Analytical Lab Technician Trainee

MP Mine Operations, LLC

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Mountain Pass, CA

Job Description

As posted by the hiring company

Job Overview:

Job Title:

Laboratory Tech Trainee


Mountain Pass, CA


­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Process Technology & Engineering

Position Type:

Full Time







Reports To:

Laboratory supervisor

Position Overview:

MP Materials (NYSE: MP) is on a mission to restore the full rare earth supply chain to the United States of America.  From electric cars to wind turbines and drones, rare earths are essential to the low-carbon, electrified technologies that power modern life.  We hire ambitious, mission-driven people motivated to solve problems and affect change.  Our values are grounded in teamwork, resiliency, and integrity, with an enduring commitment to our employees, community, and the environment.  In the coming years, MP Materials will grow from a core materials and chemical processing company into a large industrial manufacturer.  Our employees will lead this exciting transformation and grow professionally with us.

Position Description:

The Analytical Lab Technician Trainee will have the responsibility to support laboratory operations. This person will work on routine samples under the guidance of the lab supervisor as well as other analysts and technicians. Tasks include sample preparation and analyses, data reporting, lab inspections, cleaning and organization.  The laboratory technician trainee may perform more advanced analyses under the guidance of more senior analysts.

 Essential Duties:

  • Work under the guidance of the lab supervisor and lab chemists to track incoming samples and prepare them for analysis.
  • Prepare samples at a high volume, with repetitive activities
  • Use required personal protection equipment (PPE)
  • Perform safety inspections on equipment and building
  • Receive and track samples from various plant operations
  • Prepare samples for titration and perform titrations.
  • Maintain the traceability of samples delivered to the laboratory
  • General lab support including cleaning and organization
  • Shift and variable schedule work will be required.

 Basic Qualifications:

  • Experience with laboratory analyses or college chemistry is helpful.
  • Proven ability to learn in a professional work environment
  • Familiarity with different analytical techniques and instrumentation
  • Familiarity with standard computer software
  • Previous college classes in science a plus
  • Previous laboratory experience or college-level laboratory classes in physical sciences is preferred
  • Valid Driver’s License and good driving record required in order to drive company vehicles on property


 Desired Qualities:

  • Must be able to work independently
  • Must be able to pay attention to detail
  • Must maintain a clean, orderly working environment
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Must have mechanical aptitude
  • Must be able to multi-task
  • Must adhere to all safety requirements




MP Materials is Proud to be an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer - EEO is The Law
 All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Underrepresented groups/Women/Disabled/Veterans are encouraged to apply.  Candidates whose disabilities make them unable to meet the position’s requirements will still be considered qualified if they can perform the essential functions of the job with reasonable accommodation.
 Your Right To Work – In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment verification document form upon hire.
 For Assistance with Application - Alternative methods of applying for employment are available to individuals unable to submit an application through this site because of a disability.  Contact Human Resources Department at 702-625-5679; 6720 Via Austi Parkway, Suite 450, Las Vegas, NV  89119 to discuss reasonable accommodations.


Safety Provision

Employees are responsible for following all company, industry and regulatory procedures and laws to ensure a safe work environment by oneself and to the company.

A willingness to promote safety among the workforce.  Participate in Process Hazard Analysis procedures and Pre-Startup Safety Reviews.


(PPE) Personal Protective Equipment is required when performing work in a mine, manufacturing, outdoor, or plant environment, including hard hat, hearing protection, safety glasses safety footwear and as needed, respirator, rubber steel-toe boots, protective clothing, gloves and any other protective equipment as required.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Working Conditions

Our facility sits at an elevation of 4700 feet.

Department of Labor Physical Demand Category

Employees are subject to extreme weather conditions:

  • Freezing winter weather
  • Extreme desert summer heat.

Work is in a mine or manufacturing plant setting, which may include expose to moving mechanical parts, toxic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, explosives, fumes or airborne particles.

Physical Demands

Manual dexterity; sense of touch; sense of smell; speaking clearly; hearing-speech range; hearing – all ranges; seeing, reading and comprehensions; seeing – distant/near; depth perception; color vision.

While performing the responsibilities of the Laboratory Tech Trainee, the employee is required to talk and hear. The employee is often required to stand and use their hands and fingers, to handle or feel and to manipulate laboratory equipment. The employee is occasionally required to walk, reach with arms and hands, climb or balance, and to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision. Employee must pass a full-face respiratory fit test. Employee must be able to lift 50 lbs. Must be able to work in PPE level C. These requirements are representative, but not all-inclusive, of the knowledge, skill, and ability required of the Laboratory Tech Trainee.