Application Technologist

Research & Development, Katy, Texas, United States

Position Summary

The Application Technologist is primarily to setup, operate, or troubleshoot polymer process equipment using established processes to support product development, application development and technical service.

Essential Job Functions

• Reinforce TSRC values, business ethics & codes of conduct, and other principles of compliance.
• Strictly follow all procedures in a safe manner, without exception
• Setup/Operate/Troubleshoot production machinery such as thermoplastic Extruders, compounder, injection molding machine, blown film line, roll mill, hot press, etc. and other heavy machinery, such as forklift
• Propose and/or implement any modifications of the equipment to be more suitable to the polymer materials used.
• Document observations and process parameters accurately and completely
• Prepare test specimens with appropriate methods and equipment
• Keep lab procedures up to date, write new procedures as required.
• Set up and maintain mechanical integrity program on all equipment.
• Conduct lab tests on a wide range of samples using ASTM, ISO, or internal methods. Report data in an organized manner to the senior scientists and engineers, who request the tests.
• Keep the application workshop clean and organized daily.
• Be and active member of the team, willing to lead and train others
• Perform other duties and responsibilities assigned by management or supervisor.

Experience Requirement

• Ability to set goals & objectives and identify resources/processes necessary to accomplish them.
• Ability to read, interpret and follow written job instructions and directions
• Ability to read and understand safety procedures, including OSHA standards and regulations
• Good mechanical troubleshooting skills preferred
• Ability to recognize and safely respond to emergency situations
• Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and follow through on assignments
• Good communications skills; fluent in English including reading, writing and speaking; ability to clearly communicate to all levels in organization
• Excellent computer skills, including ability to easily use MS Office suite and ability to easily learn advanced software.
• The employee must be reliable and dependable.
• Desire of continuous improvement and learning.
• Self-motivated and self-disciplined

Education Requirement

• High School diploma with 8 years of thermoplastic polymer process experience, or
• College graduate with 3 years of thermoplastic polymer process experience, or
• Bachelor’s degree of polymer engineering

Travel Requirement

• Willing to travel for training
• Occasionally travel to observe customers technologies
• Total travel up to 10%

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.
This position requires an employee to work in a lab environment, with process machines. There will be minor exposure to various chemicals and compounds, some of them hazardous and/or flammable. Employee must be able to wear PPE required by the location.

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 walk, sit, speak and hear. The employee is required to stand (possibly for long periods of time), use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; the employee may be required, on occasion, to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee may lift and/or move up to fifty (50) pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Employee will be required to travel by air, rail, bus, and car (including rental cars).