Return to accessibility navigation at the top of the page.

Administrative & Staff Job Classifications

Class Specification Title: Lab Assistant

Series: Instructional Laboratory Support

Levels in series: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4










The Lab Assistant is the first level in a four-level Instructional Laboratory Support series. Incumbents are responsible for assisting instructional faculty and students, and for maintaining department records and inventory supply. The Lab Assistant is distinguished from the Lab Technician by its responsibility for performing routine functions in operating and monitoring lab equipment.


These duties are a representative sample; position assignments may vary.

  1. Providing assistance to instructional faculty, to include: assisting faculty in the classroom; proctoring and grading exams (manually or electronically); and assisting in the clerical preparation of the syllabus and other course materials.  Daily 30%
  2. Maintaining a variety of electronic media in the laboratory and utilizing it in the operation of the lab.  Daily 15%
  3. Responding to questions and problems from students, faculty, staff, and administrators.  Daily 15%
  4. Providing one-on-one tutoring and mentoring to students.  Daily 15%
  5. Maintaining department records and files.  Daily 10%
  6. Providing assistance with laboratory registration and orientation.  Daily 5%
  7. Assisting in the maintenance and ordering of department inventory, equipment and supplies.  Weekly 5%
  8. Performing basic maintenance duties as needed to ensure a clean, safe, functioning learning environment.   Weekly 5%
  9. Performing other duties of a similar nature or level.   As Required


Incumbents assigned to the Instructional Activities Center will be responsible for:

  • Preparing course materials and monitoring performance of students for self-paced courses;
  • Preparing memos and other forms of communications from supervisor to faculty;
  • Installing appropriate software applications on computers.

 Incumbents assigned to the reading program will be responsible for:

  • Selecting and implementing ESL and reading materials for computerized use;
  • Scheduling reading classes.

Incumbents assigned to the tool room will be responsible for:

  • Issuing supplies to students;
  • Preparing raw materials for student use in completing projects;
  • Repairing basic machine malfunctions.

Incumbents assigned to the nursing program will be responsible for:

  • Performing job placement assistance;
  • Performing basic office duties during meetings;
  • Conducting orientation for new students.

Incumbents assigned to the nutrition program will be responsible for:

  • Using the internet to identify new diet and nutrition issues;
  • Cleaning and sanitizing kitchens, food storage areas, refrigerators/freezers, and cupboards;
  • Researching, testing, and recommending recipes for classes.

Incumbents assigned to the instructional assistance program will be responsible for:

  • Performing registration and orientation;
  • Monitoring student attendance;
  • Assisting with academic assessments.

 Incumbents assigned to the instructional computer laboratory will be responsible for:

  • Providing assistance to students in computer lab;
  • Conducting weekly orientations for open lab;
  • Assisting in the development of promotional materials.

Training and Experience (positions in this class typically require):
High School Diploma or General Equivalency Degree, and one year of experience in related area; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

Licensing Requirements (positions in this class typically require):

None required

Knowledge (position requirements at entry): 

Knowledge of:

  • Applicable computer programs and equipment;
  • Basic math;
  • Modern office procedures;
  • Test proctoring principles;
  • Record keeping principles;
  • Customer service principles.

 Skills (position requirements at entry):

Skill in:

  • Prioritizing tasks;
  • Monitoring records and files;
  • Inventorying supplies;
  • Using computers and related software;
  • Performing basic maintenance activities;
  • Communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.

Physical Requirements: Positions in this class typically require: balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.

Medium Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Incumbents may be subjected to moving mechanical parts, vibrations, dusts, workspace restrictions and intense noises.

NOTE: The above job description is intended to represent only the key areas of responsibilities; specific position assignments will vary depending on the business needs of the department.

Classification History:
Draft prepared by Fox Lawson & Associates LLC (DJG/LM)
Date: 03/01.
Updated by Pima Community College: 03/07