Job Description

What Will You Do?

The primary role of the Quality Laboratory Tech is to ensure materials are acceptable for use by evaluating all results from testing and visual inspection.  Depending on experience, this position ranges from moderate to strong quality experience and/or knowledge.  The employee in this position will help maintain quality standards by approving incoming materials, in-process production, and finished products. The employee is responsible for ensuring the highest safety procedures are always followed. This employee will participate in continuous improvement efforts and defect reduction in a plastic extrusion and compounding environment.

What Does Westlake Dimex offer to employees?

  • Competitive pay
  • Quarterly and annual bonus programs
  • Day 1 benefits:  Medical, dental, vision
  • Life insurance and optional life and dependent insurance
  • Short- and long-term disability
  • Matching 401K with an annual retirement contribution
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Caregiver and Paternal Leave
  • Scholarship program for dependents
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Exciting and dynamic work environment with plenty of opportunity for career growth
  • and MORE!

See the details below and if this role sounds like a fit for you - don't hesitate, apply today!

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Performing various laboratory tests on finished product (lawn edging, paver, dock edging, matting, and chair mats). Laboratory tests include material and functional testing.
  • Performing various visual inspections and dimensional checks of products at different stages of the manufacturing process.
  • Evaluate materials, packaging, and products to ensure compliance with Dimex standards.
  • Support Marketing, Sales, and Product Development groups via approve lab requests.
  • Lead in the resolution of quality related issues.
  • Significantly participate in production trials.
  • Communicate issues to quality and production supervisors.
  • Approve final production by confirming the product meets specifications.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Associate degree or applicable experience preferred.
  • High school diploma or its equivalent. 
  • Ability to operate a variety of equipment in QA Lab.
  • Ability to use statistical methods for monitoring and charting.
  • Ability to conduct analyses and create reports.
  • Ability to work independently under general guidance from Quality Supervisor.
  • Ability to compile, interpret, and record observations.
  • Help maintain laboratory and equipment as needed.
  • Must be able to read/comprehend written and oral instructions in English; read and comprehend safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, procedure manuals and product recipes/materials.
  • Must have mathematical skill to add, subtract, multiply and divide and apply these skills to weights, measures of volume, speed, and distance.
  • Must be able to effectively communicate in English one-on-one and in small group situations.
  • Must be competent in computer and PC data entry.
  • Must have problem solving skills and some mechanical aptitude.
  • Ability to maintain a safe and healthy work environment by following standards and procedures.
  • Experienced with computer systems and ability to learn new computer responsibilities.
  • Must be able to work collaboratively in fast paced team environment.
  • Must have strong Excel and Word skills. 

Required Behavioral Skills

  • Personal Leadership - Leads by envisioning the future, engaging others, energizing people, and enabling self and others to develop and execute plans to deliver strategy.
  • Builds Partnerships - Identifies opportunities and takes action to build strategic relationships between one’s area and other areas, teams, departments, units, or organizations to help achieve business goals.
  • Coaches - Provides timely guidance and feedback to help others strengthen specific knowledge/skill areas needed to accomplish a task or solve a problem.
  • Contributes to Team Success - Actively participates as a member of a team to move the team toward the completion of goals.
  • Gains Commitment - Uses appropriate interpersonal styles and techniques to gain acceptance of ideas or plans; modifies one’s own behavior to accommodate tasks, situations, and individuals involved.  Charisma to take on difficult issues and hold people accountable without being offensive.
  • Initiates Action - Takes prompt action to accomplish objectives; takes action to achieve goals beyond what is required; is proactive.
  • Work Standards - Sets high standards of performance for self and others; assumes responsibility and accountability for successfully completing assignments or tasks; self imposes standards of excellence rather than having standards imposed.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS / WORK ENVIROMENT

  • Must have manual dexterity sufficient to operate a wide variety of small hand tools, scales, calipers, tape measure, hand trucks, utility knife and computer equipment.
  • Must be able to work in temperatures ranging from 0 -110 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Must be able to wear safety shoes and safety glasses for 12 hrs.
  • Must be able to work in dusty environments wearing appropriate dust masks and respirators for 12 hrs.
  • Must be able to work in loud environments wearing appropriate ear protection for 12 hrs.
  • Must be able to walk safely on occasionally dusty, wet and/or slippery surfaces.
  • Must have the ability to routinely lift/carry 50 lbs. unassisted.
  • Must have the ability to routinely push/pull 50 lbs. unassisted.
  • Must have the ability to stand for 12 hours.
  • Must have the ability to reach above his or her shoulders.
  • Must have the ability to routinely Bend, Squat, Kneel, Twist/Turn.
  • Must have the ability to routinely climb vertical fixed and mobile ladders. 
  • Must have the ability to operate a powdered industrial truck safely and routinely.

Application Instructions

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