Alternative names : Chemical technician, Quality control technician, etc.
Laboratory technicians provide technical services for the various sectors of a mining company, for example in connection with quality control, improvements to ore treatment processes, and environmental protection. In the ore treatment plant, they conduct analyses to monitor all the chemical compounds used at various stages in the ore treatment process. For the exploration division, they may analyze samples to validate their mineral content. They must then interpret the results and draft reports. They set up and conduct experiments, tests and chemical analyses using various techniques. They ensure that raw materials, intermediate products and finished products meet quality standards, and conduct analyses to ensure that the environment is protected at all times.
- The work requires constant attention when handling hazardous materials.
- The work may induce stress because of the need to meet deadlines and production quotas and provide quality assurance.