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Materials Testing Technician Job


King of Prussia, PA, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  Research and Development
Posting Date:  Nov 25, 2022

This Position reports to the Materials Testing Lab Coordinator, which reports to the Kynar Industrial R&D Manager. This position is responsible for supporting materials testing for key development programs and technical service activities for the Kynarâ polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) Industrial group.  Prioritization of work to be completed will come from the Materials Testing Lab Coordinator


The incumbent will focus on a variety of techniques to test the properties of materials, including mechanical strength, rheology, chemical resistance, optics, weathering, etc…. They will plan and conduct materials testing programs, and perform data analysis in a timely manner. They will assist in developing new testing methods and capabilities


The position will become the owner of multiple pieces of testing equipment, with responsibility for maintenance and training of new operators


Key activities


70% Materials Testing: Conduct materials testing in support of key development programs and technical service efforts. Follow proper testing standards and ensure proper equipment set up. Perform routine testing in accordance with ASTM, ISO and other procedures. Accurately document all observations, and propose solutions to issues encountered with testing equipment and methods. With assistance, develop new testing methods and equipment capabilities. Coordinate testing with Arkema’s analytical group as needed


20% Data Collection and Reporting:  Generate, organize, and document quality data in electronic lab notebook. Enter data in requested format. Complete data analysis and simple reports with the support of the Materials Testing Lab Coordinator


10% Safety and Equipment Ownership: Follow all Arkema safety protocols, and actively participate in safety initiatives. Maintain a safe and orderly work environment. Become the owner of several pieces of testing equipment, including responsibility for maintaining the equipment and training operators



Required qualifications


2-5 years of applicable experience in materials characterization or processing


Hands-on experience with materials testing preferred


Good math skills and proficiency with excel for calculations and graphing


Proficiency with computer software applications (word processing, spreadsheets, etc.)


Hands on orientation to conduct experiments, maintain equipment




Ability to work independently and within a team


Excellent organizational skills


Attention to details


Communicates effectively both verbally, in writing and via presentations


Strong interpersonal skills


Arkema Fluoropolymers is the world’s leading producer of Kynarâ polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) polymers and copolymers.   Fluoropolymers R&D is a responsible for new application development, new product development, and technical service for our customers. The Industrial Products R&D Department is responsible for these developments in key markets including, oil & gas, wire & cable, membranes, chemical process industry and polymer processing aids.   R&D is coordinated globally with close cooperation with our technical centers in France and Asia

Building on its unique set of expertise in materials science, Arkema offers a portfolio of first-class technologies to address ever-growing demand for new and sustainable materials. With the ambition to become in 2024 a pure player in Specialty Materials, the Group is structured into three complementary, resilient and highly innovative segments dedicated to Specialty Materials - Adhesive Solutions, Advanced Materials, and Coating Solutions - accounting for some 80% of Group sales, and a well-positioned and competitive Intermediates segment. Arkema offers cutting-edge technological solutions to meet the challenges of, among other things, new energies, access to water, recycling, urbanization and mobility, and fosters a permanent dialogue with all its stakeholders. The Group reported sales of €8.7 billion ($9.7 billion) in 2019, and operates in 55 countries with 20,500 employees worldwide.



Arkema Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Arkema Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence

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