Powder Lab Technician I

Job Description

Why Work Here? “Family Oriented, Great Benefits, Unlimited Earning Potential”

About Vitracoat, Inc:

Vitracoat has been manufacturing quality industrial coatings for over 75 years and powder coatings for over 35 years. At the core of the Vitracoat brand is a trusted family-owned international leader of quality powder coatings. Throughout the years Vitracoat has expanded operations across multiple continents and is ranked amongst the top powder coating manufacturers in the world. We are a company of over 1000 employees, with production capacities exceeding 80 million pounds per year. Our powder coatings can be found in everything from everyday objects to aerospace and beyond. With our North American Headquarters in Elkhart, Indiana, and with offices across the western hemisphere we are available to offer the best service and delivery in the industry.


Technician I is responsible for preparing, processing, and evaluating laboratory samples as per established procedures to meet customer’s expectations for different markets.


  • Develop powder coatings using established templates under direct supervision of a Chemist /Group Leader or Lab Supervisor.
  • Work in an efficient way to meet customer expectations.
  • Maintain a laboratory notebook and formula records as needed.
  • Weight up and blend raw materials per written formula with strong attention to material identification, weights, and conditions of the blend.
  • As needed, extrude, mill, sieve, apply and bake powder coatings with attention to equipment settings and safety protocols.
  • Use all lab equipment to test and evaluate powder coatings.
  • Perform coating characterization tests as per established SOPs and internal procedures.
  • Maintain work area and equipment in good working conditions.
  • Other duties as required by supervisor.
  • Some administrative tasks will be necessary to support the laboratory.

 No supervisory responsibilities for this position.


This individual will be expected to work in a group environment under the supervision of a team leader. He/she will be expected to use good judgment, and ethical decision-making abilities when testing and reporting data obtained during laboratory testing.


  • Ability to operate machinery.
  • Must be able to comply with all company Personal Protection Equipment (PPE).
  • Ability to sit or stand for prolonged periods of time.
  • Able to lift up to 25 lbs.


No travel requirement for this position.


  • High School diploma is a must.
  • Having a very good understanding of percentage, conversion units and basic arithmetic is needed.
  • Associate degree is a plus.
  • Organizational skills essential.
  • Laboratory and/or coatings experience is a plus.
  • Good verbal communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team or under direct supervision are essential.

The employee must be able to communicate clearly with others and must be physically able to stand, walk, reach, climb or balance, and kneel. The employee must be able to occasionally lift or move up to approximately 25 pounds. Vision abilities required by this job include close and distant vision and color vision. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the position functions.


Houston, TX

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