Calling All Math and Science Lovers!
AASHTO re:source is seeking individuals for the position of Laboratory Assessor. Veterans are encouraged to apply and will be strongly considered. We are a highly-respected and well-known organization within the field of construction materials testing (CMT). This is an excellent opportunity to join an elite team of technical experts that are devoted to continual improvement and promotion of quality in our industry. AASHTO re:source staff are renowned for their technical knowledge and desire to provide support to the scientific community that we serve. AASHTO provides extensive training for this position, and previous experience in CMT is not required. Currently all travel for AASHTO’s Laboratory Assessors has been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Assessments are being conducted remotely using web conferencing software until it is safe to resume travel. More information on remote assessments and our response to the COVID-19 pandemic can be found on our website. The health and safety of our employees remains our top priority. A person who is successful as a Laboratory Assessor typically has the following traits:
- Enjoys traveling and has the desire and ability to travel alone extensively for several weeks at a time.
- Has a love for math and science, and has a passion for learning new things.
- Is prepared to take initiative in their own learning and professional growth.
- Holds integrity, professionalism, and respect for others in the highest regard.
- Is outgoing, personable, and enjoys meeting new people.
- Has excellent organizational skills, strong communication skills, technical writing skills, and practices self-discipline.
If you are interested in a meaningful and fulfilling career with an organization that is dedicated to quality and continual improvement to the CMT industry, we invite you to consider joining our team! Previous experience as an auditor or in quality management is desirable, but not required. About the Position: Laboratory Assessors are subject-matter experts (SMEs) that perform independent on-site assessments of construction materials testing (CMT) laboratories. During an on-site assessment, assessors evaluate of the technical capabilities of testing facilities and audit quality management systems for compliance to national standards. Laboratory Assessors travel independently approximately 150 days per year in 2-3 week long periods, performing assessments in all fifty states, Guam, Puerto Rico, Canada, and beyond. During these trips, assessors audit the laboratories’ policies, testing procedures, as well as equipment and personnel records. This is a full-time position that places a strong emphasis on working independently. When not traveling, Laboratory Assessors perform pre-and post-audit activities, serve as technical experts to staff and customers, assist with internal and external training activities, and assist in the management and administration of the program.
Requirements: A four-year degree in science (geology, environmental, etc.) or engineering (civil, mechanical, industrial, materials, or environmental) is required. Prior experience as an auditor or in a field related to quality management are strongly desired and will be considered in lieu of a science or engineering degree. All new hires are enrolled in a rigorous six-month training program upon hire that focuses on auditing skills and technical training. Veterans are strongly desired for this role and will be given special consideration. Interested candidates must be able to travel independently approximately 150 days per year. A valid driver’s license from any state, a sound driving record, and the ability to drive up to 400 miles per day on occasion are also required for the position. Laboratory Assessors are expected to live within a reasonable commuting distance of Frederick, Maryland. Located at the intersection of I-70 and I-270, Frederick, Maryland is approximately one hour from both Baltimore, MD and Washington D.C. Upon hire, new employees must complete a rigorous six-month training program.
Benefits: AASHTO offers a comprehensive compensation package, including generous vacation and sick leave allowances, 10 paid holidays per year, health/dental/vision/life/long-term disability insurance, Family Medical Leave (FMLA), a 403(b) tax-deferred annuity program with company matching and Employee Assistance Program (EAP). All travel expenses are paid, including meals and company vehicles or rental vehicles are provided for business travel.
About AASHTO and AASHTO re:source: The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing highway and transportation departments in the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Its primary goal is to foster the development, operation, and maintenance of an integrated national transportation system. AASHTO is an international leader in setting technical standards for all phases of highway system development. Established in 1965, AASHTO re:source is part of the Engineering and Technical Services division of AASHTO. The primary vision of AASHTO re:source is to be the center for promoting quality and achievement of excellence in construction materials testing (CMT). We do this by providing tools and services through our three major programs: the Laboratory Assessment Program (LAP), the Proficiency Sample Program (PSP), and AASHTO Accreditation Program (AAP). Through these activities, we evaluate testing competency, promote continual improvement, and instill confidence in the laboratories and specifies that use our programs.
How to Apply: If you are interested in this exciting opportunity to travel throughout the United States and beyond, please forward your cover letter and résumé to firstname.lastname@example.org. Résumés submitted without a cover letter will not be considered. AASHTO is an equal opportunity employer.