Lab Supervisor in Long Beach, CA at Volt

Date Posted: 5/30/2018

Job Snapshot

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    Direct Hire
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    $70000.0 - $70000.0/Year
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    Volt Branch
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Job Description

We have an excellent opportunity with a growing company with many career path opportunities. Currenting we are seeking a  Metallurgical Laboratory Supervisor who is responsible for the managing a team of technicians (5) performing analysis of a variety of elements associated with super alloy manufacturing utilizing the following analytical instruments:

  • GFAA (Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption)
  • ICP (Inductively Coupled Plasma)
  • OES (Optical Emission Spectrometer)
  • XRF (X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometer)
  • Carbon/Sulfur and Oxygen/Nitrogen Analyzers
  • Various laboratory preparatory instrumentation/techniques

The Metallurgical Laboratory Supervisor is expected to interact with Quality/Lab/Technical staff, EH&S staff, and production staff.


Routinely deal with multiple job tasks, communicating with laboratory and production staff in determining priorities. Buying off Heat chemistry. After priorities are determined, the Metallurgical Laboratory Supervisor will work independently with minimal supervision to complete assigned tasks and report completion to the Technical Director and Quality Manager as necessary.

Essential Function/Major Responsibilities:

  1. Supervise laboratory personnel and ensure 24/7 scheduling
  2. Prepare solutions, samples and standards for GFAA and ICP analysis. This may involve re-melting customer material in the button furnace.
  3. Prepare chips from solid samples for GFAA and ICP analysis using the lathe.
  4. Prepare sample for XRF, OES, C/S and O/N analysis (polishing, grinding and cutting).
  5. Maintain inventory of standards and other consumable materials (check of quantity and expiration dates).
  6. Perform trouble shooting, calibration, and preventative maintenance of the laboratory preparatory and analytical instruments. Will also schedule outside maintenance.
  7. Calibrate and operate the GFAA or ICP units on raw materials (as applicable), prime/revert, and master heat samples.
  8. Review GFAA and ICP chemical analysis results data.
  9. Operate the XRF, OES, C/S and O/N analyzer for analysis of raw materials (as applicable), preliminary, and final certification samples.
  10. Calculate alloy corrective additions.
  11. Store and file samples in accordance with internal and customer record retention requirements.
  12. Assist in round robin events and generation of new analytical curves as assigned by Quality or Technical Director
  13. Observe all safety rules and regulations.
  14. Participate in and complete training as prescribed by immediate leadership and/or in compliance with corporate offices.
  15. Work independently with minimal supervision. 
  16. Work required with hazardous chemicals like acid solutions.
  17. Help to clean and maintain an organized work environment, including proper disposal and/or storage of hazardous waste materials.
  18. Responsible for ensuring correct analytical procedures are used and followed
  19. Review customer specifications when necessary to determine analytical capability
  20. Work with Sales/QC as assigned to resolve customer complaints/inquiries
  21. Perform or oversee ‘custom’ or one-off analyses as required
  22. Manage outsourcing of trace Element Analysis
  23. Develop new standards as required and maintain and optimize analytical capability of instruments
  24. Meet and/or exceed all requirements of Laboratory accreditations
  25. Comply with all health and safety requirements 
  26. Assist in NADCAP Material Lab Audits

Education, Experience, Knowledge and Physical Requirements:

  1. Bachelor’s Degree from accredited University in Chemistry, Metallurgy, Materials Science or equivalent.
  2. Prefer experience operating ICPs and GFAAs, XRF, LECOS, and completion of a least one college level chemistry class.
  3. Excellent communication skills both written and verbal.
  4. Proficient with computers (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Lotus Notes).
  5. Ability to perform basic arithmetic in various units of measure, using Metric & English whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute ratio, percentage and parts per million (ppm). 
  6. Ability to read and interpret documents, safety rules, instructions, operating, procedure and maintenance manuals.  Write routine reports or correspondence.
  7. Adhere to the Company Health, Safety and Environmental Practices and Procedures at all times.