Construction Resources Management, Inc.
Applied Research Specialist
CONSTRUCTION RESOURCES MANAGEMENT, INC.- A Walbec Group Company
Provides a wide array of construction industry infrastructure to support the Walbec Group of companies.
Our goal is to help people perform their jobs with an emphasis on quality, safety and industry leadership in design, materials and construction serving the highway and heavy construction industries. Specialties include asphalt pavement services and products, aggregates, bridge building and effective project management.
Applied Research Specialist
Under the direction of the Materials Technology Manager, the Applied Research Specialist will be responsible for performing standard and complex lab procedures and field investigations on ongoing research and development projects.
Role and Responsibilities
- Assist in research and development projects to review new processes/materials/equipment;
- Perform literature reviews to document previous work and findings of similar studies.
- Assist in the creation of experimental plans to map out the intended direction of the research and to control variables.
- Provide assistance with data collection and field observations before, during and after the experiment has been conducted.
- Compile data and assist in analyzing the data as well as drawing conclusions.
- Assist in creating reports documenting final conclusions for distribution and presentation to others.
- Investigate plant/mix concerns;
- Data mine QC records, plant calibrations/printouts to identify trends and issues.
- Onsite investigation to determine additional testing to be completed in order to better identify and fix the problem(s).
- Document findings and recommendations as well as produce summary report with data and findings for management review.
- Assist TSM's with reviewing test results;
- Identify trends and work with operations to determine possible changes to improve the product results.
- Analyze mix designs and determine if product gradations should be modified to increase quality in HMA.
- Collaborate with operations and technical services;
- Analyze existing mix designs and site aggregates to propose blends that can increase quality and decrease cost.
- Work with mix design lab throughout the design process to make sure designs will mimic field conditions.
- Evaluate new mix designs during their initial use in the field and investigate the causes when they don't run where we expect.
- Assist construction with new and emerging technologies
- Review construction and manufacturing processes to improve internal best practices;
- Assist Technical Services and Operations to investigate other field issues and pavement distresses as needed.
- Performs other related duties as required and assigned.
Qualifications and Education Requirements
- Bachelor's Degree or higher in an Engineering or Science discipline
- Experience with Asphalt and Aggregate Production, Asphalt Placement Operations, and Materials Laboratory Testing
- Familiar with a variety of concepts, practices, and procedures currently used in the industry
- Possess the experience and judgment required to plan and accomplish goals without daily guidance
- Demonstrated problem solving skills
- Proficient in all forms of communication, along with solid project management (including time, budgetary, and resource management), teamwork and organizational skills
Going up and down ladders, stairs, and ramps.
Using of feet and legs, and/or hands and arms. Body agility is emphasized
Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing, or crouching on narrow, slippery, or erratically moving surfaces
Bending body downward and forward by bending at the waist. This task is important if it occurs a considerable degree and requires full use of the lower extremities and back muscles
Bending legs at knee to come to a rest on knee or knees
Bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine
Moving about on hands and knees or hands and feet
Using upper arms and shoulders to exert force in order to draw, drag, or tug objects in a sustained motion.
Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position to position. This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires the substantial use of the upper arms, shoulders, and back.
Picking, pinching, typing, keyboarding, or otherwise working primarily with fingers rather than whole hand or arms as in handling
Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palms
Perceiving attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature, or texture by touching with skin, particularly that of fingertips.
Raising arms from a lower to a higher position in all planes and directions, to conduct task. This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires the substantial use of the upper arms, shoulders, and back muscles.
To support oneself on the feet in an erect position
To move along on foot: advance by steps.
Using of hands to grasp, lift and use tools and material
To rest on the buttocks or haunches, while using upper extremities.
Critical How important is the item to completion of assigned responsibilities
A = essential to the job B = required, but not essential C = not required
Frequency How often does the job require the employee to demonstrate the task
1 = less then 10% of time 2 = from 11 25 % of time 3 = from 26 50 % of time
4 = from 51 75 % of time 5 = from 75 100 % of time
Intensity Lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling of weight to the completion of assigned responsibilities
1 = less then 10 lbs. 2 = from 10 24 lbs. 3 = from 25 49 lbs.
4 = from 50 74 lbs. 5 = from 74 99 lbs. 6 = from 100 lbs. and up
Be able to tolerate variable weather conditions from extreme heat to cold Work in a dirty and dusty environment
Be able to walk and/or stand for extended time (up to an entire day's shift)
Be able to comprehend, understand and follow policies, procedures and safety requirements Have the ability to hear and see to the level of accomplishment for above requirements
We are an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and it is our practice to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants. In addition, it is the policy of the Company to comply with applicable federal, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in each locality in which the Company has employees.