Lab Technician, Materials Engineering in Hayward, CA at Apex Life Sciences

Date Posted: 2/14/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Materials Engineering Lab Technician

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Work with senior engineers and technical staff in the Materials Engineering department performing various materials laboratory tests and procedures on components and devices from a wide range of industries.

  • Prepare specimens for metallography using laboratory equipment for mounting, grinding, polishing, and chemical etching

  • Use metallurgical laboratory instruments including: stereomicroscope, digital microscope, metallograph, and hardness testers

  • Prepare chemical solutions of common acids and bases used to etch specimens for metallography, and maintain etchant library

  • Perform occasional field metallography in industrial environments such as refineries and power plants

  • Perform routine maintenance of metallurgical laboratory equipment, order necessary consumables and supplies

  • Interface with laboratory instrument suppliers and their service personnel

  • Use digital cameras to document parts

  • Use measuring tools to document parts: calipers, micrometers, image analysis software

  • Use a variety of cutting tools for sectioning parts: band saws, abrasive saws, plasma cutter

  • Perform liquid penetrant or magnetic particle testing to look for cracks in parts

This position reports directly to the Associate Director of Laboratories.


  • Education:  AA degree with science courses or post-secondary school technical certification desirable

  • Experience:  Hands-on experience in a laboratory or mechanical shop environment desirable


Detail oriented person, fast learner, good at following directions, reliable team player with strong verbal skills, work ethic and customer-centric mind-set, flexibility and adaptability to activities that vary day-to-day

  • Mechanical aptitude and knowledge of basic machine tool safety

  • Basic chemical laboratory safety using acids and bases

  • Working knowledge of MS Office software and the ability to learn specialty software that interfaces with metallurgical laboratory equipment

Physical Demands:

Ability to safely lift at least 40 lbs.

Other Requirements:

Schedule: Required working hours are 8 AM – 5 PM.  


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