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Staff Technician, Spectrochemical

Primary Purpose of the Job:
The Staff Technician position within the Spectrochemical Reference Materials business is responsible for the preparation and analysis of metal alloys by ICP-AES ( Inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy ) , ICP-OES ( Inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry ), ICP-MS ( Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry ), and/or Spark-AES (atomic emissions spectrometry) as part of the Spectrochemical Reference Materials certification process. This position works together with the Spectrochemical Reference Materials' ICP and Analytical Coordinators to ensure incoming work is completed in a timely fashion to meet Spectrochemical Reference Materials' customer needs. This position supports Spectrochemical Refence Materials sales and overall growth model. This position is required to ensure all testing is done within the guidelines of a Quality System.
Major Activities / Key Challenges:
Demonstrates ability to characterize materials for a variety of sample matrices using ICP-AES, ICP-MS and Spark-AES; specifically, aluminum, titanium, and nickel alloys
Independently performs routine/defined preparation and analysis of samples in a timely manner using standard Good Laboratory Practices
Ensures all work is done within the guidelines of the Quality System for ISO 9001, 17025, and 17034 accreditations
Runs and evaluates appropriate QA/QC samples as part of the overall Quality SPC process; including Control Charting
Collaborates with Spectrochemical Reference Materials Sales, ICP Coordinator, and Analytical Coordinator to ensure incoming work is completed in a timely fashion to meet customer needs
Effectively and promptly works and communicates with the Spectrochemical Reference Materials' team and other analysts concerning assigned samples and projects in person, by phone and email, when necessary
Organizes work to use time effectively; identifies scheduling roadblocks and resolves
Performs advanced data interpretation utilizing instrumentation software, Excel, and statistical tools
Evaluates and reports analysis results to Spectrochemical Reference Materials' Analytical Coordinator, ICP Coordinator and/or Technical Manager
Acquires business knowledge such as Arconic BU products and processes; recognizes the impact of preparation and analysis quality and timeliness on subsequent sample analyses
Actively completes broad range of learning opportunities within principal area for growth and development; participates in cross-training activities for growth and development; acquires knowledge from supervisor and coworkers to enable assumption of responsibility for lab area
Identifies and communicates potential problems; presents ideas for problem resolution; resolves with guidance from supervisor and more experienced analysts
Exhibit strong problem-solving skills. Demonstrated trouble-shooting skills with analytical instrumentation
Gathers information to understand risk associated with methods; initiates appropriate action in spite of uncertainty; learns from error and failure; communicates with supervisor and coworkers to define actions necessary to prevent future failure
Write and/or update quality documentation related to analysis techniques including but not limited to SOPs, SWI, PEHSRs, etc.
Supports Spectrochemical Reference Materials EHS policies and programs
Essential Knowledge & Skills / Education:
BS Chemistry, Biochemistry, Environmental, Engineering or equivalent
High level of adaptability in a rapidly changing work environment
Advanced analytical skills. Able to perform independent analyses and technique specific sample preparation
In-depth knowledge of analytical techniques and their limitations, specifically ICP-AES, ICP-MS, ICP-OES, and Spark-AES for the compositional analysis of metals
Strong collaboration skills
Effective communication skills, both verbal and written
Physical ability to perform demanding sample preparation activities
Basic Qualifications:
Bachelor?s degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, or Engineering from an accredited institution.
Minimum 6 months' experience with ICP-AES, ICP-OES, ICP-MS, and/or Spark-AES.
Minimum 1 year laboratory work experience.
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:
Bachelor?s degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Engineering, or equivalent
3 years? experience with ICP-AES, ICP-MS, or Spark-AES.
Strong knowledge of chemistry, analytical chemistry, and/or environmental science
Strong computer skills with standard Microsoft software
Good laboratory practice, advanced laboratory skills
Experience analyzing metal alloys (aluminum, titanium, nickel)
Ability to handle multiple tasks with a high degree of accuracy in a fast-paced environment
Proven ability to process complex data sets using Excel and basic statistical tools
Familiarity with Quality Systems and ASTM test methods
Job: Technical
Organization: 00160-06520 Spectrochemical Standards
Title: Staff Technician, Spectrochemical
Location: PA-Alcoa Center
Requisition ID: 18002470
Compliance With the Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Laws and Regulations
Arconic reaffirms its policy to provide equal employment opportunity in recruiting, hiring, upgrading and promotion, conditions and privileges of employment, company-sponsored training, access to facilities, educational assistance, social and recreational programs, compensation, benefits, transfers, discipline, layoffs, recalls or termination of employment to all employees without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity / expression, veteran status, genetic information, sex or age (within statutory limits).
We live our Values and measure our success by the success of our customers, shareholders, communities and people. Arconic?s success is driven by the advantage created by the collective efforts of its employees, and is dependent upon a diverse, inclusive environment that embraces change, new ideas, respect for the individual and fosters an equal opportunity for success. We have zero tolerance for discrimination, intimidation or harassment of any kind.

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