Senior Geologist-Petrographer - Overland Park, KS

Overland Park, KS, US, 66210 Overland Park, KS, US, 66210

Americas Cement Corporate



Job ID:  490093


Ash Grove Cement, a CRH company, provides Portland and masonry cements to help build the foundation and infrastructure for the world around us.  We ship millions of tons of cement from our plants and network of terminals located across North America. When you work for Ash Grove, you are connecting to something bigger. We stand together to reinvent the way our world is built. Join our team and help Ash Grove build America.


At Ash Grove Cement, people are our first priority. We offer a complete benefits package and opportunities for your continued growth and development! 




The Senior Geologist-Petrographer follows standard practice guidelines and procedures to perform physical, chemical, and petrographic tests on aggregates, concrete, clinker, and other materials. This position prepares reports on findings for review before submission to technical services and customers and maintains equipment and facilities.


What you’ll be contributing: 


  • Promote and follow all plant safety guidelines. 
  • Additional duties as assigned by supervisor. 
  • Performs laboratory examinations and research projects on aggregate, concrete, clinker, and other inorganic materials through petrographic examination, x-ray diffraction, optical and electron microscopy, and chemical and physical testing.
  • Determine causes of concrete distress, specification compliances of in-situ structures and construction materials
  • Utilize clinker microscopy tool to provide insights into the process and quality control of clinker production, and evaluate the impact of alternative fuel and raw materials on clinker reactivity
  • Combine petrographic, chemical, and physical testing techniques to support new product development, ready-mix and precast concrete quality control, durability enhancement, SCM, and chemical admixtures optimization activities.
  • Assembles calibrates, and maintains various equipment and instruments used at the Technical Center.
  • Writes reports to management personnel, technical service, and customers conveying the results and significance of investigations and research performed.
  • Prepares samples for analysis and calibration.
  • Receives, logs, and labels incoming samples.
  • Maintains a record of all data and tests performed, including general observations or unusual conditions encountered.
  • Utilizes personal computer for writing reports, storing data, and evaluating data.
  • Maintains proficiency in testing procedures through new analytical methods and technology.
  • Participates in cement industry workshops, seminars, and certificate training.
  • Provides onsite support to cement plants on clinker microscopy hands-on clinker reactively improvements.
  • Works with corporate mining and cementitious material teams to explore new mineral sources and support strategic thinking.


To succeed in this position, you will need: 


  • Ability to read, write, and understand warning labels, instructions, signs, etc. 

  • Minimum 4 Year / Bachelors Degree In geology, engineering geology, or related scientific field. Must include at a minimum the coursework/experience required by ASTM C856, section 4, ACI Concrete Field-Testing Technician (Grade I), ACI Flatwork Finisher Technician

  • Minimum Maintains active membership in the local chapter of the American Concrete Institute (KACI), including ACI certification for Concrete Field Testing Technician - Grade I.

  • Minimum 5 years experience in Optical microscopy for use in concrete and mineral analysis or a closely related position in a laboratory, or a field position in the concrete, mortar, or related minerals industry.

  • Travel Type:  Domestic and International
  • Travel up to 25%


What’s next for you? 


We provide stability and advancement opportunities across North America. Use our tuition reimbursement program to help you meet your career goals. 


The above duties and responsibilities are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive. The physical demands, working environment, and other conditions of employment listed in this document are representative of but are not intended to provide an exhaustive list of the requirements for positions in this classification. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.  


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What CRH Offers You


  • Highly competitive base pay
  • Comprehensive medical, dental and disability benefits programs
  • Group retirement savings program
  • Health and wellness programs
  • A diverse and inclusive culture that values opportunity for growth, development, and internal promotion



About CRH


CRH has a long and proud heritage. We are a collection of hundreds of family businesses, regional companies and large enterprises that together form the CRH family. CRH operates in a decentralized, diversified structure that allows you to work in a small company environment while having the career opportunities of large international organization.


If you’re up for a rewarding challenge, we invite you to take the first step and apply today! Once you click apply now, you will be brought to our official employment application. Please complete your online profile and it will be sent to the hiring manager. Our system allows you to view and track your status 24 hours a day. Thank you for your interest!


Ash Grove Cement, a CRH Company, is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.


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Date:  Feb 23, 2024

Nearest Major Market: Overland Park
Nearest Secondary Market: Kansas City

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