Laboratory Technician I - R&D in Waco, TX at Arconic

Date Posted: 1/12/2020

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Job Description

Arconic Fastening Systems is looking for a Laboratory Technician I in our Research and Development department.  This position is responsible for working with and supporting engineers on engineering and research and development projects.  Essential functions include processing of parts through the factory, testing, data collection, creation of technical documentation, assembly of installation products, operation of various types of machines and equipment, and input on fastener and fastening system designs and improvements.  This position will be based in our Waco, TX plant.
Arconic (NYSE: ARNC) creates breakthrough products that shape industries. Working in close partnership with our customers, we solve complex engineering challenges to transform the way we fly, drive, build and power. Through the ingenuity of our people and cutting-edge advanced manufacturing techniques, we deliver these products at a quality and efficiency that ensure customer success and shareholder value.  Arconic Fastening Systems, a business unit of Arconic, holds the number one global position in aerospace fastening systems, and we’re the North American leader in commercial transportation fasteners.  Our high-tech, multi-material fastening systems are found nose to tail on aircraft and aero engines.  Our products are also critical components of industrial gas turbines, automobiles, commercial transportation vehicles, and construction and industrial equipment.  Headquartered in Torrance, CA; AFS employs over 6,000 people in 11 countries at 31 locations.
Key Responsibilities:
  • Test fasteners and installation tooling to determine functionality and areas requiring additional development.
  • Gather and consolidate test data to support development of product test reports.
  • Assist in writing test reports and other technical documents.
  • Heat-treat fasteners and installation tooling components utilizing in-house equipment.
  • Perform tests on materials, fasteners and installation tooling including clamp, hardness, tensile, shear, corrosion, and life cycle testing.
  • Assemble installation tooling and equipment and confirm that tooling and equipment perform per specifications.
  • Assist in the design or redesign of prototype fasteners and fastening systems.
  • Participate in troubleshooting fastener and installation tooling problems.
  • Maintain materials and tooling inventories and perform systems transactions as required.
  • Perform quality checks, document results, and participate in nonconformance root cause analysis.
  • Assist in machining, shaping, grinding and related work on prototype fasteners and installation tooling parts.
  • Set-up and operate mechanical press to test fasteners and record test results.
  • Work closely with and support Design Engineers on a wide range of technical projects.
  • Perform all work to established quality standards and properly care for tools, machinery, and equipment.
  • Prepare samples and tests for hardness, grain flow, and other properties.
  • Prepares and follows up with external labs for testing of fasteners and materials.
  • Document and summarize test results.
  • Maintain records of test data and results.
  • Maintains, organizes and repairs tools and test equipment in the R&D lab.
  • Keeps R&D lab in a presentable manner.
  • Prepares for and assists with product demonstrations.
  • Maintains, organizes and keeps inventory of engineering materials, fasteners and equipment.
  • Maintain work area in a clean and orderly manner through application of 5-S principles.
  • Wear required personal protective equipment and perform activities in accordance with safety and environmental standards.
  • Perform other duties as required.
  • Record-keeping and documentation of work performed, daily logs, and special records of key information.
  • Good communication skills.  Technical writing skills are a strong plus.
  • Machining and mechanical assembly skills.
  • Teamworking to collaborate with Quality and Engineering Departments to support and perform specific activities.
  • Able to read and interpret blueprints, diagrams, and sketches.
  • Able to use micrometers, scales, calipers, comparators and related precision measurement devices.
  • Able to use computer systems and software, including Microsoft Office products, Lotus Notes, and BaaN ERP software
  • Ability to use Quality and Engineering test equipment.


Basic Qualifications:
  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience as Lab Technician or related field.
  • 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 U.S. person as an U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder'), Political Asylee, or Refugee.
Preferred Qualifications:
  •  An associate degree in mechanical technology or a related field is desirable.