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Laboratory Technician, Life and Physical Sciences (one or more positions)

South Orange County CCD

Mission Viejo, California 92692
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South Orange County CCD
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Laboratory Technician, Life and Physical Sciences (one or more positions)


Salary: $2,627.95 per month

Closing Date: 04/13/2018


Complete job description and application available online at: https://jobs.socccd.edu/postings/8668


Summary Description:

Under direction from higher level administrative or academic staff, assists in the preparation of materials and demonstrations for an assigned instructional area; operates and demonstrates use of specialized equipment, supplies and materials; provides assistance to students within the assigned subject area; and maintains the general cleanliness of the assigned laboratory.


Distinguishing Characteristics:

Positions in the Lab Technician class are distinguished from the Senior Lab Technician by the level of responsibility assumed. In comparison to the Senior Lab Technician, positions at this level are assigned to less complex labs, have less exposure to hazardous or otherwise dangerous materials, and limited involvement in budget activities and ordering of supplies and equipment. Employees at this level are required to be fully trained in all procedures related to assigned area of responsibility and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit.


Representative Duties:

The duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices. Please see Job Duties for details.


Knowledge of:

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

Theories and applications of the assigned scientific discipline.

Principles and practices of laboratory operations.

Proper methods of storing equipment, materials and supplies used within the assigned laboratory.

Mathematical principles and scientific concepts.

Methods and techniques used in handling and disposing of hazardous chemicals.

Proper methods of handling and storing equipment, materials, chemicals and supplies used within the assigned laboratory.

Principles and procedures of record keeping and filing.

Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.

Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.


Ability to:

Assist in the preparation of instructional materials and demonstrations for an assigned subject area.

Correctly and efficiently set up laboratory equipment and materials used in exercises and


Operate and demonstrate the proper use of specialized equipment, supplies and materials.

Provide assistance to students on matters related to assigned laboratories.

Safely mix and dispense solutions for chemistry lab experiments.

Properly store and dispose of hazardous chemicals and materials.

Operate, understand the mechanical function of and perform routine maintenance and repairs on

laboratory equipment within assigned area.

Maintain the cleanliness of assigned laboratory.

Interpret and apply department policies, procedures, rules and regulations.

Ensure adherence to safe work practices and procedures.

Maintain an adequate inventory of materials for instructional programs.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

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


To Apply:

Please visit the District’s Employment Opportunities website at https://jobs.socccd.edu for a detailed job description, to learn more about the District and to complete an on-line application.  


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Education and Experience Guidelines:

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.



Equivalent to two years of college level course work in chemistry, astronomy, biology, geology, physics or a related field.



Two years of increasingly responsible chemistry, astronomy, biology, geology, or physics laboratory experience.


License or Certificate:

Conditions of Employment:

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.


Work Environment:

Work is performed primarily in a laboratory setting; exposure to noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, noxious odors, and gases; work with laboratory equipment and apparatus; may work with water. Moderate exposure to risks controlled by safety precautions.

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