Asphalt Lab Technician

Lafarge North America - Calgary, AB (30+ days ago)

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Why work for Lafarge?:
Lafarge in Canada is proud to provide construction solutions in the buildings, infrastructure and industrial segments. These solutions are built with high performance products from our cement, aggregates, ready-mix concrete, asphalt and road construction, and concrete products divisions. From the use of alternative materials and recycling to renewable energy, Lafarge's focus is to develop innovative products that can contribute toward sustainably constructed building solutions. Lafarge takes personal growth and development to heart, and provides resources for our employees to take control of their own careers. Through our commitment to communities, to the health and safety of our employees and their families, or through the many volunteer hours of our employees, Lafarge demonstrates our care for people. If you want to work in an environment that values hard work, entrepreneurship, and collaborative teamwork, Lafarge is for you. Building Better Cities is what we do. Come Build a Better Career with us! More information can be found at www.lafarge.ca/en/careers .

Overview:
The Asphalt Lab Technician’s goal is to certify the final quality of Asphalt products, ensuring the highest customer satisfaction. Develops all the asphalt binder grades used in our hot mix asphalts, assists in the preparation of asphalt mix designs, mix performance testing and new product development for Lafarge’s business units located throughout Western Canada. The Lab Technician will be working in an accredited CCIL and AASHTO certified laboratory for performance graded asphalt binders and mixtures.

Responsibilities:
Safety:
Ensure compliance with safety practices and procedures, proactively act in eliminating/controlling risk, and act as a safety champion
Maintain familiarity with MSDS specs, the different aspects of the emergency response and remain up-to-date on all lab emergency procedures.
Ensure communication of safety requirements as it relates to other site employees.

Operational:
Quality control through the active testing of raw materials, work in progress and finished goods
Assist in the development of asphalt products to service our customers’ needs (design aggregate skeleton of the various mix types, i.e. Marshall, Superpave, SMA, OGFC, etc.)
Responsible for the testing, evaluating and preparing the above noted mix design types
Responsible for the testing and evaluating the asphalt cement rheology properties
Assist with a focus on the optimization of mix designs and ensuring production costs are kept to a minimum
Work collaboratively with the Operations Manager as well as production staff in various technical functions in the operations
Solid team member within the business unit, flexible with regards to hours of work
Maintain quality as per specification requirements
Accurate and on-time reports
Maintain and develop strong working relationship with customers and/or representatives
Assist with the development of new product research and development initiatives.
Trains new QA/QC Technicians in field and laboratory Quality Control testing procedures and practices, (ASTM, AASHTO, CSA, CCIL, and Lafarge Best Practices) as required.
Carries out ongoing laboratory testing of asphalt cements as per the SHRP protocol M320 specifications
Responsible for the testing and evaluation of asphalt cement rheology properties, i.e. penetration and viscosity.
Carries out regular updates to the Quality Assurance Manual, test databases and spreadsheet and provides report summaries or analyses as needed.
Be a responsible advocate for on-the job safety and the environment.
Participate in technician and/or inter-laboratory materials testing and equipment correlation and certification programs as required to maintain accurate and consistent methods and test procedures or corporately mandated certification programs.

Specific Accountabilities

Ensure compliance with all Safety Policies and Regulations
Ensure that quality meets specifications and customer expectations
Ensure accurate and on-time reporting

Relationship with Other Jobs:
Reports to Asphalt Lab Supervisor

Qualifications:
Education:
Completion of Chemical Technology or Civil Technical Program preferred

Experience and Skill Set:
Technically sound in all facets of asphalt hot mix quality control and quality assurance testing
Strong working knowledge of Excel spreadsheets, Microsoft Word and Power Point
Familiar with Occupational Health & Safety requirements and safe work procedures
Believe in continuous improvement and will act accordingly.
Have excellent communication skills.
Be a team player, positive and with a can-do attitude.
Be able to perform with minimal supervision.
Enjoy analyzing situations and making decisions accordingly.
Have a friendly and constructive customer service attitude.

LafargeHolcim:
Pre-employment medical including drug & alcohol testing and a criminal record check may be required.

Through LafargeHolcim’s 2030 Plan, Lafarge is committed to providing solutions using sustainable manufacturing practices and improving the environment in and around its operations. The company has a sixty year history in Canada and works continually to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, restore wetlands for native plants and animals, and identify waste materials that can be recycled and used in our operations.