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Associate Lab Technician

Purina Mills

Purina Mills

St Joseph, MO, USA
Posted on Tuesday, November 28, 2023
Associate Lab Technician

SHIFT: 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM

PAY: Starting at $20.00 per hour.


This is an entry level position and is provided with on-the-job training. After completion of job training, this position demonstrates skills and abilities to perform routine tasks assigned.


Reports to the Quality Supervisor or Laboratory Supervisor.


Education: High School or equivalent education (GED) and some college level courses with lab work in general, analytical and/or organic chemistry.

Experience: No previous experience is required although appropriate experience may be used to satisfy a portion of the educational requirements.

Skills: Should be able to handle simple algebraic calculations. Should have good eye/hand coordination and a general understanding of basic chemistry concepts, good communication skills and demonstrated ability to work as part of a team.


Complexity of Duties: Requires the ability to comprehend and perform scientific written and oral instructions with supervision.

Supervision Received: Direct supervision through Lab Supervisor or designated alternate.

Supervision Exercised: None.

Impact on Operations: Assurance of quality products is dependent on accurate completion, review, and reporting of assigned tasks.

Contacts: Direct contact with production personnel.

Environment: This position works primarily in the laboratory areas. Requires good physical, visual, and mental attention. On occasion special safety equipment may be required for entry into a hazardous manufacturing area.

Waste Disposal: Isolation, remediation, containerizing RCRA hazardous waste generated in the assigned process area and under guidance of supervisory personnel.


Complete assigned jobs on time in as written in procedure. Assure accurate completion of tests to minimize retests on same sample. Understand and follow lab and company safety, quality, and behavioral policies. Maintain good relationship with plant personnel contacts. Responsible for safe and compliant handling of RCRA hazardous waste in accordance with all appropriate regulatory requirements. Notify Cost Center Leader and/or Quality Supervisor if any out of the ordinary conditions occur. Must be fully certified on Entry Level Lab Technician procedures within 12 months of hire and be recertified biennially. An Entry Level Lab Technician will not be considered for promotion if he/she is on probation for any reason.


Able to learn quickly and be a self-starter Able to think analytically in interpreting test results for accuracy, reasonableness, compliance with specifications, etc. Ability to perform simple problem-solving tasks and troubleshooting Ability to multi-task Ability to work well in a team environment Ability to work in a manufacturing environment Ability to wear required personal protective equipment


Analytical Gravimetric balance operation Moisture analysis (Karl Fisher & Moisture balance) pH operation and calibration Density Measurement Viscometer operation Particle Size analysis Turbidity analysis Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) operation Wet and Dry Screen analysis Suspension and emulsion testing Gas Chromatography (GC) and Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)

Basic operation & sample/standards preparation

Review data and Releases in-specification products Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office suite (i.e. MS Outlook, Word, Excel)


Two years of college chemistry or degree in related science field.

Combination of education and experience will be considered.

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