Laboratory Technician

Par Hawaii Refining, LLC

Tacoma, WA


Par Pacific is a growth-oriented company that owns and operates market-leading energy and infrastructure businesses in logistically-complex markets. Par Pacific combines experience in the oil and gas industry with corporate financing know-how. We bring this unique strength to complex markets where we seek out diamonds in the rough. As a nimble, entrepreneurial organization, we actively pursue new opportunities in response to local market demands and changing external environments.

The Role

Reporting to the Lab Supervisor, you will be providing exemplary customer service to our clients. As part of your specific responsibilities, in the following areas, you will:

  • Actively Participation in a Team Environment.
  • Training in Lab Specific Modules in accordance with a set qualification and progression path.
  • Successfully complete and maintain qualifications in Gas Streams Subdivision.
  • Successfully complete and maintain qualifications in Gas Bench Subdivision.
  • Successfully complete and maintain qualifications in Jet Subdivision.
  • Participate in all safety Training and attend all monthly lab safety meetings.
  • Utilize highly technical equipment use such as: Automated Distillation Apparatus, Viscometers, Flash Point, Cloud/Pour Point, Densometers, VP Analyzer, pH, Ammonia analyzers.
  • Analyze all intermediate process samples and finished tanks of various petroleum products.
  • Maintain active Safety presence while working in a petroleum environment.

The Opportunity

Lab Technician at a Growth-Oriented Energy Company

  • Opportunity to jump start your career in the energy industry.
  • Work in a fast-paced lab with changing priorities.
  • Understand Petroleum Refining
  • Expand knowledge of the Asphalt Paving Industry
  • Become Involved in maintaining a high level of Environmental responsibility.
  • Grow in our Renewable Fuels interests.
  • Become part of the lab team and Par Family.

The Requirements

To meet the basic qualification for this role, you will have legal authorization to work permanently in the United States for any employer without requiring a visa transfer or visa sponsorship. To be a good fit for the Lab Technician opportunity, you will have:

  • Minimum of two (2) years Vocational Technical or College training (science background preferred)
  • Ability to lift 35lbs.
  • Be self-motivated, independent (working with minimal supervision), able to multi-tasks in a fast-paced environment, strong work ethic, and be team oriented.
  • Proficient with most MS programs - particularly MS Office Suite of products (Excel, Outlook, and Word)
  • Job involves shift work, 24 hours/day and 7 days/week operation (including holidays).
  • Laboratory Technicians will normally work an 8 or 10-hour shift of rotating day and swing shifts on a 4-week basis.
  • Graveyard will be expected once qualified in 5 out of 6 lab subdivisions.
  • Ability to work overtime is a requirement.

Note: This description is intended to give you a general overview of the position and is not an exhaustive listing of duties and responsibilities.

More Good Reasons to work for Par:

Unique culture

There is nothing ordinary about Par Pacific -- a niche player in the energy space that operates in logistically complex markets. And there's certainly nothing ordinary about Par Pacific people. We are driven, hardworking, entrepreneur-minded professionals that love to win. If that describes you, you'll fit right in.

Location, location, location

Because Par Pacific is located in some of the most beautiful places throughout the country, our employees get to make these places their home and enrich their lives. The office where you'll work is in the Tacoma, Washington. t's a vibrant area of the city with plenty of places for lunch or to wind down after work.

Opportunistic growth strategy

At Par Pacific, we look for operations with strong fundamentals and great employees who can move a business forward. Our management team has deep experience in the energy industry, as well as in leading mergers, acquisitions, and integrations of newly acquired companies.

Excellent compensation

In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a strong comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision insurance; a robust allotment of paid time off; a 401(k) with company match; retirement savings plans; educational reimbursement; and more.

Keys to Success

We are looking for a highly motivated, self-starter with a positive attitude. Candidates should have a natural thirst for knowledge and curiosity to drive personal and professional development.

This is a busy and challenging role but with the right person, we know that the talent and tools are available to make a good thing even better. Cross training will also be critical so you will be responsible for areas such as jet fuel testing, and deadlines. You'll need to be a leader and good communicator, set and articulate clear goals, to effectively manage deadlines and priorities.

In order to be a successful Lab Technician you will:

  • Effectively and efficiently manage your time concentrating on important priorities. Your expertise should allow you to get more done in a shorter amount of time than team members and cover a broader range of activities, as required.
  • Maintain high expectations and be a trusted team member to perform.
  • Earn credibility through your skill and strong decision making so that others seek your advice.
  • Make good decisions and judgment, without constant management supervision.
  • Be proactive
  • Achieve goals independently and contribute as a team player.
  • Identify ways to improve processes and controls.
  • Combine analytical skills and creativity in solving problems.
  • Strong work ethic and accountability.
  • Effectively communicate with the team and ask questions.

The Company

Par Pacific Holdings, Inc., based in Houston, Texas, owns, manages and maintains interests in energy and infrastructure businesses. Par Pacific's strategy is to identify, acquire and operate energy and infrastructure businesses with attractive competitive positions. We own and operate refineries in Hawaii, Washington and Wyoming, with total operating throughput capacity of over 150 Mbpd. We own and operate one of the largest energy infrastructure networks in Hawaii with a logistics network supplying the major islands of the state. In Wyoming, Par Pacific owns a refinery and associated logistics network in a niche market. We operate 123 fuel retail outlets in Hawaii, Washington, and Idaho. Par Pacific has an active, opportunistic growth strategy. Our common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the trading symbol "PARR".

Note: Par Pacific will not accept calls from third-party recruiters. All candidates are required to apply through this web posting.

Par Pacific is an equal opportunity employer. Par Pacific prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information or any other status protected by applicable law.

Pay Range:

$26.95-$40.42 per hour


Full-time employees (and their families) are offered medical (with prescription), dental, vision, voluntary critical illness, accident, life/AD&D insurance, Health Savings Account, Flexible Spending Account, Employee Assistance Program. Employees can enroll in our company’s 401k plan and are able to purchase company stock at discounted prices. Employees are eligible for 80 hours of vacation a year that will be earned ratably per pay period., paid sick leave or paid time off, and twelve paid holidays throughout the calendar year.