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Lab Manager



Austin, TX, USA
Posted on Thursday, November 16, 2023

ICON seeks a highly skilled and motivated Laboratory Manager, Concrete Materials to lead our concrete testing laboratory operations. You will oversee all aspects of the concrete testing laboratory, including quality control, safety compliance, equipment maintenance, laboratory supplies, and team management. The ideal candidate will have in-depth knowledge of concrete materials testing, laboratory management experience, and a commitment to delivering accurate and reliable results. This role is based on ICON’s Austin, TX campus and will report to the Director, Materials Science.


  • Lead and manage daily laboratory operations.
  • Schedule and allocate resources to meet project deadlines.
  • Ensure accurate and timely test results and documentation.
  • Review and approve test reports and data analysis.
  • Manage the laboratory space and sample inventory.
  • Maintain and keep a calibration schedule for testing equipment.
  • Monitor inventory and manage the procurement of laboratory supplies.
  • Oversee various concrete tests, including slump, compressive strength, diverse concrete durability tests, sieve analysis, aggregate densities, and one-off style tests in coordination with engineers.
  • Perform testing with the Construction Materials Technicians to ease the testing backlog or meet tight deadlines.
  • Must be willing to perform a wide range of tasks daily (e.g., transition from office work to fieldwork at a moment’s notice).
  • Troubleshoot testing issues and provide technical guidance.
  • Recruit, train, and mentor laboratory staff.
  • Foster a culture of collaboration, continuous improvement, and safety.
  • Identify opportunities for process improvements.


  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Minimum 5+ years of demonstrated experience performing laboratory tests on aggregates and concrete.
  • Familiarity with ASTM cementitious, ceramic, concrete, and masonry materials test methods and specifications.
  • Required ACI certifications:
  • Aggregate Testing Technician - Level 1
  • Concrete Field-Testing Technician - Grade I
  • Concrete Strength Testing Technician
  • Concrete Laboratory Testing Technician - Level 1 (Or ability to get it within six months of hiring)
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.


  • B.S. with experience working in a concrete materials laboratory.
  • Microsoft Excel basic proficiency and familiarity with G Suite productivity tools.
  • Forklift experience.
  • OSHA 10 Certification.


  • Must be prepared to work, in part, in extreme environments: temps > 100 °F or below freezing, sun, rain, mud, lack of electricity, etc.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds.
  • This position may require travel up to 20%.
ICON is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering an innovative, inclusive, diverse and discrimination-free work environment. Employment with ICON is based on merit, competence, and qualifications. It is our policy to administer all personnel actions, including recruiting, hiring, training, and promoting employees, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or ancestry, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other legally protected classification in accordance with applicable federal and state laws. Consistent with the obligations of these laws, ICON will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

Furthermore, as a federal government contractor, the Company maintains an affirmative action program which furthers its commitment and complies with recordkeeping and reporting requirements under certain federal civil rights laws and regulations, including Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (as amended) and the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (as amended).

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