Senior Laboratory Technician, Mathematics/Science/Engineering - Job posted on (2023)

Job Description:

C.S.E.A Classified Bargaining Unit Salary Range 130

Initial Screening Date: 08/14/22

Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.


Under direction from the Dean, Math, Science and Engineering, performs complex technical work in an instructional learning environment for a highly technical or complex subject area; exercises judgment and initiative in coordinating labs and other instructional facilities and materials within the assigned area; provides a high level of academic assistance to assigned instructors; may oversee and provide lead direction to Lab Technician positions.


Positions in the Senior Lab Technician class are distinguished from the Lab Technician by the level of responsibility assumed and the complexity and range of duties assigned. Employees assume greater responsibility for more technical aspects of a learning program, perform at a skill level with a considerable degree of independence, and operate complex apparatus, equipment and machines. In addition, the Senior Lab Technician must possess extensive technical and academic training and experience in the assigned field, set up complex labs such as chemistry or biology, handle hazardous materials, oversee and manage assigned budgets, specify, order and inventory laboratory equipment, supplies and materials and provide significant academic and technical assistance to assigned instructors. Employees at this level are required to be fully trained in all procedures related to assigned area of responsibility and are fully aware of the operating policies and procedures of the work unit.


The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Participate in the planning and implementation of laboratory exercises, experiments and procedures; implement new or modified policies and procedures as required.

Prepare for laboratory demonstrations; set up laboratory apparatus; assist students in the use of a variety of laboratory equipment and instruments; ensure student compliance with laboratory policies, procedures and safety precautions; demonstrate proper care and cleaning procedures for laboratory equipment.

Assist instructors in developing experiments and laboratory activities; develop and prepare lab practicum tests, study sheets, visual instructional aides, sample exercises and exams, and laboratory experiments.

Provide assistance to students on a variety of laboratory and course related matters; review student work in progress and assist in resolving technical experimentation problems.

Assist instructors, staff and students in the use of a variety of laboratory equipment, materials and supplies in an instructional setting; monitor students involved in laboratory activities; ensure student compliance with laboratory policies, procedures and safety precautions; demonstrate safety and emergency procedures in class and laboratory situations.

Maintain a clean and safe learning environment; diagnose and repair malfunctioning laboratory equipment; maintain, clean and test equipment relating to biology, chemistry and various other experimentation and study including microscopes, balances, lasers, cameras, vacuum pumps, optical systems, computers, hand power tools, telescopes, meters, generators and heaters.

Oversee and participate in the ordering and maintenance of supplies, materials and equipment; acquire and maintain an inventory of materials for instructional programs including but not limited to a variety of specimen collections, chemicals, laboratory supplies, glassware, books, slides and films; store, discard and rotate materials according to standard procedures; receive, assemble and test new equipment.

Participate in budget preparation and administration; prepare cost estimates for budget recommendations; submit justifications for budget items; monitor and control expenditures.

May oversee and provide lead direction to Lab Technician positions, part time hourly staff and student volunteers.

Prepare solutions and mixtures of chemicals for assigned laboratory use; dispense and label chemicals in appropriate containers.

Monitor and dispose of chemicals and chemical waste; identify, collect and store unwanted and expired chemicals according to established safety guidelines and procedures.

Maintain de-ionized water purification system; maintain contract with outside vendor; read and log usage; monitor system for maintenance needs.

Check out and collect borrowed equipment including microscopes, lenses, balances, power tools, magnifiers, calculators and study sets; inspect equipment and materials for proper condition upon return.

Provide for and maintain a suitable environment for a variety of living organisms utilized in lab experiments; feed, clean and monitor organisms and maintain records of condition.

Prepare and sterilize specialized media for growth of bio hazardous microorganisms; maintain bacteria and microorganisms under safe and sterile conditions; perform proper decontamination and disposal of all microbial and fungal bio hazardous waste.

Respond to inquiries and requests for information; answer phones; relay messages for faculty and staff.

Respond to laboratory emergencies including injuries and chemical spills; serve as floor monitor during evacuations.

Perform related duties as required.


The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

Operational characteristics of laboratory apparatus, equipment and materials pertaining to assigned laboratory.

Advanced theories and applications of the assigned scientific discipline.

Advanced principles and practices of laboratory operations.

Methods and techniques used in handling and disposing of hazardous chemicals.

Proper methods of storing equipment, materials, chemicals and supplies used within the assigned laboratory.

