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ASTM provides an excellent compensation and benefits package including:
Undergraduate and Graduate Tuition Reimbursement
Comprehensive medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance
Paid holidays, vacation and sick leave
403(b) plan with company match
100% company-funded defined benefits pension plan
Conducts onsite assessments of laboratory equipment, testing procedures and quality systems to ensure compliance with ASTM standards for concretes, cements, and other masonry products.
This is a first level technical professional (exempt) position within the ASTM organization structure. The position reports initially to the Manager, LIP Training, and, subsequently, to the Manager, Technical Operations or Manager, Inspection Operations, as assigned by the CCRL Director.
Incumbents exercise some discretion and judgment in carrying out their onsite laboratory inspections, but generally follow established work/test methods and procedures.
The Laboratory Inspector I functions as an individual contributor, but will provide work direction to laboratory personnel during the conduct of an onsite assessment.
1. CONDUCT ONSITE ASSESSMENTS OF PARTICIPATING LABORATORIES
Key Representative Activities:
Based on the request from a client laboratory, plans an onsite inspection based on the items included in the request; schedules adequate time to cover the included demonstrations and equipment evaluations, ensures that necessary equipment and supplies are readily available.
Conducts at least 40 onsite inspections annually; test methods, observes performance of laboratory personnel and evaluates equipment needed to perform tests included in the inspection request.
Based on observations, advises laboratory personnel on appropriate testing methods/techniques, test documentation, training methods, and general best practices for compliance with ASTM standards.
Prepares a written report on a client laboratory’s overall compliance with ASTM standards, identifying specific areas in and out of conformity with standards and offering recommendations to bring all aspects of laboratory operations within standards.
Observes all ASTM/CCRL safety standards in conducting onsite inspections
2. MAINTAINS TECHNICAL TRAINING AND PROFICIENCY
Fully participates in continuing education and training programs offered by CCRL; test methods, material analysis, equipment capabilities/operations/specifications, and relevant certifications.
Applies latest methods successfully in the field.
Supports CCRL proficiency sample production operations when not traveling to laboratory inspection sites.
Supports the CCRL Quality Program by following quality procedures.
On special assignments, understands role in team situations.
Works cooperatively with team members to accomplish work.
Requests and provides assistance from/to team members as needed (effective utilization of team capabilities/resources).
This job description is not intended to provide an all-inclusive listing of related job activities.Incumbent may be asked by management to perform other related activities in place of or in addition to those representative activities noted in this job description.
ASTM International is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans
A Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a technical discipline such as Sciences or Engineering
Able to travel independently and extensively. Ability to sit while driving for extended time periods.
A valid driver’s license.
Ability to lift and/or carry up to 75 lbs.
Preferred Qualifications & Competencies
Scientific/technical knowledge of material test methods and procedures and 1-2 years of relevant work experience in a laboratory or manufacturing environment
Advanced analytical and problem solving skills.
Strong organizational and job planning skills.
Strong communication and interpersonal skills to work effectively with fellow staff, laboratory personnel, etc.
About CCRL - Cement and Concrete Reference Laboratory
The Cement and Concrete Reference Laboratory (CCRL) has been serving the materials testing industry since 1929 through our laboratory inspection and proficiency testing programs. CCRL is sponsored by the standards organization, ASTM International and is located in Frederick, Maryland.
Our laboratory inspection program provides on-site assessments of construction materials testing laboratories testing portland cement, masonry cement, pozzolan, slag, masonry mortar, concrete, aggregates, concrete masonry units, brick, and steel reinforcing bar. This on-site assessment evaluates the laboratories abilities to perform tests according to applicable ASTM standards. The evaluation includes a review of quality systems, equipment, and procedures.
Our proficiency testing program provides uniform samples of construction materials, such as portland cement, masonry cement, blended cement, masonry mortar, pozzolan, concrete, concrete masonry units, and steel reinforcing bars, which are tested by the laboratories. The results are then evaluated by CCRL, by statistical means, to determine whether the results of the testing where accurate.