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Administrative & Staff Job Classifications

Class Specification Title: Lab Technician

Series: Instructional Laboratory Support

Levels in series:  1 | 2 | 3 | 4










The Lab Technician is the second level in a four-level Instructional Laboratory Support series. Incumbents are responsible for providing assistance to instructional faculty, staff, and students in various departments. The Lab Technician is distinguished from the Lab Assistant by its responsibility for performing higher skilled tasks within the department. The Lab Technician is distinguished from the Lab Specialist that has the responsibility of performing highly skilled instructional laboratory support duties.


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

  1. Providing students with an orientation of the laboratory, including demonstrating equipment, explaining policies and procedures, and answering questions.  Daily 25%
  2. Assisting, monitoring, training, and evaluating student aides/tutors.  Daily 15%
  3. Preparing or assisting in the preparation of course materials, including course outlines, tests and quizzes, and various demonstrations.  Daily 10%
  4. Developing and maintaining various databases, including class list and other student records.  Daily 10%
  5. Overseeing the use of lab by students and monitoring lab during operating hours.  Daily 15%
  6. Proctoring exams, processing test scores, and assisting with other course exercises.  Daily 10%
  7. Providing general information to faculty, staff, students, and the public regarding the department and the laboratory.  Weekly 5%
  8. Ordering, stocking and monitoring office supplies and equipment needed for daily operation of the laboratory.  Weekly 10%
  9. Performing other duties of a similar nature or level.   As Required


Incumbents assigned to the culinary arts department will be responsible for:

  • Coordinating purchases of supplies and equipment, and inventorying of supplies, equipment and materials;
  • Picking up foods, supplies and goods from local vendors;
  • Performing minor maintenance and repair to learning stations and equipment.

Incumbents assigned to the photography department will be responsible for:

  • Handling, mixing, and dispensing of chemicals;
  • Monitoring off-campus student use of department equipment.

Incumbents assigned to the art department will be responsible for:

  • Overseeing and participating in the loading, unloading, and firing of kilns;
  • Picking up materials and equipment from off-campus vendors.

Incumbents assigned to CAD and engineering will be responsible for:

  • Building new computers for technologies;
  • Installing, configuring, upgrading, repairing, troubleshooting, and testing software and hardware.

Incumbents assigned to computer lab will be responsible for:

  • Downloading and installing computer software, performing backups as needed;
  • Troubleshooting problems with various computer programs.

Incumbents assigned to the automotive department will be responsible for:

  • Performing minor maintenance and repair to equipment, learning stations and vehicles;
  • Coordinating purchasing of automotive parts and inventorying of supplies, equipment, and materials;
  • Picking up materials and equipment from off-campus vendors.

Incumbents assigned to the aviation department will be responsible for:

  • Performing routine maintenance on aircraft electronic system trainer;
  • Building aviation training aids for aviation maintenance programs.

Training and Experience (positions in this class typically require): Associate's Degree in related field or 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):

  • Arizona driver's license
  • Automotive Service Education Certification
  • Registered Nursing License
  • Environmental Protection Agency Certification
  • Refrigerant Handling Certification
  • Forklift Operator Certification
  • National Academic Technical Excellence (NATE) Certification
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certification (CPR)
  • Minimum age of twenty-one
  • Industry Competency Exam (ICE) Certification

Knowledge (position requirements at entry):

Knowledge of:

  • Applicable computer equipment and software;
  • Laboratory techniques including appropriate safety measures;
  • Course material preparation principles;
  • Record keeping principles;
  • Inventory maintenance principles;
  • Basic math;
  • Modern office procedures;
  • Test administration principles;
  • Supervision principles;
  • Customer service principles.

Skills (position requirements at entry):

Skill in:

  • Prioritizing tasks;
  • Preparing laboratory exercises;
  • Monitoring students;
  • Database maintenance;
  • Inventory maintenance;
  • Ability to be cross trained to work in multiple lab settings;
  • 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: reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, climbing, 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, electrical currents, vibrations, dusts, chemicals, 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