Lab Technician

Precision Castparts Corporation Kent , WA 98031

Posted 6 days ago

Laboratory Technician Level 1

Company Profile:

Precision Castparts Corp. (PCC) is a leading worldwide, diversified manufacturer of complex metal components and products. It serves the aerospace, power, and general industrial markets. PCC is the market leader in manufacturing large, complex structural investment castings, airfoil castings, and forged components used in jet aircraft engines and industrial gas turbines. The Company is also a leading producer of highly engineered, critical fasteners for aerospace and other general industrial markets, manufactures extruded seamless pipe, fittings, forgings, and clad products for power generation and oil & gas applications, and supplies metal alloys and other materials to the casting and forging industries. PCC is a high quality business with dominant positions in most segments of the markets in which it serves. The company has a history of superior earnings growth and was the fourth best performing stock in the S&P 500 during the last decade, up 1580%.

Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, this over $10 billion publicly traded company (NYSE: PCP) employs more than 29,500 people worldwide. PCC has over 160 plants and has a presence in twenty-six states in the US and in over a dozen countries. PCC is relentless in its dedication to being a high-quality, low-cost and on-time producer; delivering the highest value to its customers and shareholders while continually pursuing strategic, profitable growth.

Effective early February 2016, Berkshire Hathaway, led by chairman and CEO Warren E. Buffet, acquired Precision Castparts Corp. Mr. Buffet stated, "I've admired PCC's operation for a long time. For good reasons, it is the supplier of choice for the world's aerospace industry, one of the largest sources of American exports. Berkshire's Board of Directors is proud that PCC has joined Berkshire."

"We are very pleased to be joining forces with Berkshire Hathaway," said Mark Donegan, PCC's chairman and chief executive officer. "We see a unique alignment between Warren's management and investment philosophy and how we manage PCC for the long-term. We believe that as part of Berkshire Hathaway, PCC will be exceptionally well-positioned to support our customers' needs into the future. This transaction offers compelling and immediate value for our shareholders, and allows PCC's employees to continue to operate in the same manner that has generated many years of exceptional service and performance to our customers."

Business Profile:

PCC Aerostructures is a leading supplier of complex components and assemblies to the global aerospace industry.

PCC Aerostructures now includes more than 35 plants in the U.S, Europe and Asia with over 5000 employees and has ambitious growth plans. Businesses within PCC Aerostructures include Primus International, SPS Aerostructures, Centra, Avibank and AVK, Klune, ProCoat, Southwest United Industries, Progressive Incorporated, Synchronous, Noranco and Kalistrut. Plants locations include Washington, Utah, California, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Ohio, Canada, Mexico, the UK and China.

Location Profile:

Located in Kent Washington, Protective Coatings Inc. is a leading provider of full service finishing for the aerospace, electronics and medical industries in both commercial and defense applications. Services include but are not limited to non-destructive testing such as fluorescent penetrant and magnetic particle inspection and a wide variety of surface enhancement processes such as shot peening and abrasive blasting, passivation, cadmium and nickel zinc plating, chromic, sulfuric and boric sulfuric acid anodizing and the application of chromate conversion coating on ferrous and non-ferrous alloys. Organic coating includes the application and testing of multiple resin systems such as epoxies, phenolics, polyurethanes, polyesters, elastomerics, intumescents, lacquers, alkyds, acrylics, dry-film lubricants, powder coatings and Teflon. Current approvals include the National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program, (NADCAP), Boeing Commercial Aircraft Company, Boeing Defense and Space, Boeing/Philadelphia, Boeing Long Beach, Grumman, Gulfstream, Lockheed Martin, Goodrich, Bombardier, Cessna and Sikorsky among much else.

Founded in 1976, Protective Coatings Inc. was later acquired by Precision Castparts in 2012, and became part of the Aerostructures Division. Staffed with approximately 300 employees, the facility generates annual revenues in excess of $26 million. As a defense contractor Protective Coatings Inc. is registered with the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls as a subsidiary of Precision Castparts Corp and is fully compliant with all relevant facets of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and the Export Administration Regulations.

Position Summary:

Candidates for a Level 1 Laboratory Technician, under direct supervision, will learn tasks specific to the monitoring and control of processing solutions and chemicals used in this organization's facility. Level 1 Laboratory Technicians will be expected to collect daily samples for testing, perform process and solution control testing, and formulate buffer solutions and reagents. They will become familiar with the operation and standardization of laboratory equipment, as well as maintaining a clean, sanitized and organized laboratory setting. Level 1 Laboratory Technicians will also be expected to perform recordkeeping of tests and consistent monitoring of production solutions and chemicals on a regular basis. Candidates must be self-disciplined and self-motivated individuals with strong accountability (attention to details) skills. As a condition of assignment, Level 1 Laboratory Technicians may be expected to access information and product controlled under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and/or Export Administration Regulations. As such these candidates may be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship, Legal Permanent Residence or protected status as a Non-Citizen National of the U.S.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Maintaining regular and punctual attendance according to shift-times or a pre-arranged work schedule.

  • Follow all policies, procedures, and work instructions.

  • Wear and maintain proper personal equipment (PPE).

  • Document and maintain laboratory records using in-house LIMS.

  • Perform solution chemical analysis using methods such as titration or spectroscopy.

  • Perform process control testing such as corrosion resistance, coating weight or hydration levels.

  • Perform trend analysis for chemical processing solutions.

  • Formulate buffer solutions and reagents when needed.

  • Operate and standardize laboratory equipment.

  • When necessary, collect samples of chemical processing solutions.

  • Maintain a clean and sterile work area, equipment, and lab ware.

  • Maintain laboratory chemical inventory

  • Operator works with hazardous chemicals, such as acids, bases inorganic compounds and organic solvents, using appropriate PPE.

Required Skills:

  • Ability to read, write and speak the English language.

  • Must be detail oriented and quick learner.

  • Organizational skills.

  • Good communicator with ability to represent the Company in a positive manner.

  • Basic computers skills (MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook, and other laboratory software programs).

  • Excellent vision (whether or not corrected) including normal color vision.

  • Ability to work alone or as a member of a team, good cooperative skills.

  • Ability to perform basic math (add, subtract, multiply, & divide). Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and interpret bar graphs. Knowledge of the metric system units (length, area, volume, capacity, mass, and weight) and U.S. equivalents. Ability to apply concept of basic algebra and geometry.

  • Knowledge of internal laboratory procedures and protocols.

Required Experience:

  • No experience required.

Level of Education:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • College degree (minimum 2 year) or documented on-the-job training is preferred.

Precision Castparts Corp. is an equal opportunity employer committed to recruit, hire, train, and promote in all job categories without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or other status protected by applicable law.


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Lab Technician

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