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Administrative & Staff Job Classifications

Class Specification Title: Lab Specialist

Series: Instructional Laboratory Support

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The Lab Specialist is the third level in a four level Instructional Laboratory Support series. Incumbents are responsible for performing skilled technical work in the operation and maintenance needs of the laboratory. The Lab Specialist is distinguished from the Lab Technician by its responsibility for performing highly skilled duties. The Lab Specialist is distinguished from the Lab Supervisor position that has full supervisory responsibility.


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

  1. Facilitates lab use for students during operating hours.  Daily 30%
  2. Oversees the preparation and maintenance of various equipment, instructional media, and other materials used for class exercises and demonstrations.  Daily 20%
  3. Monitors, trains, and supervises tutors and student aides, including assigning work and evaluating performance.  Daily 15%
  4. Communicates and coordinates with faculty, staff, and students regarding lab resources and procedures, including waste disposal, and ensuring guidelines are adhered to.  Daily 10%
  5. Plans, designs, coordinates, and recommends facility changes and equipment needs to include: researching new products and technology; communicating with internal departments, communicating with outside vendors; making recommendations for purchases; and ordering products.  Weekly 5%
  6. Oversees inventory of supplies, equipment and other materials needed for the daily operations of the lab;  maintains a clean and sanitary workplace in accordance with standards laboratory procedures; cleans equipment; performs preventive maintenance or minor repairs on laboratory equipment; assembles and tests new equipment; performs technical troubleshooting of laboratory equipment and exercises. Weekly 5%
  7. Monitors department budget for usage, accuracy and discrepancies.  Weekly 5%
  8. Proposes, develops and implements new laboratory procedures.  Weekly 5%
  9. Researches new technology for the lab, recommends best products and planning for the implementation of new products.  Monthly 5%
  10. Performs other related duties as assigned.


Incumbents assigned to the Archaeology Center:

  • Supports field classes offered through the Archaeology Center;
  • Maintains the Archaeology Center local area network;
  • Participates in field projects;
  • Creates and maintains a database of artifactual data pertaining to archaeological excavations.

Incumbents assigned to the Microbiology department:

  • Maintains and transfers bacterial, fungal, and viral cultures;
  • Performs routine microbiological analysis.

Incumbents assigned to the Computer Technology Instructional Program:

  • Assembles and installs computers in the laboratory;
  • Installs software;
  • Consults with accounting, business, marketing, and management faculty to promote and implement the use of technology in curriculum.

Incumbents assigned to the Aviation department:

  • Oversees the troubleshooting and maintenance of aviation machinery and electronic equipment;
  • Designs aviation maintenance training aids for programs.

Incumbents assigned to Computer Commons:

  • Assists faculty with web pages and spreadsheets.
  • Assists students with basic computer skills.
  • Assists in resolving software issues.

Incumbents assigned to Photography Art:

  • Monitors and maintains traditional and digital darkrooms and equipment.
  • Performs routine maintenance and installation of inks, software, and calibrates for color management.
  • Assesses need for repair or replacement of equipment, troubleshoots and performs minor repairs in wet and digital darkrooms.
  • Maintains inventory of equipment and assists with donated equipment inventory.
  • Removes chemical waste following established procedures.

Incumbents assigned to Science Laboratory support:

  • Prepares materials, equipment, laboratory cultures and chemical solutions; follows established procedures for lab experiments and demonstrations.
  • Evaluates experiments to determine equipment, chemical, or biological needs.

Training and Experience (positions in this class typically require):

Bachelor's Degree in related field or an Associate's Degree and two years lab experience; 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):

Some positions may require:

  • Arizona driver's license
  • Certification to meet state requirements
  • Hazardous Materials Certification
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certification (CPR)

Knowledge of (position requirements at entry):

  • Applicable computer equipment and software;
  • Applicable subject matter terminology and techniques (varies with department);
  • Applicable local, state, and federal laws and regulations;
  • Laboratory techniques;
  • Tutoring techniques;
  • Customer service principles;
  • Training techniques;
  • Record keeping principles;
  • Inventory maintenance principles;
  • Safety procedures;
  • Basic math.

Skills in (position requirements at entry):

  • Preparing reports;
  • Maintaining databases;
  • Recognizing and solving problems;
  • Monitoring and evaluating student aides;
  • Monitoring facility usage;
  • Prioritizing work and multi-tasking;
  • Performing equipment repair and 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, 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