Lab Technician 

LOCATION: Hanover / Pennsylvania (US-PA), United States | BRAND: Sheppard | REQUISITION ID: 1814 | JOB GRADE: 10 


Founded in 1937, R.H. Sheppard Co. Inc. has a rich history of innovative design and American manufacturing excellence. Headquartered in Hanover, Pa., our dedicated team of over 700 employees supply components for the trucking and transportation industry worldwide. We are a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC and a proud member of Knorr-Bremse.

Whatever your career path – whether it’s product innovation through engineering, working directly with our customers, manufacturing quality products or supporting our business in some other way, Sheppard – a Bendix CVS Company – delivers. Visit us online at




The primary responsibility of this position is to examine metal samples to determine microstructure, matrix and chemical properties for release to production.  Incumbent will collect and maintain records relating to physical characteristics of metal and related matters; will work under minimal supervision.  Responsibilities captioned below are considered essential job functions:       

•    Adhere to established safety procedures and 5 “ S ” standards (Sort, Set in order, Shine, Standardize and Sustain the cycle) required to perform daily duties in this position, including the proper techniques used in lifting/moving of parts
•    Perform chemical analysis by using Spectrometer 
•    Follows all laboratory sample preparation procedures needed to qualify production releases
•    Test molding and core sand to determine basic properties including: moisture, green strength, permeability, and compactability by using Sand Strength Machine, Moisture Teller, Permeability Meter and Sand Ramer 
•    Maintain accurate recordkeeping for the traceability of all test results for future reference
•    Perform Methylene Blue Test in beaker to determine percent of clay found within sand sample
•    Will be required to use carbon-sulfur induction furnace, perform tests to determine amount of carbon and sulfur in sample piece safely at all times
•    Prepare test samples by sanding and polishing; using table top and stand-up belt sanders
•    Operate scales (balance and electronic) to determine weight of sample
•    Mix polishing powders, materials to make polishing molds, liquids to make etchant, and materials to make a solution critical for methylene blue test
•    Operate mill and ultrasound unit to perform velocity test of iron and determine quality status
•    Machine and examine test bars for physical properties by utilizing a lathe and tirius olsen tester 
•    Other duties as assigned; required being very flexible in their daily job  

•    Communication skills, ability to read, write and comprehend complex instruction
•    Ability to stand, stoop, bend, walk, reach frequently throughout the workday
•    Manual dexterity
•    Ability to lift items up to 40 lbs without assistance
•    Analytical, problem solving skills
•    PC Skills
•    Knowledge of Chemistry, Physical properties of iron and higher Mathematics; laboratory procedures and techniques

General shop and machine tool noise, dirt, sand, grease, high temperatures and fumes from the operation of machines and equipment.  Normal working position is standing or walking through out the plant.  Some repetitive lifting/moving is required, depending on the daily assignment or tasks being performed.  Physical ability to wear respirator and safety equipment required. The weight can range anywhere from 1 to 40 lbs in which proper lifting/moving techniques are required. 


H.S. Diploma or equivalent, Two years in a chemistry or metallurgical lab role preferred; One year in a manufacturing environment preferred


Monday to Friday 6am-2pm (Core Hours + Overtime)

What does Sheppard have to offer you? 
- Work/life balance that includes Paid Vacation & Holiday Paid Time Off 
- 401k Plan with Company matching 
- Retirement Savings Plan
- Educational Assistance Program (Tuition Reimbursement)
- Wellness Program and incentives
- Health and Welfare Insurance Benefits that start on your 1st day of employment:

Company-Paid Benefits:
- Basic Life Insurance
- Basic Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance
- Short Term Disability
- Business Travel Accident Insurance
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Voluntary Employee-Paid Benefits:
- Medical and Prescription insurance
- Dental insurance
- Vision insurance
- Supplemental Life Insurance Plans
- Supplemental AD&D insurance for Employee and Family
- Long Term Disability
- Accident Plan
- Critical Illness Plan
- Hospital Indemnity Plan

Nearest Major Market: York PA
Nearest Secondary Market: Lancaster