Associate Laboratory Technician

Auburn Hills, Michigan
Associate Laboratory Technician
Auburn Hills, MI
Pay Rate: $20-22/HR

Associate Laboratory Technician supports new product development and existing product maintenance, and requires working in close cooperation with chemists, other technicians, customers and suppliers. This role will actively participate in the development, testing, qualification and scale-up of adhesive formulations.

Associate Laboratory Technician Responsibilities:
  • Responsible for making adhesives batches, conducting lab test on paste and cured elastomers or structural adhesives, organizing and preparing substrates, data collection and documentation
  • Weighing raw materials and charging them into mixers
  • Scraping mixer bowls, removing adhesives and cleaning out mixers
  • Transfer and packaging samples into containers, condition environments
  • Characterizing / testing adhesives, including liquid property testing (viscosity, rheology, sag panels)
  • Applying adhesives to substrates using manual or auto caulking guns
  • Test lap shear, quick knife, dispense force and other mechanical properties
  • Inventory, order, organize and distribute materials regularly
  • Keep lab benches clean, dispose materials and replenish supplies from storage area
  • Equipment responsibility: daily calibration or verification and recording
  • Project preparation and documentation
  • Use Electronic Lab Notebook to document plans, work and data daily
  • Conduct and document health and safety audits
  • Work in teams for successful scale-up of products, according to existing procedure and process capabilities
  • Collaborate with others to learn best lab practices, become competent to complete lab responsibilities and work independently, safely and efficiently
  • Ensures product quality and performance standards meet customer needs by staying abreast of customer performance requirements and specifications
  • Understands environmental, health and safety practices and work proactively to improve the level of safety in R&D.
  • Evaluate new materials or components
  • Conduct experiments with high quality, analyze data and understand results
  • Capable to learn and operate some analytical instruments: FTIR, DSC, DMA, TGA
  • Preparing prepolymer and adhesives batches
  • Daily lifting and moving of pails up to 40-50 lbs

Associate Laboratory Technician Requirements:
  • Associates degree in a STEM field is required, Bachelors degree is preferred
  • Previous working laboratory experience in an industrial or R&D environment is required
  • Proficient computer skills with Microsoft Products - Excel, Word, PowerPoint, OneDrive, Outlook, Microsoft Teams Meetings
  • Comfortable entering data and doing basic analysis in Excel (Sum, Average, Standard Deviation) with ability to identify when data is abnormal
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbally and written
  • Able to regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 40 pounds
  • Knowledge or working experience with polymers is preferred, but not required

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