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Laboratory Technician, Consumer Sciences, Categorical

Employer
South Orange County Community College District
Location
Saddleback College

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Job Details

Title:

Laboratory Technician, Consumer Sciences, Categorical

Job Category:

CSEA

Job Opening Date:

February 25, 2022

Job Closing Date:

Locations:

Saddleback College

Pay Grade, for more information click on this link:

http://www.socccd.edu/humanresources/hr_salary.html

Pay Rate Type:

Monthly

Work Days:

Monday - Friday

Work Hours:

7:30 am - 1:30 pm

Hours Per Week:

25

Percentage of Employment:

62.5

Job Description:

Classified Bargaining Unit Salary Range 122- $2,790 per month

Initial Screening Date: March 11, 2022

This position is categorically funded. Employment in this position is contingent upon funding by Strong Workforce Program.

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION

Under direction from an assigned department chair, assists in the preparation of materials and demonstrations for an assigned instructional area; operates and demonstrates use of specialized equipment, supplies and materials; provides assistance to students within the assigned subject area; and maintains the general cleanliness of the assigned laboratory.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Positions in the Lab Technician class are distinguished from the Senior Lab Technician by the level of responsibility assumed. In comparison to the Senior Lab Technician, positions at this level are assigned to less complex labs, have less exposure to hazardous or otherwise dangerous materials, and limited involvement in budget activities and ordering of supplies and equipment. Employees at this level are required to be fully trained in all procedures related to assigned area of responsibility and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit.

REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Assist instructors in developing instructional materials; prepare study sheets, visual instructional aides, sample exercises and exams, and laboratory experiments; may assist in grading exams and maintaining related records.

Prepare for laboratory demonstrations; set up laboratory apparatus; assist students in the use of a variety of laboratory equipment and instruments; ensure student compliance with laboratory policies, procedures and safety precautions; demonstrate proper care and cleaning procedures for laboratory equipment.

Provide assistance to students on a variety of laboratory and course related matters; review student work in progress and assist in resolving problems.

Maintain a clean and safe learning environment; clean floors, table tops, desks and furniture; perform routine and minor repairs on laboratory equipment; maintain, clean and test assigned equipment.

Dismantle equipment and check for repairs; assist in performing routine maintenance and minor repairs on electric, electronic and mechanical laboratory equipment.

Install and maintain a variety of equipment, which may include cutters, copiers, surgers, various sewing machines, food processors, and a variety of other kitchen equipment.

Review recipe information with instructors for future assignments; create shopping list for needed items; compare grocery list to supplies on hand; purchase groceries and miscellaneous supplies for lab assignments.

Maintain instructor invoices and receipts for items purchased for classroom assignments; process and send receipts to accounts payable for reimbursement.

Participate in the ordering and maintenance of supplies, materials and equipment; store, discard and rotate materials according to standard procedures; receive, assemble and test new equipment.

Respond to inquiries and requests for information; answer phones; relay messages for faculty and staff.

Perform related duties as required.

QUALIFICATIONS

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

Operational characteristics of laboratory apparatus, equipment and materials pertaining to assigned laboratory and subject area.

Theories and applications of the assigned subject matter.

Principles and practices of laboratory operations.

Proper methods of storing equipment, materials and supplies used within the assigned laboratory.

Operational characteristics of industrial and computerized sewing machines.

Basic principles of nutrition.

Principles and procedures of record keeping and filing.

Basic accounting and bookkeeping practices.

Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.

Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.

Ability to:

Assist in the preparation of instructional materials and demonstrations for an assigned subject area.

Correctly and efficiently set up laboratory equipment and materials used in exercises and experiments.

Operate and demonstrate the proper use of specialized equipment, supplies and materials.

Provide assistance to students on matters related to assigned laboratories.

Operate, understand the mechanical function of and perform routine maintenance and repairs on laboratory equipment within assigned area.

Maintain the cleanliness of assigned laboratory.

Interpret and apply department policies, procedures, rules and regulations.

Ensure adherence to safe work practices and procedures.

Maintain an adequate inventory of materials for instructional programs.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE GUIDELINES

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Education/Training:

Equivalent to two years of college level course work in home economics, nutrition, textiles, interior design, consumer sciences or a related field.

Experience:

Two years of increasingly responsible experience working with home economics materials and equipment.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment:

Work is performed primarily in a laboratory setting; may be exposed to noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, noxious odors, and gases; work with laboratory equipment and apparatus; may work with water. Occasional exposure to risks controlled by safety precautions.

