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Lab Assistant - Part Time

Southwestern Michigan College

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Lab Assistant - Part Time

Posting Number: 20110982-2
Job Category: Staff

Job Description Summary:
The Lab Assistant works closely with Science Faculty in the preparation of materials for classroom laboratories. This position is in charge of managing and organizing all of the lab's records and other documents. Lab Assistants stay updated on lab policies, safety regulations and other procedures to keep all experiments safe and compliant. However, more importantly, Lab Assistants work in a collaborative environment that focuses on the education of our students.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Assist instructors in the preparation of materials for classroom laboratories.
  • Take inventory of supplies and dissectible specimens.
  • Return labs to clean/ready state following classes.
  • Maintain MSDS forms for all chemicals and other hazardous materials.
  • Maintain and monitor storage and disposal of hazardous chemicals and waste.
  • Assemble supplies and equipment needed for assigned lab sections.
  • Communicate consistent and timely information with tact and diplomacy.
  • Exchange ideas and maintain communication with students, staff, and faculty.
  • Work flexible hours.
  • Be able to complete duties by planning and organizing work in a timely fashion and meet deadlines while working in a fast-paced, demanding environment that requires a high degree of multi-tasking with minimal supervision.
  • Perform specialized clerical and technical duties related to assigned area.
  • The duties listed in this job description are not all-inclusive, but a list of the major responsibilities. Additional duties not noted in the job description may be assigned by a supervisor.

    Required Qualifications:
    • Minimum of Associate’s Degree in subject from an accredited college or university
    • Any combination or equivalent of degree requirement, and or three (3) years of related experience.

    Preferred Qualifications:
    • Bachelor of Science in a Laboratory Science or an AAS in Biotechnology or Chemical Technology
    • Knowledge of:
    o Laboratory policies, procedures and equipment.
    o Familiarity of OSHA regulations and procedures.
    o Basic computer skills. o Oral and written communication skills.
    o College organization, operations, policies and objectives.
    o Applicable sections of state and federal laws and codes.
    o Technical aspects in field of specialty

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    Working at Southwestern Michigan College


    Since joining the ranks of other prestigious Michigan colleges in 1964, Southwestern Michigan College has continually expanded its curriculum and now offers more than 30 Associate degrees. Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Southwestern Michigan College is also a member of the American Association of Community Colleges.

    Colleges and universities periodically engage in a process of self-study and external review in order to renew their accreditation status. Southwestern Michigan College completed its self-study and was re-accredited through 2021.

    Core Values

    The core values of Southwestern Michigan College describe the beliefs that direct the college in all that it does.

    • “Excellence with a Personal Touch” is a working principle guiding our actions.
    • High quality is inherent in all that Southwestern Michigan College does.
    • We have a commitment to be responsible managers of college resources: human resources by promoting growth, satisfaction, and empowerment; financial resources by operating with a balanced budget and investing in the future; physical resources by maintaining a high quality physical plant.
    • We believe in “Knowledge for all.” As the only institution of higher education in the district, Southwestern Michigan College has the dual responsibilities of providing postsecondary career preparation for those who are seeking immediate employment and college coursework and degrees for those seeking baccalaureate degrees.
    • We have a commitment to being a learner-centered college, developing students through a total college life experience and providing them with 21st century services.

    Mission Statement

    The mission of Southwestern Michigan College is to serve our community by providing affordable local access to high quality postsecondary career preparation and college education – including the total college life experience.


    A Michigan community college that averages in the top 5 percent for student transfer success, Southwestern Michigan College offers programs that lead to Associate degrees and/or certificates.

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