Department: Construction Materials & Engineering (Wind Energy)
FLSA Status: Full-Time, Hourly/Non-Exempt
EEO Classification: Technicians
Purpose of this Position
The primary function of the Wind Energy Lead Technician is to provide construction representative services on large renewable energy projects. We are looking for mid-level experienced individuals to lead a small team in performing construction materials field testing duties for soils and concrete. Applicant must have strong initiative, detail oriented, and able to pass/obtain industry certifications/exams. Locations are remote and can be anywhere in North America (primarily USA). This position reports to the Element Project Manager, who is a licensed engineer.
The work schedule may be variable, including nights and weekends. This position requires extended periods away from Element’s St. Paul office in accordance with project schedule.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Prepare project trailer, equipment and truck(s) prior to mobilization and upon arrival to the job site.
Review/monitor construction activity within our scope of work, including quality of work, and prepare daily reports to document construction progress and activities.
Assign daily work to test technicians. Manage and review their progress vs. expectations.
Manage the on-site progress to achieve assigned KPIs (such as weekly overtime, on-time delivery, customer satisfaction, etc.)
Coordinate sample collections and testing with site contractors to minimize interruption of schedule.
Set up, conduct and analyze standard field and lab tests following prescribed procedures.
Field testing and procedures include but are not limited to identification of varying soil types, observations of shallow foundations and road subgrade, backfill compaction by method of nuclear density gauge, and penetrometer tests. Field testing for concrete includes but is not limited to testing of plastic concrete for air content, slump, temperature, and casting concrete cylinders.
Laboratory testing and procedures include but are not limited to Standard and Modified Proctors, sieve analysis, Atterberg Limits, compression testing of concrete cylinders.
Solve technical problems using application of standard techniques.
Review all on-site test results before submission to Project Manager or client. Examine and analyze test results and explain unusual findings.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Will lead and coordinate materials testing technicians, the tests they perform, and developing work schedules on site according to project demands.
Frequency of required physical force: Occasional (moderate).
Ability to stand on feet for long periods of time.
Work is primarily performed outdoors and may include walking on uneven terrain.
Other Skills and Abilities
Ability to document complete job including notes on client contacts, action in the field, subsequent laboratory tests with dates and times noted for review purposes.
Ability to maintain a tactful attitude and maintain good relationships with project engineers, owners, and contractors.
Ability to talk knowledgeably to project engineers and/or contractor about the jobs as required concerning work progress and necessary recommendations.
Ability to accurately and fluently convey thoughts orally and in writing.
Ability to operate a company vehicle within company policy. A valid driver’s license and safe driving record are required.
Ability to determine types of testing to conduct.
Select representative samples so as to assure reliable results.
Inform Project Manager and clients (as required) when conditions are nonconforming.
Ability to ensure compliance with Element and client-specific safety policies, company policies and procedures, and state and federal laws.
Ability to work in a challenging environment.
Ability to make decisions independently and resolve unforeseen issues which may arise (consult project manager as needed).
Possess communication skills for daily interaction with client, team members and other on-site personnel.
Provide daily field reports to Project Manager.
Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel, and email.
Civil and construction techniques, requirements and systems.
Education and/or Experience/Certifications
High School Diploma or equivalent required.
Two years technical/trades training desired.
Applicants with a recent Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university in Construction Management, Civil Engineering or related major would benefit from experience in the construction field and quality control.
A minimum of two years of construction industry experience/knowledge of construction techniques, testing and construction management is desired.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
Must have valid driver’s license
ACI Concrete Field Testing Certification – Grade 1 required
Nuclear Density Gauge Radiation Safety
ICC Masonry, Steel, Concrete Inspector a plus
NICET certifications a plus
Additional certifications to meet job requirements
Additional Salary Information: Paid overtime after 40 hours
$1500 monthly per diem if you do live with 45 miles from Wolcott, IN
Internal Number: 3154
About Element Materials Technology
Element Materials Technology is a global testing company that provides a comprehensive range of materials testing, product qualification testing, certification, calibration and consulting services to the Aerospace, Fire & Building Products, Infrastructure & Environmental sectors, Oil & Gas and Transportation & Industrials sectors.Our purpose as a business is a simple one. To make certain that all of the materials and products we test for our clients are always safe in their end application; are of marketable quality; are compliant with all relevant industry standards and regulations and are ultimately fit for purpose.As one of the largest and fastest growing companies in the global Testing Inspection and Certification (TIC) sector, Element provides an outstanding career opportunity for anyone interested in working in the areas of materials testing; product qualification testing & certification; device calibration and engineering consulting services.