Los Angeles Community College District

Chemistry Laboratory Technician (#5254)

$25.34-$31.39 hourly / $4,391.98-$5,440.90 monthly / $52,703.76-$65,290.80 annual


Definition

Prepares and assembles media and equipment used in chemistry experiments and demonstrations; operates and services scientific equipment; assists students and faculty with instructional activities; and orders, issues, receives, and stores laboratory materials and supplies.

Typical Duties

Schedules and oversees the use of one or more chemistry laboratories by students, faculty and staff.

Instructs students individually in the proper and safe use and operation of a variety of equipment and tools and orients students to established policies within the instructional laboratory.

Prepares and dispenses solutions and chemical materials used for lab classes which may include reagents, chemicals, acids, bases, buffers, and stains.

Ensures the return of all solutions and chemicals used in laboratory exercises.

Assembles supplies and constructs apparatus; sets up and may assist in conducting classroom experiments and demonstrations.

Issues and receives materials and equipment for student use in laboratory and classroom assignments; keeps records and effects the return of supplies and equipment checked out to students for laboratory use.

Operates, maintains, and makes minor adjustments and repairs on laboratory equipment such as microscopes, balances, centrifuges, emulsifiers, and homogenizers.

Maintains inventory records of supplies, materials, and equipment, and prepares requisitions as needed.

Stores supplies and equipment, disposes of solutions according to guidelines, and keeps storerooms and working areas orderly and clean.

Washes and sterilizes laboratory glassware.

Performs clerical work related to laboratory activities such as word processing, record keeping, filing, and answering telephone inquiries.

Maintains material safety data sheets for all department chemicals and products.

May perform elementary glass blowing in making simple laboratory equipment.

May assist instructional staff in writing instructions and study aids and designing apparatus for specialized experiments.

May provide training and work direction to student employees.

Performs related duties as assigned.

 

Distinguishing Characteristics

A Chemistry Laboratory Technician applies knowledge of chemistry and scientific laboratory procedures and techniques in performing a broad range of duties related to the day-to-day operations of chemistry laboratories which includes the preparation of media, supplies, materials, and equipment; maintenance of equipment and facilities; storekeeping functions; and proper and safe use of equipment and materials.

 

A Life Sciences Laboratory Technician applies knowledge of the biological sciences and scientific laboratory procedures and techniques in performing a broad range of duties related to the day-to-day operations of biological laboratories, which includes the preparation of media, supplies, materials, and equipment; maintenance of equipment and facilities; storekeeping functions; and proper and safe use of equipment and materials.

Supervision

General supervision is received from an academic supervisor. Functional supervision is received from instructional staff. Work direction may be provided to student employees.

Class Qualifications

Knowledge of:

 

Basic principles of biochemistry, organic and inorganic chemistry

 

Scientific laboratory procedures and techniques used in a chemistry laboratory

 

Scientific laboratory equipment and apparatus

 

Scientific methods of measurements

 

Health and safety practices and precautions applicable to a chemistry laboratory

 

Proper and safe handling and disposal of harmful chemicals, substances, and hazardous wastes

 

Capabilities of computer systems, software, and hardware common to instructional laboratories

 

Recordkeeping procedures

 

 

Ability to:

 

Provide instructional assistance to students and instructional staff

 

Follow complex instructions and formulae in the preparation and construction of media and equipment set-ups

 

Prepare chemical and reagent solutions, extracts, and dilutions to specifications

 

Effectively and safely operate, adapt, and maintain scientific equipment

 

Perform minor repairs and adjustments to a variety of laboratory equipment

 

Stay abreast of technical subjects, practices, and developments in the field of chemistry

 

Keep detailed and precise records

 

Maintain an inventory of equipment, supplies, and tools

 

Work effectively and cooperatively with students and instructional staff

 

Give clear and concise instructions

 

Effectively utilize computer hardware and software applications in assigned program area

 

Learn general and specialized software applications

Entrance Qualifications

Education and Experience:

A.  An associate degree or its equivalent, from a recognized college or university, with a major in chemistry or a related field.

OR

B. Graduation from high school or its equivalent AND two years of full-time, paid experience as a laboratory technician in a chemical laboratory.

Reasonable Accommodations

Our class specification generally describes the duties, responsibilities, and requirements characteristic of the position(s) within this job class. The duties, responsibilities, and requirements of a particular position within this class may vary from the duties of other positions within the class.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Los Angeles Community College District provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with covered disabilities on a case-by-case basis throughout the application, examination, and hiring processes and throughout employment. If an individual is in doubt about his or her ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of a position or possession of any other requirement noted in a class specification or job announcement, he or she should always apply for a position and request reasonable accommodation at the appropriate time.

 


CLASS: 5254; EST: ; REV: 5/8/2019;