Location: Bedford/Lowell, MA Category: Full-time Staff Posted On: Thu Oct 10 2019 Job Description:
This position is only open to internal Middlesex Community College employees.
Title: Laboratory Technician I - Chemistry
Unit: AFCSME Grade: 15
Reports To: Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Date: October 10, 2019
General Description of Duties: The Chemistry Laboratory Technician works in collaboration with the Chemistry Lab Coordinator to provide support services to faculty and staff who teach Chemistry courses on the Lowell and Bedford Campuses. The Chemistry Laboratory Technician is responsible for maintaining a sanitary and efficient laboratory environment to promote student success and receives general direction and guidance from the Science Department Chairperson. This knowledgeable individual performs laboratory work and provides support that includes maintaining inventory of laboratory equipment, materials and supplies, ordering new/replacement materials, maintaining/caring for laboratory equipment, setting up laboratory experiments and related equipment/supplies for labs, and developing, implementing and following lab safety protocols, including proper disposal of all hazardous wastes.
Examples of Essential Functions:
Maintain cleanliness and organization of the lab classroom and prep room
Clean, organize, and maintain availability of all glassware and equipment in the lab classroom
Communicate and make arrangements with faculty via email and in person to prepare materials for lab procedures
Prepare dilute solutions and mixtures based on faculty lab requests
Test and calibrate equipment in preparation for upcoming labs
Maintain inventory records of all solutions and compounds needed for upcoming labs
Research prices of equipment needed across multiple vendors
Submit purchase order requests for approval based on inventory and upcoming lab requests
Collaborate and communicate with work student assistants to ensure tasks are completed
Handle caustic, toxic, and hazardous chemicals according to MSDS guidelines
Dispose of toxic chemical waste produced in lab classroom following lab protocol
Maintain written inventory and contents of all waste receptacles stored in prep lab
Arrange for waste removal with campus Environmental Safety Officer on a yearly basis
Arrange logistics of shared equipment with biology and biotech departments
Shop for everyday materials using assigned Market Basket AR charge card
Update and ensure signage for lab safety is available and visible for students and faculty
Ensure faculty are aware of lab safety requirements and lab request submission procedure
Record and maintain inventory of all equipment and supplies on both campuses to ensure cost effective purchasing.
Skills and Competencies:
Familiarity with organic and inorganic nomenclature
Ability to follow and knowledge of chemical handling safety guidelines
Familiarity with MSDS (material safety data sheet) and SDS guidelines (safety data sheets)
Able to maintain motivated autonomous work ethic under limited supervision
Ability to manage and complete multiple tasks within a deadline
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suit
Other duties as assigned by the Science Department Chair.
Laboratory Technicians work exposed to the harmful effects of chemicals, gases, fumes, inflammable and pathogenic materials and dangerous equipment; work varied shifts, weekends, holidays and nights and stand for prolonged periods of time.
The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education - Middlesex Community College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education - Middlesex Community College will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.
Minimum Entrance Requirements:
Applicants must have at least (A) one year of full-time, or equivalent part-time, technical or professional experience in chemistry laboratory work, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.
I. An Associate degree or higher with a major in chemistry, bacteriology, food science and technology, environmental science, chemical or environmental engineering, wastewater technology, oceanography or the biological sciences may be substituted for the required experience.
II. The successful completion of one year of full-time, or equivalent part-time, education toward a degree at a recognized medical or dental school may be substituted for the required experience.
III. The successful completion of training in a recognized school or hospital course, or an American Medical Association (AMA) approved training program for laboratory technicians or medical technologists may be substituted for the required experience.
IV. Registration as a medical technologist by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, the International Society for Clinical Laboratory Technicians or American Medical Technologists or as a bacteriologist by the National Registry of Microbiologists may be substituted for the required experience.
Qualifications Required at Hire:
Knowledge of the terminology and standard abbreviations used in chemistry plus the types and uses of laboratory tests, the practices and procedures, including safety practices and procedures followed in laboratory work in chemistry.
Ability to conduct and interpret laboratory tests in chemistry and knowledge of general laboratory testing techniques and methods, including sample collection.
Knowledge of sanitation and sterilization methods, techniques and procedures followed in a laboratory including the proper methods used in the disposal of laboratory materials, the types and uses of sterilization equipment and devices used in a laboratory.
Knowledge of calibration and adjustment techniques as applied to laboratory equipment.
Knowledge of the properties and characteristics of chemicals, acids and materials used in a laboratory; and knowledge of the techniques used in the handling and transportation of laboratory specimens.
Ability to understand, apply and explain the policies, procedures, specifications, standards and guidelines governing assigned unit activities.
Ability to follow oral and written instructions and to communicate effectively in oral expression and in writing. Ability to give written instructions in a precise and understandable manner.
Ability to gather information through observing and questioning individuals and by examining records and documents.
Ability to maintain accurate records, and to prepare and use charts, graphs and tables. Ability to determine proper format and procedures for assembling items of information.
Ability to perform arithmetical computations with speed and accuracy (addition, subtraction, division and multiplication).
Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with others, and to deal tactfully with others. Ability to work in a team setting.
Ability to exercise sound judgment.
Experience and/or knowledge working with and/or understanding of individuals of diverse identities such as socioeconomic level, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and veterans including those with different levels of academic preparation, varying physical and learning abilities.
Bilingual skills a plus
Qualifications Acquired on the Job
Knowledge of the policies, procedures, specifications, standards, guidelines, laws, rules and regulations governing assigned unit activities.
Knowledge of the types and uses of agency forms.
Knowledge of the types and availability of public or private community based organizations and sources for conducting laboratory tests, for providing equipment repair and equipment calibration and for the purchase of laboratory equipment.
Knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of supervision.
The College will not sponsor applicants for work visas.
Internal Number: 116867
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