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Technician - Materials Lab

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Date: Aug 12, 2019

Location: St. Joseph, MI, US, 49085

Company: Whirlpool Corporation

Requisition ID: 34080 

Whirlpool Corporation is consistently recognized by Fortune Magazine as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies. Our values are the driving force behind everything we do. Respect, integrity, diversity and inclusion, teamwork and the spirit of winning propel our teams to excellence. Get to know us and see what it's like to be part of the world's leading major home appliance company.


Function Overview

Whirlpool is seeking qualified candidates for a Technician, reporting to the lead color engineer as part of Whirlpool’s materials department. This roles primary function is color standards management, incoming color submittal processing and color lab sample inventory control. 


Job Responsibilities

  • Responsible for maintaining physical color standard library, This includes restocking, processing and distribution of standards to suppliers
  • Farnsworth-Munsell Color Acuity score of 0-30
  • Lifting 50 lbs. of submitted samples, twice a month
  •  Interact with suppliers, project teams, and manufacturing for information accuracy and project timing
  • Collaborate with color engineers, materials engineers, and Materials Subject Matter Experts regarding test procedures and requirements
  • Process of all incoming color submittals including submittal form verification, sample/form alignment and test queue entry for all incoming samples
  • Manage outgoing submittal/sample storage. Maintain submittal inventory and tracking, recall inventory from long term storage as necessary
  • Responsible for managing registration and training materials for Color School classes
  • Sample prep - Innovation lab certification for cutting, polishing and other sample prep as needed
  • Support Global Materials/Color Lab strategy
  • Complete training and development plans to enhance skills and lab capabilities
  • Help process partners follow  Color Engineering processes ensure stable workflow
  • Follow lab safety standards and 5S guidelines, and help create a visual lab to facilitate


Minimum Requirements

  • Associate’s Degree in a Science, Engineering or Design discipline


Preferred Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a Science, Engineering or Design discipline
  • Understanding of Lean Engineering principles
  • Experience with / understanding of Color Theory (CieLab, CMC) and Appearance quality
  • Experience with color measurement systems and equipment (spectrophotometer, goniospectrophotometer, gloss meter, light booth)
  • Proficient with Google software - Sheets, Docs, Slides and FileMaker software, X-Rite color measurement, Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Basic understanding of appliance raw materials and processes
  • Self-directed work ethic with strong interpersonal skills and serious ability to multitask
  • Highly organized with extreme attention to detail
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Project management experience



About us

Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) is the world’s leading major home appliance company, with approximately $21 billion in annual sales, 92,000 employees and 70 manufacturing and technology research centers in 2017. The company markets Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Consul, Brastemp, Amana, Bauknecht, Jenn-Air, Indesit, and other major brand names in nearly every country throughout the world.

At Whirlpool Corporation, we believe that all people matter. Celebrating diversity and including thousands of perspectives empower us to create products that blend into every concept of home. Whirlpool Corporation is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. 


Additional information about the company can be found on Twitter at @WhirlpoolCorp. 

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