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Lab Technician - Decatur, IL



Decatur, IL, USA
Posted on Monday, April 22, 2024

Lab Tech Entry - Decatur, IL


IL - Illinois

Operations: Manufacturing, Production, Maintenance, Utilities

Job Description

Lab Tech Entry - Decatur, IL
This is a full-time, hourly position.

Starting Pay: $19.91/hr plus shift differential
Shift(s) Available: Ability to work any shift, overtime including weekends, holidays, or different shifts with advance notice as needed.

ADM is a part of the production of 30% of the food supply globally, on average you touch at least 7 items per day made with ADM ingredients. 25% of production for ADM is right here in Decatur, IL. We make ingredients like Corn Oil and Soybean Oil which can be found in chips or salad dressing. Everyone who works here is a big part of feeding the world.

Learn more about ADM, click the links below;


Why Join?

  • Weekly Pay
  • Benefits Start First Day
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, and Prescription Drug Insurance
  • On-site 24/7 FREE medical care facility
  • Health and Wellness Incentives
  • Membership to ADM Wellness Center (Gym membership)
  • Paid Vacation and Holidays
  • 401K/ESOP, pension with ADM (Archer Daniels Midland) matching contributions
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)
  • Short & Long-Term Disability
  • Company Paid Life Insurance and Voluntary Life Insurance for Employees,’ Spouse and Children
  • Parental leave (paternity/maternity)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Tuition Assistance
  • Advancement Opportunities
  • Perks at work (discount program with several companies)
The entry level position is designed to train the new technician on each of the four (4) analytical aisles in the QC laboratory. In this role, they will prepare process and finished product samples; perform analytical testing using instrumental and wet chemistry procedures, and record results using computerized data systems. The entry level Laboratory Technician must have completed training on each aisle prior to their transition to the Laboratory Technician I position.

Aside from learning the skills necessary for advancement to the next level the entry level technician must also:
  • Complete both plant and laboratory safety orientations
  • Work safely to prevent on-the-job injuries by complying with all department and plant safety policies
  • React immediately to eliminate any hazards, unsafe equipment and/or acts. Additionally insures that any accidents, injuries and near misses are reported immediately to area supervision
  • Perform at least one Laboratory Safety audit per month
  • Complete at minimum 3 safety engagements each month
  • Willingness and ability to work within the time demands of a 24/7/365 workday operation
  • Demonstrate sufficient math skills to perform calculations associated with lab testing
  • Demonstrate ability to accept instruction, coaching, and constructive criticism as tools for continuous improvement
  • Demonstrate computer skills
  • Perform other duties as assigned by quality department management

Requirements (General):

This position requires 8-hour rotating shifts and must be flexible to work overtime as needed. Training should be completed during the first year on the job. Delay or failure to meet established training goals may delay promotion to the next level as well as lead to disciplinary action up to and including termination.

All technicians will be expected to show continuous improvement in all areas of KPI tracking. Performance issues will be addressed to ensure that the Entry Level Laboratory Technician has the opportunity to correct any of these concerns. Issues that cannot be corrected with the coaching process may lead to disciplinary action.

Requirements (Technical):

Each employee should possess a solid understanding of a laboratory environment and a working knowledge of cGMP, FDA, and other regulatory requirements. Familiarity with Laboratory Instrumentation including HPLC, GC, and IC is beneficial. New technicians are certified in each area around 60 days from when they begin working an aisle alone. Laboratory Technician III and Supervision members watch them perform required tests to ensure they have been properly trained prior to sign off. The Entry Level Laboratory Technician position requires no previous laboratory experience, but completion of a college science lab is preferred. Experience in lieu of college laboratory experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

ADM requires the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen and a background check.

REF: 83904BR

Benefits and Perks

Enriching the quality of life for the world begins by taking care of our colleagues. In addition to competitive pay, we support your diverse needs with a comprehensive total rewards package to enhance your well-being, including:

  • Physical wellness – medical/Rx, dental, vision and on-site wellness center access or gym reimbursement (as applicable).
  • Financial wellness – flexible spending accounts, health savings account, 401(k) with matching contributions and cash balance plan, discounted employee stock purchasing program, life insurance, disability, workers’ compensation, legal assistance, identity theft protection.
  • Mental and social wellness – Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and Colleague Giving Programs (ADM Cares).
Additional benefits include:
  • Paid time off including paid holidays.
  • Adoption assistance and paid maternity and parental leave.
  • Tuition assistance.
  • Company-sponsored training and development resources, such as LinkedIn Learning, language training and mentoring programs.
*Benefits may vary for bargained locations, confirm benefit eligibility with your recruiter.


Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging are cornerstones of ADM’s efforts to continue innovating, driving growth, and delivering outstanding performance. We are committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce and create welcoming, truly inclusive work environments — environments that enable every ADM colleague to feel comfortable on the job, make meaningful contributions to our success, and grow their career. We respect and value the unique backgrounds and experiences that each person can bring to ADM because we know that diversity of perspectives makes us better, together.

We are committed to ensuring all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, ethnicity, disability, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, sexual orientation, age, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

We welcome everyone to apply, especially those individuals who are underrepresented in our industry, as we strive to ensure our workforce represents the world that we help to feed: people of color, women, gender non-conforming, LGBTQIA+, veterans and persons with disabilities. For more information regarding our efforts to advance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging, please visit our website here: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion | ADM.

About ADM

At ADM, we unlock the power of nature to provide access to nutrition worldwide. With industry-advancing innovations, a complete portfolio of ingredients and solutions to meet any taste, and a commitment to sustainability, we give customers an edge in solving the nutritional challenges of today and tomorrow. We’re a global leader in human and animal nutrition and the world’s premier agricultural origination and processing company. Our breadth, depth, insights, facilities and logistical expertise give us unparalleled capabilities to meet needs for food, beverages, health and wellness, and more. From the seed of the idea to the outcome of the solution, we enrich the quality of life the world over. Learn more at www.adm.com.

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