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Administrative & Staff Job Classifications

Class Specification Title: Lab Specialist

Series: Instructional Laboratory Support

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The Lab Specialist is the third level in a four level Instructional Laboratory Support series. Incumbents are responsible for performing skilled technical work in the operation and maintenance needs of the laboratory. The Lab Specialist is distinguished from the Lab Technician by its responsibility for performing highly skilled duties. The Lab Specialist is distinguished from the Lab Supervisor position that has full supervisory responsibility.


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

  1. Overseeing the preparation and maintenance of various equipment, instructional media, and other materials used for class exercises and demonstrations.  Daily 30%
  2. Monitoring, training, and supervising student aides, including assigning work and evaluating performance.  Daily 20%
  3. Orienting faculty, staff, and students in safety procedures, including waste disposal, and ensuring guidelines are adhered to.  Daily 15%
  4. Monitoring lab use during operating hours.  Daily 5%
  5. Planning, designing, coordinating, and recommending facility changes and equipment needs to include: researching new products and technology; communicating with outside vendors; making recommendations for purchases; and ordering products.  Weekly 10%
  6. Overseeing inventory of supplies, equipment and other materials needed for the daily operations of the lab.  Weekly 5%
  7. Monitoring department budget for usage, accuracy and discrepancies.  Weekly 5%
  8. Proposing, developing and implementing new laboratory procedures.  Weekly 5%
  9. Researching new technology for the lab, recommending best products and planning for the implementation of new products.  Monthly 5%
  10. Performing other duties of a similar nature or level.  As Required


Incumbents assigned to the archaeology center will be responsible for:

  • Supporting field classes offered through the Archaeology Center;
  • Maintaining the Archaeology Center local area network;
  • Participating in field projects;
  • Creating and maintaining a database of artifactual data pertaining to archaeological excavations.

Incumbents assigned to the biology department will be responsible for:

  • Testing new laboratory exercises prior to instructional implementation;
  • Performing routine maintenance and minor repairs on laboratory equipment.

Incumbents assigned to the microbiology department will be responsible for:

  • Maintaining and transferring bacterial, fungal, and viral cultures;
  • Performing routine microbiological analysis.

Incumbents assigned to the Computer Technology Instructional Program will be responsible for:

  • Assembling and installing computers in the laboratory;
  • Installing software;
  • Consulting with accounting, business, marketing, and management faculty to promote and implement the use of technology in curriculum.

Incumbents assigned to the aviation department may be responsible for:

  • Overseeing the troubleshooting and maintenance of aviation machinery and electronic equipment;
  • Designing aviation maintenance training aids for programs.

Training and Experience (positions in this class typically require): Bachelor's Degree in related field or an Associate's Degree and two years lab experience; 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):

Some positions may require:

  • Arizona driver's license
  • Background check
  • Certification to meet state requirements
  • Hazardous Materials Certification
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certification (CPR)

Knowledge (position requirements at entry):

Knowledge of:

  • Applicable computer equipment and software;
  • Applicable subject matter terminology and techniques (varies with department);
  • Applicable local, state, and federal laws and regulations;
  • Laboratory techniques;
  • Supervision techniques;
  • Customer service principles;
  • Training techniques;
  • Record keeping principles;
  • Inventory maintenance principles;
  • Safety procedures;
  • Basic math.

Skills (position requirements at entry):

Skill in:

  • Preparing reports;
  • Maintaining databases;
  • Recognizing and solving problems;
  • Monitoring and evaluating student aides;
  • Monitoring facility usage;
  • Prioritizing work and multi-tasking;
  • Performing equipment repair and 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: stooping, kneeling, crouching, climbing, reaching, standing, walking, lifting, fingering, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.

Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for sedentary work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for Light Work.

Incumbents may be subjected to dusts, gases, chemicals, heights, and travel.

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