Under direction from an assigned department chair, assists in the preparation of materials and demonstrations for an assigned instructional area; operates and demonstrates use of specialized equipment, supplies and materials; provides assistance to students within the assigned subject area; and maintains the general cleanliness of the assigned laboratory.
Positions in the Lab Technician class are distinguished from the Senior Lab Technician by the level of responsibility assumed. In comparison to the Senior Lab Technician, positions at this level are assigned to less complex labs, have less exposure to hazardous or otherwise dangerous materials, and limited involvement in budget activities and ordering of supplies and equipment. 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 procedures and policies of the work unit.
The 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. Please see Job Duties for details.
Operational characteristics of laboratory apparatus, equipment and materials pertaining to assigned laboratory and subject area.
Theories and applications of the assigned subject matter.
Principles and practices of laboratory operations.
Proper methods of storing equipment, materials and supplies used within the assigned laboratory.
Operational characteristics of industrial and computerized sewing machines.
Basic principles of nutrition.
Principles and procedures of record keeping and filing.
Basic accounting and bookkeeping practices.
Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.
Assist in the preparation of instructional materials and demonstrations for an assigned subject area.
Correctly and efficiently set up laboratory equipment and materials used in exercises and experiments.
Operate and demonstrate the proper use of specialized equipment, supplies and materials.
Provide assistance to students on matters related to assigned laboratories.
Operate, understand the mechanical function of and perform routine maintenance and repairs on laboratory equipment within assigned area.
Maintain the cleanliness of assigned laboratory.
Interpret and apply department policies, procedures, rules and regulations.
Ensure adherence to safe work practices and procedures.
Maintain an adequate inventory of materials for instructional programs.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Education and Experience Guidelines:
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.
Equivalent to two years of college level course work in home economics, nutrition, textiles, interior design, consumer sciences or a related field.
Two years of increasingly responsible experience working with home economics materials and equipment.