Laboratory Technician (Formulations)

City:  Newark
State:  CA
Country:  US

QuietRock®, the first and most technically advanced sound damped wallboard, was developed in 2003. In August of 2013 QuietRock® and its complete line of accessories products became part of the PABCO® Gypsum family.  PABCO® Gypsum is one of the leading manufacturers of wallboard in the United States and has provided quality products and service since 1972.


Position Summary: This position performs all product development activities and research and testing to meet technical requirements.


Supervision Received: Works under limited supervision.


Supervision Exercised: May lead or coordinate the work of others.


Discretion: Latitude for creativity and independent judgement expected. Relies on experience and judgement to plan and accomplish goals.


Essential duties and responsibilities:


  • Conduct wet lab mix tests to develop or modify formulations involving adhesives, coatings, gypsum core and other PABCO accessory products.
  • Determine physio-chemical and mechanical properties of the products developed.
  • Document test results and procedures in standard formats and publish summary.
  • Provide support to scale-up in manufacturing. Optimize process parameters and train operators.
  • Develop test methods and inspect incoming raw materials.
  • Evaluate new and alternate raw materials for efficiency and cost savings.
  • Summarize production data and publish reports routinely.
  • Ensure adherence to good laboratory practices and all safety regulations in the lab and manufacturing areas.
  • Coordinate shipping of test samples to laboratory facilities.
  • Assist in resolving technical issues. Complete investigations and publish reports.


Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.



  • Associate or Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or chemical engineering, preferred; and
  • Two (2) years related experience and/or training, preferred


Communication Ability:

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating & maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals
  • Ability to speak effectively to other employees, customers and vendors


 Programs / Equipment:

  • Must be able to operate a personal computer plus related software, including Excel, Word, Outlook, etc.


PABCO offers an excellent benefits and compensation package including medical, dental, vision, 401(k), profit sharing retirement plan and wellness programs.  We are an equal opportunity employer and promote a drug free workplace.

Nearest Major Market: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland