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Wage: £15,000 – 17,000

Hours: 08:30 – 17:00, Mon – Fri, 37.5 hours per week

Location: Birmingham, B6 7HG

Expected duration: 21 months

Brief overview of the role

A full-time position testing soil and water samples for organic constituents. These include petroleum hydrocarbons, PAHs, PCBs, pesticides etc. Technicians will initially be trained in preparation and extraction with the opportunity to advance to analysis and reporting.

Vacancy description

Since formation in 1990, Terra Tek has grown to become one of the largest providers of in-situ and laboratory testing services in the UK ground investigation sector. We are proud to offer a friendly service with integrity.

Our rapidly expanding UKAS and MCERTS accredited laboratories provide an extensive range of routine and specialist geotechnical, aggregate, rock, chemical and on-site testing services.

Our extensive and loyal customer base has been established through our commitment to providing a service which is reliable, efficient, professional, friendly and enduring.

Terra Tek place a high priority on providing our employees with learning and development opportunities throughout their careers. The company places great importance on professional development and there are always opportunities to take part in both internal and external training programmes. Employees are also encouraged to gain professional qualifications to further develop their career.

The Organic Chemistry Technician role will initially involve routine preparation and extraction of soil and water samples with the opportunity to advance to more specialised testing. The successful candidate will report to the Organic Chemistry Supervisor and will be part of an experienced, friendly and efficient team.

Training will be provided in all aspects of preparing and extracting soil and water samples for testing and analysis of organic carbon.


Laboratory Testing

Routine laboratory-based testing of materials to in-house procedures. Testing may include the following:

1 Extraction of soils / solids, water and leachate for Organic contaminants of environmental concern;

2 Analysis of soils for Total Organic Carbon (TOC) using Combustion / IR instrumentation;

3 Analysis of waters and leachate for Dissolved Organic Carbon (DOC) using Combustion / IR instrumentation;

4 Setting up sequences and loading samples onto GC instruments;

5 Input of test data for inclusion into test reports.

General duties

1 Input of quality control data onto laboratory spreadsheets and interpretation of trends;

2 Cleaning and maintenance of the laboratory and equipment;

3 Conducting calibration checks of laboratory equipment.

Desired skills

  • Good attention to detail
  • Good organisational and time management skills
  • Ability to work to deadlines
  • Good maths skills and an interest in science

Personal qualities

  • Ability to manage own workload
  • Ability to work as part of an integrated team and on an individual basis

Desired qualifications

  • Grade C/4 in GCSE Maths, English and Science subjects

Future prospects

The Organic Chemistry Technician role encompasses all aspects preparation and of soil and water samples as well as some entry-level analysis. This will provide a good grounding for advancing to a more senior laboratory technician role once the apprenticeship ends.

On successful completion of the apprenticeship there will be opportunities for promotion within the section or in other areas of the business.

Things to consider

Candidates should be able to commute within one hour.

No certifications or background checks required other than references from previous employers (if appropriate).

Candidates should be physically fit. The role requires walking and standing for periods up to two hours.

Training to be provided

Level 3 Laboratory Technician apprenticeship standard

Where necessary:

  • Level 2 Functional Skills (English)
  • Level 2 Functional Skills (maths)

Apprenticeship standard

Laboratory technician