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Laboratory Technician

X13

Basic Purpose

Positions in this job family are assigned responsibilities for supporting laboratory operations, performing maintenance functions and completing non-technical routine laboratory tests and procedures under the direction of professional staff.

Typical Functions

The functions within this job family will vary by level, but may include the following:

  • Performs routine laboratory procedures such as preparation of media and basic preparation of slides and smears.
  • Conducts non-technical routine laboratory tests and procedures under the direction of professional staff.
  • Sets up and operates laboratory equipment in preparation for specimen examinations.
  • Opens, separates, numbers and arranges specimens for laboratory examination and trace results.
  • Maintains simple laboratory records and inventory for supplies and reagents.
  • Maintains laboratory equipment and supplies by cleaning and maintaining quality assurance records.
  • Maintains a clean and sanitary work area in accordance with standard laboratory practice and procedures.

Level Descriptors

The Laboratory Technician job family consists of three levels which are distinguished based on the complexity of the duties performed and the level of expertise required to perform assigned duties and the responsibilities assigned for providing leadership to others.

Level I: Code: X13A Salary Band: C

This is the basic level where incumbents perform routine repetitive tasks of a non-technical nature involving general housekeeping and maintenance operations in a laboratory.  Duties include cleaning work areas and equipment, storing supplies and distributing a variety of items throughout the laboratory.  Incumbents will be closely supervised while the work is being performed.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include ability to understand and follow simple oral and written directions; to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; and to operate laboratory equipment.

Education and Experience requirements at this level are none.

Level II: Code: X13B Salary Band: E

This is the career level where incumbents are fully qualified to perform a variety of routine laboratory tests and procedures using standard testing procedures and assists more experienced personnel in performing more complex testing procedures.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include knowledge of the maintenance of routine records and reports; and of elementary laboratory techniques and safety precautions.  Ability is required to perform basic laboratory tasks; to keep specimens properly marked; to maintain adequate written laboratory records; and to utilize a computer.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of one year of experience in laboratory work performing laboratory procedures; or an equivalent combination of education and experience, substituting one college-level laboratory science course for each six months of the required experience.

Level III: Code: X13C Salary Band: G

This is the leadership level for  incumbents who perform responsible, skilled tasks in completing a variety of laboratory tests or procedures and provide either direct or functional supervision and training to other technicians, temporary employees and students assigned to the laboratory.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include knowledge of a variety of standard laboratory procedures and techniques; of laboratory equipment and terminology; and of laboratory hazards and safety practices. 

Ability is required to receive and complete complex written and oral instructions on technical matters; to supervise the activities of subordinate laboratory staff; to operate laboratory equipment; and to write reports.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of two years of experience in laboratory work performing laboratory procedures; or an equivalent combination of experience, substituting one college-level laboratory science course for each six months of required experience.

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