The Heritage Group
  • Bituminous Materials & Supply - Tama
  • Tama, IA, USA
  • Full Time

Job Summary:

The Lab Technician is responsible for utilizing proper methods of sampling and testing of asphalt, emulsion and other materials with the purpose of evaluating the quality and process control and/or acceptance.  The lab technician will report to the Plant Manager and have dotted line reporting responsibility to the QA/QC Manager.  The Lab Technician is key in holding the standard of product quality and is the main communication channel between plant employees and the research lab.


Job Functions:

  • Monitor and test process functions and materials daily to ensure products meet or exceed requirements of the appropriate agency or customer
  • Prepare  and record accurate information and forward to appropriate plant and research lab contacts in a timely manner
  • Follow quality control plans or guidelines as assigned
  • Evaluate data for deviations or trends away from accepted standards
  • Obtain State DOT or other required certifications in a timely manner
  • Assist internal and external customers in any quality related matters
  • Sample appropriate materials, test the materials and keep record of such as the state and other regulatory agencies
  • Conduct a monthly inventory of all products, chemicals, and other materials on site
  • Communicate with plant leadership and HRG on any product quality issues, trends or observations that impact quality, operations, and customers
  • Maintenance and calibration of laboratory equipment


Relevant Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Impeccable integrity
  • Demonstrated outstanding organizational and multi-tasking skills
  • Problem-solving and prioritization skills
  • Proficient computer skills
  • Proven verbal and written communication skills with internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to build strong relationships and partnerships across multiple levels in an organization
  • Demonstrated behaviors of self-motivation and team orientation
  • Basic math skills
  • Knowledgeable in API standards, GPA, EPA and ASTM methods preferred
  • Experience in pilot batching and scale-up
  • Basic knowledge of lab testing methods




  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Associates or Bachelor's degree in chemistry, science or related discipline preferred
  • 1+ years of experience in material lab testing role preferred
  • Strong interest in chemist and manufacturing operations.
  • Willingness to work shift work, overtime and to be on call for after-hours and weekend support
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds
  • Must be willing to wear appropriate personal protective equipment where required
  • Must be able to tolerate scents common to fuels and asphalts loading operations, as well as those of construction and maintenance related activities such as welding, painting, and tank cleaning
  • Must legally be eligible to work in the United States
  • Will be required to pass a background check, drug screening and physical
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