Laboratory Technician, Jr. - Unskilled Labor

SGS Mineral Services | Henderson, KY, 42420
Posted from 6/7/2022 to 7/8/2022
Compensation Type: Hourly
Position Type: Full-Time
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Company Description

SGS is the world's leading inspection, verification, testing, and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 94,000 employees SGS operates a network of over 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world. 

Job Description


The entry level  Laboratory Technician, Jr.  is an unskilled laborer position who under immediate supervision performs routine laboratory tests to determine chemical and physical characteristics or composition of solid, liquid, or gaseous materials for such purposes as quality control, process control, or product development by performing the following duties.



Directly reports to a Supervisor, Laboratory or a Manager, Laboratory

Dotted reporting line - none 



Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

•         Performs routine laboratory testing, following relevant company’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) and methods.

·       Prepares a representative subsample from client sample that meets specific requirements using defined methods (Dry, Crush, Pulverize, Pressure Filter, Mix, Riffle Split, etc.).

·       Weighs and digest samples for analysis, using relevant equipment.

·       May completes and maintain laboratory reports.

·       Receives, sorts and logs client samples into the data base, and prepares samples’ labels.

·       Archives, returns, or disposes of client samples as per established procedure.

·       Prepares monthly composites.

·       May performs daily, weekly, and monthly Quality Assurance/Quality Control checks on equipment.

·       Demonstrates good and safe work habits and enforces a clean working environment.

·       Performs general upkeep and housekeeping of the laboratory.

·       Ensures all equipment and containers are organized and cleaned before and after use.

·       Ensures all personal protective equipment (PPE) relevant for tasks is worn as required.

·       Ensures compliance with all required local and federal safety processes and procedures.

·       May also have preparation or field responsibilities, as required by business needs.

·       Adheres to internal standards, policies and procedures.

·       Performs other duties as assigned.



•         Supervises others: No

•         Has hiring and terminating responsibilities: No

•         Number of employees directly reporting to this job: 0 Supervisory Employees, 0 Non-Supervisory Employees




·       High School diploma or equivalent  

·       No experience required, unless required by state law

Water lab only:

·       Where required by state law, Post-secondary degree in science, or minimum 1 year supervised water testing experience.



·       None



·       A valid and current Driver’s license may be required if the role requires driving a company vehicle.

·       May be required to obtain a TWIC (Transportation Worker Identification Card).

·       May be required to obtain 24-hour surface Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) certificate, training is available through SGS.



•         Language Skills: Intermediate English required, Advanced preferred

•         Mathematical Skills: Basic required, Intermediate preferred

•         Reasoning Skills/Abilities: Intermediate level required, uses logical and practical approach to solve problems

•         Computer Skills: MS Office (Word, Excel) – Intermediate user proficiency preferred

•         Ability to effectively communicate (in writing or verbally), presenting information individually or in small group situations to internal or external customers 

•         Ability to follow directions ensuring the end results are accurate and completed with the required timeframe 

•         Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations 

•         Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals 

•         Ability to work independently and under moderate supervision

•         Team player attitude, customer care focus



•         No travel required.



•         This job operates in a laboratory environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, printers, and phones.

•         This role routinely uses sample prep equipment that may include Jaw Crusher, Bowl & Disc Pulverizing Mills, Pressure Filters, Riffle Splitters, Compressed Air.

•         This role routinely uses laboratory equipment/instruments that may include Bottle-top Dispensers, Eppendorf Pipettes, Balances, Muffle Furnace, Sulfur Analyzer, Compressed gases, and ICP-OES as needed.



Physical/Sensory Demands Frequency Requirements:

•         Stand – Constantly

•         Move or traverse - Constantly

•         Sit - Occasionally

•         Use hands - Constantly

•         Reach with hands and arms - Frequently

•         Climb or balance - Occasionally

•         Stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl - Occasionally

•         Talk/hear - Frequently

•         Taste/Smell - none

•         Lift/carry/push or pull - Frequently

•         Lift/carry/push or pull - up to 50 pounds


Vision Requirement:

•         Close vision (clear vision at 20 inches/50 centimeters or less)

•         Distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet/6 meters or more)

•         Peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point)

•         Depth perception (three-dimension vision, ability to judge distance and three-dimensional relationships)

•         Ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus)

•         Ability to see color may be required


Auditory Requirements:

•         Must be able to hear equipment operating, alarms sounding, traffic, telephones



•         Safety Critical: Has a high exposure to a catastrophic operational incident; has a direct role in operations where failure could result in serious harm to public or employee well-being, Group assets, or the environment; and has no direct or very limited supervision available to provide operational checks.



Location of the Job: Henderson, KY 


Environmental Conditions Requirements:

•         Wet or humid (non-weather) conditions -Occasionally

•         Work near moving mechanical parts - Frequently

•         Work in high, precarious places - Occasionally

•         Fumes or airborne particles - Frequently

•         Toxic or caustic chemicals - Occasionally

•         Outdoor weather conditions - Occasionally

•         Extreme cold (non-weather) - None

•         Extreme heat (non-weather) - None

•         Risk of electrical shock - Occasionally

•         Work with explosives - None

•         Risk of radiation - None

•         Vibration - Frequently

•         Bio-hazard - None


Noise level: keep the highest that applies

•         Moderate-Loud Noise


Other Physical/Work Environmental Exposures:

•         None

Additional Information

SGS is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and as such we recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, status as a protected veteran, or any other characteristics protected by law.

Perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts the company’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

If you are applying for a position within the United States and you have difficulty completing the on-line employment application because of a disability, please call 201-508-3149 for assistance and leave a message. You will receive a call back.  Please note, this phone number is not for general employment information, but is only for individuals who are experiencing difficulty applying for a position due to a disability

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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