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Technician, Science Lab - Chemistry
Austin Community College District

Date Posted Apr. 5, 2022
Title Technician, Science Lab - Chemistry
University Austin Community College District
Austin, TX, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Classified Staff
  • Research/Technical/Laboratory

Austin Community College is a public two-year institution that serves a diverse population of approximately 41,000 credit students each Fall and Spring semester.  We embrace our identity as a community college as reflected in our mission statement.  We promote student success and community development by providing affordable access, through traditional and distance learning modes, to higher education and workforce training, including appropriate applied baccalaureate degrees, in our service area.
As a community college committed to our mission, we seek to recruit and retain a workforce that:

  • Reflects the diversity of our community
  • Values intellectual curiosity and innovative teaching
  • Is attracted by the college mission to promote equitable access to educational opportunities
  • Cares about student success and collaborates on strategies to facilitate success for under-represented populations
  • Welcomes difference and models respectful interaction with others
  • Engages with the community both within and outside of ACC

*Commitment to Equity and Inclusion*_

ACC is committed to the ongoing systemic changes needed to ensure the increased recruitment, inclusion, retention, and completion of historically underserved and under represented populations. Through continual strategic community engagement and professional development of administrators, faculty, staff, and students, the college demonstrates its dedication to fostering a culture and climate for equitable outcomes.

As an open access and low-cost institution, ACC is proud to serve a diverse student body. Dedicated faculty members are excellent professors who help students achieve their educational goals and are sensitive to the diverse cultures and socio-economic backgrounds of our students. In 2017 our faculty adopted a Statement of ACC Faculty Values. This Statement affirms that ACC’s faculty members value collaboration, service, agency, scholarship, inclusion, and teaching, all of which attest to our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion at the heart of our mission.

Job Posting Title:
Technician, Science Lab – Chemistry

Job Description Summary:
To prepare, set-up and issue materials and equipment for use in student laboratory demonstrations, experiments, exercises and exams; assists in the operation and maintenance of instructional labs; participates in the planning and implement of lab exercises and experiments; assists instructors with the development/improvement of laboratory exercises.

Job Description:

*Description of Duties and Tasks *

1) Prepare, assist in developing, perform set-up and clean-up of instructional labs; may include assisting the faculty and students during lab experiments, exercises and exams.
2) Performs annual inventory of all lab chemicals and maintains current list of stored chemicals for labs in accordance with local, state, and federal regulations; provides SDSs information for each instructional lab demonstration, experience, exercise and exam.*
3) Maintains a working knowledge of a variety of laboratory equipment and demonstrates the safe and proper use/disposal of equipment including hazardous or biohazardous materials.
4) Prepares, tests, adjusts, modifies, performs routine maintenance on, calibrates a variety of technical laboratory equipment, trouble-shoots equipment and makes minor repairs and/or arranges for service repair.*
5) Ensures lab safety and respond to laboratory emergencies. Maintain working knowledge of health and safety procedures/regulations including but not limited to first aid and CPR.*
6) Purchases lab and office supplies; track supply budget; obtain approvals for purchases following established department and college processes.*
7) Collaborates with faculty and supervisors on the development of lab schedules, procedures, and documents lab procedures.*
8) Ensures EHS compliance in the laboratory through proper labeling and storage of equipment and hazardous materials.
9) Partners with ACC EHS Department to ensure policies and procedures are followed for safe handling of hazardous and biohazardous materials.
10) May oversee the work of hourly employees.

*Knowledge *

  • Knowledge of laboratory safety practices.
  • Knowledge of Hazardous Waste storage and disposal regulations.
  • Knowledge of discipline related technical equipment.
  • Knowledge of basic discipline related equipment technical support.
  • Knowledge of instructional lab best practices.
  • Safely handling, using, storing, sterilizing, and disposing of hazardous materials and/or infectious agents.
  • Basic administrative procedures and practices including inventory, basic budgeting, purchasing, vendor contacts for supplies and repairs.

*Skills *

  • Maintains a regular, consistent work schedule.
  • Ability to provide technical support including 1st line troubleshooting, maintenance coordination and requests to vendors for repairs and replacement of discipline related equipment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse population including faculty, staff, students and external parties.
  • Planning annual needs, requisitioning, receiving storing, inventorying, storing and issuing laboratory materials, supplies and equipment. 
  • Maintaining basic budget records.
  • Problem solving and analysis to improve laboratory success and student learning.

*Technology Skills *

  • Ability to use a variety of word processing, spreadsheet, presentation software
  • Ability to setup, use, and maintain related laboratory software applications.
  • Ability to perform 1st line technical support of discipline related equipment, including both hardware and software.

*Required Work Experience *

  • Two years related work experience.

*Preferred Work Experience *

  • Work experience in an instructional lab setting.

*Required Education *

  • Bachelor’s degree.

Four years of related work experience may substitute for this education requirement. Applicants who substitute work experience to meet the education requirement must use additional related work experience to meet the years of "Required Work Experience" for this position.  Please note that the college reserves the right to amend these terms of substitution at any time.

*Preferred Education *

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in discipline area.

*Special Requirements *

  • Current CPR Certification.
  • Current First Aid Certification.
  • Valid Texas Driver’s License and reliable transportation for assignment at multiple locations and/or for attending meetings or trainings at various ACC campuses.

*Physical Requirements *

  • Work is performed in a classroom lab and prep setting and may include field work.
  • Depending on assignment, may have frequent contact with hazardous chemicals and waste.
  • Must be able to lift objects up to 30 lbs.
  • Ability to stand, kneel, sit and reach.
  • Hand/finger dexterity to perform the essential functions, including use of keyboard.
  • Visual ability to perform essential functions.


  • Work safely and follow safety rules. Report unsafe working conditions and behavior. Take reasonable and prudent actions to prevent others from engaging in unsafe practices.
  • Ensures accessibility of documentation of emergency procedures.

Please Note:  ACC job postings are removed from advertising at 12:00 A.M on the job posting closing date__ (midnight on the day before the closing date).  Please apply prior to the job closing date and time.

Salary Range

$41,304 – $59,006

Reports to: Department Chair

Number of Openings:

Job Posting Close Date:
April 22, 2022

*ACC Benefits Overview*_
Full-time faculty and staffing table employees who work in full-time and/or part-time positions at the college are eligible for ACC medical benefits effective the first of the month after their first 60 days of employment. Benefits include medical, dental, life insurance, short- and long-term disability, retirement plans and AD&D.

ACC does not participate in Social Security. ACC participates in the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) and the Optional Retirement Program (ORP-Faculty and Administrators Only). Part-time and Hourly employees participate in the ACC Money Purchase Plan (ACCMPP) as a retirement program required by federal law.

*EEO Statement*_
The Austin Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, political affiliation or other protected categories.

*Clery Act*_
As required by the US Department of Education, employees are required to report violations under the Title IX and, under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), select individuals are required to report crimes. If this position is identified as a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified, trained, and provided resources for reporting.

The above description is an overview of the job. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities of the job, nor is it intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Duties and responsibilities may change with business needs. ACC reserves the right to add, change, amend, or delete portions of this job description at any time, with or without notice. Employees may be required to perform other duties as requested, directed, or assigned. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made by ACC as its discretion to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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