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Job ID: 205226

Senior Laboratory Technician, Sound and Music
South Orange County Community College District

Date Posted Feb. 8, 2023
Title Senior Laboratory Technician, Sound and Music
University South Orange County Community College District
South Orange County Community College District, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Research/Technical/Laboratory


Senior Laboratory Technician, Sound and Music


Job Category:



Job Opening Date:

February 07, 2023


Job Closing Date:



Saddleback College


Work Location:

Mission Viejo, CA


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Pay Rate Type:



Work Days:

Monday - Friday


Work Hours:

4:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Schedule and Shift are subject to change in accordance with the department needs.)


Hours Per Week:



Percentage of Employment:



Months of Employment:

10 months



Starting at $3,629 per month


Required Documents:

Cover Letter and Resume


Job Description:

C.S.E.A. Classified Bargaining Unit Salary Schedule, Range 130.


Initial Screening Date: March 9, 2023


Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.



Under direction from an appropriate level manager or administrator, performs complex technical work for performing arts including operation of the digital recording studio, maintenance of equipment and instruments, and coordination of performances, concerts and recitals at both on- and off-site events; exercises judgment and initiative in coordinating labs and other instructional facilities and materials within the assigned area; provides a high level of academic assistance to assigned instructors.



Positions in the Senior Lab Technician class are distinguished from the Lab Technician by the level of responsibility assumed and the complexity of duties assigned. Employees assume greater responsibility for more technical aspects of a learning program, perform at a skill level with a considerable degree of independence, and operate complex apparatus, equipment, systems and machines. In addition, the Senior Lab Technician must possess extensive technical or academic training and experience in the assigned field, set up complex labs, monitor assigned budgets, order and inventory laboratory supplies and materials and provide significant academic assistance to assigned instructors. Employees at this level are required to be fully trained in all procedures related to assigned area of responsibility and are fully aware of the operating policies and procedures of the work unit.



The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.


Participate in the planning and implementation of laboratory exercises and experiments; implement new or modified policies and procedures as required.

Prepare for laboratory demonstrations; set up laboratory apparatus; assist students in the use of a variety of laboratory equipment and instruments; ensure student compliance with laboratory policies, procedures, and safety precautions; demonstrate proper care and cleaning procedures for laboratory equipment.

Assist instructors in developing and using instructional materials including video, audio, computer, and PowerPoint lectures; may assist in grading exams and maintaining related records.

Provide assistance to students on a variety of laboratory and course related matters; review student work in progress and assist in resolving problems.

Operate professional digital recording equipment to record, mix and produce audio masters of College performing groups, concerts, recitals, and other performances; make duplicates of programs recorded; maintain and repair all recording equipment; coordinate outside vendor repairs.

Operate professional digital recording equipment to record and produce audio masters for performing arts classes and recorded lecture series; digitally record, produce, edit and mix masters.

Coordinate the set up and tear down for various stage performances including guest and student recitals, concerts, or lectures at on and off campus locations; load, transport, unload and set up appropriate instruments, amplifiers, and other equipment.

Operate theatre lighting, sound, and all support equipment and systems for performing arts concerts, recitals, and lectures; set up and tear down portable public announcement systems for performing class rehearsals.

Troubleshoot and perform routine maintenance and repairs on instruments and equipment; requisition major repairs and maintenance as needed; coordinate moving of instruments as required.

May check out musical instruments; collect payments for insurance and process paperwork; inspect equipment and materials for proper condition upon return.

Participate in organizing and maintaining the college music library.

Research and order all supplies, materials, and equipment for assigned area; store, discard and rotate materials according to standard procedures; receive, assemble and test new equipment.

Operate live sound for performances and curriculum.

Respond to inquiries and requests for information; answer phones; relay messages for faculty and staff.

Perform related duties as required.



The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period in order to perform the assigned duties successfully.


Knowledge of:

Operational characteristics of laboratory apparatus, equipment and materials pertaining to assigned laboratory and subject area.

Proper methods of storing equipment, musical instruments, materials, and supplies used within the assigned laboratory.

Advanced principles of music production.

Principles of professional sound recording, digital editing, and engineering.

Principles of live sound operation for performing arts productions.

Current industry standard hardware systems utilized in professional sound recording and engineering.

Operational characteristics of theatrical lighting and support equipment and systems.

Principles and procedures of record keeping and filing.

Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.

Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.

Basic principles and practices of budget preparation and administration.

Principles of lead supervision and training of students, lower-level staff, and temporary employees.

Practical written and oral communication skills, including correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary.

Diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

Interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy.

Techniques to facilitate effective interaction with people on an individual or group basis.

Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations; confidentiality requirements when dealing with personal and sensitive student information; legal requirements related to the area of assignment.


Ability to:

Perform complex technical work in an instructional learning environment for a highly technical or complex subject area.

Perform duties at an advanced skill level with a considerable degree of independence.

Provide assistance to students on matters related to assigned laboratories.

Provide assistance to instructors in the development of relevant materials.

Operate and demonstrate the proper use of specialized equipment, musical instruments, systems, supplies, and materials.

