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Senior R&D Engineering Technician

Company: UL
Location: Evanston
Posted on: November 12, 2021

Job Description:

FieldEngineering.Lab.Manufacturing – Machinery – Analyze It

Thousands of us around the world wake up every day with a common purpose: to make the world a safer, more secure and sustainable place. Science is in our DNA; we are endlessly curious and passionate about seeking and speaking the truth. We take delight in knowing that our work makes a meaningful contribution to society, and we are proud that our culture is centered on integrity, collaboration, inclusion and excellence. UL stands at the forefront of technological advancement, and we are continually challenged to find new ways to foster innovation and positive change. Satisfying? Yes. Exciting? Absolutely!

The R&D and External Science Partnerships team is seeking a Senior Engineering Technican as our newest member of our Electrical & Mechanical R&D team. It is expected that the successful candidate will manage the Electrical & Mechanical R&D labs located at the Northbrook facility, as well as provide technical services for the Electrical & Mechanical and Fire R&D teams. The role seeks skilled technicians who are experienced in electrical instrumentation (voltage, pressure, temperature, etc.), design and fabrication of test apparatus, and other related tasks. Skills in electrical wiring, machining, and other trades are beneficial to the role. Candidates need to be comfortable working under light/minimal supervision and often with vague or ambigous instruction. 


  • Prepares instructions for test methods and procedures, quality control, and maintenance procedures. Examines test samples and reads measuring instruments, blueprints, schematics, wiring diagrams, and operational instructions. Develops operating, maintenance, and test procedures based on laboratory procedures, standards and safety policies. Assists in scheduling, assigning, reviewing and coordinating workflow to assure proper utilization of staff. Directs the daily activities of designated staff. Collaborates with supervisor on staffing levels, performance appraisals and merit ratings of staff. Ensures company policies are followed in the lab areas.
  • Designs, adapts or directs the building of test setups and equipment to new situations, based on analysis of test specifications and engineering personnel’s requests and instructions. Prepares purchase and material requisitions. Recommends solutions to observed test problems.
  • Performs routine maintenance of designated test equipment and laboratory area. Operates with minimal supervision within defined limits of responsibility.
  • Communicates with engineering personnel to receive instructions, convey data and determine equipment availability and with clients during test setup and performance to demonstrate or otherwise illustrate equipment test methods and/or discuss test results. Communicates with UL field representatives to discuss follow-up tests, samples, equipment, methods and/or results.
  • Communicates with plant department personnel to offer suggestions pertinent to equipment needs and to arrange for delivery of samples from receiving dock.
  • Records observed or calculated data on appropriate UL forms and prepares data sheets and reports. Develops training seminars and may assist in training laboratory staff subordinates.
  • Plans tests, evaluates test results and reports opinions and interpretations. May assist PrEs and/or Engineering to modify existing methods or develop and validate new test methods.
  • Assists in developing annual budgetary goals, capital expenditure budget for laboratory equipment, and tactical plans for the assigned laboratory section.
  • Integrates continuous improvement concepts and techniques into all aspects of the job.
  • Performs other duties as directed.

  • High School Diploma required. Higher degree in Engeneering or similar field preferred.
  • 8+ years of experience in an R&D or other industrial testing environment.
  • Strong general knowledge of machinery and instrumentation.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects while maintaining high quality and exceptional customer service.
  • Ability to work in a team environment and successfully partner with Engineering and other Laboratory personnel to complete projects.
  • Ability to coach and mentor more junior laboratory staff.
  • Strong problemsolving capability and ability to work independently.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  • UL has COVID-19 protocols and policies in place to ensure the safety of our employees, customers and clients. Effective November 1, 2021, the company mandates that employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment (except where prohibited by law), subject to reasonable accommodation as required by law. 

  • Mission: For UL, corporate and social responsibility isn’t new. Making the world a safer, more secure and sustainable place has been our business model for the last 125 years and is deeply engrained in everything we do.   
  • People: Ask any UL employee what they love most about working here, and you’ll almost always hear, “the people.” Going beyond what is possible is the standard at UL. We’re able to deliver the best because we employ the best.   
  • Interesting work: Every day is different for us here as we eagerly anticipate the next innovation that our customers create. We’re inspired to take on the challenge that will transform how people live, work and play. And as a global company, in many roles, you will get international experience working with colleagues around the world.   
  • Grow & Achieve: We learn, work and grow together with targeted development, reward and recognition programs as well as our very own UL University that offers extensive training programs for employees at all stages, including a technical training track for applicable roles.   
  • Total Rewards: Total Rewards: All employees at UL are eligible for bonus compensation. UL offers a generous 401k matching structure of up to 5% of eligible pay. Additionally, we invest an additional 4% into your retirement saving fund after your first year of continuous employment. We provide Healthcare Reimbursement Accounts and Health Savings Accounts that UL contributes to twice per year! Depending on your role, you can work with your manager on flexible working arrangements. We also provide employees with paid time off including vacation, holiday, sick and volunteer time off.

Working at UL is an exciting journey that twists and turns daily. We thrive in the twists and revel in the turns. This is our every day. This is our normal.  


Curious? To learn more about us and the work we do, visit UL.com.

Keywords: UL, Evanston , Senior R&D Engineering Technician, Other , Evanston, Illinois

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