Los Angeles Community College District

Engineering Laboratory Technician (#5261)

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


Prepares and assembles materials and equipment used in engineering experiments and demonstrations; operates and services engineering and drafting 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 engineering computer facilities by faculty, staff, and students.

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.

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 loaned to students.

Performs software installations and updates of programs for assigned area.

Operates, maintains, and makes minor adjustments and repairs on equipment such as blueprint machines, rapid prototyping machines, tensile and compaction testers, power saws, drills, lathes, and milling machines.

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

Stores supplies and equipment and keeps storerooms and working areas orderly and clean.

May provide assistance to students in the use of specialized computer aided drafting programs.

May provide assistance in LAN (Local Area Network) operation and maintenance of assigned computer laboratory(ies) related to the installation and configuration of workstations and basic troubleshooting of network malfunctions.

May assist academic staff with research of product specifications related to software and hardware purchasing options.

May assist academic staff in writing instructions and designing apparatus for specialized experiments and classroom demonstrations.

May assist with department outreach activities.

May provide training and work direction to student employees.

Performs related duties as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics

An Engineering Laboratory Technician applies knowledge of engineering technology in performing a broad range of duties related to the day-to-day operations of an engineering laboratory which include the preparation of materials and equipment; maintenance of equipment and facilities; storekeeping functions; and proper and safe use of equipment and tools.

A Physical Sciences Laboratory Technician applies knowledge of the physical sciences and scientific laboratory procedures and techniques in performing a broad range of duties related to the day-to-day operations of a physical sciences laboratory which includes the preparation of materials and equipment; maintenance of equipment and facilities; and storekeeping functions.


General supervision is received from an academic supervisor. Functional supervision is received from instructional staff. May provide work direction to student employees.

Class Qualifications

Knowledge of:

Basic principles of engineering and drafting

Equipment and supplies used in the various fields of engineering

Health and safety practices and precautions applicable to an engineering laboratory

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

Recordkeeping procedures

Ability to:

Provide instructional assistance to students and instructional staff

Operate, explain, and demonstrate the proper and safe utilization of a variety of equipment and tools

Follow complex instructions in the preparation and construction of supplies and equipment setups

Operate, adapt, and maintain engineering and drafting equipment

Perform minor repairs and adjustments to a variety of laboratory equipment

Maintain an inventory of equipment and tools

Make arithmetic computations

Keep detailed and precise records

Work effectively and cooperatively with students and instructional staff Give clear and concise instructions

Effectively utilize computer hardware and software 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 engineering or a related field.


B. Graduation from high school or its equivalent AND two years of full-time, paid experience as a technician which involved familiarity with engineering and drafting equipment and supplies.

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: 5261; EST: ; REV: 2/13/2019;