Science Laboratory Technician

Sep 11, 2017
Institution Type
Community College

Ohlone College

Science Laboratory Technician

Position Description:
Ideal Candidate Statement:

The ideal candidate for this position will be someone who:
1. Is a team player who works in consultation with faculty.
2. Possesses lab skills required to set up, troubleshoot and maintain college-level labs and demos in engineering and physics.
3. Is able to consult user manuals and implement the technical instructions therein to ensure all lab setups and demos are functional ahead of the lab sessions.
4. Has working knowledge of basic physics and engineering principles, and possesses skills and experience in machining, electronics and instrumentation repair.
5. Is familiar with the equipment used in engineering and physics labs (for example: analog and digital multi-meters, oscilloscopes, material testing, 3D printers, drones, power supplies and mechanical sensors).
6. Has experience in creating the interface between computers and data acquisition sensors, and using with software for data acquisition and processing.
7. Is able to construct simple fixtures and rigs for lab and demo setups.
8. Conducts periodic checks to ascertain the proper working condition of all equipment and, if applicable, troubleshoot and/or initiate and manage service requests to repair failing equipment.
9. Ensures that all lab and demonstration equipment is stored in a safe and organized manner, fully inventoried and documented, accessible to all users at any time of the workweek.
10. Possesses very good documentation skills, manages technical instruction sheets, lab write-ups, purchase orders, vendor information, repair and surplus orders and services.
11. Pays strong attention to and follows safety regulations.
12. Possesses good technical writing and verbal communication skills; helps faculty in creating and improving lab instructions and is able to explain a demonstration or lab setup to a faculty member or visitor, when needed.
13. Keeps abreast of new laboratory exercises and technologies in engineering and physics, and discusses innovations with faculty.
14. Has experience in a physics/engineering lab in an educational or industry setting is highly desirable and preferred.

Job Description Summary:
Under direction of the dean, the engineering/physics lab technician will be responsible for the preparation and setup of engineering and physics laboratories; ensure proper storage and maintenance of lab and demonstration equipment and computers; troubleshoot and facilitate repair of faulty equipment; verify proper usage of all equipment; ensures that proper safety standards are upheld in the lab sections; prepare technical handouts or demos where applicable. The work schedule may include early morning, late afternoon, evening, weekend or off-campus assignments. Ohlone College prides itself as a learning college with the motto of “A World of Cultures United in Learning”, and we are looking for staff members who embrace diversity in serving students of varied backgrounds and learning styles, and staff members who display work and interaction standards that are highly ethical, trustworthy, credible, loyal, and respectful of diverse views and opinions. The college has a firm commitment to environmental sustainability and looks to all employees to support this important goal.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of:
• Physics and engineering principles, including electronics and material testing concepts.
• Subject matter related to engineering and physics courses taught at this college.
• Operational characteristics of apparatus, equipment and materials used in engineering and physics laboratories.
• Laboratory techniques related to engineering and physics.
• Safe work practices (including the use and storage of electric equipment, heavy equipment, biomaterials and chemicals, if applicable)
• Use of computers in interfacing and data acquisition.
• Use of computers to generate spreadsheets, graphs and Word documents.
• Pertinent Federal, State, District, and local laws, regulations, and policies regarding assigned area including procedures of record keeping.
• Modern office procedures.
• Principles of supervision and training.
• Principles and practices of tutoring.

Ability to:
• Prepare laboratory materials for student and staff use.
• Provide assistance to students on matters related to the assigned laboratory.
• Understand the mechanical function of, and perform routine maintenance and repairs on laboratory equipment; supervise and train student assistants; prepare and maintain accurate and complete records.
• Learn, interpret and apply department policies, procedures, rules and regulations; interact effectively and sensitively with staff and students from diverse backgrounds.
• Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
• Be sensitive to, and have an understanding of, the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of community college personnel and students.

Skills to:
• Demonstrate correct laboratory methods, practices and techniques; operate modern equipment used in engineering and physics laboratories.
• Utilize computer software such as MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
• Type and word process at a speed necessary for successful job performance.
• Demonstrate effective supervisory skills.

