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Who We Are at HunterLab

We are Associates We are Associates

At HunterLab, it’s believed that growth & success are in large part dependent upon the growth & success of our employees, who are called “Associates.” The founder of HunterLab, Richard Hunter, started the company with this mindset and we proudly carry it in all that we do today.

We’re 100% Employee Owned We’re 100% Employee Owned

Success is best when it’s shared by all who had a hand in it. As an Associate, you’re part of our Employee Stock Ownership Plan and you’re eligible for Quarterly Profit Sharing. HunterLab is 100% Employee Owned, with each Associate in charge of their own success & the overall success of HunterLab.

We’re Innovators We’re Innovators

We’re always striving to strengthen our leadership position in the color measurement technology field. Our perpetual goal is to provide customers with the most valuable knowledge and best solutions to their color measurement needs. We aim to help our customers succeed.

We’re the World’s True Measure of Color We’re the World’s True Measure of Color

HunterLab is ISO 9001:2008 certified with over 60 years of industry experience. Our color measurement solutions measure color the way that your eye sees it. Our technology supports thousands of customers in nearly every industry imaginable in 55 countries worldwide.

We’re Local We’re Local

Founded and established in 1952 in the Northern Virginia area out of Richard Hunter’s home, our office today is in Reston, within walking distance from the Metro Silver Line. We’re proud to support and strengthen our community both through our standing as a local business and through community outreach.

Benefits? We've got you Covered...

Employee Stock Ownership Plan

In the ESOP, you have ownership interest in the company via your ESOP account which contains shares of HunterLab stock.

401(k) Plan

401(k) Plan with Dollar-to-Dollar Matching and plan sponsor guidance available to you.

Profit Sharing Program

Quarterly Profit Sharing bonus awarded to Associates as finances are assessed & the numbers allow.

Health, Dental & Vision

Group Medical OAP, Dental PPO, Pharmacy Home Delivery & Vision Coverage.

Flexible Spending & Dependent Care Accounts

Set aside pre-tax dollars for qualified medical & daycare expenses for you & your family’s needs.

Basic Life, Short & Long Term Disability

Basic Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance, Short & Long Term Disability—all paid for by HunterLab.

Voluntary Life Insurance

Supplemental Voluntary Life Insurance and Accidental Death & Dismemberment coverage available for you to elect.

Holidays & Leave Benefits

Vacation, Sick, paid holidays & Parental Leave offered to all Associates.

Educational & Tuition Reimbursement

HunterLab offers reimbursement for tuition, educational workshops, seminars & certifications.

Health Club Reimbursement & Special Discount Programs

HunterLab offers reimbursement for part of your gym membership fees. You’ll also gain access to other discount programs.

Current Job Openings

From ketchup to Oreo cookies to McCormick Spices, our work ensures the quality of products you rely on every day.

When human beings look at an object, the first three things we perceive are size, shape, and color. Color is the domain of HunterLab. From food to pharmaceuticals, paint, plastic, building materials, chemicals, paper, and textiles, HunterLab provides the most effective instruments and services available for the identification, measurement, and control of the way things look. We are an employee owned company working in 55 countries. (We maintain websites in seven languages and 60 percent of our sales are international.)

Summary of job:

As a member of the Manufacturing Team, this position performs advanced bench-type assembly of electro-mechanical and/or optical sub-assemblies according to acceptance test procedures and specification. The Assembler III applies advanced knowledge of electrical and mechanical principles to production in determining equipment malfunctions, adjustment, and applies skills in restoring equipment to operation. This role works in conjunction with other team members to successfully achieve the company’s delivery, cost and quality objectives. Serves as a technical expert for Manufacturing while supporting and training Assemblers I & II.

In this position, you will:

