Laboratory Technician I
Kern Community College District - Bakersfield, CA

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(1,733 fluctuating hours annually)

Position Type: Fluctuating Hourly Employment
Rate: $17.40 per hour
Work Week 1,733 fluctuating annual hours
College/Site Porterville College
Location PC-Main Campus

Under the direction of an assigned supervisor, perform specialized and technical duties to assist in the operation and maintenance of an instructional laboratory.

Benefits: Sick leave, vacation and retirement.
Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, and Disability benefits are voluntary and prorated for less than 40 hour per week employees.

  • Operation, preparation and maintenance of an instructional laboratory.
  • Principles of science, physics and chemistry.
  • Health and safety regulations.
  • Principles and practices of providing work direction and training.
  • Record-keeping and report preparation techniques.
  • Curriculum, goals and objectives of the department.
  • Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary.
  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Proper methods of storing equipment, materials and supplies.
  • Proper methods of hazardous waste disposal.
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
  • Technical aspects of field of specialty.
  • Operation of a variety of equipment related to the specialized area of assignment including a computer.
  • Perform specialized and technical duties to assure efficient lab operations.
  • Provide information and assistance to faculty and staff.
  • Properly assemble and store assigned equipment, materials and supplies.
  • Issue and receive equipment and supplies.
  • Maintain equipment in proper working order.
  • Perform light repairs to equipment.
  • Perform a variety of chemical balance tests.
  • Maintain records related to work performed.
  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Train and provide work direction to others.
  • Assign and review the work of others.
  • Meet schedules and time lines.
  • Work independently with little direction.
  • Operate a variety of equipment related to the specialized area of assignment including a computer.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
Education and Experience

Any combination equivalent to:
Associate degree with course work in science, chemistry, physics or a related field and some laboratory experience.

Note: Degrees and credits must be from accredited institutions (Title V Section 53406). Any degree from a country other than the United States, including Canada and Great Britain, must be evaluated by an evaluation service.

Note: The screening of candidates will be conducted by a screening committee. The screening committee reserves the right to limit the number of interviews granted. Meeting the minimum qualifications for a position does not assure the applicant of an interview.

Salary Grade: 39.5

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Complete application packets will be accepted until the position is filled, but those received by Thursday, January 10, 2013, 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time) are assured consideration. The College reserves the right to extend time limits or reinitiate the recruitment/selection process at any point.

Completed application packet must include:
  • Completed Online Application for Employment form
  • Current resume
  • Letter of interest (Cover Letter)
  • Copy of legible transcripts, if applicable
  • List of six (6) professional references – Listed on application form
Applicants who require reasonable accommodation to participate in the selection process should contact Human Resources to make the necessary arrangements.

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