Instructional Lab Technician / Chemistry

San Diego, San Diego County
Mar 18, 2014

Instructional Lab Technician / Chemistry

Closing Date:

Mesa College

Pay Information:
(Range 23, ($3,075.00-$4,993.11) per month based AFT Office Technical Salary Schedule.

All new employees will begin on Step C ($3,390.19). Promoted or transferred employees will be placed as specified in the CBA. This position is FLSA Non-Exempt (can accrue overtime). Excellent benefits are provided to employees with assignments equal to or greater than 50%, and all eligible dependents. All employees are required to pay a portion of their PERS Retirement costs. A temporary probationary period will be applied to the employee entering this assignment. The SDCCD Employment Web Page provides a link to employee collective bargaining agreements/handbooks, and more information about terms and conditions of employment to include salary and benefits.

Position Equivalent FTE:
No. Months: 12
Position Number: 011682
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt (accrues overtime)
Position Type: Classified
Bargaining Unit: AFT/Classified Staff
Range: 23
Department: School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

The Position

Applications are now being accepted for the position of Instructional Laboratory Technician within the Chemistry Department at Mesa College. This is a 100% assignment (40 hours per week) for 12 months of each fiscal year. Please note that assignment may include day, evening and/or Saturday work schedules.

Under the direction of the department chairperson and dean, the Instructional Laboratory Technician (ILT) performs a variety of technical and specialized duties related to the preparation, operation and maintenance of chemistry or biochemistry laboratories and related areas; assists faculty in the use and maintenance of specialized laboratory equipment such as GC, FT-IR, Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer, UV-VIS Spectrophotometer and HPLC.

The ILT also assists in the operation and maintenance of an instructional laboratory and related areas; performs specialized and technical duties to assure efficient instructional lab operations; assists instructors in the use of a variety of equipment, materials and supplies; prepares chemical solutions, reagents and other instructional materials and equipment for instructors’ demonstrations and laboratory exercises; operates and assists instructors in the use of a variety of equipment; orders, receives and stores supplies, materials and equipment; maintains inventories; conducts catalog research and contacts vendors to purchase supplies; maintains laboratory environment in a safe, clean and orderly condition; assures the safe and proper handling of chemicals; provides for proper disposal of waste materials in accordance with regulatory agency guidelines; adjusts, maintains and performs minor repair to equipment; reports major repair needs; prepares and maintains various records and reports; performs a variety of clerical duties and responds to questions from faculty and students; and, performs other duties as assigned.

Desired Qualifications

Major factors to be evaluated for this position will include:
• Possession of an associate degree in chemistry or a closely related field or equivalent coursework.
• Possession of a minimum of two years of successful work experience in chemistry or other science laboratories.

In addition, a successful candidate must demonstrate the skill and ability to:
• Follow complex instructions.
• Use initiative and problem-solving skills.
• Ensure the care and security of chemicals and equipment.
• Manage hazardous materials.
• Keep detailed, precise records, including data entry.
• Issue and receive equipment and supplies.
• Plan and organize work independently.
• Train and furnish work direction to others.
• Meet schedules and timelines.
• Demonstrate teamwork and interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy.

Foreign Degree:
Applicants with foreign degrees from colleges or universities outside of the United States must have their coursework evaluated by a professional association that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). A copy of the evaluation must be attached during the application process. If you need to obtain one, please open the “Foreign Degree Evaluation Information” link to the left. An ORIGINAL of the evaluation(s) must be presented at the time of hire.

Commitment to Diversity:
All applicants must have demonstrated cultural competency, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and staff.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
To ensure full consideration, qualified candidates must submit a complete Online Application that includes the items listed (extraneous material will not be reviewed). References to résumés or other uploaded documents within the Online Application will be considered an “incomplete” application; please enter “N/A” if any section does not apply.
1. Complete Online Application
2. Complete Supplemental Questions (which includes preparing and uploading a table for question no. 7)
3. College transcripts (graduate and undergraduate)—[If you have no graduate transcript(s), please upload a document that states “N/A”; otherwise, you may not be able to submit your application.]

Important: To ensure consistency and fairness to all candidates, please do not submit materials other than those requested (i.e., personal photo, articles you’ve written, etc). Please only upload requested documents using respective document name labels. Uploading extraneous materials, unless specifically requested within this posting, may result in your application not being reviewed. Only complete application packets will be forwarded to the committee.

• Application materials sent via mail, fax, or e-mail will not be accepted.

• Note that correspondence, including interview invitations, will be sent to you via e-mail.

Conditions of Employment:

• Submit “official” college transcripts as stated on application (even if a degree is not a requirement for this position)
• Pass a pre-employment physical exam at the District’s expense
• Provide a Certificate of Tuberculosis Exam for initial appointment (Note: The certificate must be renewed every 4 years as a condition of continuing employment)
• Have fingerprints taken by a Live Scan computer at the candidate’s expense (Clearance must be received prior to first day of employment)
• Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States
• Attend a new hire processing appointment in Human Resources located at the District Administrative Offices

Additional Information:

SDCCD provides a comprehensive fringe benefit package for its full-time classified employees. The District contributes toward the cost of the premium (including dependent coverage) for the medical insurance plan options. Additional benefits include dental, vision, sick leave, vacation and opportunities for professional development. Contract employees become members of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) upon appointment.

Please note that an employee may be transferred to any site at the option of the Chancellor.

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