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Student Laboratory Technician, McQuillan Environmental

McQuillans are offering a site visit to their facilities in Antrim should any student be interested in applying for this placement. Email to set this up.

Basic information

Job title

Student Laboratory Technician


McQuillan Companies

Position type


Job description

Who are we? 

McQuillan Environmental is one of Northern Irelands leading waste management companies, providing recycling and hazardous waste management to the region’s leading companies throughout GB & ROI. We are a multi-site waste and resource management organisation serving all industrial and public sectors including hospitality, retail, manufacturing, construction and pharmaceutical to meet their sustainability and legislative commitments. We ensure that Sustainability is at the core of our waste management practices and as we move into the Circular Economy, we offer tailored solutions to support all our customer’s Corporate Social Responsibility requirements.

We operate one of Ireland’s most advanced Hazardous Waste Management facilities with a chemist managed hazardous waste transfer station, bespoke chemical treatment facility, soil treatment plant and UKAS Accredited Laboratory. In addition, we operate a fully permitted and licenced Material Recycling Facility with a specialised fleet of environmentally friendly collection vehicles and waste receptacles to meet all demands for good recycling practices.

The role

We currently have vacancies for Laboratory Technician student placements with McQuillan Environmental in Antrim. The roles are aimed at students currently completing degree in Environmental Science, who are seeking an industrial placement to gain valuable relevant work experience. Guidance and learning opportunities shall be provided during the placement. The successful applicants will be self-motivated, with an ability to work on their own initiative and a readiness to accept responsibility.

No two days at McQuillan Environmental are the same, but every day we do work that matters. We prioritise supporting our employees as we believe that they are our future, so why not come join the team.

How will I spend an average working week?

You’ll be putting into practice what you’ve learned by working with experienced colleagues on a range of high-profile projects. You will be assigned responsibility from an early stage of your placement and will play a key role in helping to successfully deliver projects. You will also have opportunities to work on our high-profile projects.

What are we looking for?


  • Ensure that test materials are sampled and analysed in accordance with agreed methods, and are approved or rejected according to the results of the analysis in conjunction with their supervisor

  • Retain an up to date knowledge of analytical techniques and equipment

  • Ensure that tasks relating to quality standards and procedures are carried out in the specified manner

  • Identify incidents of out of specification results and inform their supervisor

  • Ensure adequate supplies of materials and consumables are available to support projects

  • Keep their supervisor informed on a regular basis of progress and any circumstances that alter agreed timescales

  • Ensure that laboratory equipment remains in calibration and functions as required. Where this is not the case inform the appropriate persons for them to action

  • Ensure that samples are stored and disposed of according to laboratory procedures

  • Ensure that the laboratory is kept clean and tidy

  • Ensure that laboratory glasswasher is cleaned and available for use by the analytical chemists

  • Be responsible for ensuring that all analysis performed and associated tasks are performed in accordance with McQuillan Envirocare quality policies and procedures and are in accordance with the appropriate regulatory guidelines

  • Ensure that project information is controlled and distributed as per the relevant SOP

  • Ensure that supporting documentation is maintained as per defined procedures

  • Review results generated and inform their supervisor of anomalies, failures or other unusual events and draw conclusions on the work carried out

  • Ensure that equipment in use has been validated as required

  • Ensure that all activities within the laboratory are performed in a safe manner in keeping with the Company’s written procedures

  • Assist in the safe operation of the Analytical Laboratory

  • Other duties as may be deemed appropriate by their supervisor and that fall within the general remit of the post

Essential criteria:

  • currently completing degree in science discipline

  • knowledge of Microsoft software packages

  • excellent communication skills

  • ability to effectively work collaboratively as part of a team

  • punctual, self-motivated, and willing to learn

  • ability to meet deadlines

Desirable criteria:

  • currently completing degree in Environmental Science

  • valid full UK driving license

Many of the skills you’ll need to succeed in this role will be developed as part of your training – so we look forward to supporting you on your career journey.

We’re all about finding potential here at McQuillan Environmental, and transferable skills are always welcome! So even if you don’t tick every box, please apply and we can have a chat.

What’s in it for you?

At McQuillan Environmental we offer a fantastic package including the following:

  • Competitive basic salary

  • Holiday entitlement at the rate of 31 days per year (pro rata)

  • Working as a part of a dynamic group of professionals who excel at maintaining regulatory standards while fostering a supportive and welcoming environment

  • A range of learning, development, and training opportunities

  • Participation in a range of team building activities


Location requirements

Location type


Onsite location

Antrim, Antrim and Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Time requirements


Full time

Employment duration

Temporary or seasonal

Estimated start date


Estimated end date


Compensation and benefits

Expected pay

11.44–11.44 GBP per hour

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Jan 31

McQuillans are offering a site visit to their facilities in Antrim should any student be interested in applying for this placement. Email to set this up.

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