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Administrative & Staff Job Classifications

Class Specification Title: Lab Assistant

Series: Instructional Laboratory Support

Levels in series: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4










The Lab Assistant is the first level in a four-level Instructional Laboratory Support series. Incumbents are responsible for assisting instructional faculty and students, and for maintaining department records and inventory supply. The Lab Assistant is distinguished from the Lab Technician by its responsibility for performing routine functions in operating and monitoring lab equipment.


These duties are a representative sample; position assignments may vary.

  1. Provides assistance to instructional faculty in the classroom; proctors and grades exams (manually or electronically); and assists in the clerical preparation of the syllabus and other course materials; provides assistance to lab specialists and technicians with operations.  Daily 30%
  2. Maintains a variety of electronic media in the laboratory and utilizes it in the operation of the lab.  Daily 15%
  3. Responds to questions and problems from students, faculty, staff, and administrators.  Daily 15%
  4. Assists students with materials; provides one-on-one tutoring and mentoring to students.  Daily 15%
  5. Maintains department records and files.  Daily 10%
  6. Provides assistance with laboratory registration and orientation.  Daily 5%
  7. Assists in the maintenance, ordering and stocking of department inventory, equipment and supplies.  Weekly 5%
  8. Performs basic maintenance duties as needed to ensure a clean, safe, functioning learning environment; cleans equipment and performs basic preventive maintenance and reports issues to Lab Specialist or Lab Supervisor.   Weekly 5%
  9. Performs other related duties as assigned.


Incumbents assigned to the Instructional Activities Center:

  • Prepares course materials and assists students with self-paced courses;
  • Drafts memos and other forms of communications from supervisor to faculty;
  • Installs appropriate software applications on computers.

Incumbents assigned to the Reading Program:

  • Selects and implements ESL and reading materials for computerized use;
  • Schedules reading classes.

Incumbents assigned to the Tool Room:

  • Issues supplies to students;
  • Prepares raw materials for student use in completing projects;
  • Repairs basic machine malfunctions.

Incumbents assigned to the Nursing Program:

  • Performs job placement assistance;
  • Performs basic office duties during meetings;
  • Conducts orientation for new students.

Incumbents assigned to the Nutrition Program:

  • Identifies new diet and nutrition issues;
  • Cleans and sanitizes kitchens, food storage areas, refrigerators/freezers, and cupboards;
  • Researches, tests, and recommends recipes for classes.

Incumbents assigned to the Instructional Assistance program:

  • Performs registration and orientation;
  • Tracks student attendance;
  • Assists with academic assessments.

Incumbents assigned to the instructional computer laboratory:

  • Assists students in computer lab;
  • Conducts weekly orientations for open lab;
  • Assists in the development of promotional materials.

Incumbents assigned to Science Laboratory support:

  • Collects glassware from laboratories for cleaning; fills and empties dishwasher or hand cleans items; returns glassware to proper location.
  • Handles and safely disposes of chemicals, solutions, and non-hazardous materials.

Training and Experience (positions in this class typically require)

High School Diploma or General Equivalency Degree, and one year of experience in related area of assignment; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

Licensing Requirements (positions in this class typically require):

  • None required

Knowledge of (position requirements at entry): 

  • Applicable computer programs and equipment;
  • Basic math;
  • Office procedures;
  • Test proctoring principles;
  • Record keeping principles;
  • Customer service principles.

Skills in (position requirements at entry):

  • Prioritizing tasks;
  • Maintaining records and files;
  • Inventorying supplies;
  • Using computers and related software;
  • Performing basic maintenance activities;
  • Communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc.

Physical Requirements:

Positions in this class typically require: talking, hearing, seeing, repetitive motions and fine finger movements – using the fingers to manipulate/handle objects such as typing, sorting papers, activating buttons, sorting/separating small parts; : balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, and lifting. 

Medium Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects. 

Incumbents may be subjected to moving mechanical parts, vibrations, dusts, workspace restrictions, hazardous materials, and intense noises.  May be required to wear standard Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which may include: goggles, gloves, closed-toe shoes, face shield, dust masks, and lab coats/aprons.

NOTE: The above job description is intended to represent only the key areas of responsibilities; specific position assignments will vary depending on the business needs of the department.

Classification History:
Draft prepared by Fox Lawson & Associates LLC (DJG/LM)
Date: 03/01.
Updated by Pima Community College: 03/07, 03/15