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Quality Control Laboratory Technician in US - Longview, TX at Westlake Chemical

Date Posted: 5/10/2018

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Job Description


This position is responsible for using laboratory equipment in a safe manner and following standard Westlake test methods and procedures to conduct a variety of routine and non-routine tests.  

Primary Responsibilities

  • Work rotating shift (12-hr)/two or more Technician's per shift
  • Follow standard routine and non-routine laboratory procedures and test methods including control strategies, as needed.
  • Follow Level I, II, and III Standard Operating Procedures and Standard Quality Procedures in according with ISO requirements.
  • Record all test results, sample identification and other necessary information in the LIMS and SAP computer systems and on non-routine testing forms to assure that quality records are maintained.
  • Continually seek ways to improve knowledge of lab test methods, instrumentation, and the product being tested.
  • Maintain a clean, safe work environment, report problems and/or problem areas to supervision.
  • Perform standards and control sample testing as required to insure proper operations of testing equipment.
  • Accurately complete required testing and report test data to operations in a timely manner.  Prioritize work to effectively and efficiently complete all tasks in a timely manner. 
  • Communicate (verbally and via the LIMS system) product failures to operations and supervision and/or quality assurance, if necessary, and document such communications on the LIMS worksheet.
  • If necessary, obtain and analyze environmental samples as needed to meet environmental standards.
  • Conduct timely equipment checks, and perform minor maintenance and/or adjustments and repairs.
  • Use statistical techniques when appropriate.
  • Monitor compressed cylinder gas pressure each shift and change out cylinders as necessary.
  • Evaluate and recommend changes to help improve test procedures or other lab policies.
  • Anticipate and report inventory needs of consumable supplies prior to depletion.
  • Utilize spare time to clean, straighten and maintain QC Lab and lab equipment, and perform other related duties as necessary.
  • Notify supervision or Day Technician of any damaged or broken glassware, equipment or instrumentation.
  • Actively participate in all QC Laboratory safety programs by performing safety observations.  Use safety observations to aid in the identification of at-risk behaviors, near misses, and safety concerns. Participate in lab safety projects.
  • Perform duties in a manner that protects the environment and personal safety as well as the safety of all personnel on site.  Whenever appropriate, promptly report safety, health or environmental incidents or issues to management so the situation can be corrected.  Attend Monthly Safety Meetings to help prevent off-site and on-the-job accidents.
  • Complete additional tasks assigned by supervision and/or lead technician.

Minimum and Desired Qualifications

  • High school degree or GED is required.
  • Two years of experience in laboratory work or a two year college science degree is required.  A degree in chemistry / chemical technology field is preferred.
  • Experience in a laboratory environment is preferred.


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