Operate highly complex digital recording equipment to mix and produce audio masters of musical programs.

Operate theatre sound and lighting systems and theatrical support equipment for various concerts and recitals.

Maintain an adequate inventory of materials for instructional programs.

Perform complex technical work in an instructional learning environment for a highly technical or complex subject area.

Perform duties at an advanced skill level with a considerable degree of independence.

Order, inventory, and maintain equipment, supplies and materials needed for productions.

Participate in budget preparation and administration.

Train and oversee lower-level staff, temporary employees, and students in assigned area.

Learn and understand the organization and operation of the assigned department as necessary to assume assigned responsibilities; understand, interpret, explain, and apply policies, procedures, pertinent laws, regulations, and ordinances; work within the guidelines, functions, and requirements of the area of the assignment.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing in English; use correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary; understand and follow oral and written directions in English; listen actively and effectively.

Develop, maintain, and foster effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Work with, and exhibit sensitivity to, the varied racial, ethnic, cultural, sexual orientation, academic, socio-economic, and disabled populations of community college students.

Work effectively under pressure with frequent interruptions on various tasks concurrently while meeting established deadlines and changing priorities; concentrate on detailed tasks for extended periods; work independently in the absence of supervision.

Effectively utilize computer applications and equipment to perform duties; adapt to changing technologies and learn the functionality of new equipment and systems.

Report to work on a regular and consistent basis, as scheduled, to the assigned job.

Maintain the cleanliness, safety, and organization of assigned area; ensure adherence to safe work practices and procedures; monitor activities in designated area; enforce policies for proper use and behavior.

Participate in training, meetings, and events on-site and off-site, as required.

Work nights and weekends, as required.



Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills would be:



Equivalent to two years of college level course work in music or a related field.



Two years increasingly responsible experience working with musical instruments and sound equipment.



  • Please describe any sound equipment, including consoles, that you have experience operating. (Required)

  • Do you have any recent (within the last three (3) years) experience operating live sound? If so, please describe your experience, including the kinds of venues, genres, and groups that you have operated live sound for (if applicable). If not, please describe any similar or related experience you have, and how you would become familiar with and proficient at operating live sound within a short period of time. (Required)


License or Certificate:

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver’s license and proof of insurability.



The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.



Work is performed primarily in a recording studio or theatre/classroom setting; may be exposed to noise, dust; work with musical instruments, laboratory equipment and apparatus. At least minimal environmental controls to assure health and comfort.



Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a laboratory setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull moderate to heavy amounts of weight; to operate theatre equipment and apparatus requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination; to verbally communicate to exchange information. Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction. Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.





Interviews may be held in-person (following all necessary precautions) or in a virtual format. Employees must reside in California while employed with the South Orange County Community College District (SOCCCD), even during remote work. Thank you for your continued interest in working at the SOCCCD.


The SOCCCD is committed to protecting the health and wellbeing of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the communities it serves. Beginning January 8, 2022, all employees and volunteers must be fully vaccinated (as defined by the Centers for Disease Control) against COVID-19 unless approved as exempt due to a verified disability/medical condition or sincerely held religious belief (as defined in federal or state laws and regulations). More information can be found on our District website by visiting



The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Public Law 99-603, requires that employers obtain documentation from every new employee which authorizes that individual to accept employment in this country. SOCCCD will not sponsor any visa applications.



A California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) retiree may not accept employment until after the first 180 days of retirement. Anyone retired from CalPERS accepting permanent employment with this District will be required to reinstate as an active CalPERS member. Please contact CalPERS for additional information regarding your retirement status.


Any active vested member of California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS), who accepts employment with the District to perform service that requires membership in CalPERS, is eligible to elect to continue retirement system coverage under CalSTRS



If you require special accommodations in the application and/or selection process, please notify District Human Resources at least two (2) business days prior to the Job Close Date/Initial Screening Date, by either calling (949) 582-4850 or sending an e-mail to



Report to work on a regular and consistent basis, as scheduled, to assigned job.



Information regarding campus crime and safety awareness can be found at or Paper copies are available in the District Human Resources office upon request.



The South Orange County Community College District is committed to creating an academic and work environment that fosters diversity, equity and inclusion and equal opportunity for all, and ensures that students, faculty, management and staff of all backgrounds feel welcome, included, supported, and safe. Our culture of belonging, openness, and inclusion, makes our district a unique and special place for individuals of all backgrounds.


Our District and our colleges are looking for equity and inclusion-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to the understanding of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present within our community. When you join our District, you can expect to be part of an exciting, thriving, equity-focused, and inclusive community that approaches higher education with the lens of social justice and collaboration among students, faculty, staff, administration, and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position with our District, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our District’s mission and goals for EEO, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.



Important: You must make sure that you have completed your application for a posting by 11:59 p.m., Pacific Time, on the posting's Job Close Date, along with any required documents, in order to be considered for the position.


Applicants must complete all fields/sections on the application. Do not type "See Resume" or leave any fields blank. Applicants must enter their work experience, education, etc. on the District application. Applications reflecting "See Resume" will be considered incomplete and will not be considered for recruitment.

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