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National Lab Supervisor Explains What He Looks for When Hiring Technicians

John M. “Bud” Chesser, senior supervisor of the Advanced Coating and Vacuum Process Lab in the Materials Engineering Division of Lawrence Livermore National Lab, looks for two things when screening applications of entry-level technicians: basic mechanical skills and inquisitiveness. During interviews, he asks: “Did you take apart your parents’ drill motor and put it back …

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Technician Excels at National Lab by Building “Toolbox” of Skills and Knowledge

At LLNL Correa Barrios designs, builds, operates, and maintains vacuum systems that take air and gas contaminants out of stainless steel vessels to create sterile environments. The empty vessels are back filled with ionized argon, which bombards the metals placed in the vessels and results in physical vapor deposition on items. The process of depositing …

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Add “Communicate Problems” to Aspiring Technicians’ Must-Do Lists

Korey Theberge, an engineering technician at Intel, says an informal study group helped hone his workplace communication skills. For his work as an engineering technician in a research and development lab at Intel in Hillsboro, Oregon, Korey Theberge constantly uses what he learned in the Portland Community College’s (PCC) electrical engineering technology program from which he graduated in 2016. To …

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