Laboratory Technician

at Gates Corporation in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, United States

Job Description


Provide chemical and/or mechanical testing support for material, product/system development, validation and quality activities. Work closely with Engineering and other technicians to provide testing support in a timely manner to provide analysis and test results so that projects are completed as scheduled and objectives are achieved. This is a trained operator who handles test setup and inspections.



1 50% Ability to run MTS / Instron type equipment to support Dynamic Material Analysis for sample. Performs assigned test and/or training on equipment and procedures. Handles sample change and setup verification. Set / adjust controls, operating data acquisition systems.

2 20% Monitor testing in progress, collect data and report results using handheld instruments for precision measuring. Uses/updates lab order record in Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) as required.

3 10% Provides support to Engineers for development and non-standard testing and initial set up of standard tests. Data entry/collection and reporting. Trains other technicians on test procedures and equipment.

4 10% Light mechanical and light electrical Repair and Maintenance (R&M) of test equipment as appropriate. Create maintenance work orders for equipment repair and modification.

5 5% Fabrication of Instrumentation fixtures using hand and power tools which may include metal saws & drill presses

6 5% Support continuous improvement and quality activities such as procedure and process improvements, cleanliness and organization (5S). Responsible to support Productivity/Efficiency. Proficient with laboratory policies and procedures.





No Direct supervision, but may monitor progress of other technicians to ensure all testing on assigned test requests gets completed




QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.


High School diploma

5+ years experience in a commercial lab or a lab supporting a commercial process

Strong knowledge of product lines (hoses, couplings, belts, tensioners, etc.)

Ability to meet training objectives in Training Matrix applicable to group at this level at manager's discretion




Previous experience with MTS / Instron type of equipment to perform Dynamic Material Analysis

Demonstrated ability to communicate test related information

Demonstrated ability to analyze and trouble shoot test related equipment and/or procedural issues

Intermediate understanding of electromechanical control systems

Intermediate understanding of hydraulic or power transmission systems

Ability to setup and utilize data acquisition systems

Fork lift qualified, if applicable

Demonstrated understanding of parts inventory system Familiar with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access, etc.)

Strong understanding of mechanical laboratory test equipment

Strong understanding of manufacturing, laboratory settings or quality assurance

Good interpersonal, oral and written skills

Good planning, time management and organizational skills


Ability to perform mathematical calculations

Understanding of Lean principals

Problem solving skills

Ability to work independently or in a team environment


Physical Demands:


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and talk or hear. The employee is required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and perform team lifts of over 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.


Must be able to work in testing or manufacturing environment and operate various components to test, evaluate and provide feedback on Gates's materials and products.


Some limited travel may be required


Work Environment:


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this... For full info follow application link.


Gates Corporation is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities for all job applicants and employees.  Employment decisions are based upon job-related reasons regardless of gender, race, color, religion, age, disability, pregnancy, citizenship, sexual orientation, national origin, veteran status or any other protected class defined by state or local law.

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Job Posting: 3075540

Posted On: Oct 02, 2021

Updated On: Nov 01, 2021