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Quality Assurance Lab Technicians test materials and products to ensure they meet quality measures.

Quality Assurance Laboratory Technician

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Did you hope for a microscope for a birthday present as a kid? Do you love details? If so, you would make a great Quality Assurance (QA) Laboratory Technician. As a QA Laboratory Technician, you'll evaluate materials and products to make sure they are at the level of quality they should be.

You'll spend your days conducting quality assurance tests using a variety of instruments and laboratory equipment. Operating and maintaining the equipment will be part of your daily routine. Safety is always important, so you'll need to make sure you follow all health and safety policies and procedures when conducting evaluations. You'll document all of your test results for every inspection and test you conduct. You'll most likely use a computer program to record your findings.

Basic mathematical and statistical formulas will come in handy when analyzing test results. Based on your findings, you'll make recommendations for adjusting process conditions to ensure that quality standards are met. Good communication skills are important to share your findings with others. It is also important when working with your team to find and correct a problem. Other duties include keeping inventory of laboratory chemicals and supplies. You'll also be responsible for keeping the laboratory area clean.

You can secure a career as a QA Laboratory Technician with a high school diploma and previous experience in a lab. This is a great way to get your foot in the door. Most employers will prefer an Associate's degree in Chemical Technology or a related field.

This job may require shift work.

Critical Skills

  • Analytical or Scientific Software
  • Chemistry Knowledge
  • Gather and Collect Data
  • Keeping Records
  • Lab Research Principles
  • Mathematics Knowledge
  • Quality Analysis
  • Safety Regulations and Procedures
  • Strong Communication Skills

Key Responsibilities

  • Complete all tests required for each product
  • Document results and analyze data
  • Operate, maintain, and calibrate laboratory equipment
  • Communicate with production personnel and Quality managers
  • Conduct retesting of product as needed to support quality investigations
  • Monitor use and inventories of laboratory chemicals and supplies
  • Make recommendations for adjusting process conditions to ensure quality standards are met
  • Adhere to safety, health and environmental policies and procedures
  • Maintain good housekeeping to ensure laboratory and plant cleanliness

Specific job titles and duties vary by employer so check for details.

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Having Independence

Managing People

Teaching

Improving Processes

Learning & Growing

Working with Data

Physical Activity

Writing Reports and Documentation

Caring for the Environment

Managing Things

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Required Education

High School Diploma or GED

Preferred Education

Associate's degree in laboratory technology, chemical technology or related field


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