Physical:

Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a laboratory setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate laboratory equipment and apparatus requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination; to verbally communicate to exchange information; may require the wearing of safety glasses or goggles and protective gloves. Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction. Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

SPECIAL COVID-19 NOTICE:

Interviews may be held in-person (following all necessary precautions) or in a virtual format. Employees must reside in California while employed with the South Orange County Community College District (SOCCCD), even during remote work. Thank you for your continued interest in working at the SOCCCD.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, District employees are currently working a hybrid schedule of remote work and in-person each week through February 21, 2022. The number of in-person days may vary by position/department with work potentially transitioning to fully in-person on February 22, 2022. Further clarification of work schedule can be discussed with the Hiring Manager if selected as an interview candidate.

The SOCCCD is committed to protecting the health and wellbeing of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the communities it serves. The Board of Trustees voted to require COVID-19 vaccinations for all students, employees, and volunteers with allowances for medical exemptions and sincerely held religious beliefs as defined by law. More information can be found on our District website by visiting https://www.socccd.edu/about/about_covid-19.html.

NOTICE TO ALL CANDIDATES FOR EMPLOYMENT:

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Public Law 99-603, requires that employers obtain documentation from every new employee which authorizes that individual to accept employment in this country.

PLEASE NOTE:

A California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) retiree may not accept employment until after the first 180 days of retirement. Anyone retired from CalPERS accepting permanent employment with this District will be required to reinstate as an active CalPERS member. Please contact CalPERS for additional information regarding your retirement status.

Any active vested member of California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS), who accepts employment with the District to perform service that requires membership in CalPERS, is eligible to elect to continue retirement system coverage under CalSTRS

DISABILITY ACCOMODATIONS:

If you require special accommodations in the application and/or selection process, please notify District Human Resources at least two (2) business days prior to the Job Close Date/Initial Screening Date, by either calling (949) 582-4850 or sending an e-mail to hrinfodesk@socccd.edu.

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT:

Report to work on a regular and consistent basis, as scheduled, to assigned job.

CAMPUS CRIME AND SAFETY AWARENESS:

Information regarding campus crime and safety awareness can be found at www.saddleback.edu or www.ivc.edu. Paper copies are available in the District Human Resources office upon request.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION, AND EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO):

The South Orange County Community College District is committed to creating an academic and work environment that fosters diversity, equity and inclusion and equal opportunity for all, and ensures that students, faculty, management and staff of all backgrounds feel welcome, included, supported, and safe. Our culture of belonging, openness, and inclusion, makes our district a unique and special place for individuals of all backgrounds.

Our District and our colleges are looking for equity and inclusion-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to the understanding of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present within our community. When you join our District, you can expect to be part of an exciting, thriving, equity-focused, and inclusive community that approaches higher education with the lens of social justice and collaboration among students, faculty, staff, administration, and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position with our District, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our District’s mission and goals for EEO, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

SOCCCD IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Important: You must make sure that you have completed your application for a posting by 11:59 p.m., Pacific Time, on the posting's Job Close Date, along with any required documents, in order to be considered for the position.

Organization

The South Orange County Community College District, founded in 1967, is one of 72 community college districts in California. It is a multi-campus district comprised of Saddleback College in the City of Mission Viejo, Irvine Valley College (IVC) in the City of Irvine, and the Advanced Technology & Education Park (ATEP) in the City of Tustin. With its strong ties to the 25 communities it serves, South Orange County Community College District links higher education to the quality of life and economic vitality of Orange County while helping generations of residents to fulfill their learning aspirations. South Orange County Community College District currently serves over 40,000 students each semester and employs more than 2,500 faculty and staff.

Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College are accredited, offering associate degrees and providing academic major prerequisites that are transferable to four-year colleges and universities. Critical career technical education programs, popular continuing education courses, and exciting cultural opportunities are also available at each campus.

Distinguished faculty from Saddleback College in Mission Viejo and Irvine Valley College in Irvine provide students with rigorous academic classes, as well as state-of-the-art professional, vocational and skills training. Students, ranging in age from teens to retirees, receive cutting edge, “real world” training, making them highly competitive in the job market. For older, retired students, the Emeritus Institutes offers challenging and enriching special interest courses covering a broad spectrum of educational topics. Vibrant Community Education programs provide myriad lifelong learning opportunities for community members of all ages. Our newest campus, the Advanced Technology & Education Park (ATEP), opened in Tustin the Fall of 2007 by offering courses from Saddleback College, Irvine Valley College, and the Center for Applied Competitive Technologies.

Visit one of our campuses today and help us celebrate over 40 years of education and opportunity!

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