Human Resources

Title: Lab Technician - Science and Mathematics
Classification: T4
Department: Science & Mathematics

Job Summary:
Provide technical support for the sophisticated laboratory equipment of the science division along with developing items for teaching demos or other educational needs.

Primary Duties & Global Responsibilities:

  • Repair or advise on the repair of sophisticated laboratory instrument such as oscilloscopes, amplifiers, microscopes, and spectrometers.
  • Oversee the operation of Padnos loading dock.
  • Fabricate parts as needed for the repair of instruments.
  • Create and develop devices and equipment either independently or under the direction of faculty to serve as teaching aides or research tools.
  • Manage the day to day operations of the wood and metal shops including instructing students in the safe handling of powered shop tools.
  • Carry out the weekly filling of liquid cryogenics into the NMR and other regular maintenance on a variety of instruments.
  • Work with Physical Plant, other campus departments and outside contractors to facilitate repairs.
  • Co-ordinate the delivery of packages throughout the science complex.
  • Inspect, assemble and/or test laboratory equipment.
  • Monitor literature and Internet for equipment and/or techniques to assist or improve the science departments' facilities.
  • Supervise student employees.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Secondary Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Set up special functions and events.
  • Assist maintenance personnel in identifying broken or hazardous equipment or fixtures.
  • Be aware of building safety and notify appropriate people when problems are spotted.
  • Assist faculty and staff with unloading of supplies at the loading dock.
    Unload trucks.

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • High school graduate supplemented by a certificate from a two year technical program and/or relevant experience.
  • Minimum of three years experience repairing or maintaining sophisticated laboratory instruments (including computers).
  • Demonstrated experience to successfully work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated experience to successfully maintain positive interpersonal relationships.
  • Demonstrated experience to successfully operate office equipment including standard wood and metal shop equipment.
  • Demonstrated experience to successfully provide quality customer service.
  • Demonstrated experience to successfully maintain satisfactory work performance and attendance records.
  • Possess strong verbal and written communications skills.
  • Demonstrated experience to successfully work independently, organize own work and coordinate work activities of others.
  • Demonstrated experience to successfully use various computer software applications.
  • This position requires periodic heavy lifting.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in appropriate field (electronics, physics, etc.) or equivalent college level study coupled with work experience.
  • Additional courses in chemistry and biology are helpful.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Knowledge of basic safety procedures dealing with shop tools and electrical instruments and with the sciences present in Padnos Hall.

Supervision Received:
Supervised by a designated supervisor, but is expected to work independently and apply appropriate policies and procedures within the assigned area of responsibility.

Supervision Exercised:
Hire, train, supervise, schedule and coordinate the work of student employees and may act as lead worker to other COT staff members within the department/unit/division.

Revised Date: September 1997 For questions regarding employment, email Human Resources Employment Information. TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center 1-800-649-3777.