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Danaher Corporation QC Chemical Technician - Microbiology in Ames, Iowa

POSITION SUMMARY:Responsible for making standards, calibrating equipment, testing, record maintenance, and sampling of chemical products for Operations, frequently involving complex or technique-dependent procedures. Makes technical-based decisions throughout daily work to resolve problems. Provides technical and material support for Operations. Perform in an accurate and expeditious manner all laboratory tests specified for each lot of material or instrument, which is used or sold.

SCHEDULE: Monday-Friday 6:30 AM-3:00 PM. Overtime may be required.


  • Responsible for preparation of laboratory standard solutions. (When possible the standards are traceable to N.I.S.T.)

  • Release conforming material to Operations or stock. Halt shipment of nonconforming or questionable materials. Discuss with Analytical Services and Operations, test results and disposition of materials. Prepare nonconforming notices.

  • Maintain records of test results, equipment re-certification and calibration, identification of manufactured and purchased products, product history files, records of on-time delivery, and product releases.

  • Responsible for proper procurement and storage of tested reference samples. Includes filing of Q.A. paperwork and obtaining the sample storeroom sample. Also responsible for overseeing the filing of samples for storage and the disposal of samples which have been stored over five years.

  • Maintain a clean lab area to eliminate contamination.

  • Perform routine maintenance of lab instruments; calibrate equipment used by Operations, and update records accordingly.

  • Comply with company safety policies including safe operation of equipment, PPE usage, safe transportation and handling of bulk chemicals, hand tool safety, lock-out-tag-out, and proper storage of tools, etc. Comply with good housekeeping policies.

  • Occasionally train others in QC Technician duties.

  • For Micro area strict adherence to clean room operating procedures is required.

Other Non Essential Functions:

  • Perform stability studies as needed

  • Perform other duties as needed


  • HS Diploma/GED required; Bachelor's Degree preferred

  • 0-2 years of scientific laboratory experience

  • 1 year of college chemistry with lab is required.

  • 1 year of college microbiology with lab OR Experience is required.


  • Precise analytical technique (use of volumetric glassware to make standard solutions, perform dilutions, and perform titrations).

  • Ability to gather and analyze data

  • Proficient math skills -(familiar with metric system and knowledge of algebra)

  • General computer skills: Word, Excel, Outlook, and Internet

  • Proficient in oral and written communication skills

Physical DemandsThe physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is constantly required to, stand/or sit, squat, turn/twist, reach, use hands to: finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls. The employee is occasionally required to hear, walk, climb, balance, stoop, bend, kneel, crouch or crawl, and talk, and smell.The employee must frequently lift, carry, push or pull up to 20 pounds and/or occasionally lift,carry, push or pull up to 50 pounds.Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.WORK ENVIRONMENTThe work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be subjected to moving mechanical parts, electrical currents, vibrations, fumes, odors, dusts, gases, chemicals, oils, extreme temperatures and work space restrictions.The noise level in the work environment is occasionally loud.Employees will be required to wear the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which may include: eye, hearing and respiratory protection, protective smock, steel toe shoes, gloves, hard hats, or face shields. Contact lenses ARE NOT allowed in the facility.

The duties listed in job descriptions are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change. The purpose of this description is to assist in ADA compliance and is not intended for other purposes such as collective bargaining, or compensation.PRE-EMPLOYMENT TESTING: External hiring into this position is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen and background check.

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