Dexter Axle

Engineering Lab Technician

Location US-IN-Elkhart
Posted Date 2 months ago(4/25/2022 7:46 PM)
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Dexter, the premier supplier and manufacturer of axles, doors, venting products and related components in the utility trailer, boat trailer, recreational vehicle, heavy duty and manufactured housing markets, has an opportunity for a Engineering Lab Technician at our company headquarters in Elkhart, Indiana - conveniently located near Bristol, IN, Mishawaka, IN, Goshen, IN, Middlebury, IN, South Bend, IN, White Pigeon, MI, Three Rivers, MI, Cassopolis, MI, Dowagiac, MI, and Niles, MI.


Dexter has been a leading manufacturer of trailer axles, brakes and actuation, along with entrance door and venting products for over 50 years serving the utility trailer, recreational vehicle, heavy duty, manufactured housing, agricultural, marine, and specialty markets. Dexter is headquartered in Elkhart, Indiana employing over 2,800 people and operating 18 manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and Canada (Indiana, Georgia, Oklahoma, California, Tennessee, Texas, Florida, Utah, Ontario, and Alberta). Dexter has achieved its many years of success through a commitment to the principles of superior quality, continuous improvement, and unparalleled customer service. Dexter is a wholly owned subsidiary of DexKo Global, Inc.


For more information about our company, access Dexter's web site at


Dexter offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits. Dexter’s benefits package includes Health, Dental, Vision, Life, STD, LTD, FSA, HSA, and 401(k) Plan with company contributions.

Position Summary

The Lab Technician performs product testing through metallurgical, dimensional, and mechanical characterization of materials, components, and systems. Specific duties include:

  • Sets-up and operates test stands and equipment including but not limited to Fatigue Test Machines, Inertia Dynamometer, and Coordinate Measurement Machine.
  • Conducts microscopic examinations of metals and alloys to determine their structure, porosity, grain size, the presence of decarb, heat affected zone (HAZ) and other characteristics.
  • Examines metal and alloy samples with magnetic-flux equipment to detect internal fractures, impurities, and similar defects in metals.
  • Tests samples in pressure device, hot-acid baths, environmental chamber, spectrometer, salt spray tester, Rockwell and micro-hardness tester and other apparatus to determine strength, hardness, chemistry, elasticity, toughness, or other properties of metal.
  • Confers with engineering personnel to resolve fabrication problems relating to specifications and to review test plans.
  • Examines parts for conformance with dimensional specifications.
  • Tests samples of manufactured products to verify conformity to specifications.
  • Records test results on standardized forms and writes test reports describing procedures used.
  • Prepares graphs and charts.
  • Calibrates laboratory instruments.
  • Prepares chemical solutions according to standard formulas.
  • Performs other tasks or duties as assigned.


Ideal candidates will be experienced with trailer or automotive repair/maintenance and have strong mechanical and technical aptitude.  Microsoft Word and Excel required. Metallography experience a plus. Must be a team player, innovative, self-motivated, and punctual. Minimum of High School Diploma required.


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