The Formulations Lab Technician will be responsible for conducting polymer testing and providing accurate and concise data in support of product development. The candidate will develop and help implement new compounds from conceptualization to production. This includes but is not limited to weighing and blending raw materials, setting up equipment for processing, compounding raw materials into a usable form, reactive extrusion, wire prototyping, and testing of finished product.Task and Responsibilities:
Task and Responsibilities:
Operate equipment and perform standardized testing in the plastic laboratories under the direction of the Manager, Formulations.
Comprehend, implement, and interpret regulatory standards and methodologies.
Provide assistance to compounding and extrusion operations.
Evaluate raw materials, raw material suppliers, and compounds for cost reduction and quality improvements.
Independently prioritize and complete assigned projects while adhering to deadlines given by the Manager, Formulations.
Document and communicate test results within an ISO 9001 environment.
Other tasks may be required to assist with other corporate and R&D functions as deemed necessary by the Manager, Formulations.
Generate and compound formulations on compounding equipment such as twin screws, kneaders, internal mixers, high intensity mixers, single screw extruders, roll mills, and plaque presses.
Characterize polymers and formulations using equipment such as DSC, TGA, FTIR, Rheometers, and related equipment.
High School Diploma is required. Must be enrolled in an Accredited University. Chemistry, chemical engineering, physics, or materials science major preferred.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills along with exceptional interpersonal skills required.
Must be proficient in computer skills, including Microsoft Excel and Word.
Ability to work 20 hours per week.
Hands-on experience with analytical equipment such as FTIR, rheometers, and tensometers is preferred.
Physical effort is required. Must be able to lift up to 45 lbs.
Willingness to work in a demanding R&D and production environment.