Laboratory Technician

Orica is the world's largest provider of commercial explosives and blasting systems to the mining and infrastructure markets, the global leader in the provision of ground support in mining and tunneling, and the leading supplier of sodium cyanide for gold extraction.
Orica also supplies general chemicals across a diverse range of markets, including agriculture, building and construction, food and beverage, pharmaceutical and personal care, plastics, pulp and paper and water treatment industries.
Headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, Orica is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange with a diverse workforce of over 15,000 people from more than 130 nationalities and has operations in more than 50 countries and customers in more than 100.
At Orica, we're committed to developing tomorrow's technologies and solving today's challenges for our customers.


Location: Carseland, AB, T0J 0M0
Employee Type: full time
Pay Type: Year
Experience: 2 - 5 years
Education: Bachelor degree
Travel Required: none


We are currently looking for a Laboratory Technician to work in our Chemical Manufacturing/Processing Plant in Carseland, AB.  You will be responsible for all laboratory and quality control testing for the process plant and product.  Providing technical and miscellaneous support to operations and engineering teams will also be a large percentage of this role.                  

Essential Duties

Safety, Health & Environment
  • Ensure laboratory compliance to all relevant Orica Model Procedures
  • Ensure completion of all process safety related analytical testing.
  • Support and back up preparation of monthly environmental reports
  • Daily pondwater management.
  • Ensure appropriate risk management processes are used in laboratory work
  • Maintain Carseland MSDS database
  • Manage program for gas testing equipment
  • Support for SHE – eg. Confined space safety man
  • Maintain Lab Procedures Manual

Commercial Ownership

  • Responsible for Galoryl and Sapphyr inventory control at Carseland Works.
  • Control of Lab costs
  • Control of costs for external analyses
  • Monitor and support Nalco water treatment programs
  • Calibration of lab equipment and other testing equipment
  • Maintain lab supplies

Creative Customer Solutions

  • Carry out product quality assurance testing
  • Provide necessary analysis for customer complaint investigations
  • Raw material quality assurance for Carseland Works
  • Maintain shipment sampling program and communication with customers
  • Assist in product quality improvement projects and testing
  • Manage customer sample library
Working Together
  • Works closely with Operations on process sampling, troubleshooting, product quality assurance, raw material quality, and product quality improvement.
  • Works closely with Loadout personnel and Shipper on shipment quality control and analyses.
  • Maintain communication with Galoryl and Sapphyr suppliers to ensure timely supply to Carseland Works.
  • Maintain communication with customers with respect to shipment analyses
  • Maintains communication with contractors hired to do on site or external testing for the plant
  • Work with Carseland engineering and technical personnel in Orica on product quality


Qualification & Experience

  • Chemistry degree, ideally majoring in inorganic or industrial chemistry
  • Chemical Technologist (or equivalent) would also be considered
  • Experience in industrial, continuous process plant environment, preferably within chemical or manufacturing plants
  • Mining or Oil & Gas experience would be an asset
  • Competency working with Microsoft Office and SAP
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team based collaborative environment

Physical Requirements

  • Typical laboratory bench work and office work settings
  • Access to plant areas for sampling etc. requiring use of ladders, stairs, operation of sample valves etc.
  • Required activities include sitting, standing, walking, reaching, bending, frequent use of hands and occasional lifting of up to 20 lbs
  • Use of safety equipment such as safety glasses, face shield, hearing protection, work boots, gloves, hard hat
  • Occasional use of respiratory protective equipment



Orica USA Inc. and Orica Canada Inc. are an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and a drug free workplace. Orica provides a rich, competitive benefits package for both full-time and part-time employees. Apply online to be considered for a new career today!
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