracy and proper tracking of samples.
Perform job tasks according to schedules, using established safe methods and processes.
Work with others to achieve an atmosphere of teamwork and continuous improvement.
Assist in the training of other Laboratory Associates.

Additional Functions
Attend and actively participate in meetings.
Perform other related laboratory duties as assigned.
This job description in no way implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the Associate. At all times, Associates may be required to perform any other duties within this or a higher/lower job level upon the request of the supervisor.

Job Complexity
Job tasks are carried out in an environment that consists of recurring work situations with occasional variations from the norm. Job assignments usually involve a moderate degree of complexity or difficulty. Typically operate according to specific work or verbal instructions according to established procedures. Perform work assignments independently with a low level of supervision. Most job functions or responsibilities are defined. However, some tasks require the development of new ideas, methods or approaches. Work is checked or verified by lead or supervisor. Errors in work or judgment can cause delays and/or add to material costs. Ability to evaluate conditions, recognize safety and quality issues and determine best course of action with supervisory assistance. Position requires the ability to set priorities, follow schedules and manage own time. Ability to troubleshoot and problem solve at an intermediate level. Ability to provide a high level of customer service to internal and external customers.

Specific Job Skills
Ability to operate a variety of laboratory equipment. Ability to operate power equipment such as forklifts, hoists, etc., and to utilize a variety of laboratory tools and measuring devices. Possess a theoretical knowledge of chemistry. Ability to utilize/operate a computer, peripheral equipment and appropriate software. Position requires a working ability to read and understand laboratory
procedures. Knowledge of safety techniques, practices and procedures for handling hazardous materials. Knowledge of record keeping techniques and procedures.

Mental and Physical Requirements
Position requires the ability to read, write, speak and understand English at a level necessary to successfully perform assigned responsibilities. Position frequently requires the ability to make quick decisions related to the area’s processes. Ability to utilize interpersonal and teamwork skills, perform basic mathematical computations, write legibly, follow directions and to
understand and apply work specifications. The ability to hear, speak, use hands/fingers and the repetitive motions of hands/wrists are frequent. Ability to seldom lift 40 pounds. Ability to use mechanical lifts. Vision abilities require the adjustment and focus of sight. Ability to be physically mobile and to stand for extended periods. Ability to wear personal protective equipment for extended periods of time, including wearing a respirator and maintaining
respirator fit. Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation.

Education/Experience
High school degree or GED required. Two plus years’ experience in a laboratory or similar environment; or two plus years’ experience working in a carbon composite manufacturing environment; or an Associate of Arts degree in a lab science or closely related discipline, or equivalent combination of education and experience, required. Personal computer experience in Microsoft applications such as Excel and Word required.

This position involves working with technologies and information which are subject to U.S. export control regulations. Under these regulations, Toray Composite Materials America must review certain candidate information including citizenship,basis of United States work authorization and country of origin. This information would be used for export control screening purposes only.

Job Conditions
Job tasks are usually performed in a laboratory environment. Exposure to a wide range of temperatures. Work with potentially hazardous materials and chemicals. Required to wear personal protective equipment at times. Position requires the ability to work a rotating or fixed non-standard schedule which includes weekends. Position frequently requires work in excess of 40 hours in a week. Position requires the ability to move throughout the entire facility area.

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