Chula Vista
Apr 21, 2017
Institution Type
Community College

Southwestern College

RESPONSIBILITIES: Under the direction of the Dean, School of Mathematics, Sciences & Engineering, perform complex technical work related to Chemistry, oversee the operation and maintenance of a complex instructional laboratory including the stock and prep rooms. ESSENTIAL DUTIES: Monitor laboratory safety for students and staff, check-out and check-in lockers to students, maintain records of student lockers during the evening laboratory assignments; assess charges for lost, damaged or broken equipment; prepare, label and maintain adequate quantities of stock solutions and reagents; assure adequate quantities are available for instructional use; prepare chemical solutions and unknowns for laboratory demonstrations, practical examinations and general instruction; prepare and issue materials and equipment for student use; monitor and maintain records of materials and equipment on loan to or checked out by students and instructors; maintain stock rooms, laboratories, prep areas and other assigned areas in a safe, clean and orderly condition; encourage awareness of and oversee the proper use of facilities and safe practices; perform general clerical duties as needed. OTHER DUTIES: Test, adjust, maintain and perform minor repairs including necessary calibrations to apparatus and equipment; perform related duties assigned; pass pre-employment physical if selected for position.

ADDITIONAL DUTIES MAY INCLUDE: Operate, maintain, and train users on a variety of technical equipment and measuring devices including burets, volumetric glassware, pH meters, melting point apparatus, analytical balance, multimeter, spectrophotometer and other analytical instrumentation.

KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES: MUST HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF: Principles, practices, procedures and equipment of physical sciences; health and safety regulations; record-keeping techniques; correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary; technical aspects in field of chemistry; oral and written communication skills; interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy; science laboratory operation at the communication college level. MUST HAVE ABILITY TO: Learn to operate computer equipment; learn and apply techniques of precise measurement and notation; assure the care and security of assigned equipment, specialized materials and supplies; assemble, maintain and repair lab equipment; demonstrate competence in the physical sciences; issue and receive equipment and supplies; plan and organize work; understand and follow oral and written instruction; work independently with little direction; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others; meet schedules and time liens; maintain records and prepare reports.

DESIRED KNOWLEDGE OF: Familiarity with computer software such as Outlook, MS Word, Excel, Filemaker, Analytical Instrumentation such as HPLC, GC-MS, and IR/UV-vis spectrometers

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Any combination equivalent to: completion of two years of college chemistry with some physics and two years of work experience as a laboratory technician in an instructional setting.

WORKING CONDITIONS: ENVIRONMENT: Instructional lab environment. PHYSICAL ABILTIES: Lifting heavy objects; bending at the waist to assist students; dexterity of hands and fingers to operate various equipment; hearing and speaking to exchange information; standing for extended periods of time; seeing to assist with lab projects. HAZARDS: Exposure to potentially hazardous materials.

SALARY & BENEFITS: Range 24, Steps 1-6, $4,127.00-$5,020.00. Initial placement for external applicants is Step 1. An excellent benefits package which includes medical, vision, dental, retirement, vacation, generous sick leave package, and life insurance is available for the employee and eligible dependents.

Monday-Friday: 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (Approximately). Work schedule may be adjusted to meet the needs of the department.

STARTING DATE: As soon as the successful candidate is identified and following the subsequent governing board approval.

All application materials must be received on-line at Position is open until filled. Applications received by the first screening deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 28, 2017 are guaranteed to be reviewed by the selection committee. Any application received after the deadline is not guaranteed a review.


APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Submit the following application materials on-line:

Letter of application (cover letter)
SWC on-line application
Supplemental questionnaire
Unofficial copies of college transcripts showing supplemental course work

It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all application materials are received by the deadline date. A separate, complete application packet is required for each position for which you are applying for.

All materials included in your application packet become District property,
will not be returned, will not be copied, and will be considered for this opening only.
We reserve the right to re-open, re-advertise, delay or cancel filling this position.

If additional positions become available in this classification, applications received in response to this posting may be considered for those additional positions for up to 90 days after final board approval.


As an Equal Opportunity Employer and in compliance with the American with Disabilities Act,
Southwestern Community College District will make reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.


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