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Office of Human Resources

East Tennessee State University

Title Code: 5155 

Occ. Group: 415.455 

LABORATORY TECHNICIAN

Skill Level: 7         

FLSA Status: Non-exempt

IPEDS: 510  

Expectations for All Employees

East Tennessee State University pursues its mission based upon core values. An employee's job performance must support and exhibit the university's core values:

PEOPLE come first, are treated with dignity and respect, and are encouraged to achieve their full potential;
RELATIONSHIPS are built on honesty, integrity and trust;
DIVERSITY
of people and thought is respected;
EXCELLENCE
is achieved through teamwork, leadership, creativity, and a strong work ethic;
EFFICIENCY
is achieved through wise use of human and financial resources; and COMMITMENT to intellectual achievement is embraced.

Job Purpose

Work performed in operating, repairing, and maintaining complex electronic laboratory equipment.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

Install computer software

Repairs and/or calibrates complex and sensitive electronic laboratory equipment such as spectrometers, pH meters, flame photometers, centrifuges, Mettler balances, nitrogen analyzer, carbon-hydrogen analyzer, gas chromatograph, capacitator checker, RF signal generator, vacuum tube voltmeter, audio generator, chain balances, computers, printers, terminals, and other peripherals

Develops and follows preventive maintenance program

May blow glass for repair or creation of laboratory needs

May repair mechanical equipment such as automatic ice makers, photo copier, adding machines, computers, etc. and performing preventive maintenance on specified equipment

May repair audio-visual equipment such as TVs, slide projectors, or movie projectors

May maintain scientific departmental supply room for chemistry and biology labs including cleaning, sterilizing, and storing laboratory equipment

May supervise Laboratory Stock Clerks or student workers

May prepare materials/equipment for labs and classes or supervise Laboratory Assistant

Assist users of laboratories by providing instructions, maintaining records, and documenting lab usage in a specified college department and assists with relocation of equipment

Supplemental Functions

All incumbents are expected to perform these functions except for those qualifying under the Americans with Disabilities Act for a reasonable accommodation.

These functions may vary by institution.

Incumbents may provide backup to various functions within the unit.

May be required to perform related clerical tasks as assigned.

Performs other work as assigned.

Direction Received

Employees work under general supervision.  Advice and guidance are available from the supervisor as needed for complex issues or exceptions to policy.

Direction Given

N/A

Job Specifications

High School diploma or GED.  Emphasis on previous coursework or experience in the science, mathematic, or computer areas.  Experience in maintaining complex and delicate electronic equipment.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Worker Characteristics

Knowledge of purchasing, inventorying, and preparing laboratory materials

Knowledge of use and care of maintenance tools and materials relating to electronic repair of complex and delicate laboratory equipment; knowledge of maintenance practices/tests, safety precautions, and occupational hazards

Knowledge of complex electrical units found in laboratories

Knowledge of mechanical equipment

Ability to read and understand detailed blueprints, technical manuals, and schematics of complex laboratory equipment

Ability to evaluate situations , resolve problems, and understand detailed instructions and guidelines

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, instructors, and other employees

Working Conditions/Physical Demands/Special Conditions

Specific working conditions, physical demands and special conditions relative to this position are on file in the Office of Human Resources for your information.

Date                         Skill            Evaluation
5/2004                        7              723032222

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. 

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