Thielsch Engineering

Laboratory Technician - Metallographer

Job Locations US-RI-Cranston
Position Type
Regular Full-Time


As a Metallurgical Laboratory Technician, you will use photographic and metallographic techniques to evaluate tubes, pipes, plates, castings, welded components, heat-treated parts and coated samples. These evaluations may be performed to determine cause of failure, provide a condition assessment, assess material compliance to a specification, or reverse engineer a part.

    • You will develop a basic understanding of material failure mechanisms and laboratory processes required to document relevant features. 
    • You will document and prepare samples and perform analysis of failed industrial components in our laboratory setting.
    • Maintain consistent and accurate process controls.
    • Maintain production flow through laboratory, by working on multiple projects in parallel.  
    • Take photographs, record data and upload results on project network. 
    • Fully comply with all safe work practices and actively participate in all site safety initiatives.
    • Perform all tasks in a safe manner, adhering to all company, department, and EHS policies and procedures.  (Not sure how this is different from the previous bullet)
    • Work at the direction of Metallurgical Laboratory Manager.


  • Prior metallurgical laboratory experience a plus.
  • Good mechanical aptitude to safely and efficiently operate machining and testing equipment such as band saw, milling machines, lathe, drill presses, hand tools, etc.
  • Good mathematical written skills to accurately analyze and report all types of test results.
  • Must be highly motivated and able to work responsibly without direct supervision in a team environment. Good communication skills to interact with other analysts.
  • Basic problem-solving skills and ability to exchange and explain technical information.
  • Must have good safety awareness and record.
  • Technical report writing skills
  • Strong computer skills with proficiency in using Microsoft Office applications
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task and perform under pressure
  • Ability to maintain positive working relations with client and co-workers
  • Mentoring skills
  • Ability to work extended hours

Compensation & Benefits

  • Competitive wages
  • Health Care - United HealthCare, Delta Dental and Vision Service Plan
  • Paid holidays and Paid Time off (PTO) 
  • Employer-paid Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP)
  • Employer-paid Life and AD&D insurance; access to short and long-term disability insurance.
  • Tuition reimbursement, Professional development and more! 


Thielsch Engineering, Inc. is an E-Verify participant and will conduct background investigations and pre-employment screening of candidates for employment Pre-employment activities will be conducted on qualified applicants after acceptance of a job offer. Thielsch Engineering, Inc. is an employee-owned company and an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We welcome applications from all backgrounds regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, disability, or any other classification protected by law.


Who We Are

Thielsch Engineering, Inc. is a professional engineering firm that provides a complete range of consulting, design, and energy services to customers throughout the United States and internationally. Our multi-disciplined engineering and technical staff specialize in failure analysis, engineering design, process optimization, and condition assessment.  Our work demonstrates how creative collaboration can produce outstanding results for our clients and our communities.


Our Culture

At Thielsch, our customers come from all walks of life -- and so do our employees!  We hire amazing people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it makes our company stronger. We can confidently state that we are successful as a direct result of our diversity.

From day one and throughout your career with us, you’ll find a workplace with a culture with expansive personal & professional development opportunities, cutting edge technology, a place where relationships are valued, and work/life balance is always a priority.

We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within our walls and out in our communities. We strive to be a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other applicable federal or state-protected classification.


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