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GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF CLASS
The LABORATORY ASSISTANT provides support to technical and professional laboratory personnel by performing record keeping and other clerical tasks related to laboratory operations, preparing reagents and other media used in testing, preparing specimens for testing, and performing the varied housekeeping duties required for smooth day-to-day operation of the laboratory. Laboratory Assistants in the medical laboratories may work as technical trainees to gain skills necessary to become a Medical Laboratory Technician.
This is a single classification and not currently part of a series of classes.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS
Depending on the area of assigned duties, some employees have daily telephone contact with doctors, nurses, and veterinarians to report test results or to obtain information regarding samples or specimens which have been submitted. Other employees in this class have regular contact with professors and research associates to discuss special procedures for preparing laboratory materials. Employees in this class have occasional in-person contact with students to demonstrate performance of assigned duties.
Employees in this class work under the supervision of an administrative superior who assigns work verbally and occasionally in writing. Daily activities are closely reviewed by medical laboratory technologists or other professional staff for accuracy and conformance to standards. Work is reviewed by supervisor through daily review of records prepared by these employees for clerical accuracy and conformance to laboratory policy, through meetings and frequent consultation to discuss problems, questions, or workload.
Laboratory policies and procedures, desk procedures, and laboratory safety procedures are used as guidelines in the proper handling of chemicals and equipment, in preparing reagents and specimens for testing, and in performing other assigned laboratory and clerical activities.
Positions in this class are primarily found in hospitals and health institutions. They require the willingness to work in the environment associated with the position's location and purpose.
Training or experience demonstrating the a) knowledge of basic laboratory techniques; b) knowledge of laboratory terminology, equipment, and materials; c) knowledge of basic math; d) ability to follow formulas accurately; e) ability to handle, package, and store laboratory specimens and materials; f) ability to operate and maintain standard laboratory equipment; g) ability to learn routing testing methods, procedures, and techniques; h) ability to keep accurate records in conformance with laboratory procedures; and i) ability to follow written and verbal instructions.
High school courses, in chemistry, biology, mathematics, or any course which included laboratory work, are considered qualifying.
On your application, be specific in addressing your training and/or experience to the areas listed in the minimum qualifications.