• Posted on: Mar 15, 2023
  • Location: Durham, NC
  • Job ID: 164d3b44
  • Type: Full Time
  • Posted on: Mar 15, 2023
  • Location: Durham, NC
  • Job ID: 164d3b44
  • Type: Full Time

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Materials Lab Technician – Chemical Operator

  • Weigh and measure specific quantities of varying types of ingredients
  • Mix ingredients in proper sequence and proportions following processing instructions
  • Tend to the mixing and compounding equipment
  • Maintain control over time including moisture removal, temperature, pressure, rpm, energy, power, or other variables 
  • Observe gauges, meters, and panels to monitor and control the operating conditions of lab scaled mixers, kneaders, extruders, dryers and calciners 
  • Accurately report specific process characterizing outputs including peak time, energy, average power, and temperature 
  • Document observations and operation conditions of lab process equipment 
  • Assess final compound visually and use appropriate batch testing equipment including moisture balances, curdmeter, and pH meter 
  • Make accurate batch adjustments to achieve final batch drop specifications 
  • Document observations and test results
  • Operate the extrusion equipment safely
  • Measure and report extrudate speed, extrusion throughput, extruder temperature and extrusion pressure 
  • Maintain the operational condition of extruder by taking apart and cleaning screw and barrel segments 
  • Operate humidity and temperature controlled drying equipment correctly 
  • Perform experimental tests including moisture, weight loss, and dimensional measurements on extrudates 
  • Maintain detailed logs of all work-related activities
  • Maintain records to comply with internal requirements and standard operating procedures 
  • Observe safety precautions and follow safety policies and procedures
  • Support Development experiments on the production floor including post extrusion plasticity measurements, moisture measurements on wet product, and drying crack inspections
  • Communicate issues and concerns to the supervisor
  • Follow instructions accurately
  • Run development samples on quality laboratory equipment 
  • Associates or bachelor’s degree in science or related field
  • Prior laboratory experience
  • Good analytical ability