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Laboratory Assistant, Categorical - P/T (one or more positions)
South Orange County Community College District in Mission Viejo, California
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Date Posted 05/31/2018
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Salary -  USD Per Year
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

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Classification Title

Laboratory Assistant

Job Category:

Classified Staff

Job Open Date:


Job Close Date:


Initial Screening Date


Position ID:


Job Open ID:


Position Title:

Laboratory Assistant, Categorical - P/T (one or more positions)


20-Saddleback College


Administration (SC-054-000)


12 Months/Year

Salary Schedule Link:

Click here for current Salary Schedules

Pay Basis:


Pay Range:

116; Starting salary is $2,178.50/month

% of Range:


Hours per week:


Work Schedule

Mon. - Wed. from 2:30 p.m.- 9:00 pm; Thurs. 2:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Receives Benefits:


Classification Benefits:

The District offers a comprehensive package of insurance benefits to eligible employees, which includes medical and dental insurance, a vision-care plan, life insurance and dependent life coverage, accidental death and dismemberment coverage, and a long-term disability income-protection plan. All premiums are fully paid by the District. Mandatory retirement incentive is with California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS).

Position-Specific Benefits:


Additional Position Information:


Additional Information


Summary Description:

Under general supervision from administrative or academic staff, assists in the preparation of materials and demonstrations for an assigned instructional area; ensures adequate inventory of supplies and materials is maintained; ensures lab equipment is maintained; may provide limited and routine assistance to students within the assigned subject area; and maintains the general cleanliness of the assigned laboratory.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

Positions in the Lab Assistant class are distinguished from the Lab Technician by the depth of subject knowledge required and the level of responsibility assumed. In comparison to the Lab Technician, positions at this level work under closer supervision and perform more routine functions requiring less knowledge of the subject area. Lab Assistant positions may have a basic understanding of the functional use of specialized equipment but are not required to demonstrate the use or troubleshoot major problems. Incumbents in this class will learn to use specialized lab equipment over time and are expected to be able to operate and perform routine demonstrations and troubleshooting by the end of the probationary period. Employees at this level should have some related experience and are expected to become fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit.

Representative Duties:

The duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices. Please see Job Duties for details.

Knowledge of:

Basic principles and practices of laboratory operations.
Basic operational characteristics of laboratory apparatus, equipment, and materials pertaining to assigned laboratory and subject area.
Proper methods of storing equipment, materials, and supplies used within the assigned laboratory.
Principles and procedures of record keeping and filing.
Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.

Ability to:

Understand and follow directions.
Learn and apply department policies, procedures, rules, and regulations.
Learn to operate a variety of specialized equipment.
Learn the use of supplies and materials specific to the subject area.
Assist in the preparation of instructional materials and demonstrations for an assigned subject area.
Correctly and efficiently set up laboratory equipment and materials used in exercises and experiments.
Properly store materials.
Understand the basic mechanical function of and perform routine maintenance and repairs on laboratory equipment within assigned area.
Maintain the cleanliness of assigned laboratory.
Ensure adherence to safe work practices and procedures.
Effectively monitor and maintain an adequate inventory of materials for instructional programs.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines:

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.


Some college level course work or other technical training in a field related to area of assignment and that provides exposure to a lab environment is highly desirable.


One year of experience working in a related field is highly desirable.

License or Certificate:


Conditions of Employment:

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Work Environment:

Work is performed primarily in a laboratory setting; may be exposed to noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, noxious odors, and gases; work with laboratory equipment and apparatus; may work with water. At least minimal environmental controls to assure health and comfort; limited exposure to risks controlled by safety precautions.

Physical Demands:

Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a laboratory setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate laboratory equipment and apparatus requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination; to verbally communicate to exchange information; may require the wearing of safety glasses or goggles, lab coats, rubber or plastic gloves, respirators or face shields. Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction. Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

Additional Position Information:

This position is contingent upon Medical Lab Technology Program grant(s).


METHOD OF APPLICATION: Complete and submit an application online at login pageINCOMPLETE applications will not be considered. 

1. ALL SECTIONS of the application must be completed including seven (9) supplemental questions. (do not state “see resume” and do not leave any blanks). 

  • a. List relevant experience. 
    b. Specify assignment details for each job listed.
    c. Provide a minimum of three (3) professional references from either your current supervisor, previous supervisors, colleagues or coworkers who can address your professional competency and practical skills.


    2. Please submit a resume.

    All submitted materials become the property of the South Orange County Community College District and will not be returned, will not be copied, and will be considered for this position only. Applicant bears the sole responsibility for ensuring the application is complete when submitted. Any supporting application materials must reference the job opening ID number. “Please do not add photographs or confidential data (e.g. social security number, birth date, etc.) to your application package.”



    DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: Application must be posted to the position and materials must be received by the specified closing date. Applications and supporting documents received after the closing deadline will not be accepted. Applications submitted via fax or email will not be accepted.



    NOTICE TO ALL CANDIDATES FOR EMPLOYMENT: The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Public Law 99-603, requires that employers obtain documentation from every new employee which authorizes that individual to accept employment in this country.

    PLEASE NOTE: This position is under the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS). Anyone retired from CalPERS accepting employment with this District will be required to reinstate as an active member of CalPERS. Please contact CalPERS for additional information on reinstatement to an active member. Additionally, any active member of California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS), who accepts employment with this District to perform service that requires membership in the CalPERS, is eligible to elect to continue retirement system coverage under CalSTRS.


Additional Classification Information:


Position Specific Benefits:

The District provides California Public Employees Retirement Systems (CalPERS) retirement, sick leave, personal necessity leave, vacation and holiday benefits for part-time bargaining unit employees.

Job Duties


Job Duties


Duties and Responsibilities

Assist instructors in preparing instructional materials; prepare study sheets, visual instructional aides, sample exercises and exams, and laboratory experiments as directed; may assist in maintaining related records.

Job Duties


Duties and Responsibilities

Assist in preparing for laboratory demonstrations; set up laboratory apparatus; demonstrate proper care and cleaning procedures for laboratory equipment.

Job Duties


Duties and Responsibilities

Maintain a clean and safe learning environment; clean floors, table tops, desks, and furniture; maintain, clean, and test assigned equipment.

Job Duties


Duties and Responsibilities

Participate in the ordering and maintenance of supplies, materials, and equipment; store, discard and rotate materials according to standard procedures; receive, may assemble, and test new equipment.

Job Duties


Duties and Responsibilities

Respond to inquiries and requests for information or forward to appropriate departments or individual; answer phones; relay messages for faculty and staff.

Job Duties


Duties and Responsibilities

Perform related duties as required.

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