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Chemist with Quality Control, R&D and Engineering experience

Lowell, NC, 28098
October 23, 2018

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John Steven Austin

**** ********* ******

Kingsport, TN 37665

Phone: 828-***-****


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

Work Experience:

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

Volunteer Experience:

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.

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