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EMPLOYER EXTRA: Associate Laboratory Technician

Extra Extra: APA – The Engineered Wood Association

APA – The Engineered Wood Association, headquartered in Tacoma, Washington, is hiring an Associate Laboratory Technician. APA is the leader in glued engineered wood products and construction systems research. These products include wood structural panels, glued laminated timber, cross-laminated timber, prefabricated wood I-joists, and structural composite lumber, including laminated veneer lumber, laminated strand lumber, and oriented strand lumber.

APA’s 42,000-square-foot research center is a state-of-the-art laboratory staffed by experienced engineers, scientists, and engineering technicians, and equipped with modern research and testing equipment. APA


Maintaining, calibrating, and operating test equipment under the direction of a project leader or the TSD management.
Preparing test specimens under the direction of the supervisor. Maintaining
orderly and accurate records of work.
Assisting the supervisor in the design and construction of new test equipment,
test jigs, or related items necessary to the operation of the laboratory.
Assuming responsibility as assigned for setting up test equipment conducting tests and recording data.
Maintaining records as directed of equipment operation, test results, and other necessary information within the scope of the assigned research project.
Performing calculations necessary in the reduction of raw test data using office calculators or desktop computers under professional supervision.
Following accident prevention programs, works safely, and maintaining a clean
work area.
Following a maintenance program on all laboratory equipment and performing such other general maintenance as may be assigned.
Maintaining inventory of necessary supplies and ordering new supplies as needed.


HS degree or equivalent. Some vocational or technical training preferred.
1-2 years related shop/laboratory/construction experience preferred.
Experience operating table, radial arm, and band saws. Welding experience a plus.
Experience with computers. Microsoft Excel experience a plus.
Recent forklift experience.
A valid WA driver’s license and a clean driving record.
Ability to lift 50 – 75 lbs. on a routine basis.
All staff hired after July 30, 2021, must provide acceptable evidence of Covid vaccination or acceptable evidence of initiation of the vaccination process prior to start date unless they are exempt by federal, state, or local mandate.

APA complies with provisions established by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.


The Associate Laboratory Technician is a full-time, salaried, overtime eligible position.
Work schedule is Monday through Friday, 8-hour day shifts.


$43,000 – $63,000 per year, overtime eligible.
Perks – Comprehensive benefits program including health, life, accidental death & dismemberment, and Long-Term Disability insurance, at least 9 paid holidays per year, a 401(k)-retirement plan, Long-Term Care insurance, Identity Theft Protection and more.


For confidential consideration, qualified applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to hr@apawood.org. We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those under consideration for the role will be contacted.

If you require reasonable accommodation in completing the application process, interviewing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please direct your inquiries to the Human Resources Manager by email at hr@apawood.org or by mail to APA – The Engineered Wood Association, Attn: HR Manager, 7011 S 19th St, Tacoma WA 98466.

APA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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