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Lab Technician - Paint Lab

The Analytical Solutions Division (ASD) of Applied Research Associates (ARA), Inc., has an exciting opportunity for a full-time Lab Technician - Paint Lab working from our Huntsville, AL facility. This position will be responsible for following a coating formulation, measuring out materials, dispersing ingredients, spraying, and assisting in analysis of coatings on various substances to determine chemical properties, adhesion, hardness, and other ASTM methods. This position requires a well-organized and dedicated individual to follow simple design matrices and complete all activities within required deadlines.

With the assistance of a Chemist, the ideal candidate will perform destructive physical analysis of chemical coatings and assist in dispersing and spraying of coatings for various applications. He/she will perform a variety of tests utilizing specialized equipment such spectrophotometers, gloss meters, particle size analyzers, solids/moisture analyzers, and various other chemical equipment/processes. The candidate will keep a detailed laboratory notebook documenting experiments, failure analysis, and materials analysis. The ideal candidate will also be capable of working with various other functions within the group. Mechanical aptitude and a willingness to learn new skills are a plus. Requires High School diploma or vo-tech, and one to three years of related experience.

Essential Functions:
• Detail oriented
• Organized
• Ability to read/comprehend technical manuals

Required Qualifications:
• Requires High School diploma or vo-tech
• 1-3 years of related experience
• Ability to obtain and maintain a minimum of a SECRET clearance from the US Department of Defense
• Team player capable of positive team interaction

Desired Qualifications:
• Active / current SECRET Clearance from the US Department of Defense.

Applied Research Associates, Inc. is an employee-owned international research and engineering company recognized for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences. The company, founded in Albuquerque, NM, in 1979, currently employs over 1600 professionals. ARA offices throughout the United States and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense technologies, civil technologies, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement. The corporation also provides sophisticated technical products for environmental site characterization, pavement analysis, and robotics.

At ARA, employees are our greatest assets. The corporation realizes that employee ownership spawns greater creativity and initiative along with higher performance and customer satisfaction levels. ARA gives its employees the tools, training, and opportunities to take more active roles as owners. The culture is challenging; innovation and experimentation are the norm. Employees are eligible for contributions which not only add to the company’s success, but also their own through the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The motto, “Engineering and Science for Fun and Profit” sums up the ARA experience. For additional information and an opportunity to join this unique workplace, please visit our website at

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• 1 - 3 years: Relevant work experience

• High School or better

• Team Player: Works well as a member of a group
• Detail Oriented: Capable of carrying out a given task with all details necessary to get the task done well
• Dedicated: Devoted to a task or purpose with loyalty or integrity

• Self-Starter: Inspired to perform without outside help
• Job Security: Inspired to perform well by the knowledge that your job is safe
• Growth Opportunities: Inspired to perform well by the chance to take on more responsibility
• Goal Completion: Inspired to perform well by the completion of tasks

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)