General Description and Classification Standards
Performs a variety of analytical laboratory support activities for a specific testing or research program.
Applies knowledge related to standard laboratory methods, practices, procedures, policies, regulations, utilizing laboratory materials and equipment. This is an experienced, skilled or technical level capable of carrying out most assignments typical of the position or specialty with limited guidance or review. This level would be considered a promotional level and attainable by any incumbents in a work group who demonstrate the necessary knowledge, ability, and performance. Could be the only position in this specialty in a work group or could be part of a general or specialized work team.
Works under minimal supervision. May assist in training, orienting, or observing lower level associate, apprentice, or semi-skilled employee in the group.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities These are typical responsibilities for this position and should not be construed as exclusive or all inclusive. May perform other duties as assigned.
- Performs biological, chemical, or physical analysis and determinations at the direction of professional staff.
- Drinking water technicians spend several hours each week driving around the City collecting monthly compliance samples.
- Performs physical, bacteriological, chemical, tests on a variety of samples including water, contaminants, industrial and municipal wastes, soils, and at the direction of professional staff.
- Operates, adjusts, and maintains scientific instruments, including, but not limited to pH meters, spectrophotometers, electrophoresis apparatuses, chromatography apparatuses, flame photometers, fluorescent immunoassay refract meters, particle counters, microprocessors, analytical balances, autoclaves, and compression testing equipment.
- Prepares chemical reagents and biological media according to formulae; assumes responsibility for accuracy in the preparation and standardization of solutions.
- Logs samples and related pertinent information, and has responsibility for containers and specimens that may be involved in court action.
- Performs biochemical tests and analyses using electrophoresis or chromatography. Analyzes biochemical and other data under the direction of professional staff and prepares reports.
- Keeps informed of new laboratory techniques. Maintains inventories of supplies and stocks on hand for laboratory use. Maintains technical records and prepares reports.
Selects from multiple procedures and methods to accomplish tasks.
Routinely provides work group leadership, guidance, and/or training to less experienced staff.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities This is a partial listing of necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job successfully. It is not an exhaustive list.
- Knowledge of laboratory tests and analyses; knowledge of laboratory terminology and equipment; knowledge of methods of preparing stains, solutions, and media; knowledge of the methods of analyzing water, contaminants, soils, and industrial and municipal wastes; ; knowledge of quality assurance procedures.
- Skill in operating a computer and computer software; skilled in communicating effectively verbally and in writing.
- Ability to handle samples and laboratory equipment; ; ability to make mathematical computations; ability to keep records; ability to communicate effectively; ability to maintain favorable working relationships with staff and the public.
Minimum Qualifications – Education and Experience
- Associate’s degree in Engineering Technology, Chemistry, Physical or Biological sciences, or a related field.
- 2 years of laboratory work experience in a related area.
Preferred Education & Experience
- Bachelor's degree in Engineering Technology, Chemistry, Physical or Biological sciences, or a related field
- 1 years of laboratory work experience in a related area.
Licensures and Certifications
Valid State Issued Driver's License. Obtain a valid State of Georgia Wastewater Laboratory Analyst License within 12 months of employment
Essential Capabilities and Work Environment
Required physical, lifting, and sensory capabilities are requirements to perform the job successfully. Typical environmental conditions associated with job.