Technician II, Chemical - Hach Company Ames, Iowa
Hach Company 27 reviews - Ames, IA

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OPCO Description

HACH COMPANY ( is a world leader in the manufacture and distribution of analytical instruments, test kits and reagents for testing the quality of water, aqueous solutions and air. Our products are designed specifically for quality, accuracy, and simplicity. Strengthened by our sister companies in the environmental industry worldwide, our goal for the future is to continue to provide customers with reliable instrumentation, accurately prepared reagents, proven methods, simplified procedures and outstanding technical support.
We offer an environment that is team-centered, customer-driven, quality-focused, and growth-oriented. As a recognized global leader in the industry, we have enjoyed strong, consistent growth year over year. Working at Hach will provide you the opportunity for robust career development.


Purpose of Position:
Responsible for safely handling large quantities of chemicals during manufacturing of chemical reagents. This position does bulk reagent preparation and control per work order and according to established manufacturing procedures. Products may include solutions, powders, microbiological media, and dyes. Responsible for maintaining accurate records and inventory levels of raw materials. Has primary responsibility for product quality. Hours of Work: 6am - 2:30pm, M-F. Overtime is required. The position is in the solutions department.

Essential Functions:
Manufacture bulk solutions, powders, microbiological media and dyes.

Use existing formularies to manufacture bulk reagents per work order.

Operate all manufacturing equipment in a safe and productive manner.

Perform production controls and adjust bulk reagents to meet product specifications and ensure quality. Release conforming materials to processing, packaging or stock in a timely manner.

Maintain clean production and lab area to eliminate contamination.

Maintain production equipment in proper working condition.

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.

Maintain accurate records

Keep accurate production and inventory records, follow kanban process.

Update routings, BOM's and formularies via ECO process.

Perform production scheduling to optimize equipment usage with an emphasis on out-ofstock and coordination with packaging.

Accurately perform required computer data entry and work order transactions (LOTS, scrap, Oracle, ARIBA, Kanban, etc.).

Identify continuous improvement opportunities.


Education, Background and Skill Requirements:
One-year college chemistry with lab.

The following is the approved curriculum for positions that require 1 yr of college chemistry:

DMACC - Chem 165-175

ISU - Chem 163-164

Hach Co - Approved in-house program when offered.

Other - Must be equivalent to the above listed classes.

1-year scientific production, process, or lab technician experience OR BS degree

with no experience

Good laboratory technique

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

Good math skills -(familiar with metric system and knowledge of algebra)

General computer skills: Word, Excel, Outlook, and Internet

Ability to use various types of machinery, e.g. laboratory instrumentation, jacketed reactors, filtration systems

Ability to use hand tools

Knowledge of clean room operations helpful

Knowledge of hand tool

Knowledge of chemical/microbiological manufacturing equipment helpful.

Possesses a working knowledge of, or possesses a thorough knowledge of good laboratory technique.

All external hiring is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen, physical testing and a complete background check which could include credit history.

Hach is an equal opportunity employer.

Danaher Overview

Danaher Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets professional, medical, industrial, and consumer products, which all generate approximately $13 Billon in revenue. Danaher’s business activities encompass four reporting segments and are comprised of six strategic platforms: Medical Technologies, Professional Instrumentation (Environmental, Electronic Test), Industrial Technologies (Motion, Product ID, and Focused Niche Businesses) and Tools & Components (Mechanic’s Hand Tools). Danaher operates globally with about 50% of its revenues derived from outside the United States. The Company has significant operating businesses headquartered in Europe and has greatly expanded its operating presence in Asia over the past several years. Danaher is a well-capitalized business, which has historically used available cash flow to fund acquisition activity. Culturally, the company operates in a highly de-centralized model with an extremely lean corporate structure. Danaher has a proven system for achieving performance: the Danaher Business System (DBS). It drives every aspect of the group’s culture and performance. DBS is a system of continuous improvement and is used to guide and measure everyday activities, which has enabled it to double in size about every 5-years with impressive financial performance.




Job Function


Manufacturing / Operations

Primary Location


North America-United States-IA-Ames






About this company
27 reviews
Danaher is a well-diversified industrial and medical conglomerate whose products test, analyze, and diagnose. Its subsidiaries design,...