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GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF CLASS
The SCIENCE LABORATORY PREPARATOR provides support to the science laboratory teaching program by preparing media, solutions, and teaching materials; maintaining laboratory equipment; preparing laboratories for use by students and staff; and testing the laboratory exercises which will be used in the lab to determine, if their directions and procedures are appropriate to achieve desired results.
This is a single classification and not currently part of a series of classes.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Materials/Equipment Preparation and Maintenance. Typical tasks: prepares the media and solutions
used in the various laboratory experiments, including determining the correct formula and recipe to be used and
the amount of materials to be prepared; regularly checks condition of the materials being used in the laboratories
and replaces materials when necessary to maintain fresh quality; may collect and maintain living plants and animals
under the proper conditions until needed; operates instruments and equipment used in teaching laboratories to test
the performance; calibrates and aligns equipment and instruments as necessary to maintain accuracy and validity
of test results; performs routine maintenance, such as cleaning and replacing bulbs, on microscopes, oscilloscopes,
spectrophotometers, pH meters, and analytical balances; prepares purchase orders for all new equipment
RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS
Employees in this class are in daily contact in person with the science students and graduate teaching assistants to respond to questions or to demonstrate the use of various laboratory equipment. Employees in this classification also meet occasionally with faculty to discuss experiments to be conducted next in order to prepare all the laboratory equipment and materials prepared.
Employees in this class work under general supervision with work being assigned verbally by supervisor based on the needs of the teaching staff and the class being taught. Work is reviewed through informal daily contact or periodic discussions to determine progress of assigned activities. Guidelines are available in the form of specialized laboratory procedures and State and Federal safety regulations. These guidelines are used in performing the various laboratory activities and in the handling, storing, and disposing of chemical solutions.
Positions are found in central and remote locations throughout State government (e.g., general government agencies, human or natural resource agencies, correctional, mental health, or higher education institutions, hospitals, etc.). They require the willingness to work within the environment associated with the position's location.