• Lead ACI Concrete and Soil Technician

    Job Locations US-TX-Vega
  • Overview

    Element has an opportunity for a Lead American Concrete Institute (ACI) Field Concrete and Soil Technician.  We are offering a car and living allowance to qualified candidates. In this role, you will perform testing of concrete and soil in the field and laboratory for air content, slump, temperature, casting of concrete cylinders, de-molding, and compression testing on large renewable energy projects (wind farms).  You may also perform soil testing using a portable nuclear density gauge and/or hand auger device.  You will also lead a small team in performing these duties.


    Work schedule is variable which may include nights and weekends. If you are not within 50 miles from the project site, this position will require travel up to 12 weeks at a time.


    • Will lead and coordinate materials testing technicians, the tests they perform, and developing work schedules on site according to project demands
    • Prepare project trailer, equipment and truck(s) prior to mobilization and upon arrival to the job site
    • Review/monitor construction activity within our scope of work, including quality of work, and prepare daily reports to document construction progress and activities
    • Assign daily work to test technicians.  Manage and review their progress vs. expectations.
    • Manage the on-site progress to achieve assigned KPIs (such as weekly overtime, on-time delivery, customer satisfaction, etc.)
    • Coordinate sample collections and testing with site contractors to minimize interruption of schedule
    • Set up, conduct and analyze standard field and lab tests following prescribed procedures. 
    • Field testing and procedures include but are not limited to identification of varying soil types, observations of shallow foundations and road subgrade, backfill compaction by method of nuclear density gauge, and penetrometer tests. Field testing for concrete includes but is not limited to testing of plastic concrete for air content, slump, temperature, and casting concrete cylinders
    • Laboratory testing and procedures include but are not limited to Standard and Modified Proctors, sieve analysis, Atterberg Limits, compression testing of concrete cylinders
    • Solve technical problems using application of standard techniques
    • Review all on-site test results before submission to Project Manager or client  Examine and analyze test results and explain unusual findings.
    • Perform other duties as assigned

    Skills / Qualifications

    • High School Diploma or equivalent required
    • ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician - Grade 1 certification required
    • Valid driver’s license or ability to obtain prior to beginning employment required
    • Concrete and soil testing experience required,  field and lab testing experience preferred
    • 2 - 4 years experience in a lead or supervisory role is required
    • Understanding of Nuclear Density Gauge Radiation Safety required
    • International Code Council (ICC) Masonry, Steel, Concrete Inspector desirable
    • National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) certification desirable
    • Ability to operate a company vehicle within company policy
    • Knowledge of construction techniques, testing & construction management preferred
    • Ability to document completed jobs including notes on client contacts, action in the field, subsequent laboratory test with dates and times noted for review purposes
    • Ability to maintain a tactful attitude and maintain good relationships with project engineers, owners, and contractors
    • Ability to talk knowledgeably to project engineers and/or contractors about the jobs as required regarding concerning work progress and necessary recommendations

    Company Overview

    Element is the best and most trusted testing partner in the world providing high value, critical services to the Aerospace, Transportation, Oil & Gas, Fire & Building Products and Infrastructure & Environmental sectors, where failure is not an option.


    Our purpose is a simple one. We make certain that all of the materials, products and devices we test, inspect and certify for our customers are always safe in their end application; are of marketable quality; are compliant with all relevant industry standards and regulations and are ultimately fit for purpose.


    Element’s expanded network of over 6,000 Engaged Experts are trusted by organizations to test and advise on the safety, quality, performance and compliance of their products, systems and operations.

    Diversity Statement

    At Element, we always take pride in putting our people first. We are an equal opportunity employer that recognizes diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our Vision of becoming “the world’s most trusted testing partner”.


    All suitably qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective work related criteria and without regard for the following: race, colour, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, and/or protected veteran status, or other characteristics in accordance with the applicable governing laws.


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