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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Liquid Application Quality Assurance Technician

"Job Title: Process Technicians (West Madison)

Date: 2012-03-06, 11:03AM CST

Our client, a West Madison manufactuing (sic) company, is seeking a Formulations Technician. The Formulations Technician is responsible for assembling, operating, and cleaning processing equipment, preparing coating solutions and other formulas; and performing various analytical tesitng (sic) including but not limited to particle size testing, moisture analysis, and equipment cleanliness verification. Typical processing duties include precise measurement of components, close monitoring of processing conditions, accurate calculations, troubleshooting problems in the process, and working closely with clients. In some cases, processing will take place in a cGMP environment. This will require, in addition to the above, following detailed instructions and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

Following initial training, the Formulations Technician is expected to be capable of independent assembly and cleaning of the research coating equipment efficiently and accurately. Additionally, the Formulations Technician should be knowledgeable in the variables to be taken into account for process conditions and their effect on the product. The Formulations Technician should be proficient in the operation of this equipment and able to troubleshoot when necessary.

Essential Job Functions:

-Disassembles, cleans, and reassembles coating units and areas

-Operates equipment in assigned suite (e.g. Coating or Capsule Filling)

-Validates label and lot number information

-Verifies tasks performed by others

-Identifies deviations to process under their control and labels containers with its contents, lot number, weights, etc...

-Transfers solvents from large to small containers

-Stages materials and/or equipment for processing

-Mixes coating solutions and other formulas

-Performs simple math calculations

-Maintains accurate records

-Creates reserarch (sic) reports and batch records

-Works with controlled substances

-Follows all cGMP practices, policies, and procedures

-Follows all safety practices, policies, and procedures

-Other duties as assigned

Job Qualifications

-High school diploma or equivalent required

-Strong background in chemistry/biology preferred

-Knowledge of current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) preferred

-An understanding of the purpose and content within the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDSs) preferred

-Proficiency in Microsoft Office required

-Ability to follow oral and written instructions

-Ability to read, write (legibly), and speak the English language at a level necessary for efficient job performance

-Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with team members, co-workers, and/or clients.

-Ability to lift up to 55lbs. and move objects weighing up to 150lbs.

If interested in position, please reply with resume and visit our website at and complete our online application. After completing online application, be sure to submit to our Fitchburg, WI office. Compensation: $12-14"

The successful applicant will be more effective at “analytical testing” than the job poster is at typo testing! The process technician requires the brain of a mechanical engineer and the brawn of a porter but pays the wage of a package handler. Someone who has a “strong background in biology/chemistry” would be better off working for a research lab and eventually becoming a principal researcher. Besides the better pay, there tends to be better job security: When is the last time you heard of scientists being laid off? By contrast, factory closures have been a long-standing pattern within the U.S., and the process technician finds even more ways to automate manufacturing and hence to produce more factory layoffs – all for $12 to $14 an hour. On another note, how infuriated would you feel as an applicant to be completely familiar with the position but be disqualified via the “legible handwriting” test?

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for checking out my cooking blog! When I saw this posting of yours I thought I would weigh in - since I've worked in chemistry.

    Some things about this add were iffy for sure - but the legible handwriting is key in a GMP or cGMP lab - because documentation in lab notebooks becomes part of a legal document chain.

    Beside that, yeah... this ad is strangely specific - it could easily be cut down to 1-2 paragraphs.