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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. Provides students with an orientation of the laboratory, including demonstrating equipment, explaining policies and procedures, and answering questions.  Daily 25%
  2. Assists, monitors, trains, and evaluates student aides/tutors.  Daily 15%
  3. Prepares or assists in the preparation of course materials, including course outlines, tests and quizzes, and various demonstrations.  Daily 10%
  4. Develops and maintains various databases, lists and other records.  Daily 10%
  5. Oversees the use of lab by students and monitors lab during operating hours; checks equipment in and out for students. Daily 15%
  6. Proctors exams, processes test scores, and assists with other course exercises.  Daily 10%
  7. Provides general information to faculty, staff, students, and the public regarding the department and the laboratory.  Weekly 5%
  8. Orders, stocks and monitors office and laboratory supplies and equipment needed for daily operation of the laboratory.  Weekly 5%
  9. Maintains a clean and sanitary workplace in accordance with standards laboratory procedures; cleans equipment; performs preventive maintenance or minor repairs on laboratory equipment; assembles and tests new equipment. Weekly 5%
  10. Performs other related duties as assigned.


Incumbents assigned to the Culinary Arts department:

  • Coordinates purchases of supplies and equipment, and inventorying of supplies, equipment and materials;
  • Picks up foods, supplies and goods from local vendors;
  • Performs minor maintenance and repair to learning stations and equipment.

Incumbents assigned to the Photography department:

  • Handles, mixes, and dispenses chemicals;
  • Monitors off-campus student use of department equipment.

Incumbents assigned to the Art department:

  • Oversees and participates in the loading, unloading, and firing of kilns;
  • Picks up materials and equipment from off-campus vendors.

Incumbents assigned to CAD and Engineering:

  • Builds new computers for technologies;
  • Installs, configures, upgrades, repairs, troubleshoots, and tests software and hardware.

Incumbents assigned to computer lab:

  • Downloads and installs computer software, performing backups as needed;
  • Troubleshoots problems with various computer programs.

Incumbents assigned to the Automotive department:

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

Incumbents assigned to the aviation department:

  • Performs routine maintenance on aircraft electronic system trainer;
  • Builds aviation training aids for aviation maintenance programs.

Incumbents assigned to Science Laboratory support:

  • Assists in the preparation of laboratory cultures and chemical solutions; follows established procedures.

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 of (position requirements at entry):

  • Applicable computer equipment and software;
  • Laboratory equipment and techniques;
  • Safety and handling principles;
  • Course material preparation;
  • Record keeping principles;
  • Inventory maintenance principles;
  • Basic math;
  • Office procedures;
  • Test administration principles;
  • Problem-solving principles
  • Customer service principles.

Skills in (position requirements at entry):

  • 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.

Physical Requirements:

Positions in this class typically require: talking, hearing, seeing, repetitive motions and fine finger movements – using the fingers to manipulate and handle objects such as typing, sorting papers, activating buttons, sorting/separating small parts; balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching,  standing, walking, pushing, pulling, and lifting..

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.

May be required to wear standard Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which may include: goggles, gloves, closed-toe shoes, face shield, dust masks, and lab coats/aprons.

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. 03/15