LABORATORY EDUCATION TECHNICIAN
DEFINITION OF WORK
This is technical work maintaining a laboratory or lecture demonstration facility and laboratory equipment and supplies.
Standard Classification Factors
Supervision Received - LEVEL C: "Under direction " Employees at this level usually receive a general outline of the work to be performed and are generally free to develop their own sequences and methods within the scope of established policies. New, unusual, or complex work situations are almost always referred to a superior for advice. Work is periodically checked for progress and conformance to established policies and requirements.
Difficulty - LEVEL B: Average Where the employee is confronted with a variety of duties susceptible to different methods of solution which, in turn, places a correspondingly higher demand upon resourcefulness and concentration. Positions which require the analysis and evaluation of raw data and the rendering of conclusions would, in many instances, fall into this category.
Complexity - LEVEL D: Work is of a diversified nature that usually involves multiple unrelated steps. Analytical thought is necessary for dealing with complex data and situations. Work often involves a variety of unrelated processes and may require planning or carrying out a sequence of actions or both. Several alternatives usually exist at this level for approaching problems or situations. Workers at this level exercise a considerable amount of independent judgment. Work is controlled by occasional review and by reporting to or consultation with supervisors or superiors. When guidelines exist at this level, they are usually broadly defined or technical requiring careful analysis and interpretation.
Consequence of Actions or Decisions - LEVEL C: Consequences of actions or decisions at this level are limited in scope and effect as the work is reviewed occasionally. Errors may cause moderate inefficiency. Costs due to errors may be significant.
Contacts - LEVEL B: The purpose of the contact is to plan, coordinate and advise on work efforts, interpret guidelines or instructions, elicit opinions or give guidance on the basis of facts to resolve common issues or problems when the information is not sensitive in nature or the individuals or groups are working toward mutual goals and have basically cooperative attitudes. Well developed communication skills are required.
Physical Demands - LEVEL B: The work requires light physical exertion. The employee may be required to perform handling activities with lightweight or easily moved items (e.g. books, file folders, boxes of office supplies, small machine parts, etc.); perform moving activities for brief periods; operate light equipment; perform repetitive motions for brief periods; confined to a work area.
Environmental Conditions - LEVEL C: The work environment involves hazards, risks or discomforts typical of working with or around machinery with exposed moving parts, irritant chemicals, heavy equipment or abusive or hostile clientele and patients. Exposure to disagreeable weather conditions and extreme levels of temperature, ventilation, lighting and sound are normal. Protective clothing or gear and specific safety standards or procedures may be required. Serious injury is possible.
Supervision/Leadership - LEVEL B: Involves functional leadership responsibility. As a "senior worker", performing essentially the same or similar work as those overseen, responsibility includes training, instructing, scheduling and reviewing. As a "project leader" may be responsible for a phase(s) of a single project which includes planning, coordinating and reviewing the work of others. This level may also involve limited administrative responsibility such as participating in the evaluation of work performance.
Differs from the Laboratory Technician class series in which the incumbents perform analytical and diagnostic tests for research and analysis in a laboratory facility.
EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED
Directs students and teaching assistants in preparing and testing demonstration and laboratory experiment supplies and apparatus.
Maintains an adequate supply of laboratory equipment, chemicals and supplies.
Troubleshoots equipment in order to identify defective equipment for repair or replacement.
Assembles, cleans, dismantles and stores apparatus and equipment used in laboratory demonstrations.
Adapts, designs and constructs existing testing and laboratory demonstration equipment.
Mixes, measures and disposes of chemical solutions.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES, AND SKILLS
Knowledge of the principles and fundamentals of the disciplines in which the work is performed.
Knowledge of the design, construction and repair of equipment and instruments used as teaching aids for the discipline in which the work is performed.
*Ability to design, construct, repair and test laboratory equipment used in the discipline in which the work is performed.
*Ability to communicate with faculty members.
*Ability to adapt available equipment to new uses.
*Ability to use hand and power tools and machine tools.
*Necessary at Entry
Two years of experience in laboratory procedures and analysis. Education in natural sciences and/or engineering may be substituted for experience as determined relevant by the agency.