Laboratory Technician/Physical Sciences

Job description

Classification Title:

Laboratory Technician

Job Title:

Laboratory Technician/Physical Sciences

Position Number:



Cypress College


CC Science, Engineering, and Math

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Months of Employment :

12 Months Per Year

Work Schedule:

Depending on start date, position may require that you work remotely Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm (Schedule and shift are subject to change in accordance with department needs.)

About Us::

Do you strive to make a difference in higher education? Are you looking for a rewarding career opportunity to be a part of our students’ educational success and lifelong learning? If so, we invite you to join North Orange County Community College District. We are proud to enroll over 80,000 students and serve a population of over one million people, annually! Home to more than 2,600 employees, our highly skilled, professional, and diverse faculty and staff are leading two of California’s premier colleges, Cypress Community College and Fullerton Community College, as well as one of the largest continuing education programs, North Orange Continuing Education.

The ideal candidate will share Cypress College’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Cypress College truly embodies an inclusive learning culture. The student body is incredibly diverse, with over 46% Latinx, 24% Asian/Pacific Islander, 16% Caucasian, 4% African American, and 0.18% American Indian/Alaskan Native. Students from over 30 countries join our International Student program every year. The College believes in a multicultural learning experience where faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds can contribute to the development of our students.

Cypress College is ranked 3rd in the nation (among community colleges between 5,000 and 15,000 students) for the quality of faculty/teaching and 1st in California (out of 114) in the 2018 best Community Colleges report by Cypress College epitomizes an environment of academic excellence, underscored by our 53% completion rate, a full 7% higher than the state average. Whether it is vocational studies such as our T-TEN program, a collaboration with Toyota Motor Corporation which is ranked #1 in the nation, or academic programs, such as English and ESL, where the success rate of our students is 15% higher than statewide averages, Cypress College sets the benchmark for excellence. Cypress College is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution and is eligible for designation as an Asian American, Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI). Cypress College is proud of its many programs that serve our diverse student body, such as the Legacy and Puente programs. The College provides many avenues of support for our faculty and staff through networks that include the Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander, Black, and LGBTQ Faculty Staff Associations.

College employees are guided by the four core values of Excellence, Integrity, Collegiality and Inclusiveness. We are a Guided Pathways institution, and our comprehensive Student Services programs support and enhance strategic goals related to access, retention and persistence initiatives on campus. In partnership with instructional faculty, our student services staff and faculty strive to implement innovative strategies to ensure all students succeed and experience a culturally relevant environment on campus.

Cypress College is an equity-minded institution, committed to ensuring all students are supported on their academic journey. We invite you to be a part of this celebrated and diverse community of learners where we put students first. More information can be found at .

The Physical Sciences program is a growing area and includes physics, astronomy, geology, oceanography, engineering technology, and engineering courses. All departments will be relocating from the current facilities into a newly constructed Science, Engineering, and Mathematics building in mid-2021.

What We Offer::

•100% employee medical premium coverage
•Fringe allowance to be used at employee’s discretion
•Voluntary (Medical/Dependent Day Care) Flexible Spending Account
•$50,000 life insurance benefit
•Deferred Compensation Program (403(b)/457 plans)
•Retirement Pension Plan (CalSTRS/CalPERS)
•Professional Growth & Development Opportunities
•18 paid holidays + Paid vacation
•Cumulative sick leave
•Summer schedule (exceptions apply)
•Longevity salary program
•District paid employee post-retirement medical (for those who qualify)
•Employee Assistance Program
•Environment that fosters diversity and inclusion
•Progressive and innovative culture

Primary Purpose:

This position is responsible for performing specialized and technical duties to assist in the operation and maintenance of an instructional laboratory or a technical support service center.

Essential Functions:

Examples of essential functions are interpreted as being descriptive and not restrictive in nature.

Job Description:

Assists in the operation and maintenance of an instructional laboratory or for a technical support service center; performs specialized and technical duties to assure efficient lab operations.

Assists faculty in the use of a variety of equipment, materials and supplies.

Prepares and issues materials and equipment for student use; maintains records of materials and equipment used by students.

Prepares instructional materials and equipment for faculty demonstration and student use as requested, according to approved procedures.

Maintains laboratory environment in a safe, clean and orderly condition.

Orders, receives and stores supplies, materials and equipment; maintains inventories, assures that adequate quantities are available for instructional use.

Troubleshoots, adjusts, maintains and performs minor repairs to equipment; reports major repair needs or arranges for repairs according to established procedures.

Prepares and maintains various records and reports related to laboratory operations and activities as required; operates a variety of equipment related to the specialized area of assignment; performs some clerical duties as required.

