John Steven Austin
Kingsport, TN 37665
Summary: Chemist & Laboratory Manager/Technician with management, manufacturing, and testing experience. Versed in ISO & ASTM lab standards and many aspects of other sciences & engineering. Desires a challenging role where I may utilize my breadth of abilities.
Computer proficiency: Microsoft Office Suite, Linux OS, Statistical software (JMP), Lab information management systems (LIMS)
Writing or following work instructions within ISO & ASTM standards
Organization, attention to detail, & self-motivation
Ability to operate many types of chemical & mechanical testing lab equipment
Chemical lab bench techniques
Proficient with Microscopy
Good communication skills and ability to work well with a team
Using CAD to create testing parts, mechanical parts, or technical drawings
Providing technical assistance in large scale manufacturing processes
Wet Lab Manager AGC Flat Glass North America - Church Hill, TN 10/2013 - Current
Provide data and feedback to engineers and production managers which helps to maintain quality and identify problems
Perform a variety of chemical & physical tests to keep our product within our customers’ specifications
Occasionally work directly with our customers to provide solutions to their production or quality issues
Chemist Horsehead Corporation - Mooresboro, NC 08/2013 - 10/2013
Received Hazwoper, Stormwater, OSHA, and laboratory training while the new plant was under construction
Opening & operations of the new facility were delayed, which is why I moved on
Production Operator Northrop Grumman Synoptics - Charlotte, NC 03/2013 - 07/2013
Produced high quality Yttrium Aluminium Garnet (YAG) crystals doped with Neodymium to be used in high-power lasers
Set up and maintained up to 30 furnaces for each 2-month production run using the Czochralski process
Quality checks on completed boules (uncut crystals) per ISO 9001
Testing Lab Technician PPG Science and Technology Center - Shelby, NC 03/2010 - 02/2013
Performed many ISO or ASTM mechanical tests on various composite materials
Research & Development on many new composite materials: Created via extrusion, vacuum infusion, injection moulding, and other techniques
Help to maintain the lab’s AALA accreditation via regular internal and external audits
Learned and implemented 10 new mechanical tests, wrote new work instructions for co-workers to follow, and got these tests added to our list of accredited ISO & ASTM tests
Took a short class on failure analysis then used 3D and optical microscopes to probe mechanical test pieces tested to failure
Performed other tests including: DSC, DMTA, TGA, Uv/Vis & IR spectroscopy, particle sizing, ballistics, and compositional analysis of composites.
Helped the mechanical and chemical engineers with calculations to determine compressive, tensile, or flexural strengths, modulus, stresses, strains, elongations et cetera.
Found new ways to produce higher numbers of testing samples in less time
Became the resident expert with the OMAX waterjet cutting machine and the CAD programs we used to make test parts and mechanical parts for our nearby fiberglass plant
Trail crew leader Camp Dream, The Dream Program - Burlington, VT 06/2009 - 08/2009
Crew leader in charge of 6 others involved in improving camp facilities, building trails/rock steps, construction of new buildings, organic gardening, landscaping, and projects with the youth attending camp.
The Dream Program is a non-profit, community-based mentoring program focusing on Vermont’s youth in public housing
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry - Appalachian State University - Dec 2009
Pre-professional & Paramedical Concentration
Hazwoper & Stormwater certifications. Training provided by the state of North Carolina at Isothermal Community College
Basic first responder, open-water rescue, and fire-fighting training provided by the US Coast Guard
During the fall semester of 2009, I worked for Dr. Bennett in the Department of Chemistry at Appalachian State University on a volunteer basis. My work pertained to the production of bio-diesel and the de-gumming, de-phosphorylation of phospholipids, and the analysis of products.