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Class Specification Title: Lab Supervisor

Series: Instructional Laboratory Support

Levels in series:  1 | 2 | 3 | 4 










The Lab Supervisor is the fourth level of a four-level Instructional Laboratory Support series. Incumbents are responsible for performing a variety of formalized work leadership duties and skilled technical tasks relative to overseeing and supervising the preparation of classroom labs and laboratory safety training materials. The Lab Supervisor is responsible for performing work under own initiative with limited supervision and is accountable for significant, advanced management duties. The Lab Supervisor is distinguished from the Lab Specialist by its requirement for broad knowledge of all functions and operations within the laboratory and the requirement to apply judgment and make decisions for the functions/processes for which they are accountable.


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

  1. Supervises various levels of staff to include: coordinating and developing work schedules; prioritizing and assigning work; conducting performance evaluations; ensuring staff is trained and formalizing hiring, termination, and disciplinary recommendations.  Daily 25%
  2. Supervises and participates in the development of program goals, objectives and activities.  Daily 20%
  3. Manages and plans all aspects of the day-to-day operations of laboratories and providing technical assistance to faculty, staff, and students.  Daily 20%
  4. Researches, develops, implements and manages all aspects of safety training for staff and students.  Ensures safety of equipment and that college policy and local, state, and federal laws are followed. Develops policies and advised faculty and staff on safe usage and handling materials.  Daily 5%
  5. Plans, selects, coordinates, and recommends work procedures and facility changes and equipment needs to include: researching new products and technology; communicating with outside vendors; and making recommendations for purchases.  Weekly 15%
  6. Evaluates operations and activities for effectiveness and prepares reports related to assigned areas of responsibility.  Weekly 10%
  7. Assists in development of budgets and monitors expenditures to ensure compliance with budgetary guidelines; purchases supplies and equipment; prepares cost estimates and reports. Prepares and administers laboratory budget.  Weekly 5%
  8. Performs other related duties as assigned.


Incumbents assigned to the Archaeology department:

  • Assists in the preparation and presentation of instructional agendas;
  • Operates and supervises the operation of heavy equipment and power tools;
  • Meets with federal, state, county, city, tribal, and private sector personnel regarding archaeological projects;
  • Supervises and assists in the curation of artifacts.

Incumbents assigned to the Aviation department:

  • Operates and supervises the operation of heavy equipment;
  • Meets with the Federal Aviation Administration on matters relating to aviation;
  • Develops OSHA laboratory training procedures for aviation programs.

Incumbents assigned to the Science department:

  • Develops OSHA laboratory training procedures.

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

Bachelor's Degree and two years Lab Specialist level experience supplemented by supervisory coursework; 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):

  • Arizona driver's license
  • Certification to meet state requirements
  • Hazardous Materials Certification
  • OSHA certification

Knowledge of (position requirements at entry):

  • Applicable computer programs and equipment;
  • Applicable college, local, state, and federal laws and regulations;
  • Decision making techniques;
  • Supervision principles;
  • Customer service principles;
  • Leadership and personnel management principles;
  • Budget administration principles;
  • Record keeping techniques;
  • Training principles;
  • Basic math.

Skills in (position requirements at entry):

  • Supervising, hiring, disciplining and evaluating staff;
  • Managing laboratory operations;
  • Preparing and administering budgets;
  • Using computers and related software applications;
  • Inventorying materials, supplies, and equipment;
  • Recognizing and solving problems;
  • Monitoring facility usage;
  • Preparing reports;
  • Performing equipment repair and maintenance;
  • 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