In teams with chemical engineers, laboratory technicians work with chemicals, study the composition of substances, and perform assays, reactions and analyses using sophisticated equipment.
Depending on their field of expertise or their assignment, they can work:
- In research centers, where they help engineers design new products/processes, organize experiments, and conduct trials
- In quality control laboratories, to check the quality of raw materials and finished products, and observe intermediate processing steps
- As field specialists, providing technical support to customers by conducting new experiments or overseeing technical audits
Skills and abilities needed
- An understanding of research issues
- An ability to become familiar quickly with how laboratories function
- A good technical command of the field or specialties
- Technical proficiency in operating procedures, working with chemicals, and using the relevant devices / instruments.
Thoroughness, accuracy, careful work, a passion for experimentation and the ability to work in a team.
Proficiency in English is essential.
Education and experience
Senior chemistry technician (post-secondary studies).