Sumitomo Rubber USA manufactures and sells a wide range of automotive tires in the US and internationally. Located in Tonawanda, NY (a suburb of Buffalo) our growing workforce produces over 4 Million tires annually for a variety of applications such as passenger cars, trucks, buses and motorcycles.

The transition to Sumitomo Rubber USA brings exciting new opportunities for the Company's existing and prospective employees in Western New York. Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd., whose Global Headquarters is located in Kobe, Japan, has a rich and successful history dating back to 1909. This trend is set to continue with the Company's formal entrance into North America through the former Goodyear Dunlop Tires North America, Ltd. facility, and through planned investments into the Company's infrastructure, manufacturing processes, and work force.

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Mixing Laboratory Technician
Title:Mixing Laboratory Technician
Job Grade:N05
Location :Tonawanda, NY

Mixing Laboratory Technician

Position Summary: Conducts testing of factory/laboratory mixed compounds and tire components for all product lines TB, PCR, LT, MC, and Race, & logs & reports data.


Reports To: Technology Team Leader – Mixing/Stock Prep Business Center

Essential Functions/Duties:

  • Prepares samples and conducts testing of compounds/tire components following established work procedures.
  • Operates various analytical (chemical) instrumentation and physical test equipment (lab mill, curing press, Tensile Tester, RPA, X-Ray, Mooney Viscometer, Adhesion, Densitron, Hardness, MDR, Brabender). Documents and reports sample test data.
  • Provides testing support for the Raw Materials
  • Validates equipment operation, performs calibrations/ maintenance on all equipment.
  • Strives to improve laboratory test systems to improve the accuracy and precision of the data.
  • Maintains Testing procedures and other work instructions
  • Follows safety procedures and keeps assigned work areas clean and orderly.
  • Works to directive of supervision and performs other duties as required.

Required Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Associate degree in Chemical or Mechanical Technology or related field with laboratory experience.
  • Demonstrated computer skills to include the ability to enter and retrieve data and understand the basic operations of computerized equipment
  • 1-year experience as a Lab Technician or other applicable work experience preferred.
  • Familiarity with testing techniques and equipment.
  • Basic mechanical aptitude (ability to assemble equipment, understand how a variety of test equipment operates, etc.)
  • Basic mathematical aptitude including knowledge of and the ability to apply the principles of Statistics, trigonometry, algebra and geometry
  • Knowledge of production testing of components.
  • Ability to multitask and juggle multiple responsibilities/projects/deadlines simultaneously
  • Meticulous, organized, and detail oriented.
  • Demonstrated decision making and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal interpersonal communication skills.
  • Proficient PC skills utilizing Microsoft Word & Excel software applications
  • Ability to lift 25 —35 lbs.

Sumitomo Rubber, USA offers competitive compensation and benefits packages. If you are interested in this opportunity, please apply at
EOE M/F/Disabled/Veterans, Sumitomo Rubber, USA is an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity.

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