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Laboratory Technician - Manufacturing

Laboratory Technician - Manufacturing

locationHampton, VA, USA
PublishedPublished: 3/29/2024
Full Time


Howmet Aerospace, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a leading global provider of advanced engineered solutions for the aerospace and transportation industries. The Company’s primary businesses focus on jet engine components, aerospace fastening systems and titanium structural parts necessary for mission-critical performance and efficiency in aerospace and defense applications, as well as forged wheels for commercial transportation. Howmet Aerospace is transforming the next phase of more fuel-efficient, quieter aerospace engines and sustainable ground transportation. For more information, visit www.howmet.com. Follow @howmet: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Howmet has challenging opportunities for individuals who are excited to engage with us in growing our business. Join us where you will be part of a dedicated team to manufacture high tech products, safely, accurately and efficiently, you will perform a variety of hands-on operations in accordance with standardized processes within customer specifications.

Job Summary

Performs and/or coordinates laboratory tests to determine chemical and physical characteristics of alloy (metallic) and non-alloy (non-metallic) materials for such purposes as quality control, process control, or product development and production.

Essential Job Functions & Responsibilities:

While performing the duties of this job the employee is required to follow all Howmet’s safety regulations, work rules, along with handbook and all departmental specific requirements.

  • Monitor and manage incoming alloy master heats.

    Facilitate the casting of test material, test bar machining if required, and testing to specification requirements from engineering, manufacturing, and customers. Record test results, track progress of testing, issue retest based on testing results, obtain and issue finished report, and generate master heat certifications.  Use of LIMS system. Releasing of alloy to production utilizing the OCHMS system.
  • Performs chemical and physical testing of non-metallic materials to specifications and/or submits samples for testing at HRC testing facility. Coordination required with internal customers (QA, Engineering, etc.), material suppliers, and HRC.
  • Coordination of alloy testing samples required with machining suppliers and HRC testing facility.
  • Review internal and customer specifications as it relates to testing requirements.
  • Ability to communicate with Howmet Research Center (HRC) on their techniques and materials, as well as understand and utilize the corporate manuals.
  • May set-up, adjust, clean, maintain, and operate laboratory equipment and instruments as required for designated assignments. Equipment may include, but is not limited to, wet saws, polishing machines, microscopes, centrifuges, chemical balance scales, PH meters and other equipment.
  • Prepares chemical solutions according to standard formulas.
  • Review COC/COA (certificate of compliance or analysis) of incoming raw materials against corporate manual specifications before releasing materials to production. 
  • Maintain testing schedules, organization, and documentation. Use of LIMS system.
  • Must comply with all company attendance policies and guidelines; this includes, but is not limited to, regular attendance and overtime (after hour or weekend) in support of production requirements.
  • Other duties as assigned to include the training for back-up responsibilities of other laboratory technicians.


Skills & Abilities
  • There are no licenses, or registrations required for this position.  After appropriate training, employee must be certified/qualified for techniques as required by customer specifications (internal/external).
  • Strong computer skills using MS Office, and internal computer systems such as LIMS, lot trace, OCHMS, IPC, or other systems introduced to this facility.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills preferred. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. 
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to add subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret graphs.
  • Ability to understand when to stop and seek help prior to initiating the task if there is a question or inability to proceed.
  • Ability to deal with problems involving several variables in standardized situations.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • This position requires a minimum of a high school diploma or general education degree (GED). An Associates or Advanced degree is preferred.
  • Employees must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. 
  • This position is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) which requires U.S. person status. ITAR defines a U.S. person as an U.S. citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder'), Political Asylee, or Refugee.


Preferred Qualifications:
  • A minimum of one-year related experience with mechanical aptitude, laboratory environment and functions, and/or training in a metallographic lab is preferred.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to handle or feel and reach with hands and arms.  The employee frequently is required to stand. The employee is occasionally required to walk; sit; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and be able to lift and/or move up to 35 pounds with assistance.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.  Annual testing by the medical department is required.

Equipment Used (as required):

pH meter, balances, measurement glassware, other chemistry apparatus, ultrasonic cleaner, Scanacon acid tester, cutting saws, manual and automated grinding and polishing machines, microscope, mounting press, oven, miscellaneous hand tools, and computer.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

About Howmet Aerospace

Howmet Aerospace Inc. (NYSE: HWM), headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a leading global provider of advanced engineered solutions for the aerospace and transportation industries. The Company’s sales for 2022 approximated $5.7 billion. The Company’s primary businesses focus on jet engine components, aerospace fastening systems, titanium structural parts and forged wheels. With nearly 1,150 granted and pending patents, the Company’s differentiated technologies promote more fuel efficiency for aircraft and commercial transportation. For more information, visit www.howmet.com, including content shared during the Company’s May 2022 Technology Day.

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Howmet is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

If you need assistance to complete your application due to a disability, please email TalentAcquisitionCoE_Howmet@howmet.com