Lab Technician


The Laboratory Technician (Lab Tech) is responsible for performing analyses on new feed streams and ensuring quoted quality levels are met on each run at each stage of the process. The Lab Tech is also responsible for working with others to maintain a high-quality product that meets minimum standards set forth by the company to meet the customers’ needs.


  • Perform lab analysis in support of identifying new plastic feed streams (type, description, color, density, gravity and percent of contaminates) using FTIR and density analysis and thoroughly document results in customer development folders.
  • Provide QC support (sample retains, contamination analysis, QC data input and production feedback) to achieve maximum product quality and assure minimal field quality complaints.
  • Sample and evaluate inbound material from receiving, as required.
  • Assist in running trial material on select systems.
  • Perform incoming inspection of inbound materials for evaluation.
  • Coordinate the flow of information between production and lab personnel to assure all information required of a run is being adhered to and provided per the needs of each specific run number.
  • Where required, alert company personnel that directives are not being adhered to.
  • Work with supervisors on a daily basis to share relevant information that may occur on each shift to better understand problems and solutions required of each run being produced.
  • Gain understanding of basic machine operation of each system.
  • Understand, follow and apply information from the Run Instruction Sheet (RIS).
  • Keep work area clean and organized throughout the shift.
  • Coordinate special projects in support of new business development and document all trial results in special project folders.
  • Regularly audit and ensure production associates are using clean boxes, liners and skids.
  • Monitor inventory levels of chemicals and equipment and work with purchasing to obtain proper supplies.
  • Oversee and maintain the storage of production run sample area.
  • Manage lab inventory of XP and sample retains.
  • Calibrate scales, complete calibration log and report inequities to supervisor.
  • Populate Excel documents with pertinent information concerning density and moisture levels.
  • Work with management staff in Lab training program for all new associates in regard to proper lab and quality control procedures.
  • Assist with training new associates.
  • Participate in shift meetings and training sessions.
  • Assist Shipping/Receiving with auditing warehouse material for quality and inventory, sampling inventory and purging material.
  • Assist sales team by pulling small samples for shipping.
  • Calibrate the MD to assure it meets programmed quality settings.


  • Not applicable but must be able to work independently and with minimal supervision.
  • Must work closely with production personnel and supervisors to ensure proper procedures are followed and quality levels are being met.
  • Has some authority to make final quality decisions.


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


  • High school diploma or GED and at least one (1) years experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Must have the capacity for making mathematical computations with adding, subtracting and calculating percentages.


  • Strong ability to methodically work through issues, problems and opportunities to ensure proper production and quality control measures are being followed.
  • Above average ability to understand issues and problems and walk through steps to troubleshoot.


  • Ability to compute percentages and quality levels.
  • Ability to ascertain the gross, tare and net weights of each box of material processed.


  • This position requires a strong ability to handle multiple tasks.
  • This position requires a detail oriented, strong sense of urgency and thorough thought process.
  • This position requires working alone and interacting with others.
  • Must have clear and legible penmanship.
  • This position requires the ability to perform focused work with close attention to detail.


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

  • This position requires the ability to stand for long periods of time, and to sit and walk occasionally throughout scheduled hours.
  • This position requires reaching above shoulder level to use a probing stick repeatedly through out the work scheduled hours.
  • This position requires the strength to push probing stick tool repeatedly into materials to take samples of the materials through out the work schedule.
  • This position requires the ability to bend to pick up and move material from floor level up to shoulder level (approximately 4’) throughout work schedule.
  • This position requires the ability to push, pull, lift carry and move material weighing up to 5 to 30 pounds throughout the work schedule.
  • This position requires the ability to visually inspect material for oddities, contaminates and separation standards.
  • This position requires good communication skills and the ability to express oneself clearly.


  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an associate encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • This work takes place in a production warehouse environment and in an office/laboratory environment.
  • This position requires working with dirt/dust and noise. Use of eye and ear protection is required throughout the entire shift.
  • This position requires working with various temperature conditions.
  • This position requires use of mechanical and electrical equipment, and moving objects.
  • This work is fast-paced and deadline-oriented and requires flexibility within the work day.

Butler MacDonald Inc. is an equal employment opportunity employer. Qualified applicants are considered regardless of race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability or veteran’s status. Butler MacDonald is committed to operating a “Drug Free Workplace” per-employment drug testing is required.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $18.00 – $19.00 per hour

Expected hours: 40 per week


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift
  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday

Work Location: In person