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Lab Technician - Automotive in Houston, TX at ITW Polymers and Fluids

Date Posted: 2/2/2019

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Job Description

   JOB DESCRIPTION                           

Title:             Lab Technician - Automotive              

Reports to:    R & D Director

Location:        Houston, TX

This position is an active member of the ITW Global Brands innovation team, tasked with ideating, developing, and bringing to market new and unique products that complement the Car Care portfolio of brands.

Summary: This individual will be responsible for conducting test and analysis in the R&D Lab.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating / maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Runs analytical or other testing equipment is required (mechanic aptitude to use and build testing apparatus / equipment)
  • Lab testing include mixing chemicals to make fluids, mixing fluids
  • Testing coatings / rubber / chemicals - flow rates, compression molding, densities, film testing 
  • Monitors experiments, makes observations, calculates and records results, and often develops conclusions
  • Ability to keep detailed technical records.
  • Carry out assigned tests with minimal supervision and properly document all results and/or observations.
  • Follow predefined testing procedures and methods.
  • Prioritize and complete tasks assigned to you by your supervisor.
  • Follow company security policies, protect all test data and company property.
  • Assist others with daily tasks, as well as, short and long term projects.
  • Preform and document monthly safety inspections on all safety showers, eyewash stations, and fire extinguishers.
  • Maintain a safe, clean, and well organized laboratory.
  • Ensure all chemicals are properly stored, and maintain chemical inventory.
  • Maintain and calibrate laboratory instrumentation.
  • Process/input test data to excel, compose plots and graphs, and organize data for PowerPoint reports.
  • Capture images and/or video for reports.
  • Calculate concentrations and mix test fluids.
  • Prepare samples for analysis.
  • Wear proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and ensure extra PPE is readily available for guests.
  • Maintain proper communication between supervisors and coworkers.
  • Mathematical Skills
  • Ability to calculate



Typically 2-5 years directly applicable experience


Minimally, high school diploma or general education degree (GED).

Preferred Attributes:

Prefer 1-2 years related college education or a college degree from an related field.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

This job description should not be construed to contain every function/responsibility that may be required to be performed by an incumbent in this position.  Incumbents are required to perform other related functions as assigned.

In 2011, Illinois Tool Works (ITW) acquired the car care brands from Shell Lubricants.  ITW Global Brands was formed and now manufactures, markets, and distributes the portfolio of automotive appearance and performance products as well as wiper blades such as Gumout, Slick 50, Rain-X and Black Magic.



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