Technician, Science Lab

Austin, TX
Apr 15, 2017
Institution Type
Community College

General Statement of Job

To provide complex lab and/or classroom support services related to science disciplines for faculty and students.

Position Information
Location Highland Campus Hours 40 hours/week as assigned; generally Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm with some weekend hours required Salary Technician 4/118 ($31,394.00 - $44,848.00) FLSA Status Non-Exempt Reports To Department Chair or designee Criminal Background Check Pre-employment criminal background checks are required for all Staff and Faculty positions. Pre-employment urinalyses drug screens are also required for all top candidates considered for positions in ACC's College Police department.

Description of Duties and Tasks

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Maintains science lab and/or classroom environment by organizing, cleaning, and preparing materials and supplies.
  • Organizes, plans, and prioritizes laboratory activities for designated area.
  • May assist students in use of lab equipment and facilities.
  • Operates, installs, maintains, and troubleshoots equipment; sets up, configures, and calibrates new equipment; writes instructions and standard operating procedures for equipment operation. Performs routine maintenance and repair.
  • Performs clerical duties including operating a computer, maintaining records and files, and compiling data and reports as required.
  • Maintains an inventory of supplies and materials.
  • Collects data, records, and other information and submits reports as required.
  • Coordinates, operates, and monitors lab facilities and activities. Directs and organizes preparation of lab materials, supplies, workstations, equipment, computers, and other media to ensure efficient lab operations.
  • Organizes, plans, and prioritizes the overall coordination of laboratory activities for designated area; adapts and applies laboratory methods, practices, and techniques common to designated area. Directs or performs the preparation of student experiments and demonstrations, performing routine and analytical work; pilots new labs to be considered. Implements new or modified laboratory policies and procedures.
  • Ensures safe laboratory conditions including safe and secure handling and storage of supplies and equipment, recommends, implements, and maintains safety standards and departmental policies and procedures to comply with federal, state, and local hazardous materials, health and safety, hazardous waste regulations, and other applicable regulations.
  • Initiates purchase requisitions, controls expenditures, prepares cost estimates for budget recommendation, and submits justifications and requests for capital outlay items; prepares specifications and analyzes bids for purchases.
  • May be assigned special projects or assignments based on the unique needs of the assigned lab.
  • May schedule, train, and monitor the work of lab assistants and other staff.

  • Additional Job Specific Duties

    • 1. Provides students with access to Geology specimens, maps, equipment, and experiments in weekly open-laboratory sessions.
    • 2. Identifies, categorizes, labels and organizes rock, mineral, and fossil specimens.
    • 3. Manages logistics of field activities, arranges transportation, and maintains field activity scheduling.
    • 4. Assists faculty with field activities, including transportation of students to field localities.
    • 5. Operates and maintains geological equipment, including microscopes, stereoscopes, and Augmented Reality sandbox.
    • 6. Under the direction of faculty, designs and/or creates new geological teaching aids.


    Must possess required knowledge and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

    • Hazardous material/waste handling and disposal.
    • Laboratory safety practices.
    • Knowledge of specialized discipline such as Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Physics, or Environmental Science, depending on the area of assignment.
    • Laboratory tests and experiments policies and procedures for science disciplines.


    Must possess required skills and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

    • Maintaining confidentiality of work-related information and materials.
    • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships
    • Handling lab materials precisely and accurately.
    • Effectively working with a diverse and multicultural student body.
    • Effectively using organizational and planning skills, including the use of attention to detail and follow-through.
    • Understanding and following instructions precisely.
    • Maintaining an established work schedule.
    • Effectively using interpersonal and communications skills, including the use of tact and diplomacy.

    Technology Skills

    • Use a variety of spreadsheet, word processing, database, and presentation software.
    • Use related laboratory software applications.

    Required Work Experience

    • Two years related work experience.

    Preferred Work Experience

    • Work experience in a scientific or engineering laboratory, a science or natural history museum, or in scientific field investigation.

    Required Education

    • Bachelor's degree.

    Preferred Education

    • Bachelor's degree in Geology or a Bachelor's degree in a natural science with a Minor in Geology.

    Special Requirements

    Licenses/Certifications; Other

    • Valid Texas Driver License.
    • Reliable transportation for travel to various ACC campuses.
    • Depending on area of assignment, may require Hazard Communications Training.

    Physical Requirements

    • Work is performed in a variety of settings.
    • Subject to standing, walking, sitting, bending, reaching, pushing, and pulling, and at times subject to stooping, crawling, and climbing.
    • May need to lift heavy objects of up to 50 pounds and occasionally up to 100 pounds.
    • May be exposed to a variety of temperatures, noise, moving mechanical parts, or chemicals.
    • Specific vision abilities may include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and ability to focus.


    • Work safely and follow safety rules. Report unsafe working conditions and behavior. Take reasonable and prudent actions to prevent others from engaging in unsafe practices.

    ACC Benefits Overview

    Full-time Faculty and Staffing Table employees who work in full-time and/or part-time positions at the College are eligible for ACC medical benefits effective the first of the month after their first 60 days of employment. Benefits include medical, dental, life insurance, short and long term disability, retirement plans and AD&D.

    ACC does not participate in Social Security. ACC participates in the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) and the Optional Retirement Program (ORP-Faculty Only). Part-time and Hourly employees participate in the ACC Money Purchase Plan (ACCMPP) as a retirement program required by Federal law.


    The above description is an overview of the job. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities of the job, nor is it intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Duties and responsibilities may change with business needs. ACC reserves the right to add, change, amend, or delete portions of this job description at any time, with or without notice. Employees may be required to perform other duties as requested, directed, or assigned. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made by ACC as its discretion to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Austin Community College provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.


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