Project Manager/Coatings Application Specialist

  • KTA-Tator, Inc.
  • 145 Enterprise Drive, Coraopolis, PA, USA
Full Time Professional Services Quality Control Science

Job Description

KTA-Tator, Inc. (KTA) is a consulting engineering and inspection firm internationally recognized as a world-leading expert specializing in protective coatings and linings.  KTA’s hallmark services include coatings failure analysis, forensic laboratory investigations, and independent laboratory testing of coatings performance, among a much broader array of integrated service offerings.

KTA is recruiting for two laboratory positions, a Chemical Technician (visit to learn more) and a Project Manager/Coatings Application Specialist.  We are seeking a reliable self-starter to manage laboratory projects from initiation to completion, including preparation and testing of specimens and preparing technical reports. Responsibilities include applying coating systems to test panels, performing various tests on abrasive media and coated specimens, maintaining testing chambers, equipment and facilities in the coatings application and physical testing laboratories, providing instruction on spray application techniques and providing safety oversight during KTA Basic Coatings Training Courses. 

The position offers opportunity for professional development, advancement and contributing to department growth. You will be considered successful in this position when, within 12 months you have:

  • Utilized coatings inspection instruments and visual guides;
  • Scheduled sample exposure and physical testing with attention to deadlines;
  • Prepared draft reports for supervisor review; and
  • Verified that all work is conducted in accordance with the laboratory’s QC program.
  • Prepared quotations for supervisory review;
  • Followed standardized testing procedures for coatings and abrasive media;
  • Applied coatings by various spray application methods following product data and SDS;
  • A basic knowledge of paint chemistry and accelerated weathering;
  • Effectively maintained client communications while managing multiple projects simultaneously;
  • Verified that all work is conducted in accordance with the laboratory’s QC program


  • High school diploma/GED equivalent and/or 2+ years’ experience in an industry-related field, and paint application experience - required
  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree in Material Science, chemistry, engineering or related field - preferred 
  • Proficient writing and communication skills
  • Good organization
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications

Physical Requirements

  • Near distance and color vision
  • Ability to safely lift 40 or more pounds
  • Manual dexterity
  • Ability to feel textures
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time, and wear respiratory protection 

*Candidates must be willing to have a flexible schedule with occasional overtime

KTA is a casual, friendly workplace, where all employees are treated with dignity and respect. We are an employee-owned company, run with family-inspired values and ethics, where diverse perspectives, experiences, and capabilities are embraced and valued. The employees of KTA are dedicated to making each other, the company and our clients successful. We believe that serving our clients as we want to be served results in long lasting business relationships. We strive to recruit, develop, and support people from diverse backgrounds, and are committed to helping you take your career to a new and exciting level. At KTA, you’ll work, learn from, and become one of the best in the industry.

KTA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are ACTIVELY looking to increase the DIVERSITY of our company. While all candidates will be considered, KTA especially encourages female, minorities, veterans, and candidates with disabilities to apply to this and all job postings. KTA is a Standing Firm Company. Elzly Technology Corporation (Elzly) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of KTA-Tator, Inc. (KTA). AA/EEO


Chemical Engineering, General Science

Education Requirements