  1. Assemble high-quality, complex electro-mechanical and optical instruments and position, install, align, and fasten units to assemblies, subassemblies, or cable harnesses for optimal performance while interpreting mechanical assembly drawings, Bills of Material (BOM), written and verbal instructions.
  2. Review schematics or other instructions to determine operational methods or sequences. Render modification and create tool mortifications for parts, as needed.
  3. Connect cables, tubes, and wiring, according to specifications.
  4. Download firmware and solder Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) using through-hole and surface mount techniques. Drill, tap ream, or countersink holes in parts, equipment or materials. Reshape metal workpieces to established specifications. Calibrate motors to ensure proper functioning.
  5. Inspect, test, and adjust in-coming and in-process assemblies to ensure that units meet specifications, tolerances, and customer order requirements.
  6. Determine and report defects in assembly instruments, materials or questionable conditions to supervisor. Reject material per process and documents rework hours.
  7. Troubleshoot problems with equipment, devices, or products. Rework problem parts, as required.
  8. Determine solutions using problem-solving skills including 8D, Fishbone, Cause and Effect or a general Root Cause, Preventative Action and Corrective Action processes.
  9. Inspect finished product for quality and meets company quality requirements as defined in the quality manual and work instructions; Identifies quality real time and builds quality into the process. Reports quality issues immediately.
  10. Works with Quality Assurance (QA) and management on continuous improvement projects and follows the HunterLab Quality Assurance Manual (QAM) assuring adherence to approved quality standards and procedures. Works with Manufacturing Engineering to identify solutions and supports implementation of solutions.
  11. Performs prescribed preventive maintenance on machines as required.
  12. Creates Assembles first article samples for pre-released product.
  13. Create and log-in serial numbers for Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) using Microsoft Excel.
  14. Meet product labor standard and standard run rate efficiency for assigned work.
  15. Prepare and maintain accurate manufacturing production, maintenance logs or data, and create a Debug / Out of Control Action Plan for each operation.
  16. Ensure work areas are neat, organized and clean.
  17. Perform other duties as assigned.

Secondary Functions and Responsibilities:

  1. Provide production, progress, or changeover reports to supervisors.
  2. Provide training to other Manufacturing Assemblers.
  3. Assist with manufacturing inventory, as needed.
  4. Assist with the preparations of instruments for shipment.
  5. Update changes to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).
  6. Participate and share knowledge during Daily Stand Up meetings.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)


  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, manufacturing production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principals involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.


  • Proficient Customer Service Skills - Exhibiting commitment and dedication to customer satisfaction to meet on-time delivery and quality to the customer.
  • Proficient Mechanical/Technical Skills - Assemblers need to be able to read and understand blueprints, manuals, and work with software, machines and motion-control assembly to do the job.
  • Proficient Operation and Control Skills - Using equipment or systems.
  • Proficient Quality Control Analysis Skills - Testing how well a product or service works. Experience in Lean (continuous improvement) manufacturing is preferred.
  • Proficient Computer Skills - Using Windows based applications including Outlook, Internet Explorer, Word, and Excel. Proficient in Material Resource Planning Systems.
  • Proficient Operation Monitoring Skills - Watching gauges, dials, or display screens to make sure a machine is working.
  • Proficient Critical Thinking Skills - Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
  • Proficient Monitoring Skills - Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing to make improvements.
  • Proficient Equipment Maintenance Skills - Planning and doing the basic maintenance on equipment.
  • Proficient Math Skills - Basic math is needed due to the technological needs of the assembly.


  • Building Team-Oriented Relationships - Ability to work successfully alone and as part of a team and can positively adapt to changing requirements, deadlines, and priorities. Exhibits willingness to learn and share knowledge with others
  • Oral & Written Comprehension - Ability to understand and clearly communicate technical information. Communicate on a one-to-one basis using appropriate vocabulary and grammar to obtain information and explain policies, procedures, etc.
  • Problem Sensitivity - Noticing when problems happen.
  • Deductive Reasoning - Ability to analyze information, problems, situations, practices or procedures to define the problem with facts. Using rules to solve problems.

Required Education and Experience

  • Education: High School Diploma or GED equivalent.
  • Experience: 5+ years of electro-mechanical assembly experience or 1+ years as a HunterLab Assembler II; 3+ years of experience as a HunterLab Assembler I.

Working Conditions

The Working Conditions described here are representative of those that must be met by this position to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Work is performed mostly in a controlled atmosphere. Some exposure to harsh conditions such as: dust, fumes, noise (harsh sounds) and varying temperatures for short periods of time is possible. Ability to left up to 40 pounds and to manipulate small hand tools including crimper, cutter, Dremel hand tool and soldering, and to perform repetitive work. Good manual dexterity for working with small parts required. Typical physical demands used daily include: walking, bending, reaching, climbing stairs and ladders, sitting and making numerous equipment connections using hands. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, visually distinguish colors and ability to adjust focus. The use of personal protective equipment (PPE) will be required.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work: This is a full-time position, and hours of work and days are Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or as scheduled by your supervisor.

Travel: No travel is expected for this position.

To Apply

Please submit your resume, salary requirement and cover letter stating what sets you apart from other applicants, or email your resume to with “Assembler” in the subject line of the email.

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