Senior Laboratory Technician, Art (one or more positions)

Saddleback College - Mission Viejo, CA4.2

Under direction from the Dean of Fine Arts or designee, such as the Department Chair, performs complex technical work in an instructional learning environment for a highly technical or complex subject area; exercises judgment and initiative in coordinating labs and other instructional facilities and materials within the assigned area; provides a high level of academic assistance to all art department instructors.

Distinguishing Characteristics:
Positions in the Senior Lab Technician class are distinguished from the Lab Technician by the level of responsibility assumed and the complexity of duties assigned. Employees assume greater responsibility for more technical aspects of learning program, perform at a skill level with a considerable degree of independence, and operate complex apparatus, equipment and machines. In addition, the Senior Lab Technician must possess extensive technical abilities and experience in the assigned field, set up complex labs, monitor assigned budgets, order and inventory laboratory supplies and materials and provide significant academic assistance to assigned instructors. Employees at this level are required to be fully trained in procedures related to assigned area of responsibility and are fully aware of the operating policies and procedures of the work unit.

Representative Duties:
The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents 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:
Operational characteristics of machinery, tools, equipment and materials pertaining to assigned laboratory and subject areas (e.g. sculpture, 3D, ceramics, and jewelry).

Advanced principles and practices of laboratory operations.

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.

Basic principles and practices of budget preparation.

Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.

Carpentry Techniques and Woodworking Equipment
1. Table saw, band saw, circular saw, hack saw, jig saw
2. Belt sander, disc sander, spindle sander
3. Drill press and bits (including high
speed, spade, forstner, brad point, hole
saw, masonry, diamond, carbide)
4. Planers, lathe, routers
5. Carving chisels and sharpening

Jewelry Making Practices
1. Fabrication: soldering, cutting, bending,
drilling, forging
2. Mold making and casting used in the
creation of silver, gold, bronze and
brass jewelry.
3. Lost wax casting as related to jewelry
including use of centrifuge, vacuum
casters, and gravity casting.
4. Advance technical knowledge of
precious and semi-precious stones.
5. Processes in metal forming, raising,
sinking, bending, forging of sheets,
wires and bars.
6. Metal finishing techniques and
equipment (including polishing,
sanding, tumbling, vibrating, and bead
7. Understanding stone cutting and stone

1. Preparation of metals
2. Preparation of foundry cleanup and
3. Furnaces
4. Heating and melting of metals
5. Knowledge of mold making, including
ceramic shell investment bolds
6. Mixing of all investment materials-
plaster and ceramic shell
7. Burnout-firing schedules for plaster and
ceramic shell investments
8. Sandcasting

Welding/Brazing (on ferrous and nonferrous metals)
1. Gas, MIG
2. Electric Arc, TIG
3. Brazing and soldering

1. Knowledge of ceramic materials and
techniques involved with handbuilding,
wheel throwing, press molding and ship casting.

Ability to:
Perform complex technical work in an instructional learning environment for highly technical or complex subject areas, to include: 3D/sculpture, jewelry making, woodworking and metal casting.

Perform duties at an advanced skill level with a considerable degree of independence.

Provide assistance to students on matters related to assigned laboratories.

Monitor students to ensure student are adhering to safety policies and procedures.

Provide assistance to instructors in the development of relevant materials.

Correctly and efficiently set up laboratory equipment and materials used in exercises and experiments.

Understand and apply department policies, procedures, rules and regulations.

Participate in safety evaluations and ensure adherence to safe work practices.

Participate in budget preparation and administration.

Maintain an adequate inventory of material for instructional programs.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, faculty, administrators, Classified staff
and vendors.

Order supplies and materials.

Handle multiple tasks simultaneously, work under deadlines and keep students a priority.

Understand and follow oral and written instructions from faculty.

Operate a fork-lift.

Prepare, mix and dispose of materials used in the art laboratories.

Build cabinets, jigs/tables, etc.

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

Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in art, art history or a related field.

Three years of increasingly responsible experience in an art laboratory or similar environment.

Preferred experience: an occupational history demonstrating considerable knowledge of organizing and maintaining an education/industrial shop environment; an extensive background in operating and repairing tools.

License or Certificate:
A valid California driver’s license, and proof of automobile insurability.

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, high temperature materials, power tools, noxious odors, and gases; work with laboratory equipment and apparatus; may work with water. Occasional 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 assigned 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 and rubber or plastic gloves.
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:
“Please note, the District will observe an alternative 4/10 work schedule from the week of May 31, 2019 through the week of August 9, 2019, exceptions may apply”

Additional Classification Information:Position Specific 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.

Job Duties
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Participate in the planning and implementation of laboratory exercises and experiments; implement new or modified policies and procedures as required.

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Prepare for laboratory demonstrations; set up laboratory apparatus; assist students in the use of a variety of laboratory equipment and instruments; ensure student compliance with laboratory policies, procedures and safety precautions; demonstrate proper care and cleaning procedures for laboratory equipment.

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Assist instructors in developing instructional materials; prepare study sheets, visual instructional aides, sample exercises and exams, and laboratory experiments.

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Provide assistance to students on a variety of laboratory and course related matters; review student work in progress and assist in resolving problems.

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Assist instructors, staff and students in the use of a variety of laboratory equipment, materials and supplies in an instructional setting; monitor students involved in laboratory activities; ensure student compliance with laboratory policies. Procedures and safety precautions; demonstrate safety and emergency procedures in class and laboratory situations.

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Perform repairs on stationary equipment, power tools and hand tools; maintain, clean and test equipment including kilns, mills, jewelry casting/fabricating tools, welding equipment, lapidary equipment, wax working equipment, sanders, saws, hand tools, easels, furniture and related equipment; main records of equipment and material use.

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Oversee and participate in the ordering and maintenance of supplies, materials and equipment; acquire and maintain an inventory of materials for instructional programs; store, discard and rotate materials according to standard procedures; receive, assemble and test new equipment.

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Participate in budget preparation and administration for assigned lab; prepare cost estimates for budget recommendations; submit justifications for budget items; monitor and control expenditures.

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Maintain an organized tool and supply room; check out and collect borrowed equipment; inspect equipment and materials for safety purposes; repair and maintain equipment.

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Maintenance and cleaning of jewelry, 3D and sculpture studios, patios and classrooms.

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Assist in kiln loading, firing and unloading kilns; maintain firing schedule.

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Respond to inquiries and requests for information; answer phones; relay messages for faculty and staff.

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Respond to laboratory emergencies including injuries.

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Work with faculty to book models for appropriate classes; verify hours worked and Workday entries.

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Complete tasks as directed by faculty members.

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Perform related duties as required.

Documents Needed for Applying
Required Documents
Transcript 1
Resume / CV
Cover Letter
Letter of Recommendation 1
Letter of Recommendation 2
Letter of Recommendation 3
Optional Documents