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East Tennessee State University

Title Code: 5145 

Occ. Group: 631.983 

Histologic Technician

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;
of people and thought is respected;
is achieved through teamwork, leadership, creativity, and a strong work ethic;
is achieved through wise use of human and financial resources; and COMMITMENT to intellectual achievement is embraced.


Employees in this class are under general supervision. Work performed in routine histological laboratory procedures and performing related work as required. 

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

Performs histological work such as cutting, staining, and mounting specimens of human or animal tissue.

Conducts routine laboratory experiments.

Prepares reagents, stains, and chemical solutions.

Performs basic analysis of prepared specimens according to procedures.

Operates and maintains a variety of laboratory equipment.

Works with students in supplying information and illustrating laboratory techniques.

Maintains inventory of materials, supplies and chemicals.

Performs other work as assigned. 

Required Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of techniques involved in cutting, staining and mounting tissue specimens.

Knowledge of the use of reagents, stains, and chemical solutions.

Knowledge of basic specimen analysis and routine laboratory experiments.

Knowledge of the use of equipment involved in routine histologic laboratory procedures.

Ability to trim, fix in fixing solution, dehydrate and place specimen in paraffin.

Ability to use microtone to section prepared tissue.

Ability to correctly use reagents, stains and chemical solutions.

Ability to maintain an adequate inventory of materials, supplies and chemicals.

Ability to maintain an effective working relationship with students and other employees. 

Recommended Qualifications

Applicants possessing these qualifications have a good probability for success in this class. However, applicants not possessing these qualifications should apply if they believe their training and experience will enable them to perform the work successfully. Graduation from a standard high school. Experience in histologic procedures. 

Date         Skill         Eval           
10/1/80        5     513022212

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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