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Test Lab Technician

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Test Lab Technician

Position Summary:

The Test Lab Technician will be responsible for evaluating customer material samples and making recommendations about the design of bulk material handling systems for those materials.  Host customers who visit the Salina Test Lab, and coordinate their visit to achieve the desired sales results.  Assist with product development, system design improvements, and demonstration of our products and systems.

Who we are:

Coperion is an industry leader in compounding and extrusion, feeding and weighing, bulk material handling and service, bringing a wealth of know-how and experience to the market. Customers benefit from Coperion’s divisions of Polymer, Equipment & Systems, and Service that are optimally networked on a global basis to offer ultimate support in the design, manufacturing and implementation of ideal systems. Staffed by engineers, chemists, technicians and a variety of industry experts, these Divisions form a powerhouse of process solutions for their customers.

Coperion is an operating company of Hillenbrand. Hillenbrand (www.Hillenbrand.com) is a global diversified industrial company with businesses that serve a wide variety of industries around the world. We pursue profitable growth and robust cash generation to drive increased value for our shareholders. Hillenbrand's portfolio includes industrial businesses such as Coperion, Milacron Injection Molding & Extrusion, and Mold-Masters, in addition to Batesville, a recognized leader in the death care industry in North America. Hillenbrand is publicly traded on the NYSE under "HI."

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  • Perform or oversee the bench test process on all accepted materials, and maintain the material database.
  • Plan and Schedule full scale tests, understand the test objectives, specify material quantities.
  • Assemble feeder and pneumatic conveying full scale.
  • Perform or oversee the set up the required equipment and instrumentation, and all full scale testing.
  • Learn utility requirements, operating procedures and maintenance of lab equipment, including operation and maintenance of lift trucks.
  • Insure that equipment is operating safely and reliably.
  • Communicate with customers and in-house personnel, in writing and verbally, with ability to explain why materials behave as they do in our systems, and make recommendations accordingly.
  • Collaborate with University personnel in the Bulk Solids Innovation Center as needed.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of all company products, policies, and goals.
  • Train Customers, Reps, and in-house personnel about our products and technology.
  • Assist with testing of new and existing product developments.
  • Responsible for all visitors coming in and out of the Lab.
  • Supervise supportive lab personnel and student interns.
  • Maintain all Laboratory SDS files up to date.
  • Improve our test methods and develop new tests that will benefit the system design process worldwide.
  • Responsible for the upkeep and general maintenance of the Test Lab.
  • Maintain all Lab equipment, such as cleaning filters, changing oil, and calibrating instruments.
  • Travel as required to customer sites, trade shows, etc.
  • Must be self-directed and motivated.
  • Maintain and oversee the enforcement of the BSIC safety manual
  • Maintain a neat and orderly, hazard free work area
  • Maintain a high level of safety for all Lab visitors and personnel in the BSIC
  • Wear necessary safety equipment when required
  • Apply knowledge and adherence to industrial safety practices
  • Ability to lift/move 75 lbs.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • A technical degree or higher is desired




  • General understanding of design and manufacture of feeder and pneumatic conveying systems and related equipment .
  • General understanding of customer applications and needs related to feeding, pneumatic conveying, and bulk material handling systems.
  • Ability to schedule and plan an effective test backlog.
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to set up, operate, and troubleshoot electrical devices, instrumentation, and controls.
  • Ability to use hand and power tools; not afraid to get dirty.
  • Technical expertise in bulk material handling, gravity flow of solids, particulate air filtration, and pneumatic conveying.
  • Knowledge of basic gas laws and physics.
  • Knowledge of basic material properties and chemistry.


Physical Demands:

To perform this job successfully, the physical demands listed are representative of those that must be met by an employee. 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 regularly required to sit, stand, walk, use hands to handle and feel, reach with hands and arms, talk and hear. The employee may occasionally be required to crouch. The employee may occasionally lift items as heavy as 25lbs. Specific vision abilities may include the employee’s ability to see near and far distances.

DISCLAIMER: The above information on this job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by the employee within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of any employee assigned to this job. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

At Hillenbrand we strive to build a diverse workforce through equal opportunity employment that embraces and leverages the differences each individual has to offer. Equal Employment Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer of minorities/females/disabled/veterans.

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