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Michelman Composites Technician in Cincinnati, Ohio


We have a great opportunity at Michelman for a Composites Technician to join our Fibers & Composites Team at our global headquarters in Cincinnati, OH. You will work hands-on in a fibers and composites processing and testing lab setting, and be responsible for operating our compounding equipment, injection molding, mechanical testing equipment, etc.

You will collaborate with our scientists, technicians, sales, and marketing staff to turn novel product concepts into industry-relevant composite data. These processes and capabilities will be conducted on state-of-the-art equipment designed to simulate composites production and testing.

You will quickly master many equipment and process capabilities for sizing fibers, compounding thermoplastics, and injection molding test samples.

Candidates that have previous hands-on experience operating, maintaining, and troubleshooting thermoplastic extruders, compounders, and injection molders are preferred, but not mandatory. Not only will you serve a key role in our innovation process, but you will also be counted on to effectively communicate, both verbally and in writing, the details of observations that you make to the rest of the team.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Operate twin screw extruder and injection molding equipment in a laboratory setting

  • Perform quality control testing on fibers, resins, sizing’s, and reinforced composites

  • Prepare sample preparation and testing plans to evaluate composites performance, including material processability and characterization

  • Support any scale-up efforts to go from lab scale sizing line volumes to pilot line production capability for new sizing formulations, as demand requirements increase

  • Prepare and complete characterization of new materials (primarily thermoplastics) using a variety of equipment and testing capabilities

  • Input formulation and test data into summary reports and database


  • Perform related duties as assigned or as the situation dictates

  • Be able to stand for long periods of time and/or work an extended schedule from time to time

  • Be able, on occasion, to lift heavy items (e.g. as much as 50 lbs. to waist level)

  • Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (provided) - including safety shoes at all times

Critical Competencies, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • You pay attention to the details. As far as you’re concerned anything worth doing is worth doing right, every single time. You stay focused, and nothing falls through the cracks on your watch.

  • Mechanical aptitude. You enjoy solving problems. You love taking on difficult challenges and finding creative solutions. If you don’t know the answer, you’ll dig until you find it.

  • You think on your feet. You like learning new things, and you can learn quickly.

  • You like helping people. Contributing to a team win is much more important to you than individual accolades.

  • You communicate clearly, efficiently, and effectively – whether in writing or in a conversation. You’re comfortable participating in a technical discussion with your teammates or sometimes with senior managers.

  • You live Michelman’s Values of Integrity, Respect, Success, Collaboration, Curiosity, and Giving.

Education and Experience

  • High School Diploma or GED with at least 2 years of relevant experience

  • OR an Associate’s degree in Polymers, Plastics, Composites, related Technology field or relevant Certification

Note: The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to the job. They are not construed to be an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel. Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.

About Michelman

Michelman is proud of the values-focused work environment that we have crafted. We pride ourselves in our focus on our values of integrity, respect, success, collaboration, curiosity, and giving. With our dedication to your technical and professional growth in addition to our rigorous onboarding experience, we guarantee that you will find yourself challenged in new ways. We offer an excellent salary, incentive and benefits package in a dynamic, empowered team environment.

No phone calls please. Michelman does not hire individuals who use tobacco products. All candidates will receive a drug test prior to beginning employment which will include a test for tobacco products.

For more information about Michelman, please visit https://www.michelman.com/ .

It is Michelman, Inc. policy to seek and employ qualified persons in all jobs in a manner which will ensure equal employment opportunity as well as administer personnel actions in a manner as to not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation or disability. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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