Lab Technician – R&D

Salary Range: $16 – $18
Job Location: Milwaukee, WI
Industry: Aerospace & Defense
Available Positions: 1
Position Type: Direct Hire
Experience Required: 3 – 5 years
Degree Required: High School
Active Security Clearance: No
Job Description:


First Shift

One position: 3-5 years of Color Matching Experience


The Lab Technician R&D performs small production and lab sample batch-making tasks in the production of industrial coatings products to meet customer specifications in accordance with established Hentzen Coatings health, safety and environmental procedures.

The successful candidates will score well on the color matching and math tests.



  • Gathers raw materials, assembles batches, shades and performs QC testing
  • Evaluates batches for conformance to specifications
  • Adjusts properties of individual batches within formulation guidelines
  • Performs testing related to product performance
  • Prepares customer samples and panels
  • May be required to perform all aspects of liquid batches of 10 gallons or less, such as dispersion, letdown, color matching, quality control and filling.
  • Maintains records of processes and results
  • Documents and records all actions taken in preparation of product
  • Records batch information in appropriate computer programs
  • Maintains standards for housekeeping and safety
  • As part of the housekeeping procedures, the employee may be involved with the disposal of hazardous waste. The initial training of how to properly dispose of hazardous waste will be performed by the Environmental and Safety Coordinator or the department supervisor. Annual training of the same will be performed by the Environmental and Safety Coordinator.
  • Willing to work various shifts as necessary
  • Other duties as assigned



  • High school degree or equivalent preferred with college degree strongly preferred
  • Degree, coursework or experience in chemistry along with strong math aptitude
  • Three to five years of experience in a laboratory in an industrial with color matching responsibilities for the more experienced position. Recent college graduates or those with limited experience in the lab setting may qualify for the entry level position
  • Excellent math skills including metric to standard conversions
  • Good computer skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Willing to work in a team environment
  • Ability to receive and provide instructions in a positive manner



The employee may be occasionally exposed to fumes and/or airborne particles in the lab area. The employee is occasionally exposed to hazardous materials. The employee may be exposed to wet, humid conditions (non-weather) and may be working near moving mechanical parts. The employee is occasionally exposed to outdoor weather conditions.

The noise level in the work environment may be loud while production equipment is running.

Personal Protection Equipment is required during various processes in the production facility. Safety shoes, glasses, dust mask, fire retardant uniform or lab coat, and gloves may be required when performing certain functions.

Required Skills: N/A
Candidate Must Have: N/A
Relocation Offered: No
Additional Information: N/A
Bonus/Benefits: N/A