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QA Apprentice Lab Technician

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Shepherd Color Company-ACTIVE
August 18, 2021
4539 Dues Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Add Some Color to Your Career!

Are you on a mission to brighten the lives of others? At the Shepherd Companies, you will be part of a 100-year tradition of excellence and integrity. Haven’t heard of us? We bet you have! Our products can be found everywhere, from saving lives through airbags to brightening the world with crayons. Built upon our core purpose of creating value and brightening lives, The Shepherd Companies combine the technical and strategic business challenges of a large international corporation with a family culture where you will build long term relationships and be recognized for your unique, individual contributions.

The Shepherd Color Company is known as a leader in the color industry with the continuous improvement of technical applications and a history of innovation. Shepherd Color pigments are highly engineered ceramic colorants. They are impervious to sunlight, chemicals, and thermal attack. Our products can be found everywhere, from the non-stick surface of your favorite cookware to adding color and IR reflectivity to roofing and siding to help keep buildings cool.

We are a company of people who brighten the lives of those on whom our work has an impact, specifically, each other, our families, our customers, our suppliers, our shareholders, and our community. In turn, our lives are brightened.

Our Quality Assurance (QA) team is seeking someone who is available to train as an Apprentice Lab Technician for night shift. You will learn various test methods which include adding our color pigments to coatings and plastics to perform in-process sample testing. You’ll be working in a fast-paced lab environment with important decisions being made every day, so the ability to complete your assigned tasks quickly and work in a collaborative environment is essential.

Note: This role requires working a rotating 12-hour night shift, working every-other weekend. Night shift starts at 6:00PM and concludes at 6:30AM.  The first 8-10-weeks of training will take place during the day shift Monday-Friday 7:00AM-3:30PM.

Pay starts at $23.48 + shift differential

Job Responsibilities:

  • Match in-process samples with standard colors to determine production operations
  • Operate lab equipment, such as a spectrophotometer, 2-roll mills and speed mixers, to get results used in decision making
  • Record test results accurately in our online tracking system
  • Communicate results and other information with lab team and production in a timely manner
  • Physical Property testing (conductivity, pH, particle size, density, oil absorption, moisture)
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time
  • Must be able to lift up to 45lbs
  • Must be able to wear a respirator
  • Must be able to work in a hot environment
  • Must be willing to work any shift


  • Associate degree in Chemistry or other laboratory based science preferred but not required
  • Prior laboratory experience is preferred but  not required

Required Skills

  • Experience in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Basic computer skills
  • Good math skills
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work well in a team environment
  • Ability to multi-task

EOE Statement

The Shepherd Material Science Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

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