Teaching Laboratory Technician

Teaching Laboratory Technician Job Description

A Teaching Laboratory Technician Works In All Kinds Of Educational Institutions Including Secondary Schools, Further Education Colleges And Universities. Their Tasks Involve Supporting The Work Of Science Teachers/lecturers And Their Students To Ensure That They:

  • make The Best Use Of The Time They Spend In The Laboratory;
  • use Equipment Safely;
  • accurately Record The Results Of Their Work.

The Role Mainly Involves Providing Technical Support, Ensuring That Equipment Is Functioning Properly And Is Ready To Use, And That The Right Materials Are Available For Particular Lessons.

Sometimes Laboratory Technicians Work Closely With Students To Explain Or Demonstrate Experiments Or How To Use Equipment As Well As Helping Teachers With A Class And Supporting Individual Students On Research Projects.

The Role Of Scientific Laboratory Technician Is Similar To The Teaching Technician But They Tend To Work More In Large Public Limited Companies, In Industry, Hospitals, Specific Government Departments Or Government-funded Research Institutions, Environmental Agencies And Research.

Teaching Laboratory Technician Duties/Functions/Responsibilities

  • managing the stock control of chemicals and equipment;
  • contributing to high-level research, if working at university level;
  • liaising with academic staff to discuss timetables, equipment requirements and work plans;
  • running trials of experiments prior to classes and then demonstrating techniques for experiments;
  • preparing equipment and chemicals before lessons - from test tubes to state-of-the-art microscopes;
  • ensuring that equipment is properly cleaned and that chemicals, drugs and other materials are appropriately stored;
  • ensuring that all health and safety procedures are understood and followed correctly;
  • cataloguing recordings and making them available when requested (if the department houses audiovisual resources);
  • supporting the work of teachers in classes and laboratory sessions and giving technical advice to staff and students;
  • working with individual students and supporting them on research projects;
  • coordinating work in the laboratory to ensure efficient use is made of expensive pieces of equipment.
  • maintaining and repairing equipment and laboratory apparatus;
  • record keeping, e.g. for students' practical sessions, tracking methods, results, etc;

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