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Lab Maintenance Technician


INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA

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Job title: Laboratory Maintenance Technician

Type: Hourly, Eligible for Overtime

Location: Chocolate Bayou Works – Alvin, TX

Organizational Context and Job Purpose

Business Context

The O&P USA business includes the product lines Ethylene, Propylene, Butadiene, Polypropylene and High Density Polyethylene.  Manufacturing sites include Chocolate Bayou Works (Alvin, TX), Battleground Manufacturing Complex (LA Porte, TX), and Carson, (Carson, CA), with a division office in League City, TX. 

The Main Purpose of the Role

This position is located at our Chocolate Bayou Works plant in Alvin, TX.  INEOS is hiring a Lab Maintenance Technician to work in our QA/QC Laboratory.  The main purpose of the Lab Maintenance Technician is to maintain lab instrumentation calibration for ISO compliance.  The Lab Maintenance Technician is responsible for maintaining reliability of the lab instruments and responding quickly to repairs, minimizing downtime and production time without QC results.  This position reports to the Lab Superintendent. 

Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • Perform equipment lifecycle activities and associated deliverables pertaining to laboratory instruments and equipment, including but not limited to the installation, testing, execution of validation activities, calibration, maintenance, change control, retirement activities, the renewal of laboratory instrumentation and equipment service contracts as well as assisting on-site vendor maintenance procedures per contract agreement.

  • Check operation of testing equipment, troubleshoot equipment to identify and/or correct source of problem, perform required routine preventative maintenance, and notify the shift team leader of any abnormalities or maintenance requirements

  • Schedule maintenance and calibration of lab equipment.

  • Maintain the records of calibration. Assist in maintain and monitor equipment and instrumentation data in the computerized maintenance management system up to date.

  • Maintain equipment inventory and ensure that preventative maintenance is performed according to the manufacturer’s requirements and Standard Operating Procedures. Maintenance such as; Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, Biannual, and Annual

  • Maintain laboratory maintenance for environment & facility monitoring.

  • Ensuring preventive maintenance is performed according to manufacturer’s requirements and internal Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

  • Train lab users or other staff on SOP and Work Instructions for equipment use.

  • Assist in the drafting of new SOPs, work instruction and the maintenance of existing SOPs related to the departmental activities.

  • Assist with (new) instrument validation through statistical analysis of data, troubleshooting, effective implementation of analytical methods and provision of technical information to relevant parties.

  • Schedule work to meet priorities

  • Follow and support the INEOS Mission, Values, Philosophies and Quality statements.

  • Compliance with all plant policies and procedures

Skills and Knowledge Required

Education and Experience

  • Associates Degree mechanical or instrumentation maintenance, or process technology (Preferred)

  • High School Diploma or Equivalency Certificate (Required)

  • Mechanical aptitude for general lab instrumentation (Highly preferred)

  • Equipment calibration or equipment preventative maintenance 7 years (Required)

  • Experience with maintenance and troubleshooting of gas chromatography equipment for minimum of 5 years (Required)

  • Familiar with ISO/TS Quality System or equivalent

  • Familiar with Lab Information Systems (LIMS) or similar


  • Ability to demonstrate practical troubleshooting and technical problem analysis techniques.

  • Excellent communication skills; fluent (oral/written) English.

  • Proficient in Microsoft software applications: Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook.

  • Handles multiple assignments and priorities yet still fulfills all commitments. Readily accepts new responsibilities and adapts well to changes in procedures. Gives appropriate priorities to various work demands.

  • Ability to multi-task, setting priorities effectively to produce quality work in a fast-paced professional environment

  • A self-directed individual and able to adapt quickly to changes in priorities.

  • Working knowledge of laboratory regulations, ISO standards

  • Working knowledge of laboratory equipment, quality control and validation procedures.

  • Work effectively in a team environment

Physical Requirements

  • New employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to their start date.

  • Must be able to perform work tasks on the computer of up to 6-8 hours during the day to include but not limited to ordering supplies and equipment, producing reports, data entry, e-mails, training and other tasks as required.

  • Able to stand for up to 8 hours in a laboratory setting

  • Able to push or pull using force of approximately ~15 lbs. to manipulate drums on wheeled dollies

  • Able to handle and manipulate glassware and pipettes with fine motor skills

  • Some tasks frequently involve bending, kneeling, knee standing and squatting, reaching at various heights up to 70-74 inches without assistance and working at horizontal reaching heights of 16 to 24 inches at chest levels, repetitive fine motor dexterity tasks using approximately up 12 pounds of pinch force, grasping various items using force up to 25 to 30 pounds.

  • Must have ability to see written documents, computer screens and to adjust focus.

  • Must be able to hear/perceive nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction. Must have the ability to receive detailed information through oral communication and make discriminations in sound with and without protective hearing as required.


Works a day schedule on 9/80 shift.  May be required to respond to call-outs to work on critical lab equipment.

Our culture is one of honesty and integrity with an emphasis on safety, health and environmental performance.On our team, people are acknowledged for embracing new practices that help create real value for customers.