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Technical Associate, Plastics Lab

Company: Milliken and Company
Location: Spartanburg
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Headquartered in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Milliken & Company is a global, innovative, industrial diversified manufacturing company that has been exploring, discovering, and creating ways to enhance peoples lives since 1865. With expertise across a breadth of disciplines including specialty chemical, floor covering, and performance materials, the company works around the world every day to add true value to peoples lives, improve health and safety, and help make our world more sustainable. Milliken has long led the way for "knowledge-based" investment, employing over 100 PhDs, and has accumulated over 2,200 U.S. patents and more than 5,000 patents worldwide. Milliken is widely acknowledged as an international leader in research technology, innovation, and customer service. With over 35 manufacturing facilities located in the U.S., U.K., Belgium, France, China, India, Mexico, and Australia, and other sales and service operations throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, Milliken's more than 7,000 associates work to deliver innovations that do good for the world, create new experiences, and build for the future.






Technical Associate, Plastics Lab



This hourly position is in Milliken Chemical’s Plastics Additives business.  The position provides support for technical service, applications development, and new product development.  The position is part of the Plastics Lab located at our corporate headquarters in Spartanburg, SC and reports to the Lab Facilitator.  Hours of work are typically Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, and may require work outside normal work hours.



  • Operate plastics processing equipment such as extruders and injection-molders
  • Perform plastic materials property measurements including physical properties, thermal properties, optical properties, and permeation properties
  • Report data accurately and efficiently
  • Perform equipment calibration and routine maintenance
  • Perform color shade-matching and formulation work in various plastic substrates
  • Maintain a clean and safe work environment with full participation in the safety process
  • Work effectively with team members to achieve common goals



  • Associate or bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Materials Science, Polymer Science or related technical field or 5 years of relevant work experience
  • Preferable to have experience processing and/or testing plastic materials
  • Helpful to have experience working in laboratory setting, including operating sensitive instruments, and reporting data
  • Experience operating sheet extrusion and thermoforming equipment is a plus


The successful candidate will have strengths in the following:

  • Detail-oriented
  • Self-starter
  • Able to follow detailed instructions as well as work independently
  • Proficient use of scientific method and problem solving
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint

Milliken & Company is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability.

Keywords: Milliken and Company, Spartanburg , Technical Associate, Plastics Lab, Other , Spartanburg, South Carolina

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