Department of Administrative Services

Laboratory Assistant 1 (40 Hour) (5237FK)

$19.27-$25.41 Hourly / $1,541.54-$2,032.50 BiWeekly /
$40,234.19-$53,048.25 Yearly


PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In a state health, academic or diagnostic laboratory this class is accountable for receiving training in and performing with increasing independence routine technical laboratory work with emphasis on solution and sample preparation or performing processing and laboratory functions for investigated cases.

GUIDELINES FOR JOB CLASS USE

See Addendum.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Initially works under the supervision of an employee of higher grade; works more independently with acquired experience.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Receives training in basic technical laboratory procedures and techniques; prepares simple solutions, stains, culture media and/or reagents according to written instructions; prepares specimens and/or samples for examinations; maintains records of work performed; may perform simple and routine tests and examinations under supervision; performs related duties as required.

OFFICE OF THE CHIEF MEDICAL EXAMINER

Answers incoming calls and inputs and/or edits cases into computerized system; coordinates removal, transport and release of bodies with funeral homes or hospitals; acts as liaison to police departments, hospitals, physicians and Assistant Medical Examiners; types and assembles related paperwork; checks and documents personal property and evidence; relays information to public; assists with preparing bodies for identification; may clean and sterilize glassware, utensils and laboratory instruments; may operate basic laboratory equipment; may prepare simple solutions and reagents; performs related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Some knowledge of laboratory equipment, procedures, techniques and terminology; some knowledge of medical terminology; interpersonal skills; ability to carry out written and oral instructions; ability to apply policies and procedures; some typing ability; ability to carry out simple calculations and keep simple technical records; manual dexterity.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

One (1) year of experience in a laboratory or medical setting.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

Graduation from high school with courses in mathematics and science may be substituted for the General Experience.

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 and supplies, may be exposed to some risk of injury from such elements as toxic vapors or broken glass and may be exposed to disagreeable conditions including communicable infectious diseases.

JOB CLASS DESIGNATION

Classified/Non-Competitive

OCCUPATIONAL GROUP

(17)-Laboratory/Scientific Services

BARGAINING UNIT

(10)-HEALTH NONPROF(NP-6)

EEO

(3)-Technician

SALARY INFORMATION

FK 11

CANCELLATION CLAUSE

This replaces the existing specification for the Laboratory Assistant 1 in Salary Groups HN 11 approved effective July 16, 1999. (Revised to establish the Per Diem parenthetical)

EFFECTIVE DATE

5/17/2013

ADDENDUM

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

1. 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).

2. 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), etcIn 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).

3. 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: 5237FK; EST: 1/6/1984; REV: 5/17/2013;