• Laboratory Technician

    Location US-IL-Northbrook
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    UL is seeking a Laboratory Technician to join our Materials Lab in Northbrook, IL!


    Contribute to a Safer, More Secure, and More Sustainable World. At UL, we know why we come to work. Thousands of us around the world wake up every day with one common purpose – to make the world a safer, more secure, and more sustainable place to live. We clear the way for our customers to introduce the latest products, technological advances, and systems in an increasingly complex world so they can provide peace of mind to the market. Our integrity is woven throughout our company and shapes the way we approach and deliver our solutions. We are proud that the work we do every day has a meaningful contribution to society. We continue to build upon our legacy of trusted expertise and partnership to keep our communities safe and secure as we march forward into the future. This helps us to sleep better at night, and we are confident that the millions of people we touch rest easier too.


    The Materials Lab Technician sets up complicated equipment and performs complicated tests within areas of responsibility where working knowledge of the underlying scientific and engineering fundamentals is required. These may include tests without published requirements, or those involving unique features that require the use of independent judgment. May plan tests, evaluate test results and report opinions and interpretations. May assist PDEs and/or Engineering to modify existing methods or develop and validate new test methods. Initiates recommendations for new equipment designs. Provides feedback and may assist in development of laboratory procedure guides (LPG). Provides training and assists others in the laboratory.


    • Examines test samples and reads blueprints, schematics, wiring diagrams, measuring instruments, and operational instructions. Evaluates test performance and reviews test and construction data with supervisor.
    • Builds and/or adapts setup and test equipment to new situations, based on data sheets and instructions from engineering department personnel. May direct staff in test setups.
    • Operates designated machines and special laboratory equipment. Performs routine maintenance of designated test equipment and laboratory area.
    • Receives instructions from and reports data to engineers and other laboratory personnel. May communicate with clients during the setup and performance of a test to demonstrate or otherwise illustrate equipment test methods and/or to discuss test results. May communicate with UL field representatives to discuss additional follow-up tests, samples, equipment, methods and/or results.
    • Records observed or calculated data on appropriate UL forms and prepares data sheets and test reports. May plan tests, evaluate test results and report opinions and interpretations, as directed.
    • Communicates with the appropriate department personnel to offer suggestions pertinent to
      equipment needs.
    • Integrates continuous improvement concepts and techniques into all aspects of the job.
    • Provides training and assist others in the laboratory.
    • Performs other duties as directed.


    Some University education in a related discipline plus four years directly related experience preferred.


    Preferred hands on experience with the following:

    • Hose construction, use, and testing (LP, Fire, Petroleum, Paint Spray)
    • Demonstrated mechanical aptitude
    • Experience working with fuels
    • Hydrostatic testing
    • Leakage testing
    • Corrosion testing
    • Abrasion testing
    • Tensile testing
    • General equipment use including; hand tools, power tools, skiver, die cutting, material buffer, balances, and general analytical glassware.


    Must be able to wear a respirator.

    Abilitiy to lift heavy material >60lbs. assisted and unassisted and/or frequently work in difficult positions.

    Ability to operate material handling equipment.




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