Element Materials Technology

Construction Materials Testing Technician Intern

Job Locations US-MN-St. Paul


Element has an opportunity for Construction Materials Testing Technician Interns to provide construction representative testing and inspection services on various land development, roadway, and construction building projects.


Work schedule may be variable including nights and weekends depending on contractor’s schedules.  This position may also require extended periods away from Element’s St. Paul office in accordance with project location and schedule.  Flexibility to work extended or nontraditional hours as needed. 



  • Ensure compliance with safety rules, company policies and procedures, as well as state and federal laws
  • Ensure that all testing equipment, work vehicles, and tools are properly calibrated and maintained
  • Set up, conduct and analyze standard field and laboratory tests following prescribed procedures
  • Performing testing and inspection of soil / aggregates, concrete, masonry, rebar, and bituminous pavement in the field and laboratory
  • Concrete tests may include air content, slump, temperature, casting of concrete cylinders, de-molding, and compression strength testing 
  • Soil/aggregate testing may include mechanical analysis, Proctor, moisture content, Atterberg Limit, soil nuclear density testing, and sand cone testing 
  • Bituminous pavement testing may include nuclear density testing to establish a rolling pattern or verify field density, testing bituminous cores for thickness and density, tests for oil content (extraction) and gradation, Marshall and Gyratory density, and air voids
  • Other job functions include performing excavation observations, documenting exposed soil conditions are suitable for planned construction, and proof-roll testing for suitability of street subgrade/aggregate base prior to pavement placement 
  • Solve technical problems using application of standard techniques
  • Assist in documenting on-site test results; examine and analyze test results and explain unusual findings.
  • Prepare test reports for review by senior staff members 
  • Communicate with Clients, Technicians, and Project Managers on a professional level to ensure a high degree of customer satisfaction
  • Perform other duties as assigned 

Skills / Qualifications

  • Safety focus and attention to detail
  • High School Diploma or equivalent required
  • 2+ years in construction industry or two years technical/trade or college student working toward civil engineering or construction management degree or related field preferred   
  • Current industry certifications for materials testing or construction helpful, however, not required
  • Related work experience in materials testing or construction helpful, however, not required
  • Valid Driver’s License, clean driving record and ability to pass a drug test
  • ACI Concrete Field Testing Certification – Grade 1 preferred, however, not required
    MnDOT Certifications preferred, however, not required
    ICC Certifications preferred, however, not required 
    NICET Certifications preferred, however, not required
  • Ability to operate a company vehicle within company policy. A valid driver’s license and safe driving record is required
  • 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 knowledgably to project engineers and/or contractors about the jobs as required regarding concerning work progress and necessary recommendations
  • Ability to accurately and fluently convey thoughts orally and in writing
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Applications (Word, Excel)
  • Understanding of Nuclear Density Gauge Radiation Safety
  • Availability, flexibility, and maturity to represent the company at a broad range of events in the community, with customers and within the company
  • The successful candidate will be encouraged to expand their skills and certifications through company provided training and mentoring 
  • Work under the direction of senior technicians or staff professionals and project managers 

NOTE:  This position requires access to export-controlled commodities, technical data, technology, software, and services.  U.S. citizenship, U.S. legal permanent resident status, protected person status under 8 U.S.C. § 1324b(a)(3), or U.S. Government export authorization is required. Any offer of employment is contingent upon the employer obtaining the necessary export authorization, including, if required, an export license from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security, the U.S. Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, or other applicable government agency.




Company Overview

We are Element, one of the fastest growing testing, inspection, certification and calibration businesses in the world.


We deliver critical services in Materials Testing, Product Qualification Testing, Certification, Device Calibration and Advisory Services to the Aerospace, Oil and Gas, Transportation, Industrials, Fire and Building product, Infrastructure and other leading sectors, where failure in service is simply not an option.


Everything we do helps our customers to build better products; get their products to market on time; save them time and money; and minimize the risk associated with product development and production.


Our mission is simple: to be the best testing partner in the world and together we strive towards a common vision of becoming the world’s most trusted testing partner.


We have four values that we strive to live by every single day.

  • Safety - We keep our colleagues and visitors safe
  • Integrity - We act honestly and fairly to do the right thing
  • Excellence - We set new standards of excellence in everything we do
  • Partnership - We work together for the benefit of our customers

When combined with our mission and vision, the ethos this creates, enables Element to deliver one thing. CERTAINTY.  We exist to help make certain that the materials and products we test, inspect, certify and calibrate for our customers are safe, quality, compliant and fit for purpose.

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.

TIC Council Statement

Element is proud to be a full member of the Testing, Inspection & Certification Council (the “TIC Council”), an international association representing independent testing, inspection and certification companies. 


Members of the TIC Council must implement and abide by the TIC Council Compliance Code. Element has therefore issued an overarching Code of Conduct which is supported by our Compliance Programme. A copy of the Code of Conduct and more information about our Compliance Programme can be found in the Governance and Integrity section of www.element.com


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