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.
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.
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
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.