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Hazardous Materials Technician

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Work type: Staff
Senior management: VP Auxiliary & Business Services
Department: Environmental Health & Safety
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Facilities / Skilled Trades, Other

Job Description

Reporting to the Hazardous Waste Manager, the Hazardous Waste Technician ensures and assists with safely handling, transporting, and storing all university hazardous (chemical and radioactive) material and waste according to established safety procedures and regulations. Assists in responding to hazardous material incidents.

Required Qualifications

Working knowledge of chemical, biological, and/or radiological principles. Knowledge and/or experience applying federal and state OSHA and EPA regulations. Experience with laboratory safety. Knowledge of proper chemical handling/disposal procedures and emergency response techniques. Working knowledge of computers and software. Ability to provide emergency response assistance to university personnel. Ability to safely move and handle up to 75 pounds. Ability to wear personal protective equipment. Ability to work independently. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications

Degree in chemistry, biology, engineering, or related science and/or experience with hazardous waste management and safety procedures. HAZWOPER certification. Hazardous waste management certification. NRRT certified. Training in hazardous material handling. Working knowledge of operational characteristics of radiological equipment. Experience in the operation of radiation detection and measurement equipment. Working knowledge of radiation standards and regulations. Demonstrated ability to maintain mechanical, electrical, and electronic equipment. Previous experience working in a team-based environment. CDL with hazmat endorsement.

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Review Date

Open until filled.

Additional Information


The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.


About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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