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Lab Technician-PQ Corporation

PQ Corporation

This is a Full-time position in Joliet, IL posted June 8, 2021.

For almost 200 years, PQ Corporation has envisioned the future of chemicals and catalysts through collaborative innovation, making products that touch all of us, every day.

Cleaner Emissions
– Our Catalysts and Refining Services products and solutions help companies produce vehicles with improved fuel efficiency and cleaner emissions.

Better Care
– Our products are critical ingredients in consumer applications that help make teeth brighter and skin softer Carbon-Free
– With inorganic and carbon-free products, we contribute to improving the sustainability of our planet.

We are a leading global provider of specialty catalysts, chemicals, and services that enable environmental improvements, enhance consumer products, and increase personal safety.

Our Performance Chemicals division has an opening for a Laboratory Technician at our Joliet, IL plant.

We are not offering visa sponsorship or relocation for this role at this time.

We are not using agencies for this role at this time.

The Laboratory Technician will be responsible for routine and non-routine laboratory analysis for plant process control and quality control.

Prepare chemical stock solutions, standards, and reagents.

Generate accurate lab data and reports and good housekeeping responsibilities.

Conduct preventative maintenance and calibration on laboratory instrumentation and equipment.

Assist laboratory manager in writing methods.

Additional responsibilities for the Laboratory Technician will include the following:
Performs duties associated with quality assurance, special projects, method development, and non-routine analytical and administrative assignments.

Provides analytical support for plant personnel on a day to day basis.

Conducts analysis, synthesis, and experimentation on substances for purposes as product and process application, quantitative and qualitative analysis, and improvement of analytical methodologies.

Responsible for analysis of finished products, in-process samples, raw materials and wastewater in compliance with SOP’s and HS&E policies and procedures.

Performs daily calibrations and QA/QC to insure accuracy of testing.

Review and analyze results for correctness.

Register sample results into a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) and issue reports as needed.

Perform plant equipment performance testing in the field Responsible for troubleshooting and maintenance of all laboratory instruments and equipment.

Complete daily inspections of both safety and analytical equipment in the Laboratory and Production Units.

Manage Laboratory waste in accordance with plant policies and procedures.

Revise standard operating procedures as needed.

Conduct non routine chemical and physical laboratory tests of solid materials, liquids and gases.

Generate and issue Certificates of Analysis (COA’s) to customers.

Utilize Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) specific to plant location or per job task requirements.

Conduct tests both inside Laboratory and outside on plant process equipment.

Knowledge of ion chromatography, wet chemistry techniques, ICP and wastewater analyses.

Ability related to lifting and carrying testing equipment to test locations within Production Unit.

Ability to communicate with all levels of plant personnel.

Ability to multi-task and manage work and assignments in a matrix-type environment Must have strong interpersonal skills to facilitate interactions with co-workers and plant personnel in a team-based environment.

Good written and oral presentation skills and leadership qualities Follow LOTO and life critical procedures and ensure safe performance of maintenance activities.

Write work orders and purchase laboratory operating supplies as needed.

Enter incident accident reports and safety concerns whenever issues arise.

Handles waste disposal by transporting hazardous waste container to designated area.

Container is weighed, logged on a data sheet and labeled with data and weight prior to transporting.

Recommends changes in procedures to increase safety within the department.

Education and/or Minimum Qualifications:
1+ years in chemical process industry with a background emphasis in Laboratory environment and analytical procedures.

Bachelor of Science in science or technical related field An equivalent combination of education and experience