In the Departments of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Energy and Environmental Protection, Public Health and Transportation, this class is accountable for conducting chemical, biochemical and physical analyses of a variety of substances.
Performs basic tasks independently; works under the close supervision of a Chemist 2, Principal Chemist or other employee of higher grade when performing more advanced tasks.
May lead laboratory personnel of a lower grade as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Performs qualitative and
quantitative chemical and toxicological analyses of organic and inorganic
substances to determine identity and concentration of substances;
and prepares and standardizes solutions and reagents;
Maintains records of
analyses of drinking water from public and private supplies according to
standard methods of water analysis;
Tests samples of sewage,
river water, trade wastes and sludge for regulated pollutants;
Performs chemical and
physical examinations of sewage and trade wastes to make determinations such as
those for solids, ash, volatile matter, chlorides, nitrates, ammonia and
analyses of samples from swimming pools and bathing beaches for chemical
Tabulates and plots
curves of results of water analyses;
Prepares reports of
investigations; prepares reagents;
analyses of food and dairy products;
Utilizes computers related to laboratory
instrumentation, quality assurance data and test reports;
May perform biochemical
and toxicological analyses of human specimens as well as environmental samples
for toxic substances in postmortem and medical/legal cases;
May assist in
biochemical and toxicological research;
Performs related duties
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION:
Performs chemical and
physical analyses using instrumental analysis or wet chemical testing on
materials such as paint, portland cement, steel alloys, hydrated lime, lime,
fuel oils, chlorides in concrete, water, epoxy, admixtures, sodium and chloride
purities used by the department on construction or maintenance projects;
Performs physical and
chemical tests on other materials such as glass spheres, hay and wood fibers,
topsoil and wood chips;
Compiles data for
periodic summary and statistical reports;
procedures necessary to validate improved and newly developed testing methods
May calibrate field
instruments and prepare and standardize solutions and reagents.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
principles, methods and procedures of chemistry;
quantitative and qualitative chemistry;
equipment and instruments used in modern public
applicable analytical techniques;
laboratory quality assurance and quality control
policies and procedures;
universal laboratory precautions;
laboratory hazards and safety;
operation of chemical instruments and equipment
data analysis and interpretation skills;
oral and written communication skills;
conduct standard analytical chemical tests;
utilize computer software.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Five (5) years of experience in an industrial, public health, toxicology, medical or materials laboratory involving scientific work in the field of chemistry.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
College training in chemistry
or a related field may be substituted for the General Experience on the
basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one half (1/2) year of
experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
A Master's degree in chemistry
or a related field may be substituted for the General Experience.
Successful completion of a Connecticut Careers Trainee program
approved by the Department of Administrative Services may be substituted for
the General Experience.
Incumbents in this class must be willing to
periodically undergo tests and immunizations for communicable diseases.
Incumbents in this class may be required to have
specific education and/or experience to meet the various certification
and/or licensing requirements.
Incumbents in this class may be required to undergo and
successfully complete security background checks.
Incumbents in this class may be exposed to communicable diseases and hazardous substances.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(11)-HEALTH PROF (P-1)
As defined by
Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or
group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under
a single title for administrative purposes.
As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or
replaces the existing specification for the class of Chemist 1 in Salary Group
HC 18 approved effective October 2, 2014. (Revised
to modify the Minimum Qualifications - Substitutions Allowed section and modify
content) Final 23-035