Home Chef Experiment & Test Technician Intern in Chicago, Illinois
This person will lead execution of tests of our customer product in our ESPEC temperature and humidity simulation Test Chamber, onsite at our MDW distribution facility, in order to drive strategic company decisions in packaging and other areas.
We estimate that this position will work 10-15 hours/week (2-3 days).
Assist with Test Design and Planning
Manage test inflow request form and work with Packaging team leads to prioritize tests
Work with internal customers to define requirements and help design test to meet needs
Schedule tests and manage calendar to ensure chamber is utilized to optimal capacity
Use expertise and knowledge of equipment and tools to recommend best test design
Pack sample customer boxes according to the experiment design, documenting process steps with pictures and notes and carefully marking the data logger # tied to each sample
Use testing software to set new temperature profiles
Upload profiles to chamber, use chamber and data logger interfaces to start tests and timers
Ensure Machine, probes, and data loggers are working properly and well-maintained, changing humidity filters or working with manufacturers if replacements or repairs are needed
Check on tests periodically during to ensure they are running smoothly
Report Test Results and Analyze Data
Pull product from chamber once test is complete
Pull data from chamber and data loggers, upload/import to Excel format, distribute to internal customers, analyze, and provide insights as needed
Maintain organized repository of all test files
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability needed for this role. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities.
Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program (quantitative field preferred)
Strong attention to detail: running each test consistently is critical for valuable results
Good communication skills: ability to understand instructions and communicate effectively
Recordkeeping: document testing procedures and results in a professional and consistent way
Technical aptitude: ability to quickly learn how to use chamber, probes, and data loggers
Experience with experiment design / test best practice
Familiarity with Meal-Kit industry / Food industry a plus
The work environment characteristics described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities.
Temperature:Must be able and willing to work in refrigerated coolers (38⁰F)
Employees must be able to use the following equipment:
T&D Data loggers
Light Lifting (Lifting 20 pounds maximum with frequent lifting and/or carrying objects up to 10 pounds)