Industrial Lab Technician

Posted 12 September by Acorn Recruitment And Training
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Acorn is currently looking for an experienced Industrial Lab Technician to join our client (Tata Steel) in Port Talbot.

Initially a 2 month project.

Purpose of the role:

To carry out routine and non-routine chemical analysis of raw materials, iron, steel, water and miscellaneous material produced in the works, and calibrate all analytical equipment as required.


  • Carry out chemical analysis on a wide range of materials including ferrous and non-ferrous metals, oxide materials, refractories, iron ore, sinters, waters and effluents, steel coatings, coals, cokes, by-products and pollution samples.
  • Carry out a wide range of techniques including weighing, combustion, dissolution, fusion titration, photometry and coulometry etc.
  • Use a range of instrumental techniques e.g. optical emission, XRF, combustion analysers, AA, ICP, pH and conductivity meters, GC etc.
  • Ensure that sample identity is correct and maintained throughout the testing process, ensuring all samples are properly tested / analysed for all necessary parameters.
  • Run monitor samples to ensure that the instruments are in compliance, deciding on the necessary corrective action e.g. drift correction.
  • Prepare reagents and standard solutions for a variety of standard methods.
  • Participate in MSA studies to minimise reproducibility errors in sample prep and testing.
  • Prepare various reports e.g. instrument logs, failure reports and especially analysis reports.
  • Responsible for the reviewing of risk assessments, safe working procedures, work instructions and quality assurance procedures and adhering to those procedures.
  • Carry out training of Chemists and Apprentices.
  • Carry out faultfinding and initiate repairs.
  • Involvement in continuous improvement activities with the support of CI coaches where required.

Skills and knowledge:

  • Good knowledge of the main processes of an integrated steel plant and how they can impact on metallurgical / chemical performance would be desirable.
  • A high level of skill is required in a wide range of techniques and equipment.
  • Sound knowledge of the theory of chemistry is essential.

Qualifications and experience:

  • HNC (or equivalent) in Chemistry discipline, or 5 years' experience in a chemistry laboratory is an advantage.

Required skills

  • Lab Technician

Reference: 36094692

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