Preparation Technician, Jr.

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Preparation Technician, Jr.

Company Description


SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing, and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 94,000 employees SGS operates a network of over 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world.

Job Description


The entry levelPreparation Technician, Jr. is responsible for proper preparation of mineral samples for analysis in accordance with all applicable standards and company procedures by performing the following duties.


Directly reports to Preparations Supervisor, or Laboratory Manager

Dotted reporting line – none


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Works under immediate supervision.

• Prepares mineral samples (i.e., coal, iron ore, limestone, petroleum coke, etc.) by crushing samples in accordance with required published standards, using various sample crusher models.

• Transfers and labels samples, identifying date, and associated paperwork.

• Files and locates samples.

• Performs routine and preventive maintenance on all preparation equipment.

• Accurately records all data associated with the preparation of samples.

• Ensures all equipment and containers are organized and cleaned before and after use.

• Ensures all personal protective equipment (PPE) relevant for tasks is worn at all times.

• Ensures compliance with all required local and federal safety processes and procedures.

• May also have Field Operation or Laboratory responsibilities, as required by business needs.

• Adheres to internal standards, policies and procedures.

• Performs other duties as assigned.


• Supervises others: No

• Has hiring and terminating responsibilities: No

• Number of employees directly reporting to this job: 0 Supervisory Employees, 0 Non-Supervisory Employee




• High School or equivalent

• No experience


• 1+ year working in industrial/lab/field setting with experience following strict safety standards


• A valid and current Driver’s license may be required if the role requires driving a company vehicle.

• May be required to obtain a TWIC (Transportation Worker Identification Card).

• May be required to obtain 24-hour surface Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) certificate, training is available through SGS.


• Language Skills: Intermediate English required, Advanced preferred

• Mathematical Skills: Basic required, Intermediate preferred

• Reasoning Skills/Abilities: Intermediate level required, uses logical and practical approach to solve problems

• Computer Skills: MS Office (Word, Excel) – Intermediate user proficiency preferred

• Ability to effectively communicate (in writing or verbally), presenting information individually or in small group situations to internal or external customers

• Ability to follow directions ensuring the end results are accurate and completed with the required timeframe

• Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations

• Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals

• Ability to work independently and under moderate supervision

• Team player attitude, customer care focus


• Local day travel may be required.


• This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, printers, and phones.

• This role may use sample prep equipment that may include Jaw Crusher, Bowl & Disc Pulverizing Mills, Pressure Filters, Riffle Splitters, Compressed Air, Hammer Mill Crushers, Ovens, Balances, and basic sampling tools.


Physical/Sensory Demands Frequency Requirements:

• Stand – Constantly

• Move or traverse – Constantly

• Sit – Occasionally

• Use hands – Constantly

• Reach with hands and arms – Frequently

• Climb or balance – Occasionally

• Stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl – Occasionally

• Talk/hear – Frequently

• Taste/Smell – none

• Lift/carry/push or pull – Frequently

• Lift/carry/push or pull – up to 50 pounds

Vision Requirement:

• Close vision (clear vision at 20 inches/50 centimeters or less)

• Distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet/6 meters or more)

• Peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point)

• Depth perception (three-dimension vision, ability to judge distance and three-dimensional relationships)

• Ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus)

• Ability to see color may be required

Auditory Requirements:

• Must be able to hear equipment operating, alarms sounding, traffic, telephones


• Safety Critical: Has a high exposure to a catastrophic operational incident; has a direct role in operations where failure could result in serious harm to public or employee well-being, Group assets, or the environment; and has no direct or very limited supervision available to provide operational checks.


Location of the Job: S. Holland, IL

Work Schedule:

• Day Shift

• Position requires occasional overtime.

Environmental Conditions Requirements:

• Wet or humid (non-weather) conditions -Occasionally

• Work near moving mechanical parts – Frequently

• Work in high, precarious places – Occasionally

• Fumes or airborne particles – Frequently

• Toxic or caustic chemicals – Occasionally

• Outdoor weather conditions – Occasionally

• Extreme cold (non-weather) – None

• Extreme heat (non-weather) – None

• Risk of electrical shock – Occasionally

• Work with explosives – None

• Risk of radiation – None

• Vibration – Frequently

• Bio-hazard – None

Noise level: keep the highest that applies

• Moderate-Loud Noise

Other Physical/Work Environmental Exposures:

• None



Additional Information

SGS is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and as such we recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, status a s a protected veteran, or any other characteristics protected by law.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts the company’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

If you are applying for a position within the United States and you have difficulty completing the on-line employment application because of a disability, please call 201-508-3149 for assistance and leave a message. You will receive a call back. Please note, this phone number is not for general employment information, but is only for individuals who are experiencing difficulty applying for a position due to a disability.