ED20 - Laboratory Specialist I
General Nature of Work:
Designs, fabricates, operates, maintains and stores laboratory equipment; or performs specimen and blood product collections and basic laboratory procedures; or manages the activities of a laboratory to provide support for academic programs.
Guidelines for Class Use/Distinguishing Characteristics:
This class consists of entry- and journey-level positions responsible for laboratory equipment or routine laboratory procedures. Some positions involve management of college or university departmental laboratories to support academic programs.
Examples of Work:
(Note: The examples of work listed in this class specification are not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of specific statements does not preclude management from assigning specific duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to the position. The intent of the listed examples is to give a general indication of the levels of difficulty and responsibility common to all positions in this class.)
Designs, fabricates, maintains and repairs both simple and complex laboratory equipment.
Calibrates and modifies electrical and mechanical laboratory equipment.
Maintains equipment and materials inventories; purchases or requisitions new tools, equipment and materials.
Operates complex laboratory equipment.
Conducts laboratory analyses of various organic and inorganic substances.
Collects and processes blood and blood products for laboratory analysis.
Prepares laboratory supplies and facilities for academic instruction; assists in the administration of instruction and practical examinations.
Trains and oversees the activities of subordinate technicians or students.
Writes and maintains reports of daily and monthly activities.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
(Note: The knowledge, skills and abilities listed are not necessarily inclusive of the requirements for every position in the class.)
Knowledge of laboratory facilities, methods, equipment and materials.
Knowledge of the physical and chemical properties of blood and of human anatomy relating to blood vessels.
Knowledge of purchasing and inventory procedures.
Skill in the use of hand and machine tools.
Ability to read and interpret blueprints, schematic drawings and sketches.
Ability to perform basic mathematical calculations.
Ability to train others and oversee their work.
Ability to understand and follow detailed technical instructions.
Ability to communicate effectively.
Ability to perform extended microscopic examinations, perceive colors normally and make olfactory distinctions.
State Minimum Training and Experience
State Necessary Special Requirements:
(Note: Additional requirements may be applicable for individual positions in the employing agency.)
A high school diploma and work experience in a clinical or research laboratory setting, in a health care setting or in a general maintenance or machine shop environment. A bachelor's degree in a related scientific discipline may be substituted for the required work experience.
MUSC Minimum Training and Experience Requirements:
A high school diploma and one year work experience in a clinical or research laboratory setting, in a health care setting or in a general maintenance or machine shop environment. A bachlor's degree in a related scientific discipline may be substituted for the required work experience.
MUSC Physical Requirements: