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Avery Dennison R&D Lab Technician - 1st Shift in Mount Prospect, Illinois

Company Description

Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE: AVY) is a global materials science company specializing in the design and manufacture of a wide variety of labeling and functional materials. The company’s products and solutions, which are used in nearly every major industry, include pressure-sensitive materials for labels and graphic applications; tapes and other bonding solutions for industrial, medical, and retail applications; tags, labels and embellishments for apparel; and radio frequency identification (RFID) solutions serving retail apparel and other markets. The company employs approximately 36,000 employees in more than 50 countries. Reported sales in 2021 were $8.4 billion. Learn more at www.averydennison.com.

Job Description

Avery Dennison is looking for a R&D Technician for our Reflective Solutions business based in North America. In this role, you will conduct testing and data collection associated with Research and Development (R&D) projects while working in a collaborative environment. You will also provide support to R&D Engineers with sample preparations, measurements, data analysis, assisting in pilot and production trials, and testing developments following prescribed procedures. You will work under the leadership of our R&D manager and will be based at our location in Mt. Prospect, IL.  To be successful, you should have a strong aptitude for technical work and a real passion for collaborative work in a team-based environment.  


Setting Up & Maintenance:

  • Conducts maintenance, calibration, and cleaning of laboratory equipment.

  • Sets up test apparatus and conducts tests units following methods, procedures, standards, and sequences.

  • Lies out and assembles units for equipment according to designs and specifications.

  • Modifies equipment by adding, removing, or altering components as defined by predetermined diagrams and sketches. 

  • Corrects malfunctions by making adjustments or replacing parts or components as directed. 

  • Uses hand and small power tools, and various measuring and testing devices in performing job duties. 

  • May monitor and verify quality in accordance with statistical process or other control procedures.

  • Manage inventory of experimental raw materials; procure and ship raw materials for trials and finished goods to customers. Lifting of materials up to 50 lb might be involved.

  • Order lab supplies, chemicals and gasses.

  • Able to work overtime, when needed.

     Testing & Research:

  • Conduct testing and testing developments to support R&D projects.

  • Participate in field trials and evaluations including the tracking of indoor and outdoor accelerated weathering samples;  provide measurements, observations, and document findings with written reports.

  • Perform standardized sample measurements at prescribed interval.  

  • Input data into appropriate spreadsheet or database.

  • Communicate progress of tests to responsible R&D Engineers

  • Collect accurate test data using properly calibrated analytical equipment, such as a colorimeter, spectrometer, photometer, peel adhesion tester, release tester, or tensile and elongation tester.  

  • Generate samples using pilot or benchtop equipment including a film press (Carver), benchtop pre-color compounder (Brabender), hot roll laminator, squeeze roll laminator, thermalcycle, silk screen, pilot embosser, or pilot extruder.  

  • Operate  equipment with a focus on solving and optimization of running conditions in order to generate quality samples.

  • Assist R&D Engineers with production trials by recording run conditions, making observations, collecting and preparing samples, and performing appropriate test protocol.

  • Conducts developmental tests for new and/or modified products or product components.   Confers with engineering and other technical personnel to resolve testing problems such as product or equipment issues, malfunctions, incomplete test data and interpretation.

  • Conduct lab testing in support of project management, customer response, process technology, and segment and emerging technology teams.

  • Support product development and existing products through material and performance characterization and trials at bench, pilot, and commercial stages.

  • Performs chemical and physical analyses and tests required for research, development, or quality control of processes or products.

  • Develops test methods and test protocols.

     Observing, Recordkeeping & Evaluating:

  • Report and log test data to Research Engineers.  Reports will include data, observations, and conclusions

  • Interprets analytical results, draws conclusions and theories, and communicates the impact of product performance.  

  • Interpret and analyze data to provide conclusions and recommendations for product development, problem-solving, and continuous product improvement.

  • Delivers timely and accurate analytical results and technical reports for the purposes of supporting research projects, testing, troubleshooting and resolving customer complaints, as well as performing competitive product benchmarking, developing or improving existing products and supporting the various business or commercial teams. 

  • Provide written and graphical reports utilizing basic statistical tools and methods.

  • Makes recommendations regarding improvements to test methodology.

  • Performs technical and record keeping duties in conformance with company and regulatory policies and standards to meet quality and accuracy requirements.

  • Documents detail of process, which can be used for problem resolution, and understanding of product behavior under different processing conditions.

  • Prepares product preliminary data sheets as needed.

  • Provides reports on product testing to be utilized in customer presentations.  

  • Inputs/updates all systems with details, results, and product specs.  

  • Creates raw material specs and product specifications as needed.


  • Practices all health and safety procedures, policies and practices of Avery Dennison.

  • Practices excellent housekeeping.  Maintain a clean and organized work area.

  • Attends all required safety training.

  • Participates in or leads lab safety initiatives.


  • High School Diploma or GED.  Associates Degree in Science or Engineering Technology. Technical Certification preferred.

  • 1-2  years of experience as a laboratory technician or in a related field

  • Demonstrated knowledge of laboratory procedures and equipment.

  • Understanding of computer systems, such as Microsoft Office, Lotus Notes and function specific software.

  • General scientific and engineering knowledge.

  • Knowledge of math/algebra as they apply to the engineering field.

  • Good analytical and problem solving skills.  Good verbal and written skills.

  • Knowledgeable on how to make accurate testing and engineering computations.

  • Able to follow oral and written directions and understands basic concepts of testing, observing and preparing reports.  

  • Good organization and attention to detail.

Additional Information

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or other protected status. EEOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Reasonable Accommodation Notice:

If you require accommodations to view or apply for a job, alternative methods are available to submit an application. Please contact 440 534-6080 or Jacqueline.williams@averydennison.com  to discuss reasonable accommodations.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or other protected status. EEOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled