Fire Assay Technician
SGS North America Inc.

Kershaw, South Carolina

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Company Description

We are SGS - the world's leading testing, inspection and certification company. We are recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. Our 93,000 employees operate a network of 2,600 offices and laboratories, working together to enable a better, safer and more interconnected world.

Job Description


  • The Fire Assay Technician performs Fire Assay techniques, following written work instructions, to determine various mineral and metal concentrations in samples.
  • Performs Fire Assay techniques, such as fluxing, fusing, and cupelling samples according to written procedures.
  • Performs routine equipment maintenance under direction of a supervisor
  • Completes and maintains accurate, up to date work order documentation, fusion sheets and logs.
  • Follows all Quality system protocols and reports discrepancies to the supervisor.
  • Maintains a clean work environment, which includes proper disposal of crucibles, cupels and fire assay lead wastes.
  • Organizes and labels waste disposal.
  • Responsible for the safe keeping, accuracy and completeness (including tracking/reasons for any changes).
  • Works independently or together with a supervisor and other analysts on a regular basis and must meet the required sample turnaround time with expected quality of results as it directly impact client.
  • May be required to process multiple samples utilizing similar testing methods.
  • May be asked to work in other areas of the Geochemistry laboratory sections as needed.
  • May be assigned and coordinate special or ad hoc projects as needed.
  • Adheres to internal standards, policies and procedures.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • High School/GED or equivalent (required)
  • Minimum 1 year of experience in a laboratory setting with direct experience in Fire Assay (Required)
  • Associate degree in Science (Preferred)
  • 2 years of experience in Fire Assay (Preferred)
  • N/A
  • Language Skills: English - Intermediate level of proficiency Required
  • Mathematical Skills: Intermediate level of skills Required
  • Reasoning Skills/Abilities: Advanced level Required
  • Ability to multi-task the different fire assay stations to ensure production proceeds in a timely/efficient manner. Required
  • Must have good hand/eye coordination to make accurate fusion pours without affecting quality. Required
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel. Required
  • No travel required
  • Position requires regular use and manipulation of Fusion Furnaces, Cupelation Furnace, Annealing Furnace, Balances, including micro balances, and multi pour systems

Physical/Sensory Demands Frequency Requirements:
  • Stand Constantly
  • Move or traverse Constantly
  • Sit Occasionally
  • Use hands Constantly
  • Reach with hands and arms Frequently
  • Climb or balance None
  • Stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl None
  • Talk/hear Occasionally
  • Taste/Smell None
  • Lift/carry/push or pull Frequently 20 lbs

Location of the Job (City, State, Country):

Kershaw, South Carolina, USA

  • Rotating shift. 24/7 operations and will require incumbent to have flexible schedule, including overnight, weekends and holidays.
  • Position requires occasional overtime.
Environmental Conditions Requirements:
  • Wet or humid (non-weather) conditions: None
  • Work near moving mechanical pats: Frequently
  • Work in high, precarious places: None
  • Fumes or airborne particles: Frequently
  • Toxic or caustic chemicals: Frequently
  • Outdoor weather conditions: None
  • Extreme cold (non-weather): None
  • Extreme heat (non-weather): Frequently
  • Risk of electrical shock: None
  • Work with explosives: None
  • Risk of radiation: None
  • Vibration: None
Bio-hazard: None

Noise Level: keep the highest that applies
  • Loud (examples: metal can manufacture department, large earth-moving equipment)
Other Physical/Work Environmental Exposures:
  • Need to be medically cleared to wear a respirator
Vision Requirement:
  • Close vision (clear vision at 20 inches/50 centimeters or less)
  • Distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet/6 meters or more)
  • Peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point)
  • Depth perception (three-dimension vision, ability to judge distance and three-dimensional relationships)
  • Ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus)
Auditory Requirements:
  • No special auditory requirements

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