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Danaher Corporation Technician III, Chemical in Ames, Iowa


This position serves in a training capacity for the area with responsibilities of training and mentoring of Chemical Technicians I and II, planning workload, and assisting Manager and Team Lead of area as directed. Responsible for safely handling large quantities of chemicals during chemical manufacturing. This position does bulk reagent preparation and control per work order and according to established manufacturing procedures. Products may include

solutions, powders, and dyes.

Schedule: Monday-Friday 6:00 AM-2:30 PM. Overtime may be required.


  • Manufacture bulk solutions, powders, and dyes. Use existing formularies to manufacture bulk reagents per work order.

  • Participate in the scheduling of the manufacturing area.

  • Carries out any tasks required by the team such as, but not confined to, ordering parts or

  • material, making contact with other areas of the plant, etc.

  • Mentor other associates in Chemical Technician I and II position regarding: DBS and

  • continuous improvement, proper and smooth scheduling of process area and lab products,

  • and safe chemical handling procedures.

  • Coordinate work with Maintenance and Engineering groups to define needed machinery

  • maintenance, spare parts, PM tasks, etc. Ensure that the proper documentation and

  • maintenance systems are in place to keep equipment in working order. Notify manager of

  • actual and potential problems and hazards.

  • Operate and maintain all manufacturing equipment in a safe and productive manner.

  • Perform production controls and adjust bulk reagents to meet product specifications and

  • Ensure customer quality. Release conforming materials to processing, packaging or stock in a timely

  • manner.

  • Maintain clean production and lab area.

  • 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.

  • Keep accurate production and inventory records, follow kanban process.

  • Accurately perform computer data entry and work order transactions (LOTS, scrap,

  • Oracle, ARIBA, Kanban, etc.).

  • Assist Analytical Services with troubleshooting and problem solving of products and procedures.

Other Non Essential Functions:

  • Cross train & balance workload to assure demand is met across all bulk manufacturing.

  • Other duties as defined by the manager


  • Minimum Two-year college chemistry (emphasis in Organic and/or Analytical Quantitative Analysis preferred) with lab required.

  • 5-7 years-year scientific production, process, or lab technician experience OR BS degree with 2-5 years experience.


  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and direct others professionally and clearly.

  • Ability to train and mentor technicians

  • Good analytical technique (use of volumetric glassware to make standard solutions, perform

  • dilutions, and perform titrations)

  • Ability to gather and analyze data

  • Mechanical ability preferred

  • Familiar with metric system and knowledge of algebra

  • Computer skills: Word, Excel, Outlook, and Internet required. Experience using Access preferred.

  • Ability to use several types of chemical manufacturing machinery, e.g. laboratory instrumentation, jacketed reactors, filtration systems

  • Ability to use hand tools


The 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 50 pounds and/or occasionally lift, carry, push or pull up to 100 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.


The 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, oils, extreme temperatures and work space restrictions.

Frequent/daily exposure to large quantities/volumes of hazardous and nonhazardous chemicals.

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 be 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.


External hiring into this position is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen and background check and possible credit history review.

Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are equal opportunity employers that evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law. The “EEO is the Law” poster is available here ( .