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Materials Test Technician

San Mateo, CA 94404

Posted: 04/02/2024 Pay Rate: $30-$38 per hour (Depending on experience)

Job Description

As a Materials Test Technician you will support hands-on testing and validation activities.  The ideal candidate is creative, positive, self-motivated, solution oriented, analytical and can adapt quickly. The role will require you to oversee a variety of testing, document findings during the test, perform routine maintenance and upkeep of test equipment and identify new test equipment opportunities.  You will work collaboratively across multiple teams to accomplish the requirements of this position.


  • You will conduct laboratory testing of materials and components with a Universal Testing Machine (UTM).
  • You will create unique test setups and coordinate with in-house fabrication to implement new fixturing methods.
  • You will perform corrosion testing with standard laboratory corrosion testing equipment. 
  • You will perform sample preparation, including cutting with precision saw, mounting sample, grinding and polishing.
  • You will utilize hand tools, adhesives, coordinate with internal fabrication shops and a variety of materials to prepare test specimens for testing.
  • You will perform routine maintenance on laboratory equipment.
  • Read and interpret test instructions, engineering drawings, schematics, and other technical documentation.
  • You will document through pictures, videos, and written records the tests conducted in the laboratory. 
  • You will review and author standard operating procedures for current lab capabilities.


  • Minimum Requirements: 
  • High school or equivalent with minimum 5-7 years previous technician experience, or
  • Associate’s Degree with 3-5 years previous technician experience, or 
  • Bachelor’s Degree with 1-3 years previous technical experience
  • Hands-on laboratory  experience with Universal Testing Machine (Instron preferred), Corrosion Chamber, Grinding/Polishing Equipment, and microscope.
  • Strong mechanical aptitude and familiarity with hand tools and manufacturing processes.
  • Proficient with spreadsheets, word processing, and other computer programs to aid in documentation and reporting.
  • Excellent time management and communication skills.
  • Solution oriented individual with a strong analytical mindset.
  • Highly motivated, self starting individual with a broad set of skills and never afraid of facing complex technical challenges.
  • You can adapt quickly or propose changes needed to achieve early results.

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