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AO Lab Technician Team Lead

Requisition ID:  98532
Business Unit:  Airframe Systems Kentucky (3015)

Danville, KY, United States, 40422

Meggitt is a global engineering group specializing in extreme environment products and smart sub-systems for aerospace, defense and energy markets. We employ over 12,000 people across manufacturing facilities in Asia, Europe, North America, with regional bases in India and the Middle East..

Job Designation

The AO Production Lab Technician Team Leader is responsible for the fabrication, testing and characterization of high tech aerospace ceramic coatings (AO coatings) with an emphasis on QA/QC. The Team Leader schedules and directs production including raw material inventory, equipment, and QA testing to ensure accuracy, productivity, and on-time delivery. Duties involve the handling of raw materials such as resins, powders, solvents, and acids. Testing involves; operating ovens and furnaces, the preparation of specimens, precision weight measurements, and using various analytical instruments. The incumbent must demonstrate a high degree of accuracy in all work performed. Basic computer skills are required to enter data into spreadsheets and to run computer controlled testing. The Lead Technician is required to read instruments, gages, micrometers, and other laboratory equipment.


Job Core Responsibilities

  • Initiate and lead activities associated with the manufacture of AO coatings and primers (including Quality Control, DLA/HPS).
  • Ensure conformance to ISO/AS9100.
  • Schedule, direct, and assist with primer and paint mixing.
  • Schedule, direct, and assist with primer, paint, and raw material QA testing.
  • Work with Engineering, Planning, and Procurement to meet raw material Inventory requirements.
  • Strong aptitude for reading, understanding, and following detailed instructions
  • Operate; reflux reactors, mix tank/mixer, pH meter, crusher, grinding mill, screener, lab furnaces, hydrometer, pycnometer, turbidity meter, microscope, and particle size analyzer.
  • Follow detailed instructions for weighing, batching, heating, mixing, and packaging. High level of care and attention to cleanliness of glassware, equipment, tools, and instrumentation is required.
  • Assist with set-up, testing and calibration of lab and production equipment.
  • Analyze data and prepare reports. Recognize and report any quality or safety issues.
  • Keep laboratory and production supplies ready by organizing and inventorying stock; placing orders; verifying receipt.
  • Keep equipment operational by following installation, maintenance, and operating instructions; troubleshooting breakdowns; maintaining supplies; performing preventive maintenance; calling for repairs.
  • Document information by maintaining daily logs and equipment record books.
  • Regular, consistent and punctual attendance is required. May occasionally need to work nights and weekends, variable schedule and additional hours as necessary.
  • Adherence to all safety rules. Use of specified PPE as required including appropriate respiratory protection, aprons, coveralls, gloves, face shields, safety glasses/goggles, safety shoes, etc. Responsible to work in a safe manner, to handle chemicals in a prescribed manner, dispose of hazardous materials as required and to keep the work area neat and orderly.

Job Specifications

Education: High School Diploma required. Associate's degree in Quality Technology or similar or vocational training is preferred. Also desired is education in chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science and statistics.
Years’ Experience:  6 plus years, preferably in Quality Assurance (or Quality Control) in a lab or production setting is required. Experience in handling chemicals and production batching of formulations is preferred.


  • Leadership, scheduling, record keeping and organization.
  • Operation of equipment and instrumentation.
  • Quality Assurance testing.
  • Understanding of ISO9100 and AS9100 requirements.
  • Use of test equipment, hand tools, power tools and electronic controls
  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints, engineering drawings, and sketches      
  • Able to solve complex problems in situations that are atypical or infrequently occurring based on existing precedents and/or procedures/scientific methods
  • Demonstrated ability to follow detailed and complex instructions
  • Effective oral and written communication skills and attention to detail
  • Proficient Microsoft Windows software applications


This position requires use of information which is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). All applicants must be U.S. persons within the meaning of ITAR. ITAR defines a U.S. person as a U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder'), Political Asylee, or Refugee.

Meggitt is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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