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Date: Jul 27, 2022

Location: Midland, MI, US, 48642

Company: Lubrizol Corporation


The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a market-driven global company serving customers in more than 100 countries. We own and operate manufacturing facilities in 17 countries, as well as sales and technical offices around the world. Through our global sales and manufacturing networks, we are able to deliver the products and services our customers need, where and when they need them.


The Lab Technician is responsible for all facets of testing, from sample preparation to reporting of results. The majority of the workday is spent in a laboratory setting working with new and used oils, solvents, chemicals and equipment utilized to complete testing. This person is responsible for ensuring safety and good housekeeping practices during daily operations, as well as, operating and maintaining the equipment.



  • Operate and maintain key pieces of test equipment for the SRI refrigeration oil group including: the PVT (Pressure Viscosity and Temperature) Instrument, miscibility, and ASHREA sealed glass tube stability test. Must have good dexterity for these last two tests in manipulating and sealing glass tubes.
  • Operate and maintain standard lubricant laboratory test equipment, including: viscometers, pour point, flash point, total acid number (TAN), water, dielectric strength, density, color, etc.
  • Operate and maintain analytic lab equipment, including: FTIR, IC, GC/MS and ICP
  • Conduct quality tests following work procedures and ASTM/GB methods.  Reference appropriate resource documents in CPI training manual and IW (test methods)
  • Enter and upload test data into Lubrizol internal software GBTRS
  • Understand and perform testing calculations; ability to identify and resolve incorrect calculations and process the calculations manually if necessary.  Recognize data inconsistencies before uploading.
  • Recognize validity of test data.  Notify supervisor regarding non-conformances and be able to identify root causes of inconsistent test data.  Perform routine troubleshooting and repair on tests and equipment.
  • Plot reference data on control charts.  Understand control charting and when to investigate potential issues.  Must be able to identify, troubleshoot, and work closely with customers to resolve issues or problems.  Appropriately elevate the situation to supervisor and/or customer when necessary.
  • Recognize priority conflicts of testing; prioritize and communicate test schedules to customers.  Run multiple tests at a time.
  • Facilitate sample flow between work area and other areas in the department.  Communicate issues to appropriate personnel. 
  • Articulate and communicate testing issues to co-worker, supervisor, and customer.  Provide timely status updates.  Work with customers on special requests.  Follow-up on customer questions or concerns.
  • Follow HSES procedures of laboratory to operate in a safe and efficient manner while maintaining good housekeeping practices in the work area. Requires use of appropriate PPE, Personal Protective Equipment, to fulfill safety requirements.
  • Actively get involved with contributions to safety, housekeeping, environmental and process improvement initiatives.


Skills and Competencies Requirements:

  • B.A. or B.S. in Chemistry preferred and 0-5 years of industrial experience (lubricant and/or synthesis experience preferred)
  • Associates degree (2-year) in related physical science required and 2 years of industrial experience
  • Fluent in English - both written and verbal 
  • Ability to lift pail size (20 liter) quantities, blend lubricants with additives and ensure the final formulations are within their designed specification. Additionally, the candidate must have manual dexterity for manipulating and sealing glass tubes for the refrigeration lubricant testing.
  • Problem-Solving and Critical Thinking Skills
  • Time Management, Analytical and Organizational Skills   


While headquartered in the United States, Lubrizol is truly a global specialty chemical company.  We have a major presence in five global regions and do business in more than 100 countries. Our corporate culture ensures that Lubrizol is one company throughout the world, but you will find each region is a unique place to work, live and play.


Lubrizol is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, national origin, citizenship, age, religion, marital status, military service, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, or any other characteristic or trait protected by federal, state, or local law.




Nearest Major Market: Midland Michigan
Nearest Secondary Market: Saginaw

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