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  • Quality Technician – Paso Robles

    Firestone Walker Brewing Company began as a small brewery with roots in the wine country on California’s Central Coast. Now a regional craft brewery, our singular purpose remains – to craft the world’s best beers. Passionately in pursuit of the perfect beer… and never satisfied.

    Job Summary:
    The Quality Technician is responsible for duties in several areas of Quality Control/Quality Assurance. This position will perform duties in Analytics, Micro, and Packaging. The position is full time and will include weekends, variable hours and days.

    Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:
    Specifically, the responsibilities of the position may include, but are not limited to:
    •Complete sample collection for fermentation and brewhouse testing
    •Ensure general cleanliness of lab and instrumentation; perform routine maintenance on laboratory equipment and troubleshoot analytical issues
    •Maintain QC Analytical database; includes, but is not limited to data entry, record keeping, trending, data analysis and follow-up with brewing and cellaring teams
    •Run routine testing, such as; Bitterness units, color, VDKs, Alcohols, end gravities, pHs, etc.
    •Work safely and maintain a clean, safe working environment at all times; understand hazards and utilize the appropriate personal protective equipment
    •Provide sterile sample containers to packaging staff for micro sampling
    •Ensure micro supplies are maintained correctly in order to ensure sterility before use
    •Prepare media, sterile water, sterile saline and reagent
    •Complete package testing for CO2, TPO, DO, HSO, AE, alcohol, density, pH, bottle fill heights, crimp checks, secure seal testing, seam checks on cans, and keg testing and sample collection
    •Other duties as assigned

    Required Qualifications:
    •Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Food Sciences or related field with a minimum two years of college level chemistry
    •Prior experience in a brewery a plus
    •Attention to detail, ability to produce accurate, precise and reproducible data
    •Flexibility in shift schedule
    •Understanding of scientific principles for quality control and quality assurance
    •Ability to perform mathematical and statistical analysis
    •Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
    •Familiar with standard laboratory instrumentation; pH meters, spectrophotometer, GC, centrifuges, autoclave, microscope, etc.
    •Ability to operate in a team environment and ability to manage multiple tasks
    •Ability to take initiative, act promptly and be proactive
    •Ability to operate and use a PC computer, proficient in Microsoft Office suite of programs

    Physical Demands:
    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, and use hands to finger, handle or feel objects and tools. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and rarely lift and/or move up to 100 pounds with assistance. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and color vision.

    What Firestone Walker Offers:
    •Competitive rate for an experienced individual with the right skills.
    •An excellent benefits package including 100% paid premiums for employee including health, dental, vision, life & LTD insurance, PTO 13 days to start, Sick Leave 3 days, 401(k) retirement plan including profit sharing & company matching, and paid holidays.

    Please submit your cover letter and resume with your work experience when applying here:

    Firestone Walker is an Equal Opportunity Employer.