• Laboratory Intern

    Location US-IL-Northbrook
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  • Overview

    At UL, we push boundaries, provide peace of mind, and unlock what’s next.  #ThisIsOurNormal


    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. 


    Under supervision, with assigned mentors in the lab, assists in the completion of sample preparation, test set-up, testing, and documentation.




    • Assists lab team in determining project scope, developing a preliminary plan of testing, and verifying project specifications such as test time and sample requirements.
    • Assists the laboratory team with various projects or special tasks as needed such as building and/or adapting laboratory setup and test equipment for laboratory tests, examining test samples, reading measuring instruments and reviewing test data with supervisor or other laboratory professionals.
    • Assists in recording observed or calculated data on appropriate data sheets and in preparing reports, typing documents, and filing.  May be required to create customer letters.
    • Operates designated machines that may include furnaces, ovens, hydraulic equipment, electrical test equipment, temperature measuring devices, tensile testers, analytical balances, meters, hand tools, and special laboratory equipment as directed.
    • Assists with assembling and/or disassembling test setups as well as conducting standardized tests.
    • May read and interpret blueprints, schematics, wiring diagrams and operational instructions.
    • Assists laboratory operations in the conduct of tests and preparation of data and coordinates other aspects of project management as directed.
    • Assists in communication with engineers to discuss technical issues, explain test procedures and requirements, and negotiate completion date.
    • Coordinates laboratory activities by reviewing data sheets and instructions to technicians, scheduling and reviewing lab work engineering project handlers.
    • Communicates project status and results to engineers.
    • Provides support to engineering and laboratory operations for client projects and the associated product investigations.
    • Performs other duties as directed.




    • Some University education in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering.
    • No other work experience required, but previous Laboratory/Engineering internship helpful.
    • Ability to apply concepts such as probability, statistics, trigonometry, or plane and solid geometry in practical situations.
    • Ability to compose routine reports and business correspondence. Ability to present standard information and respond to questions from individuals or small groups of internal or external clients.
    • Ability to read and interpret documents such as operations, maintenance and procedure manuals.
    • Ability to understand and follow detailed written and/or oral instructions and to resolve problems involving a few variables in standardized situations where specific decision-making guidelines exist.
    • Ability to work with computers, email, word documents, and spreadsheets.


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