Department of Administrative Services

Laboratory Assistant 2 (37.5 Hour) (4968XN)

$21.74-$29.53 Hourly / $1,630.23-$2,214.60 BiWeekly /
$42,549.00-$57,801.06 Yearly


PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In a state health, academic or diagnostic laboratory, this class is accountable for performing routine technical laboratory work with an emphasis on the preparation of simple as well as moderately complex solutions, stains, culture media and/or reagents, specimens/samples for analysis using simple as well as more advanced techniques and performance of routine technical examinations according to prescribed procedures.

GUIDELINES FOR JOB CLASS USE

See Addendum.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Works under the general supervision of an employee of higher grade.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

May lead Laboratory Aides, lower level laboratory assistants or other employees as assigned.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Prepares simple as well as moderately complex solutions, stains, culture media and/or reagents; prepares specimens/samples for analysis using simple as well as slightly more advanced techniques; assists in or performs routine technical tests and examinations according to prescribed procedures; prepares reports and maintains records of laboratory findings; may assist in training lower level laboratory employees in preparatory techniques and checking work for conformity with required procedures; performs related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Knowledge of laboratory equipment, procedures, techniques and terminology; ability to carry out written and oral instructions; ability to perform calculations according to prescribed procedures, keep technical records and prepare reports.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Two (2) years' experience in related laboratory work.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE

One (1) year of the General Experience must have been at the level of Laboratory Assistant 1 or above.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

College training in the biological or physical sciences 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.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Incumbents in this class must be willing to undergo periodic tests or immunizations for communicable diseases as necessary.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Incumbents in this class may occasionally be required to lift standard laboratory equipment, supplies and/or bodies; may be exposed to some risk of injury from such elements as toxic vapors and toxic and/or disease carrying substances; may be exposed to moderately disagreeable conditions.

JOB CLASS DESIGNATION

Classified/Non-Competitive

OCCUPATIONAL GROUP

(17)-Laboratory/Scientific Services

BARGAINING UNIT

(10)-HEALTH NONPROF(NP-6)

EEO

(3)-Technician

SALARY INFORMATION

XN 13

CANCELLATION CLAUSE

This replaces the specification for the class of Laboratory Assistant 2 in Salary Group HH 12 approved effective January 15, 1988. (Revised to implement SCOPE compensation)

EFFECTIVE DATE

6/23/1995

ADDENDUM

ADDENDUM TO SPECIFICATIONS FOR LABORATORY ASSISTANTS 1, 2, AND 3
GUIDELINES FOR CLASS USE IN LABORATORY ENVIRONMENTS

LABORATORY ASSISTANT 1: Indications of the level of work performed are: Preparation of "simple" solutions generally involves mixing of one or several ingredients with water according to a prescribed formula. A trip balance may be used to measure out ingredients as well as graduated glassware. A pH meter may also be used but is generally limited to taking the pH reading of a substance rather than for making adjustments. The use of calculations is limited, if required at all. Preparation of "routine" specimens/samples refers to such procedures as centrifuging blood specimens, staining and simple streaking of media on glass plates [streaking that does not involve selection of a bacterial colony for isolation purposes (microbiology)] and clarification of samples through simple separation or filtration (chemistry). Tests and examinations are generally not performed at this level except on a very limited basis under supervision and involving only very simple one step procedures. In general a degree of technical skill is required but incumbents still work under very prescribed guidelines and exercise little independent judgment (e.g. interpretation of results).

LABORATORY ASSISTANT 2: Indications of the level of work performed are: Preparation of "moderately complex" solutions generally involves mixing of several ingredients with water and use of calculations. The use of a precision top loading balance (more accurate than a trip balance) may be required as well as graduated glassware and a pH meter for purposes of making adjustments (the use of analytical balances may be required at this level on a limited basis).
Preparation of specimens/samples for analysis requires use of simple techniques such as those noted above as well as more advanced techniques such as streaking plates and selecting bacterial colonies, pipetting samples and innoculating media (microbiology) and clarifying samples through separation and filtration using more complex types of solutions (chemistry). Routine tests and examinations may also be performed according to standard, prescribed procedures. Incumbents should be able to take basic readings and record results but should not be expected to "interpret" results. The use of equipment such as gas chromatographs and spectrophotometers may be required. Examples of tests performed at this level are: tests for mastitis and brucellosis in dairy cows, reading breed smears (pathobiology); tests for mononucleosis and syphilis (microbiology); protein and metal assays (chemistry), etc. In general a degree of technical skill is required but incumbents still work under very prescribed guidelines and exercise little independent judgment (e.g. interpretation of results).

LABORATORY ASSISTANT 3: Indications of the level of work performed are: Preparation of "complex" solutions using such equipment as analytical balances and pH meters (for readings as well as adjustments), special techniques and independent calculations. Tests and examinations performed differ in that incumbents can be expected to use more sophisticated techniques, exercise a significantly greater degree of independent judgment, interpret their own test results and troubleshoot for accuracy. In general more specialized technical skills are required and incumbents perform work representing the highest level of technical expertise in the paraprofessional laboratory series.


CLASS: 4968XN; EST: ; REV: 6/23/1995;