Laboratory Technician – Chemistry

Job description

Antelope Valley College


Laboratory Technician –    Chemistry

Full time, 12 months

Salary: Range 16, $3,894.99/mo. + benefits 

Deadline:  September 9, 2019


Complete job description and application available online at


BASIC FUNCTION:  Under the direction of an assigned supervisor, perform specialized and technical duties to assist in the operation and maintenance of a chemistry instructional laboratory; performs other related responsibilities as may be assigned.


REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES:     E = indicates essential duties of the position

• Assists in the operation and maintenance of a chemistry instructional laboratory; perform specialized and technical duties to assure efficient lab operations; prepares solvents and equipment for daily lab activities. (E)

• Assists teachers and students in the use of a variety of equipment, materials and supplies in the chemistry lab; assures proper chemical reagents, solutions, laboratory supplies, models, equipment and instruments are ready for use. (E)

• Prepares and issues materials and equipment for student use; provides assistance to students as appropriate, assigned or according to established procedures; maintains records of materials and equipment used by students. (E)

• Prepare instructional materials and equipment for demonstrations. (E)

• Maintains chemistry laboratory environment in a safe, clean and orderly condition; maintains related safety, accident and incident records as required; control and maintain hazardous materials produced during lab experiments and arrange for hazardous materials disposal according to established guidelines and procedures. (E)

• Orders, receives and stores supplies, materials and equipment; maintains inventories. (E)

• Adjusts, cleans, maintains and performs minor repair to equipment; report major repair needs or arrange for repairs according to established procedures. (E)

• Prepares and maintains various records and reports related to laboratory operations. (E)

• Coordinates use of chemistry laboratories ensuring availability of supplies and equipment. (E)

• Operates a variety of equipment related to the chemistry lab. (E)

• Handles and stores waste including hazardous materials; processes waste for disposal. (E)

• Assists instructors with proctoring exams.

• Provides work direction to student worker.

• Performs other related duties as may be assigned.


EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  Any combination equivalent to: Associate's degree in chemistry and two years practical experience in chemistry. 



Principles, practices, procedures and equipment of assigned chemistry instructional lab.

• Safety regulations involving area of specialty.

• Principles and practices of providing work direction and training.

• Record-keeping techniques.

• Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary.

• District organization, operations, policies and objectives.

• Technical aspects of field of specialty.

• Methods and procedures related to the handling, storage, use and disposal of hazardous chemicals.

• Oral and written communication skills.

• Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.



Perform specialized and technical duties to assure efficient chemistry lab operations.

• Provide information and assistance to students and staff.

• Assure the care and security of assigned equipment, materials and supplies.

• Maintain learning equipment in proper working order.

• Issue and receive equipment and supplies.

• Plan and organize work.

• Understand and follow oral and written directions.

• Work independently with little direction.

• Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

• Meet schedules and time lines.

• Maintain records and prepare reports.


WORK DIRECTION, LEAD AND SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:  Not applicable – no permanent full-time staff to supervise.


CONTACTS:  Instructors, student worker, students, vendors, other departmental personnel.



Dexterity of hands and fingers to set up chemistry lab experiments and operate lab equipment.

• Lifting and carrying heavy objects.

• Pulling and pushing carts.

• Reaching to grasp and move supplies.



Instructional chemistry lab environment. 

• Exposure to fumes and potentially hazardous chemicals.


For a complete listing and details of all open positions and how to apply, select the HR & Employment link on the AVC Web site at or contact the Human Resources Office at (661) 722-6311; Voice/Relay, (661) 722-6300 x. 6360, 3041 West Avenue K, Lancaster, CA 93536.




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Job No:
Posted: 8/22/2019
Application Due: 9/9/2019
Work Type:
Salary: $3,894.99/mo. + benefits