Advanced mathematical principles and scientific concepts.

Properties and safe handling of bio hazardous and pathogenic materials.

Electronics and related repair techniques.

Principles and procedures of record keeping and filing.

Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.

Basic principles and practices of budget preparation and administration.

Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.

Ability to:

Perform complex technical work in an instructional learning environment for a highly technical or complex subject area.

Perform duties at an advanced skill level with a considerable degree of independence.

Provide assistance to students on matters related to assigned laboratories.

Provide assistance to instructors in the development of laboratory experiments and demonstrations.

Correctly and efficiently set up laboratory equipment and materials used in exercises and experiments.

Safely mix, dispense and store solutions for chemistry lab experiments.

Properly store and dispose of hazardous chemicals and materials.

Troubleshoot and repair electronic, optical and mechanical equipment.

Anticipate resource needs of the department and individual instructors.

Operate, understand the mechanical function of and perform routine maintenance and repairs on laboratory equipment within assigned area.

Interpret and apply department policies, procedures, rules and regulations.

Ensure adherence to safe work practices and procedures.

Participate in budget preparation and administration.

Maintain an adequate inventory of materials for instructional programs.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in math, science, engineering or a related field.


Three years of increasingly responsible experience in monitoring and implementing a laboratory program.

Desired Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree or higher in Biology, Anatomy, Horticulture or related field.

Experience working with preserved and live biological specimens.

Experience with greenhouse and or garden care.

Highly organized, detail-oriented, and self-motivated.

Ability to manage time and prioritize activities.


The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.


Work is performed primarily in a laboratory setting; exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals, noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, noxious odors, and gases; work with laboratory equipment and apparatus; may work in, near or with water. Moderate exposure to risks controlled by safety precautions.


Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a laboratory setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull moderate to heavy amounts of weight; to operate laboratory equipment and apparatus requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination; to verbally communicate to exchange information; may require the wearing of safety glasses or goggles, lab coat, rubber or plastic gloves, respirators or face shields. Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction. Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.


Interviews may be held in-person (following all necessary precautions) or in a virtual format. Employees must reside in California while employed with the South Orange County Community College District (SOCCCD), even during remote work. Thank you for your continued interest in working at the SOCCCD.

The SOCCCD is committed to protecting the health and wellbeing of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the communities it serves. The Board of Trustees voted to require COVID-19 vaccinations for all students, employees, and volunteers with allowances for medical exemptions and sincerely held religious beliefs as defined by law. More information can be found on our District website by visiting


The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Public Law 99-603, requires that employers obtain documentation from every new employee which authorizes that individual to accept employment in this country.


A California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) retiree may not accept employment until after the first 180 days of retirement. Anyone retired from CalPERS accepting permanent employment with this District will be required to reinstate as an active CalPERS member. Please contact CalPERS for additional information regarding your retirement status.

Any active vested member of California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS), who accepts employment with the District to perform service that requires membership in CalPERS, is eligible to elect to continue retirement system coverage under CalSTRS


If you require special accommodations in the application and/or selection process, please notify District Human Resources at least two (2) business days prior to the Job Close Date/Initial Screening Date, by either calling (949) 582-4850 or sending an e-mail to


Report to work on a regular and consistent basis, as scheduled, to assigned job.


Information regarding campus crime and safety awareness can be found at or Paper copies are available in the District Human Resources office upon request.


The South Orange County Community College District is committed to creating an academic and work environment that fosters diversity, equity and inclusion and equal opportunity for all, and ensures that students, faculty, management and staff of all backgrounds feel welcome, included, supported, and safe. Our culture of belonging, openness, and inclusion, makes our district a unique and special place for individuals of all backgrounds.

Our District and our colleges are looking for equity and inclusion-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to the understanding of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present within our community. When you join our District, you can expect to be part of an exciting, thriving, equity-focused, and inclusive community that approaches higher education with the lens of social justice and collaboration among students, faculty, staff, administration, and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position with our District, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our District’s mission and goals for EEO, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.


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At the South Orange County Community College District, our goal as an academic community is to sustain a working environment that fosters and celebrates diversity, promotes and rewards excellence, and is welcoming to all. An exemplary academic community promotes an inclusive environment that best prepares our faculty, staff, and students to live, work, and contribute in a global society. The Plan reflects the District's commitment to equal employment opportunity and outlines the active steps that ensure nondiscriminatory practices.

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