Laboratory Technician I/II
Under general supervision, performs physical, chemical, biological and bacteriological analyses of water, wastewater, industrial waste, and related materials; performs related work as required.
Laboratory Technician I is the entry level in this classification series.
Under immediate supervision, technicians in this class perform routine analytical tasks, maintenance and field work.
As experience and proficiency are gained, assignments become progressively more diversified and difficult with less supervision.
These classes are alternatively staffed, and technicians in this class normally advance to the Laboratory Technician II class after gaining experience and achieving proficiency which meets the requirements for the Laboratory Technician II class.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Performs routine physical, chemical, biological, and microbiological analysis of water, wastewater, industrial waste, and related materials.
Recognizes problems which occur in an analytical procedure; applies known procedures or confers with others to find solutions.
Prepares samples for transport, storage, and laboratory testing.
Prepares standard chemical solutions, reagents, stains, and bacteriological media; keeps laboratory facilities in a clean and orderly condition.
Cleans and prepares glassware for sample collection; sterilizes bacteriological supplies; prepares sample kits for distribution.
Compiles and records data onto worksheets; enters reviewed data and results of analyses into the laboratory information management system.
Observes standard safety precautions related to the work; maintains proper quality assurance techniques in performing analytical work.
Maintains proper QA/QC records and documentation.
Assists laboratory technicians or chemists on specific analytical projects.
Performs related duties and responsibilities as required.
Laboratory Technician I:
General Knowledge of: Laboratory terminology, equipment and procedures; arithmetic, including proportions, percentages and decimals, and college algebra.
Making arithmetic calculations.
Follow oral, written and graphic instructions; learn to perform routine laboratory work; learn to set up, adjust, clean, and perform minor maintenance on laboratory equipment; work with or without minimal available supervision.
Laboratory environment; exposure to hazardous chemicals, infectious disease, and inclement weather conditions.
Duties may require maintaining a physical condition necessary for standing, walking, and moderate to heavy lifting.