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Generic Job Description - Technical Assistant

PED Number: 
Technical Assistant
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Job Summary: 
Under the direction of the immediate supervisor, provides technical assistance in support of activities in a laboratory, a workshop, in the field, etc. Carries out elementary assays. Prepares materials and equipment. Records data. Maintains equipment.
Major Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Carries out elementary chemical or physical assays on specimens or materials following generally established techniques in order to gather data in support of projects and experiments.

2. Assists with various assays, exhibits, assemblies, etc. Notes and records data and performs some calculations. Enters and modifies data into a computerized information system.

3. Prepares the material, solutions, equipment for use in laboratories, projects, etc.

4. Assists with preparing, monitoring, inventorying and preserving the culture media.

5. Prepares and maintains for exhibition and display purposes tagged or identified specimens or parts; takes into account the conservation conditions that are appropriate.

6. Carries out a variety of tasks, such as mixing, identifying, weighing, titration, sectioning, etc. , of solutions and various materials, using appropriate instruments and equipment.

7. Assists in the preparation of plans and models. May draw sketches and tables as requested.

8. Completes standard reports.

9. Informs immediate supervisor of any irregularities or defects; takes measures to rectify the situation.

10. Maintains and performs minor repairs of the equipment and instruments under area of responsibility. Ensures cleanliness of work areas.

11. Maintains inventory of supplies, instruments and equipment used in the immediate work area; compiles a list of items to be purchased.

12. Uses equipment such as balances, microtomes, microscopes, centrifuges, etc.

13. The list of duties and responsibilities outlined above is representative and not a complete and detailed list of tasks, which may be performed by an employee whose position has been matched to this generic job description.
Education and Experience: 
High School Leaving
One (1) year related experience