Lab Technician

Company Name:
Gerdau Special Steel North America is an engineered bar producer headquartered in Jackson, Michigan with world class steel manufacturing mills in Jackson, Michigan, Monroe Michigan, and Fort Smith, Arkansas, and metal processing facilities in Huntington, Indiana, Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, Lansing, Michigan, Canton, Ohio, and North Vernon, Indiana. Gerdau Special Steel group is the largest supplier of SBQ engineered steel bars to the global automotive and heavy truck industries.
We believe our employees are the best in the business. We have high standards and our employees constantly strive to reach even higher levels of success. Gerdau growth is based on our values and on a vision focused on excellence. We see customer satisfaction, the personal and professional growth of each employee, total safety in the workplace, a commitment to our stakeholders, employees, and communities, and profit as a measure of performance.

Gerdau is currently seeking a Lab Technicianfor its Fort Smith, AR facility.

In this role, the Lab Technician will work with production and metallurgical staff to help ensure that quality product is being produced and shipped. Responsible to test and analyze samples, calibrate and maintain sensitive laboratory equipment and work in a timely fashion to support the daily production demands while maintaining consistency and accuracy within the work flow. Working conditions can be in extreme temperatures and the incumbent must be able to work off-shifts, overtime, and weekends.
Primary Functions:
Prepare samples and specimens (grind, cut, clean) taken at various stages in the steelmaking process, analyze on laboratory equipment, analyze results, record data and report results to appropriate team members; several heats of steel at various steps in the steelmaking process all require prompt, accurate results.
Operate band saw to cut bar samples into smaller pieces for further testing.
Place slices of bar samples into hot hydrochloric acid bath to reveal structure and imperfections. Visually inspect and compare to standards.
Maintain and calibrate sensitive laboratory instruments used for analyzing correct chemistry of various grades of steel manufactured (spectrometer, carbon-sulfur analyzer, etc.)
Ensure environmental compliance with all applicable federal, state and local regulations within the department.
Enforce environmental compliance to procedures and practices within the department.
Ensure department employees performing tasks, which can cause significant environmental impacts, are competent on the basis of appropriate education, training and/or experience.

Minimum of high school diploma (or equivalent) required (Associates Degree a plus!)
Must have open availability to work overnight shift (6PM-6AM,) with the possibility of moving to a rotating shift working days and overnight on a rotating schedule. Shifts may include holidays and weekends
1 year minimum previous experience working in a manufacturing and/or heavy industrial work environment preferably in lab or quality department setting
Intermediate skills and experience with MS Office applications (MS Word, Excel and Outlook)
Strong organization and record keeping skills and experience required
Strong multi-tasking and prioritizing skills required and priorities can change on a regular basis
Candidate must have strong communication and customer service skills in working with a variety of departments within the organization.
Prior database experience preferred (AS400 and/or SAP a plus)
Willing to work in varying work conditions including: heights, cold, heat, wet, noisy environment.

Gerdau offers opportunities for advancement in an ever challenging, high-tech environment. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package and the opportunity to grow with a world-class, multinational company. We recognize the contributions of our team members and provide opportunities for advancement.
Gerdau offers excellent benefits!
Medical and Prescription
Health and Dependent Care (Flexible Spending Account)
Basic Life/Accidental Life Insurance
Health Advocate Services
Employee Assistance Program
Tuition Reimbursement Program

Gerdau is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to diversifying its workforce. All applicants must be legally eligible to work in the country of hire without current or future sponsorship.

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