Essential Duties:

• Prepare and set up equipment and materials for engineering and physics demonstrations and lab exercises.
• Take ownership of the maintenance and troubleshooting of all equipment and materials used in the engineering and physics programs.
• Verify that the required computer hardware and software is functional and up to date.
• Perform physical inventory of instruments, supplies and equipment used in the engineering and physics programs.
• Organize all documentation, such as user manuals, technical information sheets, lab write-ups, and make this information accessible to all faculty.
• Label cabinets, shelves and drawers of storage spaces with equipment labels.
• Monitor the proper use of engineering and physics equipment (e.g., 3D printers, drones, etc.)
• In consultation with faculty, purchase supplies and equipment; maintain the budgets associated with engineering and physics programs.
• Serve as a safety person for the engineering and physics programs.
• Respond to inquiries and requests for information from staff members, students and the community regarding the engineering and physics programs and laboratory.
• Perform a variety of clerical duties; maintain related records; update laboratory files.

Perform related duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:

• Education: Associate degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university with major course work in engineering, physics, or a related field.
• Experience: At least one year of experience in a physics and/or engineering laboratory.


Valid California driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:

Salary Range:
Range 34: $3,853-$4,918 monthly; $46,236-$59,010 annually

Posting Detail Information:
Posting Number: S077-14

Number of Vacancies: 1

Desired Start Date:

Position End Date (if temporary):

Close Date: 9/29/2017

Open Until Filled: No

Foreign Transcripts: Transcripts issued outside the United States require a course-by-course analysis with an equivalency statement from a certified transcript evaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of an accredited institution within the USA. This report must be attached with the application and submitted by the filing deadline.

Benefits Statement:

1. Medical, dental, vision, life insurance, EAP and LTD
2. Membership in Public Employees’ Retirement System Candidates hired on or after January 1, 2013 are subject to restrictions imposed by PEPRA)
3. Contribution to O.A.S.D.I. (Social Security)
4. Paid vacation
5. Paid sick leave
6. Paid holidays and district-paid floating personal days
7. Summer 4/10 schedule (Fridays off)
8. Longevity pay step increase based on your years of service
9. IRS Section 125 Flexible Medical Spending Plan
10. 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan (employee contributes)
11. 403(b) Tax Shelter Annuity Plan (employee contributes)

*Benefits will be prorated for positions less than 100%

Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986:
Applicants selected for positions will be required to provide identification and employment eligibility as outlined in the federal “Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986.”

District Statement:
A multi-campus single community college district, Ohlone College is located in the southern portion of the San Francisco Bay in California; serving 12,000 students per year. The District has a main campus in the City of Fremont and a newly constructed campus in the City of Newark. Ohlone College is an ethnically diverse institution that promotes innovation and continuous improvement in departments and divisions. The College is named for the native population living in the area when Mission San Jose was founded. The Fremont campus is located just south of the historical Mission. The Newark Campus is located near Interstate 880 and emphasizes programs in health, environment, and technology.

EEO Statement Summary:
The District is strongly committed to the principles of equal opportunity and to hiring qualified staff who reflect the diversity of our community. The District encourages a diverse pool of applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age (40 or over), medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, disability, military and veteran status, pregnancy/childbirth/breastfeeding or related medical condition or any other protected basis in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. The college encourages applications from all qualified applicants.

If you have a disability and are in need of special services, equipment, or facilities in order to apply or interview for this opening, please call the Human Resources office at: (510) 659-6088.

Conditions of Employment:
Offers of employment are contingent upon Governing Board approval. Employment with Ohlone Community College is not complete or official until applicants meet all pre-employment requirements. All new employees are required to submit official transcripts and proof of freedom from tuberculosis. In addition you will be required to provide identification and employment eligibility as outlined in the federal “Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986.” Pre-employment tests and/or medical examinations may be required. Ohlone Community College does not sponsor H1B visas. Employees must sign the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance and submit fingerprints for CA Department of Justice clearance.

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