Formulation Technician II
GENERAL SUMMARY STATEMENT
Responsible for chemical testing of batch solutions and troubleshooting of solutions out of specification. The individual must have an understanding of basic laboratory safety and laboratory hygiene as well as foundational chemistry knowledge.
- Make safety the number one priority within the testing lab, every day.
- Test samples in accordance with established procedures and using all instrumentation required in the procedures, including pH meters, turbidity meters, titrators, spectrophotometer, centrifuge, electrodes, etc.
- Disposition of products (release, rework, scrap) to production based on test results.
- Record test results in batch records.
- Segregate, label and dispose of waste chemicals in accordance with company, local, state and federal regulations.
- Adhere to production testing schedule and communicate any changes in plans resulting from solutions out of specification.
- Support manufacturing schedule by aiding in hands on production tasks when needed. Be willing and able to support manufacturing packaging and bulking operations approximately 25-50% of time.
- Prepare complex master standards and small scale solutions.
- Work with planning, quality, and engineering at daily planning sessions as well as when problems arise to plan and solve problems in a safe and efficient manner.
- Troubleshoot solutions or procedures that do not test to specifications, be prepared to adjust procedures or solutions depending on findings and root cause analysis.
- Write engineering change orders (ECOs) for existing procedures that are found to be inaccurate or incomplete.
- Prepare mercury powders and press mercury pellets to support electrode manufacturing.
- Calculate adjustments to solutions that do not comply with tolerances.
- Manage inventories of various lab chemicals, both within SAP and for non-inventoried consumable chemicals.
Work with quality assurance to ensure equipment is calibrated and PMs are completed on a regular schedule.
- Exposure to chemistry lab, waste water and manufacturing production floor environments.
- Willing to lift up at least 30 to 50 pounds occasionally
Prior lab safety and hygiene training required. Foundational chemistry background and 2+ years’ experience working in a lab required. Ability to use an electronic balance and volumetric glassware Project or team leadership experience a plus Ability to handle multi-tasking in a lab and production environment. Day to day lab planning experience preferred SAP experience preferred Experience writing engineering change orders preferred. Experience in lean production environment or lean production methodologies, such as Six Sigma or Practical Process Improvement, preferred. Strong written and verbal communication skills required. Must be able to speak, read and write in English. Ability to work in a seated or standing position for an eight hour shift. Ability to communicate by exchanging information in a clear manner with management, co-workers and support functions. Ability to recognize when a process is not in control and needs to be refined.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR POSITION
Education: High School Diploma or GED required. Chemistry or laboratory certifications preferred.
Experience: Required: 2+ years of laboratory experience.