Plating Lab Specialist – 1st Shift

Join our team in Whytheville, Virginia as a Lab Specialist

Operates and maintains the Plating Analysis Lab to meet regulatory requirements and company objectives. Performs assigned role in the Environmental Management System (EMS) in accordance with 32-01-01.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Possess a basic understanding of ISO 14001.
  • Calibrates instruments, including pH probes, flow meters and temperature sensors.
  • Performs analysis of plating chemical testing, UV Mini, pH measurement, indicator test strips, and other techniques to include all plating lab equipment.
  • Adjusts process parameters based on these tests to achieve Somic Americas quality goals and objectives.
  • Possess an in depth knowledge of the plating process, analysis methodology, hazardous chemical handling, disposal procedures, and regulations.
  • Responsible for SST reports.
  • Coordinates cleanup activities in the event of a chemical leak or spill.
  • Coordinates plating bath changes with the waste water technician.
  • Maintains chemical storage room and plating lab inventory for plating operation.
  • Suggests and helps implement process and procedural improvements.
  • Maintains a clean, neat, and safe work environment and achieves 5S objectives for plating area.


  1. All job vacancies will be posted for three (3) full days, excluding Saturdays, Sunday and holidays. A concurrent external search may also be conducted.
  2. The job will be awarded based upon present ATTENDANCE, JOB PERFORMANCE, Qualifications and Skills, all things being equal – length of service will be taken into consideration.
  3. Eligibility includes remaining in a previously awarded position (excluding shift transfer) for 6 months.
  4. Team members with less than 6 months of service may be considered if there are no eligible applicants with more than one year of service.
  5. A Team Member who has received any disciplinary action (warnings, etc) within (12) weeks from the posting will not be considered for the job.
  6. The team member awarded the job will be transferred as a rule, within thirty (30) days pending training of replacement personnel and be given a trial period of up to 60 days. If the individual does not qualify by the end of this period, the employee will be reassigned to an available job.

Ability to Commute:

  • Wytheville, VA 24382 (Required)

Ability to Relocate:

  • Wytheville, VA 24382: Relocate before starting work (Required)


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Relocation assistance
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance

Job Details

Job Type: Full-time

Schedule: 8 hour shift

Work Location: In person

343 East Lee Trinkle Drive, Wytheville, VA 24382

Plating Lab Specialist – 1st Shift

We are a team that supports each other, collaborates on projects, celebrates success, and works hard. Many staff in leadership positions began their work on the factory floor! Whether your goal is to become an engineer, quality specialist, or executive, there is an upward path.