Title: Lab Technician - Science and Mathematics
Department: Science & Mathematics
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.
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.
- 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.
Supervised by a designated supervisor, but is expected to work independently and apply appropriate policies and procedures within the assigned area of responsibility.
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
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