Structural Testing Facility - Lab Technician


If you’re a multi-talented, mechanically-inclined individual who enjoys carpentry, welding, CAD design, processing test data, and technical research, the Center for Building Innovation has the perfect opportunity for you! We are looking for a creative, ambitious self-starter to work in our state-of the-art structural testing facility.


  • Create and utilize drawings and other resources to set up product testing.
  • Set up monitoring sensors and programming data acquisition equipment to monitor load and movement of structures during testing. This can range from small tests of individual fasteners, to large-scale, complex installations requiring hundreds of sensors.
  • Construct, fabricate, and install test specimens, such as walls and trusses, into testing fixtures. This includes work with wood, steel, and concrete.
  • Fabricate custom machine components for use during testing.
  • Set up and maintain complex equipment including mechanical, hydraulic, and electronic systems.

This position includes primarily physical work similar to that encountered in residential construction, as well as non-physical work involving hydraulics, electronics, and programming. The right candidate must be able to perform accurate, detailed work. Experience in residential construction or the truss manufacturing industry is a plus.

This position may advance to Testing Lead, which involves managing specific testing projects while also directing lab assistants in proper equipment use and test sample construction.

This is a full-time, onsite position. Salary commensurate with experience/qualifications.


  • Generous health/dental/vision insurance
  • PTO of 26 days (10 vacation days, 6 personal/sick days and 10 holidays)
  • SIMPLE IRA retirement plan with employer match
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Long-Term Disability, Life, AD&D insurance
  • Discounted tuition on childcare
  • Relaxed dress code
  • Flexible schedule
  • Bonus pay based on performance and company profitability
  • Continued education reimbursement

About CBI

The Center for Building Innovation (CBI) is a state-of-the-art research, testing, and Type A (Third Party) inspection facility, specializing in innovative product development by providing supporting data for approval of alternative materials, products, designs and/or methods of construction. CBI is one of the few facilities in North America that tests structural assemblies with the entire structure built on top of load cells. Our customers range from innovative composite material developers to more traditional concrete, wood and steel users.

CBI’s extensive background in product development, testing, calibration, engineering, quality assurance, and the construction industry lay the foundation for effective collaboration and project success. In conjunction with our exceptional capabilities, the other companies in our larger organization use their technical, building code, and market development expertise to complement our services.