Assists in the coordination of exhibits or the use of lab facilities and assures the availability of appropriate supplies and equipment.

Trains and provides work direction to others as directed.

Learns and applies emerging technologies and advances as necessary to perform duties in an efficient, organized, and timely manner.

Participate in District/College efforts to increase the diversity of faculty and staff and to address student achievement gaps; active assistance in the creation of a welcoming and inclusive work and educational environment; attend and participate in diversity, equity and inclusion trainings and events.

Performs related duties as assigned.

In addition to the essential functions, the Laboratory Technician may prepare for and host various public functions, as well as maintain budgets for their assigned department.

Working Relationships:

The Laboratory Technician maintains frequent contact with various District personnel; students and outside vendors.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of principles, practices, procedures and equipment of assigned subject area

Knowledge of the proper methods, materials, tools and equipment used in the assigned classroom or laboratory

Knowledge of appropriate safety regulations (OSHA and District) used in the assigned classroom or laboratory

Knowledge of principles and practices of providing work direction and training

Knowledge of record-keeping techniques

Knowledge of District organization, operations, policies and objectives

Knowledge of technical aspects of field of specialty

Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work

Ability to perform specialized and technical duties to assure efficient lab operations

Ability to assure the care of assigned equipment, materials and supplies

Ability to issue and receive equipment and supplies

Ability to work independently and with little direction

Ability to train and provide work direction to others

Ability to assign and review the work of others

Ability to meet schedules and time lines

Ability to understand and follow oral and written directions

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others

Special Requirements:

Coursework must be verifiable on a legible transcript.

Minimum Qualifications:

High school diploma or GED

Two years college-level course work in area of specialization and extensive practical experience in area of specialization.

Commitment to diversity. All applicants must have demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty and staff. The applicant must be able to demonstrate how their experience with these factors relates to successfully achieving the goals of the position.

Desirable Qualifications:

Prior experience in approaching work and interactions with colleagues and/or students in an equity minded manner. Ability to provide an inclusive and welcoming work/educational environment.

Experience collaborating with faculty, peers, and other staff to address the needs of diverse student and employee populations in laboratory and laboratory preparation environments.

Experience with soldering and other minor electrical and mechanical repairs.

Minor construction skills such as metal and wood-cutting.

Experience in the assembly of laboratory and demonstration equipment, and equipment repair.

Experience setting up, using, repairing, and maintaining astronomical viewing equipment.

Familiarity or experience with oceanography, geology, engineering, and/or engineering technology programs and equipment.

Working Conditions:

Lab environment: subject to exposure to chemicals, hazardous and/or toxic solutions, biohazardous materials, and/or fumes, lifting (up to 50 pounds unassisted), climbing, standing for long periods of time, using electrical tools.

Salary Range:

$4,325 -$5,242 Per Month

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Special Instructions Summary:

Special COVID 19 Notice: In-person interviews are suspended at this time and will be replaced by interviews in a virtual format. Thank you for your continued interest in working at North Orange County Community College District.

This is a classified position subject to a one-year probationary period. Initial salary placement will be determined by the Office of Human Resources in accordance with Board Policy and is not negotiable. The applicant selected for the position will be required to provide identification and employment eligibility as outlined in the Immigration Reform and Control Act. NOCCCD will not sponsor any visa applications.

The District may choose to fill one or more positions from this recruitment within the same fiscal year or 8 months, whichever is longer.

To ensure consistency and fairness to all applicants, please do not submit materials in addition to those requested. Additional materials will not be considered or returned. Be sure to complete all questions and sections of the application. For questions which may not apply, indicate “N/A” (not applicable). Do not use terms such as “see resume” or “see attached”.

The minimum required number of references for this position is three (3) and will be requested at the finalist and/or offer of employment phase of the hiring process.

All applications will be screened under a process of utmost confidentiality by a committee of representatives from the college community. Possession of the minimum qualifications does not ensure an interview.

Minimum Qualifications – Experience: One year of experience is equivalent to 12 months of experience at a maximum of 40 hours per week (full time). Applicable part-time experience will be converted to the full-time equivalent for the sole purpose of meeting the experience minimum qualification.

Minimum Qualifications – Education: 24 units are equal to one year of education. As applicable, education must be from a regionally accredited institution and verifiable on a legible unofficial transcript.

Reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities may be requested by calling (714) 808-4810 at least three business days in advance of the scheduled examination/interview date.

Evaluations of foreign degrees and/or coursework are required. See our website at for information regarding evaluation of foreign degrees.




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Posted: 12/24/2020
Application Due: 2/1/2021
Work Type: Full Time