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Substitute - Laboratory Technician, Chemistry
San Bernardino Community College District in San Bernardino, California
Date Posted 07/08/2020
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline 06/30/2021
SALARY: $25.53 - $31.04 Hourly
OPENING DATE: 07/01/20
CLOSING DATE: 06/30/21 04:00 PM

This posting is to establish a pool of qualified applicants for the current academic year. The department may not be actively recruiting. Your application will remain on file for consideration until June 30th. Should the department be interested in interviewing you, you will be contacted by the department with the information provided in your application.

Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the

class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job; however, any additional duties

will be reasonably related to this class.


Under general supervision, provides instructional support services by performing technical work in a

chemistry laboratory; orders, issues, prepares, and maintains laboratory materials, supplies, and associated

equipment; performs related duties as required.

Positions in the Laboratory Technician class are assigned duties requiring considerable technical

knowledge and ability in the assigned field of specialization. Incumbents are expected to exercise

independent judgment in the performance of duties and are responsible for supervising and maintaining

all laboratory supplies, materials, equipment, and records. Positions in this class specialize in the assigned

subject area.


The following duties are typical for this classification.

1. Sets up and prepares class demonstrations and experiments working from knowledge of the subject

area, reference materials, course outline, and without specific instructions.

2. Inventories, orders, receives, and stocks materials, supplies, and equipment for laboratory use.

3. Issues and maintains records on materials loaned to students, instructors, and other departments;

issues and maintains records on lockers.

4. Demonstrates and provides instruction to students in proper use and care of laboratory materials and

equipment; assists in maintaining security of laboratories, laboratory equipment, supplies, and


5. Prepares and dispenses solutions and chemical materials used for lab classes which may include

reagents, chemicals, acids, bases, buffers, stains, and unknowns.

6. Performs analyses on water, reagents, and unknown compounds.

7. Prepares unknowns for students to analyze.

8. Cleans up after each lab session by washing, and if necessary, sterilizing tools, equipment, and


9. Calibrates and maintains scientific equipment and supplies.

10. Monitors production of, collects, and processes hazardous waste materials and toxic chemical

materials resulting from lab classes; collects and properly stores hazardous waste.

11. Evaluates chemicals and equipment for suitability, cost, availability, and other factors.

12. May assist faculty in assembling printed class materials.

13. May supervise and assign work of student assistants.

14. May maintain expenditure records and provide data for budget estimates.

15. Performs related duties as required.


The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a

short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

Course content, equipment, safety and other procedures, supplies, and reference materials related to

the appropriate science laboratory.

Concepts associated with chemistry.

Mathematics skill to make calculations such as metric weights and volumes, percents, and molar


Methods and procedures of preparing instructional materials used in appropriate laboratory.

Sufficient human relation skills to guide students and student workers, and to convey technical


Operational characteristics of laboratory apparatus, equipment, and materials pertaining to assigned

laboratory and subject area.

Occupational hazards and standard safety practices including methods and techniques used in

handling and disposing of hazardous chemicals.

Principles and procedures of record keeping and filing.

Basic inventory and purchasing processes and procedures.

English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Ability to:

Set up, modify, service, adjust, and make minor repairs to laboratory apparatus and equipment.

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

Prepare instructional equipment and specimens for laboratory exercises.

Operate, calibrate, and perform minor troubleshooting and repair of laboratory and office equipment

and tools.

Maintain the lab and equipment in a safe and organized manner including the handling of hazardous

or dangerous materials and equipment as required for some labs.

Observe safety procedures and protocols including those for safe handling and storage of hazardous


Read and understand technical manuals and protocols.

Instruct students in the use of lab equipment and lab procedures.

Listen actively and effectively, identify and solve problems, and facilitate problem solving.

Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing.

Perform routine record keeping and report writing duties.

Work independently and collaboratively.

Plan and organize work to meet changing priorities and deadlines.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines - A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Equivalent to completion of 60 semester units of college level coursework that includes a

minimum of 18 semester units in chemistry laboratory classes.


Some experience as a laboratory technician in the appropriate subject field.


The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the

essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to

perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a classroom/laboratory setting; exposure to dusts,

fumes, moderately high levels of toxic chemicals and solvent; work with laboratory equipment and


Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a

classroom/laboratory setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop,

bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of

weight; to operate laboratory and office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine

coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange

information; requires the wearing of personal protective equipment including safety glasses or

goggles, lab coats, rubber or plastic gloves, respirators, or face shields.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction; vision sufficient to read computer

screens and printed documents; to operate assigned equipment; and to distinguish color.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

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