CLACKAMAS COUNTY

CLASSIFICATION NO. 789
Established: 07/82
Revised: 03/87, 08/90
FLSA: Non-Exempt
EEO: 3

LABORATORY TECHNICIAN

CLASS CHARACTERISTICS

Under general supervision, to perform routine chemical analyses and laboratory work on samples or specimens in accordance with established standards, procedure and laboratory operational guidelines; to collect samples and to conduct appropriate tests; keep accurate records of test results and procedures used; and to do other work as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

The Laboratory Technician is a sub-professional class responsible for performing many of the more routine operations and procedures in the laboratory at a chemical laboratory. As knowledge and skill levels accelerate, the incumbent is expected to perform more professional and complex analyses on sample materials, and require less direction.

Laboratory Technician differs from Laboratory Analyst which is the journey-level class responsible for the overseeing and conducting of a wide range of professional, analytical functions. In addition, the Laboratory Analyst oversees all laboratory operations and procedures, provides necessary ministerial support for the lab, and conducts training for the Technician and other staff regarding appropriate laboratory procedures.

TYPICAL TASKS

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

In Utilities work:

  1. Analyzes water, waste water, industrial waste and sewage samples for BOD, COD, suspended solids, pH, MPN, nutrient levels, metals content, and other counts in accordance with standards of state and local agencies.

In Public Health work:

  1. Performs laboratory work such as receiving and testing specimens in compliance with laboratory operational guidelines and procedures; performs standard laboratory tests of specimens submitted for diagnostic determination including urinalysis, hematology and bacteriological and parasite tests; makes slides and stains; performs C.B.C.'s, wet mounts, pregnancy tests, blood groupings, RH typing, G.C. cultures and other laboratory work; carries out prescribed procedures in preparing reagents, solutions and stains preliminary to testing specimens; prepares cultures; works closely with department nurses; performs venipunctures; performs microscopic examinations; uses centrifuge, incubator, autoclave and other equipment.

All laboratory technicians perform the following:

  1. Prepares chemical and bacteriological media, stains, reagents, and test solutions routinely used in the laboratory.
  2. Collects laboratory samples; maintains laboratory equipment and premises to ensure effective non-contaminated operation conditions; calibrates and maintains laboratory instruments; performs minor maintenance including cleaning and sterilizing of equipment and instruments.
  3. Provides information to other employees concerning the chemical and laboratory analysis of samples; collects and analyzes data, reports findings to appropriate authority, and determines tests to be rerun; keeps accurate records of test results and laboratory procedures used; maintains monthly statistical reports on types and results of tests performed.
  4. Helps prepare written and formal reports; performs chemical and technical studies as required by established quality control standards; records findings of analyses for compilation into test reports which are subsequently filed with governmental enforcement agencies.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

Working knowledge of: The principles of standard chemical and biological examination techniques including microscopic and bacteriological procedures; the operation and maintenance of analytical instrumentation; statistical methodologies to collect, analyze and evaluate data and perform short term studies on samples; principles of quality control.

Skill to: Use appropriate procedures for testing, interpreting and reporting laboratory findings with a high degree of accuracy and precision ensuring quality control; carry out established laboratory testing programs; understand and follow oral and written directions; read, analyze and utilize complex formulas and charts; establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors and other personnel; prepare technical written reports; maintain clear and accurate records; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Duties are performed in a variety of environments involving both sedentary and walking activities; using delicate and technical instruments; and handling chemicals, bacteriological and waste matter.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Driving may be necessary for County business. For position(s) with occasional/incidental driving, incumbents must possess a valid driver's license. Accommodation requests for an acceptable alternative method of transportation will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with State and Federal legislation. For position(s) with regular driving, incumbent(s) must also possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.

MINIMUM RECRUITING STANDARDS

Any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and skills.