Quality Control Technician - Chemistry

Chemistry Quality Control technicians perform daily bench work. To meet required levels of quality, they test all raw materials, packing materials, and finished products according to standard operating procedures (SOPs).

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Education & Training: 

Position requirements range from two-year Associates degrees to four-year degrees; however most employers prefer a two-year degree in a scientific discipline plus two-five years of experience in a research laboratory or process development environment.  Further training by the technician can be obtained with a four-year Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree from a college or university in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, or microbiology.

Common requirements and abilities:

  • Able to follow directions and work independently
  • Stay current with scientific literature and methodology
  • Work with cross-functional teams
  • Must have a car and be able to travel to other locations
  • Must be able to work multiple hours standing, sitting, or walking when performing laboratory work. It may require hours in front of computer workstation.
  • operational discipline to consistently focus and execute work-related tasks, with a minimum of human error. This involves self-checking of work immediately upon completion, the ability to find / correct errors (with oversight by the Supervisor).
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs

Chemistry Quality Control technicians perform daily bench work. To meet required levels of quality, they test all raw materials, packing materials, and finished products according to standard operating procedures (SOPs). Technicians operate sophisticated test equipment and use computers and laboratory information management systems (LIMS) to track and monitor data. They run regular inspection checks and carefully document the results.

Different analysts may rotate through a variety of jobs, conducting different quality tests during each phase of the manufacturing process. Technicians inspect raw materials and equipment parts received from suppliers. Others test materials during the manufacturing process; others test the completed products. Chemistry Quality Control technicians write, document and update their inspection procedures, checklists and results as required. The job demands working knowledge of current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs).

Quality Control Technicians are expected to get involved, take charge of situations and confront business-related problems in the production system. They investigate problems, troubleshoot, analyze, and issue resolutions as required. Team members work together to develop individual capabilities and help others on the team improve their capabilities.

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